Archive for November, 2010


Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Yu(c)k – Weakend/Daughter

November 23, 2010

40. Yu(c)k – Weakend.mp3 / / Daughter.mp3



One-off side project from fuzzed-up guitar pop group Yuck, featuring Daniel Blumberg and not much else. The Weakend EP is full of atmospheric, stripped-down pain pop, travelling the same opened vein as The Antlers. Weakend and Daughter bookend the EP, both crafted from little more than some sparse keyboards and lyrics to die for/from.

Download the EP here.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: †‡† – Goth BB

November 22, 2010

41. †‡† – goth bb.mp3

Google-unfriendly †‡† (a.k.a. ritualz) take to the airwaves with a darker-than-darkwave collection of killer bass and disembodied screams, all moving at a menacing, zombie-esque pace.

Some people have bandied about the term “witch house” to describe this sort of post-gothic, post-industrial electronica that dwells at the deeper, deadlier end of the genre pool. It’s a terrible term, conjuring up Blair Witch sequels and weekend Wiccans dancing around candles and incense. But what would you call it? Goth-tronica? Death disco? Nightmare pop?

More disembodied sounds and symbols available here.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: SALEM – King Night

November 21, 2010

42. SALEM – King Night.mp3

With this potentially harmful blast of their signature death disco sound, SALEM dial up the evil for an audio rendition of an apocalyptic midnight mass. It’s the suffocating sounds of pitch black celebration as hell reigns on earth, summoned by ritually abused drum machines and overdriven amps.

Those who manage to pull themselves from the primordial sinkhole will be haunted/taunted by a Hallelujah chorus of the damned. It’s enough to make the living envy the dead. All hail King Night.

sAlem on iTunes.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Spider▲Webs – Do the Psycho

November 20, 2010

43. Spider▲Webs – Do the Psycho

43. Spider▲Webs – Do the Psycho.mp3

According to the band info, Do the Psycho was assembled from samples of “daft punk, house music and old movie trailers.” Hey, whatever drowns out all the screaming. (Nearly.) It’s an eerie fairground of a tune, slightly off-kilter, like a calliope in denial. It fiercely projects lurching “cheerfulness” in an attempt to ignore the unpleasantness just offscreen.

Kids, have fun on the midway! Play some games! Ride some rides! And try not to wonder why there seem to be fewer and fewer of you milling about. It’s just an illusion. A trick of the lights. And most definitely not some unspeakable horror lurking somewhere in the darkened outskirts.

Satisfy your arachnophilia.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Wise Blood – STRT SRNS

November 19, 2010

44. Wise Blood – STRT SRNS

44. Wise Blood – STRT SRNS.mp3

Classic R&B/soul recast as an underground chop shop of electronics, samples and good old fashioned soundbombing. There are some very pernicious earworms on this debut EP, each insidiously buried under an avalanche of ideas that never overstay their welcome.

This is what your Top 40 Urban charts should sound like, rather than the pre-programmed cyclical lockstep that passes for “innovation” these days.

Faster. Wiser. Bloodier.

Get more Blood here.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Humans – Mon Ton Ton

November 18, 2010

45. Humans – Mon Ton Ton.

45. Humans – Mon Ton Ton.mp3

An electronic rendition of dropping out of life, delivered in dry, self-assured fashion. Humans‘ frontmouth Robbie Slade’s deadpan vox makes you wish you were cool enough to hang with him and the sprightly electronic backing makes you wish you knew how to dance in a less embarassing fashion. Because they’re Canadian (Vancouverans, to be specific), the chorus is in French and therefore completely indecipherable (at least to Americans like me).

It’s hard to tell whether this is a condemnation or a celebration of the song’s subject, but then again, it’s good natured enough that it’ll probably let you draw your own conclusions.

Buy more Humans! 

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Chemical Brothers – K+D+B

November 17, 2010

46. Chemical Brothers – K+D+B.

46. Chemical Brothers – K+D+B.mp3

In which the Chemical Brothers get back to the business of making music they like, rather than making music they think others will like, resulting in their best album since 1999’s Surrender. A decade-long run of pop chart chasing almost made me give this one a pass, figuring I was in for more salmon dancing and other such bland electronica.

But the Brothers redeem themselves with drums, drums and more drums, building to a percussive dreampop climax, reaching the heights of the sole lyrical interjection: “Higher.”

Get your Chemicals here.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Haunted Tiger – I’m A Mummy

November 16, 2010

Haunted Tiger – I’m a Mummy.\

47. Haunted Tiger – I’m a Mummy.mp3

A sterling example of how to rewrite rock in your own image. Haunted Tiger grab ahold of garage rock with both hands, coating it with black swathes of reverb, diving headfirst into a post-Goth whirlpool that takes the “always night – all the time” aesthetic of Bauhaus (specifically Bela Lugosi’s Dead) and converts it into a half-surfer, half-zombie juggernaut.

Thus duly reanimated, the undead victim is abused under the guise of their self-proclaimed “death rock” (or Death Roxx, as their label states it). It may not be easy being undead but Haunted Tiger make it sound way, way cooler than being alive.

Haunted Tiger: also available in Facebook.

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Grave Babies – Eating Babies

November 15, 2010

48. Grave Babies – Eating Babies.mp3

The Grave Babies have been in and out of my personal rotation all year long. Just when I think I’m ready to move on, I find myself craving their refreshing waves of lo-fi darkness. Skirting the outer fringes of electro-punk-goth-drag, they continue to resist genre definitions. Their entire album (which can be found here [right-click to download]) is a washed-out masterpiece, built of waves of static and distorted instrumentation suggesting the last broadcast of man’s humanity, slowly disintegrating as it rides a decaying signal.

Eating Babies (try to get past the name) is a brief slice of severely fucking damaged beauty, exploring the minutia of the post-apocalypse as it stands in contrast to omnipresent death and destruction. In other words, there’s nothing like an epidemic of death and undeath to make every small human interaction all-important while simultaneously completely irrelevant.

Two possibly irrelevant notes:

1. I can’t really find any details at to when their EP was released so I’m going with 2010. There doesn’t seem to be much mention of them before January of this year.

2. They don’t believe their music is “dark.” Just “weird.”

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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Finkielkrauts – Cocksucker No Blues

November 14, 2010

49. Finkelkrauts – Cockscker No Bl

49. Finkielkrauts – Cocksucker No Blues.mp3

With a track title copped (and reformatted) from the Rolling Stones at their most caustic and a sound that recalls the brattier moments of punks with seniority taking the next bus to post-, the dichotomously named Finkielkrauts have carved open a niche in the musical landscape. If nothing else, you won’t forget the title, or for that matter, the band name itself which conjures up images of a synagogue parking filled with Mercedes and Porsches.

More info over at Another Record.

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