A List Of Songs From Last Year

I am sorry for abandoning you. It’s just that my dream job happened and I found less and less time to write for my own pleasure as I spent most of my time writing for FZ.se and PC Gamer. I’m not really that sorry, but I thought it might console you to believe otherwise.

To make it up to you, I decided to put together a little collection of some of the songs from last year that I liked the most. This is by no means a perfect collection, I’m bound to have forgotten a lot of great stuff, and I only selected one track per artist to keep it fair and square.

There’s a Spotify version available here and a Youtube version with a slightly altered tracklist depending on availability. I sincerely hope you enjoy and happy new year!

Here is the Spotify version:

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And here is the almost identical Youtube version:

Jim Guthrie – Maybe You’ll Get Some, Maybe You Won’t
Frankie Rose – Gospel/Grace
Anton Kristiansson – Din Alltid Alltid
Jens Lekman – She Just Doesn’t Want To Be With You Anymore
Stepdad – Treasure Hugs
First Aid Kit – Emmylou
Hammock – (Tonight) We Burn Like Stars That Never Die
Katatonia – Hypnone
Kent – Jag Ser Dig
The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
The Big Pink – Hit The Ground (Superman)
Markus Krunegård – Korallreven & Vintergatan
Anna Ternheim – Solitary Move
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio
††† – Fron†iers
Steven Page – A Different Sort Of Solitude
Linkin Park – Lost In The Echo
Apparatjik – Combat Disco Music
Foals – Inhaler
Therapy? – Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing
I Come To Shanghai – Nothing To Conceal
Mono – Legend
Magnus Ekelund & Stålet – Supernova
DVA – Finale

Beyonce And Her Pseudo-Feminist Lies


Excellent video about how Beyonce’s latest femme-anthem (antfemme?) might be hindering more than it’s helping.

It’s Jedwednesday! 18/05

Here’s a new recurring segment I am going to call Jedwednesdays where I present the past weeks best tweets from the best band in history; Jedward. For those unfortunate enough to have missed their Twitter feed, it is a glorious amalgamation of dadaistic poetry and childlike exuberance. So for the first time ever, let’s dissect the past week through the eyes of Jedward.

“we just want to let you know that you guys are the best ever and we love you all so much”

Aww, isn’t that a nice start? We love you too, guys.

“whats up people! you know who we are talking about whats up people! can we get an encore! whats up people dont pee yo people?”

I admire the energy here, which seems to be these guys’ standard setting. I’m surprised they can even get to sleep at night without running in place like a pair of dreaming dogs. And what’s up? Since we took your advice to not pee, the answer is urinary tract infection.

“Jumping! Jumping like a Polaroid Picture Hey YAhttp://twitpic.com/4wkkmc

There’s a lot of jumping in these boys’ weird lives, but this one caught my eyes since I’m not entirely sure they know what a polaroid picture is.

“whos going to the gym? we are not we have never been in a gym without an awkward person trying to compete with us! last time it was a lady”

See, that’s exactly why I don’t go to the gym either. Those damn ladies and their primal competitive instincts.

“Teddy Bears! some people hug them and others give them as gifts we don’t do any of that we have teddy bear trainers on now!”

That’s a pretty impressive plot twist for a 140 character tweet. I thought I knew all there was to know about teddy bears until they hit me with that sneakers bomb. Where can I get some?

“EMERGENCY WE FOUND A HOSPITAL BED AND WE JUST HAD TO CHECK IT OUT! http://twitpic.com/4x6isf

Exhibit A for why there needs to be a Jedward photo book made by Taschen right away.

“Louis Walsh says hello to everyone he has a very cool dicky bow!”

I stopped reading this tweet five characters from the end because it made too much sense.

“We are never late the Movie is simply early! So weird when you miss the beginning of a movie! It’s like who’s that! What’s happening?”

Seinfeld couldn’t have done it better.

“We have a burning desire to burn some toast! It’s like no don’t burn bread!”

Jedward is all about the duality between one’s primal desires and external stigmas. And toast.

“Feeding a Baby some baby food! silly baby! but the person is not a baby! silly baby person!”

Say this quickly and it starts to sound like Lady Gaga lyrics.

“Ring Ring! Alarm Alarm! Wake Up! did you have a good sleep! what did you dream of! who did you dream of? did someone go baby wee wee”

Again with the Urine Policing.

“Seeing Skinny jeans for the first time! always wearing skinny jeans but never said hello just went into a shop and bought them hows yo jeans”

I don’t even

“its not that we are crazy everyone needs to wake up! have a bowel of energy and top it with some jumps and flips!”

I’m embroidering this on a pillow right now.

“There is a weird smell around us but we smelt ourselves and is deffo the people infront of us! Get the new fragrance it’s called ‘I smell'”

Not everyone can hold it in forever, guys.

“Just had a race to the aeroplane toilet against this dude guess who won? Jedward! didn’t just walk! jumped over the seats”

As you have evidently found out for yourselves.

“Really want to go to the dessert! It’s kinda like a huge sand castle that fell apart and left a dessert”

And in the “dessert” we’ll leave our heroes until next week. Stay tuned for more Jedwednesdays!

I Made An Album

You may have noticed how my online presence have been somewhat limited the past month or so. I apologise for this as it has been no intention to leave anybody in the dark as for my whereabouts. The truth is I have been neglecting my writing about games, music and such in order to make something of my own, which is now complete and ready for anybody to pass their judgement.

That thing is my new album Ooroo made under my weird moniker Imhotep Is Invisible which you can listen to right here:

What is it then? It’s six tracks totalling just under 50 minutes of ambient, electronic droning noise. I’ve always been a fan of dark ambient artists like Kammarheit, Raison d’Être and Sephiroth to name a handful and the footprints they left on me can surely be spotted in my work. I am a complete amateur and most of this is built up of sampling, distorting and feebly trying to create some sort of order in the chaotic. I’m not sure it worked but I’m still proud of the damned thing. I sincerely hope you’ll like it and if you didn’t notice it’s up for FREE download right now at this link. Listen and let me know what the hell you reckon!

Props should go out to my boys in Starship Amazing for letting me create an entire track solely out of various snippets and samples from their songs. That track is opener “Then They Handed You A Gun” and one of my own favourites. I hope they and you aren’t too fussed with my blasphemy.

So now I hope to return to some kind of semi-regular updating schedule. As I’m broke as a farmer with slim pigs, I won’t be able to buy, play and subsequently review many games in the near future, namely Portal 2, but I hope to be able to provide some sort of entertainment regardless. You lot deserve it.

Korn And Skrillex Make Sweet Noise Together

In preparation for a new EP to be released in May, Korn and Skrillex are offering up their new single for free download and you can listen to the result above. Don’t be too surprised if this dubstep-laced metal cookie doesn’t go down too well with some puritanical fans, but it’s certainly surprising and refreshing to see the band try new things and new collaborators, especially considering how stale “Korn III: Remember Who You Are” turned out. It’s an impressive little neutron bomb with some characteristic weltschmerz for good measure and it could be an interesting new direction, if only a temporary one.

Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

DIOYY painted themselves into a bit of a corner with their brilliant debut “You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into” it seems. It was mad, jumping almost seamlessly from Daft Punkian house via guitar-heavy grime metal to melody-driven power-pop, often sounding like a split-LP made by four separate bands from vastly different musical backgrounds. And despite this, it still managed to avoid sounding fragmented or lacking identity. It was eclectic and it’s schizophrenic delivery made perfect sense in context. But where do you go when you’ve already gone everywhere at once?

It had to happen. They had to go nuts to go anywhere at all. Almost everything that made “You Have No Idea How Annoying These Long Album Titles Are To Type Out” so glamorously insane  and insanely good is still here in plentiful supply but it’s been hypercharged since last time. The beats are grimier, the riffs are heavier, the vocals are louder and the melodies are catchier. “Don’t Say…” is an intense experience to say the least, especially due to the causalities the production must have suffered in the Loudness War. Seriously, it sometimes hurts to listen to with headphones if you’re too careless with that volume knob. Everything is louder and bigger and grander and more monstrous than last time, and the only price was that the red thread holding all their disparate elements together snapped like a dead twig.

The heavy is heavier and the soft is softer and somewhere along the line the curtains seized to match the carpet, as it were. There is a good deal of decent songwriting here but you won’t find a “Dawn Of The Dead” or “We Are Rockstars” among this bunch, which would be an unfair comparison had the album retained the same sense of maniacal structure as its predecessor. As it is, it lacks the flow of a cohesive album and this forces the songs to stand up to scrutiny more on their individual merit than before, and they don’t quite measure up as well as hoped. “We Are The Dead“, “Pull Out My Insides” and the Prodigyesque “John Hurt” are proof as good as any that “You Have No Idea…” was no fluke, but I miss a few real stand-out “oh shit” moments. Everything’s a bit over-considered and under-cooked, but when it comes down to it, this is still a gratifying and fun album, just not as expertly crooked as their previous. Those second albums, eh?

Feeder Announce Charity Single For Japan

Feeder have just announced their intent to release a charity single called “Side By Side” in support of Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami which has devastated the country. The single will be released digitally on the 27th of March and all proceeds with go to the rescue efforts. It is available for pre-order for a measly 79p in their online store and you can’t go wrong with the combination Feeder + charity, can you?

A snippet can be enjoyed right here:

A striking resemblance to Pushing The Senses/Silent Cry era Feeder there, abstaining from the misguided garage rock of Renegades is probably a good idea. Hopefully a good sign of what’s in store and a further review will probably follow. Besides, it’s for charity so it doesn’t really matter if it’s any good, as Michael Jackson and Band Aid have proved in the past.

A Podcast With Elbow/Rocky Vs Robocop

Apologies all around for the near-week of dead air but I’m afraid sickness and other unrelated stressed have rusted the cogs of the blog machinery. As I have been recovering I have been listening to my good friend Hannah Smart’s brilliant podcast The Lost Brigade. Originally started as a live radio show on Storm FM, it has now migrated to the no-studio boundaries of the internet in the form of a weekly dose of chat and music.

Last episode is themed around Elbow who just released their latest album Build A Rocket Boys! and it well worth listening to for anybody who is already a Garveyphile or anybody aspiring to be one. Earlier episodes are currently difficult to get but should be available for download soon.

Now that this bit of well-deserved nepotism is over, I leave you with the news that the brilliant Peter Serafinowicz is due to direct a music video for “Open Your Eyes” by Alex Metric & Steve Angello this Thursday and Friday and is looking for extras. Follow this PDF-link if you should be available in the London area and would like to see Rocky and Robocop battle it out. Who am I kidding – everyone wants to see that.

Those Dancing Days – Daydreams & Nightmares

You could make a fetching argument that this second album by Nacka quintet Those Dancing Days is angrier and more obstinate than their 2008 debut. First single, the excellent “Fuckarias,” would be a great Exhibit A in such a case with its scowling put-down chorus “You’re an uninvited clowed, a foolish puppy with a too long tongue” and thunderously intense tempo. If you want to, you could call it their “Brianstorm” and get away with it.

But the truth is that TDD were never ones for compromise, and Daydreams & Nightmares is not so much a darker and edgier album as it is a  natural progression of what they already set in motion three years ago. TDD makes power pop with a disarming directness to it, laden with memorable melodies and particularly catching rhythms. From opener “Reaching Forward” it’s a solid ride almost all the way to the end, catchy and accessible without sacrificing any of the substance. At times they channel The Cure in “Forest Of Love” and other times Florence + The Machine in “Keep Me In Your Pocket,” constantly to great effect.

TDD have grown into a more unyielding unit as a band and shed their twee teenage skin with grace, creating a easily lovable collection of fun pop tunes. More importantly, they are clearly having a good time doing it and that joy seeps through the headphones and will infect you and you’ll thank them for it. The bar has been set and we’ll see who manages to fly over it in the remaining 9 months, but until then this is the best 2011 has to offer so far.

Listen to Daydreams & Nightmares on Spotify.

Help Stepdad Make Their First Album

One of the finest releases of last year was Stepdad’s debut EP Ordinaire which you can still buy for the ludicrous price of $1 and it’s thoroughly worth every one of that dollar. If you’re at all partial to dancey, melody-heavy, vast hipster indie pop then you should stop reading right here and go and download the sucker. Then come back, because I know you’ll want to read the next paragraph.

So Stepdad made an EP and have since been touring like mad folk around the States while writing their first full-length album. Now comes the time to step into the studio and turn those words and ideas into tangible sound waves and to help them accomplish that goal they have managed to rope in Chris Zane to produce. Zane is probably most well-known for producing Manners for Passion Pit and his extensive work with Les Savy Fav and Mumford & Sons, so he should be well-equipped for the task.

Now they just need money and that’s where we come in. If you, like yours truly, fell in love with Ordinaire and want to help out financially for the follow-up you can do so on their newly opened Kickstarter pledge. They’re looking for a total of $4000 and you can pledge as much or little as you want and get bonuses depending on how much you contribute.


Visit Stepdad on their homepage where you can buy Ordinaire for next-to-damn-nothing.

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