Etienne De Crecy X No Brain X Fleur & Manu X Division
The fuck did I just watch? (:
I didn't get a decent photo of the Nidarosdomkirke so I'll make up for it with this one which I shot right across the street from there.
Wow, totally forgot about this. Time to give the musically strong year 2012 a small roundup. Some of my favourite artists released a new album, I discovered a lot of awesome, older music and heaps of completely new sounds. And I also have a nice collabo going on with one of my local heads, Sgt Lazurr :D. We even managed to pull off a little live session with our MIDI axes. Teh awesome!
Here we go, my favourite records of 2012:
III. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
When I heard that Neurosis were about to release a new album I was fearing it would come out bland after all those years so they got me by surprise. It's comparably easy to digest and revealed its charme even at first listen. They turned quite some steps down, almost to The Eye Of Every Storm levels but went in another direction with the incredibly earthy production. Some of the songs present a kind of lightness and positivity I didn't expect the band to be able to fit into their library and/but it works astonishingly well! At the same time it doesn't lack the barren, gloomy mood that I so love about this band. As an album the seven songs stand united, songwriting- and tensionwise, as one completed piece of music (I'm looking at you, Converge). An outstanding effort!
II. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
I've never heard any track I disliked from the guy who singlehandedly blended Hip Hop and Jazz into a completely new genre itself - with a little help of modern electronic equipment, of course. I couldn't even tell you how it sounds like, it's just so diverse. And still all his releases, including several EPs, are quite distinguishable in their sounds. I was very excited about the release and preordered it in a smooth collectors edition. Sadly no poster )': It took me a couple of listens to get through to it but from the first time on I thought that the songs are among FlyLo's most easily accessible. With his processed samples he again managed to weave layers and layers of dense fabric and took it on to construct a bunch of wigwams for his vast number of guests to reside in.
This man delivers, period.
I. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
Never would I have thought that from all the releases, this year was about to deliver, Aes' one would have made such an impact. It's his first piece that I enjoy listening to from start to finish without any tracks I'd skip, but that alone didn't get it to the top spot. It was the sheer kick I got out these tracks when I listened to it over and over again for weeks on end. I took a good moment when I sat down and inhaled the music for the first time, expecting not to pay attention anymore up to half the record but I found myself looking up the lyrics and getting to terms with the music instead. The first five-six-seven tracks are just about as awesome as rap got last year. There's no decline in his unbeatably witty flow and evershifting allegories. The crisp and punchy production is a grace in its own right and hasn't gotten a bit boring since summer.
baseheads locally approach all spark plugs
total disregard for a dying man's shark jump
post-meridiem pretty tungsten attracts any once—pale horse painted gunmetal black
face masking, hard-shelled ebony propeller hat
clubmans, gloved rakes grappling the clutch span
tuck go the steel toe, metal gate spreading
for the dead-alive that rented parking space 37
2000 out the weekly under "Cycles to Gehenna" gets him floating over 20 busses
fireproof and festive
corners like a two-tired tiger so a too-tired rider can accumulate a few excited fibers to assign
knows no zen in the art of maintenance
only as the orchestrated patron saint of changing lanes baby
here is how a great escape goes when you can't take your dead friends names out your phone
Ascend to the throne, young man.
Track Of The Year 2012
Aesop Rock - zero dark thirty
According to my almost seven year long chronic of last.fm I've turned on this song that often that it ranks among the ten most listened to. And that's a fucking lot. The video isn't much good but who cares?
There is the moral of all human tales;
'Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom and then Glory – when that fails,
Wealth, vice, corruption – barbarism at last.
And History, with all her volumes vast,
Hath but one page...
Lord Byron - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Seriously, what kind of game is Poker supposed to be? I highly doubt it even is a game for I can sense readymade, polished apeshit in a suitcase. Never again.
Bleubird - be brave over El-P's "jump fence, run, live". He's actually sitting in the back of a trailer while he's on the road with a couple of homies, so sick. And he cut his beard :S