Mitch’s Top Ten Rap/R&B Albums of 2012

For some reason (probably due to an expanded family and reduced free-time), I’ve begun listening to more and more rap music. It’s incredibly easy to access, takes the least amount of research, and, above all, has been particularly great lately. Here are the ten albums I most enjoyed in 2012. Cheers! 1. Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid: M.A.A.D […]

Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Deathwish, etc.) Best of 2012

Jacob Bannon graces our humble blog with his favorite picks of 2012. Read up, the man’s opinion should not be taken lightly: Playing Music and Making Art Friends and Loved Ones The Opening Diamonds & Rust Music: How To Dress Well “Total Loss” Sun Kil Moon “Among The Leaves” Wovenhand “The Laughing Stock Swans “The […]

Aaron Horkey Top 12 for 2012

Aaron Horkey, pretty much one of the greatest artists currently breathing, has hand-picked 12 of the best albums of 2012: Graveyard, “Lights Out” (Nuclear Blast) Bad Life, “The Day You Die” (Music Ruins Lives) Fiona Apple, “The Idler Wheel…” (Epic) Dawnbringer, “Into the Lair of the Sun God” (Profound Lore) Old Man Gloom, “NO” (Hydra […]

Justin Wright (Expo 70) Top 10

Justin Wright, the driving force behind Expo 70, sent over his top ten for 2012: Can “The Lost Tapes” Eternal Tapestry “Dawn in 2 Dimensions” Fontanelle “Vitamin F” Golden Retriever “Occupied with the Unspoken” KTL “V” M. Geddes Gengras “Test Leads” OM “Advaitic Songs” Pharaoh Overlord “Lunar Jetman” Steve Moore “Light Echoes” Witchsorrow “God Curse […]

Shawn Reed’s Top Ten of 2012

Shawn Reed from Wet Hair / Night People sent us over two rad top ten lists. Keepin’ it weird in Iowa: Top 10 Reissues: Cleaners From Venus- Box Set 3LP- Captured Tracks Pin Group- Ambivalence LP- Flying Nun The Great Unwashed-Clean Out of Our Minds LP- Exiled Lee Perry and the Upsetters- High Plains Drifter […]

Eric Lanham (Carl Calm, Palmetto Moon Electronic Group) Top 10 Music Related Entities of 2012

Mister Eric Lanham, easily one the most original electronic musicians active today, turned in his top ten for 2012: Mimaroglu Music Sales record reviews (http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/new.php) Control (http://www.ctrl-mod.com/) Editions Mego sublabels: Spectrum Spools, Recollection GRM, Sensate Focus, Old News (http://editionsmego.com/) Ricardo Villalobos – Dependent and Happy Tim Heidecker becomes Rolling Stone Editor-in-Chief Idiot Glee – Life […]

Smokey Emery “Quartz” 7″ EP

Jon from Silent Land Time Machine sent us this excellent new EP from his Indian Queen Records label. In the spirit of the holidays and spending time with the family, I set my brother with the task of reviewing it: Car doors opening. Railway tracks and horns. A psychic continuity provided by the sort of […]

Brock Van Wey “White Clouds Drift On and On” 4xLP

Brock Van Wey may be better known to many as bvdub, a tectonic force within the modern landscape of dub techno. The man is nothing if not prolific, and we have had the honor to release one of his albums under the Sweat Lodge Guru banner (currently on hiatus, FYI). The vinyl edition of White […]

Bolt Thrower “Realm of Chaos” LP

Bolt Thrower’s Realm of Chaos receives the “Full Dynamic Range audio” treatment from Earache. This apparently means that the vinyl has been mastered from the original tapes, and not simply sourced from the CD master (as Earache is notorious for doing). Whether this actually makes a difference is up to the message boards to decide, […]

Vomitor “The Escalation” LP

Maybe we’ve just got a soft spot for Aussie death metal, but this new LP from Vomitor sounds positively and properly fucking evil. The group’s lineup was already impressive, and adding Horror Illogium from Portal to the mix has certainly not diminished their credibility or ferocity. Red or black vinyl (with the option of grabbing the […]