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Best Albums of 2016

December 8, 2016

 

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BEST ALBUMS of 2016

  1. FRANK OCEANBlonde
  2. ANOHNIHopelessness
  3. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST – We Got it From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  4. CAR SEAT HEADRESTTeens of Denial
  5. JESSY LANZAOh No
  6. BON IVER 22, A Million
  7. DAVID BOWIEBlackstar
  8. KAYTRANADA99.9%
  9. ANDERSON.PAAKMalibu
  10. WHITNEYLight Upon The Lake
  11. KENDRICK LAMARUntitled Unmastered
  12. ANGEL OLSENMy Woman
  13. BOY HARSHER Yr Body is Nothing
  14. PREOCCUPATIONSS/T
  15. SURVIVERR7349 / Stranger Things OST Volume 1 & 2
  16. NICHOLAS JAAR Sirens
  17. RADIOHEADA Moon Shaped Pool
  18. DANNY BROWNAtrocity Exhibition
  19. BLOOD ORANGEFreetown Sound
  20. ANDY STOTTToo Many Voices

21-50 Alphabetical:

  • AMERICAN FOOTBALL – S/T
  • APHEX TWIN – Cheetah
  • ARCA – Reverie
  • THE AVALANCHES – Wildflower
  • DAMIEN JURADO – Visions of Us on the Land
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are
  • EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – Marked for Death
  • GOLDEN DAZE – S/T
  • HINDS – Leave Me Alone
  • JAMES BLAKE – The Colour in Anything
  • JULIANNA BARWICK – Will
  • KEDR LIVANSKIY- January Sun
  • KEVIN MORBY- Singing Saw
  • KONX-AM-PAX – Caramel
  • KORNEL KOVACS -The Bells
  • KUEDO – Slow Knife
  • LUSH – Blind Spot EP
  • MJ GUIDER – Precious Systems
  • NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Skeleton Tree
  • NOSAJ THING – No Reality
  • PURO INSTINCT – Autodrama
  • RADIO DEPT – Running Out of Love
  • THE RANGE – Potential
  • SAMARIS – Black Lights
  • SAVAGES – Adore Life
  • SOLAR BEARS – Advancement
  • TYCHO – Epoch
  • WHITE DENIM – Stiff
  • YG – Still Brazy
  • ZOMBY – Ultra

 

Favorites of 2014.5

June 7, 2014

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Here are my favorite albums of 2014 half way through the year. (Dec ’13-May ’14)

01 MAC DEMARCO – Salad Days

02 TYCHO – Awake

03 BURIAL – Rival Dealer (Dec ’13)

04 SHARON VAN ETTEN – Are We There

05 YUMI ZOUMA – EP

06 THE WAR ON DRUGS – Lost in the Dream

07 FUTURE ISLANDS – Singles

08 REAL ESTATE – Atlas

09 FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – Piñata

10 EAGULLS – Eagulls

11 TUNE-YARDS – Nikki Nack

12 ACTRESS – Ghettoville

13 NOTHING – Guilty of Everything

14 BEN FROST – A U R O R A

15 DUM DUM GIRLS – Too True

16 DALHOUS – Visibility is a Trap

17 MILLIE & ANDREA – Drop the Vowels

18 STEVE MOORE – Pangaea Ultima (Dec ’13)

19 ANGEL OLSEN – Burn Your Fire for No Witness

20 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – Commissions I

 

Honorable mention:

Clams Casino

Cloud Nothings

Hands

Liars

Lykke Li

Perfect P**sy

Sevendeaths

St Vincent

Sylvan Esso

Todd Terje

Favorite films of 2013

March 14, 2014

I was trying to have this film list ready pre-Oscars but I failed to do so. Here it is even if a bit late.

Upstream_Color_poster1. Upstream Color

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2. The Wolf of Wall Street

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3. 12 Years a Slave

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4. Dallas Buyers Club

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5. Nebraska

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6. Inside Llewyn Davis

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7. Enough Said

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8. American Hustle

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9. Captain Phillips

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10. Frances Ha

11. The Place Beyond the Pines

12. Lore

13. Mud

14. Her

15. The Silence (Das letzte Schweigen)

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Honorable mention:

A Band Called Death

The Bling Ring

The Spectacular Now

Stoker

Stories We Tell

To the Wonder

The Way Way Back

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Worth a try:

The Conjuring

Don Jon

The Kings of Summer

The Lords of Salem

Only God Forgives

Side Effects

This Is the End

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Meh:

Berberian Sound Studio

The East

Elysium

Ender’s Game

The Great Gatsby

The Heat

In a World

Room 237 (Still entertaining if you are a fan of Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’)

Spring Breakers

Touchy Feely

World War Z

The World’s End

You’re Next

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Dum Dum Girls – Too True

December 28, 2013

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“…chasing pop into the dark…”

After giving this album repeated listens over the past week, I can find no better way to describe Too True than from the creative mind behind it, Dee Dee Penny.

(Read the full post by Dee Dee via Sub Pop Records, HERE. I have omitted around 25% of her post.)

End of Daze had for me signaled exactly that; an end to a part of my life that was confused, difficult, disastrous, and at times, redemptive.

In the summer of 2012, between tours supporting End of Daze, I locked out the world and sat down in my apartment to write a new record — clear view of the New York City sky through iron bars like a promise. Like all compulsive minds, I was waiting with bated breath (“and whispering humbleness”) to let the muse loose.

I’ve always lived an introspective life, but it is these rare moments of actively stepping outside my head, to create things tangible to others, that I find truly transcendent. Performing live offers the same rush to me, but it’s an even more elusive, haunting ghost.

I had collected various songs and half-songs over the previous months, vaguely regarding them as future releases, but had the nagging feeling they were to be tossed out on the hunt for the next sound, the next record, which was at that point almost palpable.

And so I spent the next week in a sparkling haze, seven stories closer to Heaven, and when I emerged from the frenzy to go back on tour, indeed ten new songs came with. They were bound together, not just by an overall sonic palette and new guitar pedal, but by time, intention, and fervor.

Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses? Cuz I did.

A month later I ran away to Hollywood, and again locked myself up, and two more songs were born from drunken loneliness in room at the Chateau Marmont — points if you can discern which ones.

Unfortunately, karma take it or leave it, I had to confront the reality that my voice was destroyed; that the previous year of touring had reduced my once infallible instrument to a pale spectre of its former self. I was broken and when I left California, it was with the heavy burden of an unfinished album.

Truly one of those disguised blessings though – the extra time was a gift. What initially felt like a retreat became a reawakening. These songs weren’t done at all! And so I worshipped at the tall pile of books I’d bought in Los Angeles, on topics and imagery I’d been consumed by and words that had resonated so deeply with me they felt like artistic collaborators: Rainer Maria Rilke, Anais Nin, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath; the punk poet singers Patti Smith and Lou Reed (who, like many I consider to be my spiritual parents); and finally, an admittedly unhealthy obsession with the Surrealists’ manifesto of desire.

Here it was spelled out for me: Desire as muse; Life as experiment; a miracle for every failure and vice-versa. I put pen to paper and I wrote, and then I sang. I sang into my own private microphone, in my tiny bedroom studio, with no one save my make-believe coconspirators to hear me, and no one to weight me with the looming pressure of inability. I was a woman possessed and my possession enabled me.

I write this now, many months later, on the up. I have served the songs and the songs have served me. It is never pretentious to feel and create. So much of my life has been defined, aided, and even saved by music. Here is my best attempt at joining the rock’n’roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark, and I am as ever, humbled that you listen.” -Dee Dee Penny

Too True is released: January 28, 2014. Pre-order the LP, CD or T-shirt via Sup Pop Records, HERE.

Check out the 1st music video from Too True below.

Ha Ha Tonka – Dead To the World

December 23, 2013

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I wanted to share the 1st music video from Ha Ha Tonka’s newest album Lessons.

Written & directed by Adam & Joel Moorman, filmed in Chi town.

Grab their new album LessonsHERE.

Favorite songs of 2013 (4 of 4)

December 18, 2013

I’ve picked around 40 tracks to share with you that are a mix of some of my favorite songs from 2013 & songs picked from my 50 favorite albums. I’m going to break them down into 4 separate playlists sorted by genre.

Keep checking back as I will update this post to include all 4 playlists over the next few days. Enjoy!

**Updated with all 4 playlists 12-21-13

HPSTRFLS 2013 playlist #1: Hip hop & R&B

1 Numbers on the Boards – PUSHA T (00:00)

2 Enemy – KELELA (02:44)

3 25 Bucks (featuring Purity Ring) – DANNY BROWN (07:01)

4 The Things You Do – ZOMBY (10:32)

5 New Slaves – KANYE WEST (12:04)

6 Banana Clipper (featuring Big Boi) – RUN THE JEWELS (16:20)

7 Days (featuring Romy Croft from The XX) – CREEP (19:12)

8 All That Matters – GIRAFFAGE (22:48)

9 Too Much (featuring Sampha) – DRAKE (26:50)

10 Killing Time – Oddisee (31:12)

11 Last Dance – RHYE (34:58)

Total length (38:16)

HPSTRFLS 2013 playlist #2: Electronic/Experimental 

1 Irby Tremor – FOREST SWORDS (00:00)

2 Chrome Country – ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER (04:12)

3 Look Into Your Own Mind – JULIANNA BARWICK (09:42)

4 Cold Earth – BOARDS OF CANANDA (14:16)

5 Bo Peep (Do U Right)[featuring Jeremih] – SHLOHMO (17:59)

6 A Sky Darkly – SOLAR BEARS (21:49)

7 Know You – BONOBO (24:57)

8 Casino Lisboa – DIRTY BEACHES (29:02)

9 Renata – JAMES HOLDEN (32:49)

10 Get Like It – TORA (38:46)

11 Out of Hand – SHLOHMO (40:55)

12 Ritual Howl – SHIGETO (45:22)

13 The Drop – THE HAXAN CLOAK (49:47)

Total length (1:02:38)

HPSTRFLS 2013 playlist #3: Pop/Electronic dance 

1 You’re Not the One – SKY FERREIRA (00:00)

2 Water Me – FKA TWIGS (03:58)

3 Cherry – CHROMATICS (07:23)

4 Retrograde – JAMES BLAKE (11:55)

5 Bring the Noise – M.I.A. (15:39)

Full of Fire – THE KNIFE (20:14)

Plastic Panorama – POSTILJONEN (29:31)

Hannah Hunt – VAMPIRE WEEKEND (32:56)

Jeremiah – EJECTA (36:54)

10 Painful Like – AUSTRA (40:28)

11 Very Cruel – POLICA (44:28)

Total length (49:06)

HPSTRFLS 2013 playlist #4: Folk/Singer-songwriter/Rock

1 Song For Zula – PHOSPHORESCENT (00:00)

2 Jubilee Street – NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (06:11)

3 New Blue Feeling – WHITE DENIM (12:47)

4 Cold Forgiver – HA HA TONKA (16:06)

5 When Winter’s Over – TORRES (19:47)

6 Mater Hunter – LAURA MARLING (23:17)

7 Somewhere All the Time – SAMANTHA CRAIN (26:33)

8 Colorful Kids – HA HA TONKA (28:56)

9 Vital – GROUPER (33:06)

10 Churchill – SAMANTHA CRAIN (37:20)

Total length (41:14)

Hipster Files’ albums of 2013

December 16, 2013

2013 was another great year for music. There was the return of My Bloody Valentine for their 1st album in 20 years, Trent Reznor got NIN back in the studio to put out a new album, & Boards of Canada returned to release their 4th LP. So many great albums, I’d like to share with you my 50 favorite releases for 2013. (Dec ’12 – Nov ’13)

Check back soon for a post of my favorite songs of the year & a sampler from my top 50 albums.

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1 THE KNIFE – Shaking the Habitual

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2 THE HAXAN CLOAK – Excavation

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3 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – R Plus Seven

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4 GROUPER – The Man Who Died in His Boat

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5 FKA TWIGS – EP2

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6 DIRTY BEACHES – Drifters/Love is the Devil

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7 EJECTA – Dominae

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8 MY BLOODY VALENTINE – M B V

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9 BOARDS OF CANADA – Tomorrow’s Harvest

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10 FUCK BUTTONS – Slow Focus

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11 JAMES HOLDEN – The Inheritors

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12 BURIAL – Truant/Rough Sleeper (Dec ’12)

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13 VARIOUS ARTISTS – After Dark 2 [Italians Do It Better]

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14 DANNY BROWN – Old

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15 CFCF – Outside

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16 DEATH GRIPS – Government Plates

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17 KANYE WEST – Yeezus

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18 FOREST SWORDS – Engravings

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19 DJ RASHAD – Double Cup

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20 PHOSPHORESCENT – Muchacho

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21 JULIANNA BARWICK – Nepenthe

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22 NINE INCH NAILS – Hesitation Marks

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23 ARCA – &&&&&

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24 CLASSIXX – Hanging Gardens

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25 ODDISEE – Tangible Dream/The Beauty in All

26 ROLY PORTER – Life Cycle of a Massive Star
27 HA HA TONKA – Lessons
28 VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires of the City
29 JAMES BLAKE – Overgrown
30 GIRAFFAGE – Needs
31 SOFT METALS – Lenses
32 SAVAGES – Silence Yourself
33 DRAKE – Nothing Was the Same
34 MOUNT KIMBIE – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
35 POSTILJONEN – Skyer
36 SHLOHMO – Bad Vibes
37 THUNDERCAT – Apocalypse
38 ZOMBY – With Love
39 SKY FERREIRA – Night Time, My Time
40 KING KRULE – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
41 GLASSER – Interiors
42 RHYE – Woman
43 CREEP – Echoes
44 FOXYGEN – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
45 ICEAGE – You’re Nothing
46 TORRES – Torres
47 SHIGETO – No Better Time Than Now
48 KELELA – Cut 4 Me
49 THE NATIONAL – Trouble Will Find Me
50 WASHED OUT – Paracosm

Feel free to post your favorites or albums you think I missed in the comments. Thank you for following my listening habbits. -Cooper