Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records.
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Its a difficult task to keep up with any genre especially if you’re always in need of something fresh, the post classical realm is by far one of my favorites that I don’t dig deep enough in and sit with an album. I usually have a stash of artists that I rely on to get me what I want, Jacaszek is one of them, if you can’t tell by his name he’s Polish which makes me favor him since i’m from there. Always on the darker side yet doesn’t sit in one place, his new LP Glimmer is out now.
Swod goes the Philip Glass route full on with this refreshing piano piece, fits right in with these winter nights but adds a hint of excitement so you don’t comfortably doze off.
THere probably isn’t much to add when you write about Fennesz & Sakamoto, i’d rather you go and read what the Wire has to say because they’ll probably have the inside scoop, very inviting static texture and resonance.
Probably one of my favorite songs of all time, enjoy this one from Vince Guaraldi Trio, you know what it is.
Ben and Alley of School Of Seven Bells debut their first single from their upcoming album Ghostory in March 2012 with a goosebump giving track full of passion, made me wonder what should really be at the top of the pop charts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. DOWNLOAD HERE.
Shigeto just released an EP exclusive on drip.fm (Ghostly Music Subscription service), it includes this gem that has drum work that puts him out of reach of the rest of the musician friends in his genre, …have you got to the second half of it yet? am I right? holy… damn it! piano man too right? 2012 Shigeto is gonna rip off the beat worlds head and boot it over the moon, real drums sir real drums.
Okay Zomby you made it onto our favorite label 4AD and lets see what you can do…i’m into it, mostly because I love Sega Genesis and recognize the sounds that I adored.
Jacques Renault definitely gets a dancefloor going in Brooklyn, I see it happen month after month non-stop, so this edit was the perfect match, him and Mark E are true daytime disco masters.
Songkick put together a wonderful cause to get Tycho to play in London, UK on Dec. 14th. The site is Detour Dates which if 500 people buy tickets they’ll get Tycho over to London to play a show at XOYO and have Scott do his first proper gig in the EU with Zac Brown the bassist.
If the show happens we’ll also have an exclusive poster for some of the first people thru the door made by Scott Hansen.
I’m into ASAP Rocky, I questioned posting it on ISO50 but after I heard Peso then this Clams Casino I almost made ASAP Rocky feature post. I can hear the Art Of Noise sample which gets comfortable right away and I just can’t deny how good the beat is soo it gets the top song. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. NSFW.
I found Kyson via a podcast by Nueva Forma, it instantly grabbed my attention because of the dub aspects but fused together with wonderful usage of guitars, one of the easiest songs to get thru, just glades along.
I’m late to the Youth Lagoon parade i’m sorry, it was actually difficult to find a song to post though because I wasn’t falling in love with anything right away like people seem to be doing until I heard July.
M83 live on an insane level when it comes to emotion, really tweaked and thought through tracklisting, made you leave on a high, I personally loved his synth work on stage, I keep playing Klaus I Love You on repeat.
I like aiko__o‘s photos because the natural beautiful seems to show up every time. __shigeto takes a ton of pics especially right now while he’s in China & Russia which he makes you feel like your there in the neighborhood’s touring in. Smyjewski has great accuracy and a good eye, definitely a fun follow if you’re a designer and love organization, I love the comment he has for the photo above “Stupid trashcan“.
Here it is, my selection of most refreshing music to listen to that came out in 2011. It’s a collection of records that grabbed my ear and made me put my coat on and head to the record store. I’ll have my Top 50 singles of 2011 which include the Atlas Sounds, James Blakes, and all the other goodies from the indie world but this list less about the best of the best but more of what sticks to my bones, i’m sure everyone has their favorites of the year too, feel free to list them below i’d love to see them.
fyi: this list does not include any records I was apart of ala releasing or distributing. i.e. the Tycho album, Ghostly releases, and Moodgadget releases.
Enjoy the playlist, thanks for all the feedback, comments, “likes” etc. over the last year, always a pleasure reading what you all have on your mind.
It’s a reaaaaaally slow week for shows coming up but I definitely wanted to list a few things, if you haven’t been to St. Vitus I highly recommend it, i’ll be there tomorrow to see Scott Mou (half of Jane with Panda Bear) and a helpful and wonderful Other Music employee.
NY: The Cure @ Beacon Theater
NY: Scott Mou (DJ set) @ St. Vitus
LA: Plaid @ El Rey Theatre