For those of you who listen to a lot of the songs here on the blog this should make your lives a lot easier. We’ve added a new audio player to the site for individual music posts which supports playlists. This means that you can just hit play and let them go without having to click each song individually. The new system is based off the same JWPlayer framework as the normal ISO50 Playlist player (top of the center column) but it will now be for individual posts as well. We will continue to update the main Playlist each month or so, but you can think of this as a new mini playlist each day. The skin is just temporary as I refine it, but all the core functionality should be there.
…and the list gets longer, after listening to few of these songs in the 30’s I feel like some of them should be in the Top 10 but then I look the Top 10 and understand why its like this. Hopefully some of you are clicking the links and checking a few older posts out, we posted a ton of music this year, its blowing my mind.
This week we’ll unveil the Top 50 songs of 2009, a new playlist at the end and then the Top 10 albums of the year. Hope you enjoy the list, some memorable tracks from the year and some of the linked previous posts.
If you follow the blog you’ll noticed a repeat talented culprit always bringing me to a daze, Mark E is the king of dizzying slow repetition, I can have his songs on repeat for hours maybe even days.
The NEW Adult Swim Compilation is now available for FREE to download, It includes remixes of ATL rap artists by Dabrye, Flying Lotus, Prefuse 73, Michna, Mad Decent, Starkey, Memory Tapes, Salem, etc. If you need to get rowdy in an Escalade this weekend then here’s your soundtrack.
And now for something completely different, keeping the folk pop ball in the air while the end of the year draws closer is Emperor X, I like this song but I wouldn’t at all if it wasn’t lo-fi, definitely a nice wake up song if you get a chance to make it to a cabin this winter in the woods.
I feel like I shouldn’t post this song because overall I don’t really like it, its wanting to be clubby puts a bad taste in my mouth but the downtime with Fever Ray’s voice made it bearable, I hope you can wade thru the garbage and find the beautiful glimpses.
Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – Cleaning Up (Mark E Remix)
Goodie Mob – Is That You God? (Dabrye remix)
Emperor X – A Violent Translation of the Concordia Headscarp
Fever Ray – Now’s The Only Time I Know (J-Wow Mix)
On a related note, after their Forkcast post last week, Pitckfork did a full review of the track this week. Check it out here.
For those of you who already ordered the vinyl, those began shipping yesterday (some orders going out from Merchline). You should have received a download code with instructions for getting the digital files as well. If you bought the vinyl at a show prior to the official release, email talk (AT) ISO50 with the UPC code from the back of the cover and we’ll send you a download coupon.
As far as Italian prog goes, PFM are the poster children. I’ve yet to find another group in the genre that makes it so smooth and buttery. The segways between movements (or lack there of, generally) is to die for. This album fails to leave my rotation.
There’s not much to say. The music speaks for itself. There’s quite a few movements, so give it a full listen.
If you’re looking for similar stuff, be sure to check out:
Locanda Delle Fate’s “Forse le Lucciole Non Si Amano Più”
Jónsi of Sigur Ros is back with a more daily listenable LP but still keeps the classic Icelandic sound that he’s known and loved for. This song gets me excited to think there might be more days ahead that will make me what to put on albums by Jónsi.
Now with David Letterman and Rolling Stone fame I wonder what Fleet Foxes has has in store for us in 2010, I hope we get something like Blue Ridge Mountains, it has that Midlake, Band Of Horses and Choir Of Young Believers touch with infectious piano and strumming.
One thing I like to ask certain boutique record stores is what is the most surprising selling record and a couple times the clerks have said Pantha Da Prince, Etherea which was in East Village in New York told me they went thru over 200 copies which blew my mind. Well his new release is on Rough Trade and the only song i’ve heard is pretty interesting, a lot of random bells, glasses, and maybe even ornaments being played over Bola like IDM techno, looking forward to the rest of the LP.
If Hollywood decides to keep butchering up our childhood favorite cartoons then I hope when they get to He-Man they atleast get Gatekeeper to do the soundtrack, they’d be perfect for it, its like Moroder-esque with these more distort organic field recordings during the epic parts, looking for more from these guys.
Neon Indian probably gets played once a day in my room in some form of an original, remix and now a live version for Daytrotter. His band sounds great to me, hopefully we get some of these 80s TV field recording samples live when he comes to Brooklyn.
Grizzly Bear + Neon Indian + …I think I hear a Madonna sample in the intro = amazing
Another strong FREE LP from Paul White! The man is on a roll, beening loving these 2 LPs.
Mount Kimbie are promising some young lads, they take unique production to a new level for Dubstep or whatever else this kind of music is. There is a ton to listen to which makes replaying songs that much more enjoyable.
Neon Indian – Should Have Taken Acid With You (LIVE) – N/A
Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (Neon Indian ‘Studio 6669′ Remix)- N/A