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Best of 2012


Three-and-a-half months after the fact isn't too long to wait for a list you don't care about, right?This list is pretty amorphous. #1 is definitely (probably) better than #55, but it's all sorta subjective. Descriptions are minimal by design because writing too much about music - or any art, really - detracts from said art, I think (and because I'm lazy). I'm not really sure how I feel about my reviews, but meh. They are what they are.Anyway. These are some of the best albums that came out last year, at least according to my retarded brain. I tried to provide multiple sources to stream/download all the albums (the "Download" links will take you to a .rar file on my own Mediafire account; other links should be self-explanatory).Enjoy! Gimme some feedback, too, even if you think these albums are all shit.55. Dean BluntThe Narcissist IIAbusive, disconnected electrodreampop; flat, weird, and upsettingSpotifyDownload54. PentimentoPentimentoStupidly emotional pop-punk; tear out your heart and slap it on your sleeveBandcamp (stream only)Official site (free download)53. Mutilation RitesEmpyreanViolently shifting atmospheric black metal; like being repeatedly followed and then mugged in the same dark alley by a guy who helps you up each timeBandcamp (stream only)Download52. DIIVOshinKrauty space-rock; zone zone zone focus zone focus zone...zoneSpotifyDownload51. MediaFiredThe pathway through WhateverEcho chamber plunderphonics; seriously, there's a song in there (sometimes even a Backstreet Boys song)Bandcamp (set-price digital)Download50. Swearin'Swearin'Low-fi popindiepunk; re-embrace your youth no matter how young you areBandcamp (set-price digital)SpotifyDownload49. Pig DestroyerBook BurnerVisceral deathgrind; pure sonic and lyrical aggressionBandcamp (set-price digital/crazy amount of physical formats)SpotifyDownload48. White SunsSinewsNOISEpunk/NOISErock; confrontational structured chaosSpotifyDownload47. BuildingsMelt. Cry. Sleep.Angular noisepunk; look, if the cover and album title don't make you want to download it, I don't know what else willBandcamp (set-price digital/physical)Spotify(no mp3s at the moment - lemme know if you want some and I'll hook it up)46. Royal HeadacheRoyal HeadacheMotown punk; low-fi, soulful, and catchyBandcamp (set-price digital/physical)SpotifyDownload45. Scott WalkerBish BoschExperimental term-paper rock; whether you "get it" or don't (I'm somewhere in between), definitely worth a listenSpotifyDownload44. Flavor CrystalsThreeDrony American krautrock; slip into a waking lucid dreamBandcamp (set-price physical + bonus tracks)Bandcamp (set-price digital)Spotify(also no mp3s at the moment - lemme know if you want some and I'll hook it up)43. Daughn GibsonAll HellSpaced-out electro-country; outlaws, drugs, and samplersSpotifyDownload42. Frank Oceanchannel ORANGER&B for the hipster set (and everyone else, apparently); I don't like R&B and I like thisSpotifyDownload41. PanopticonKentuckyBluegrass-black metal (blue metal? blackgrass?); not really a cohesive amalgamation, still well-playedBandcamp (pay what you want digital)Download40. LambchopMr. MDistant alt-country; really, don't know what the fuck they talk aboutSpotifyDownload39. Bear in HeavenIt's Cool, I Love YouElectronic stonerrockpop; dose dance cry repeatSpotifyDownload38. JJ DOOMKey to the KuffsAmorphous hip-hop; I don't know which is looser - DOOM's flow or Jarel's beatsSpotifyDownload37. School of Seven BellsGhostoryHeartbroken electro-shoegaze; upbeat melodies and distorted guitars to make you sadSpotifyDownload36. Motion Sickness of Time TravelMotion Sickness of Time TravelInteractive ambient drone; drift into the cosmosBandcamp (set-price digital)SpotifyDownload35. The ChariotOne WingSpazzy experimental metalcore; more accessible than you thinkSpotifyDownload34. WaxahatcheeAmerican WeekendLow-fi simplistic depressive singer-songwriter; a great album in spite of all those thingsSpotifyDownload33. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine FitsFUCK YES POWER POP; a supergroup that actually pays offSpotifyDownload32. Allo Darlin'EuropeTwe[...]



Obviously I don't update this anymore.

However, I did start a Tumblr where I'll occasionally post links to albums, along with random other shit.

Scope it here:

Best Albums of 2008


After longer than I planned, as always, here are my top 30 albums of 2008. There's a ton of stuff I still haven't listened to, and a few albums I've listened to in the last couple weeks that might've made the list had I listened to them more, but I figured I would just post my current top 30 or else this would never get done. In lieu of writing reviews for these things, I've decided to give each album an award or three. Most awards will be entirely arbitrary.30. Hercules and Love AffairHercules and Love Affair-Award for Somehow Making Antony Hegarty's Vocals Work Over Disco/House Music29. SantogoldSantogold-The "You Know, She Sounds Less Like M.I.A. Than You Think" Award28. Fuck ButtonsStreet Horrrsing-The "What the Hell Were They Thinking by Adding Heavily Distorted Vocals?" Award27. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles-Award for Most Meaningless Lyrics26. AlphabeatThis Is Alphabeat-The "I Don't Care What You Think Right Now, By the End of This Song You Will Enjoy This Music as Much as I Do" Award25. Ultra VomitObjectif: Thunes-Award for Best French Grindcore/Speed Metal/Black Metal/Heavy Metal/Metalcore/Pop-Punk Album24. MillionairesBling Bling Bling EP-Award for the Album That Made Me Seriously Consider Never Listening to Another New Album for Fear That My Taste in Music Would Continue to Get Shittier and Shittier23. ShearwaterRook-The "I'm Glad My Roomate Forced Me to Listen to This Whole Album While I Was Still Working On This List" Award22. Sean SmithEternal-Award for Best Impulse Buy (Maybe Ever)-The "I Can't Find My CD Copy, and I'm Too Lazy to Rip the LP Right Now" Award21. Noah and the WhalePeaceful, the World Lays Me Down-Award for Somehow Combining the Vocal Styles of Josh Ritter, Aaron Weiss, and a Little Conor Oberst-Award for Other Most Upbeat Album About Heartbreak20. Baby GutsThe Kissing Disease-The "Yes, I Absolutely Have a Thing for Punk Rock Girls" Award19. AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold-The "Ant Finally Turned the Snare Down" Award-Award for Other Best Album Title18. Fleet FoxesSun Giant EP/Fleet Foxes-Award for Best Liner Notes (both)-Award for Best Album Cover (Fleet Foxes)17. Marnie SternThis Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That-The "Don't Turn This Off During the First Track" Award-The "I Wonder What it Would Sound Like if Buckethead and Regina Spektor Somehow Merged Into One Person - Oh Wait, Probably Like This" Award16. Be Your Own PetGet Awkward (UK Version with Full Tracklist)-The "Fuck Universal Records" Award15. Okkervil RiverThe Stand-Ins-The "So Good I'm Only a Little Disappointed It's Just Eight Songs" Award14. Jeremy MessersmithThe Silver City-Award for Best Album from a Minneapolis Artist13. The DodosVisiter-Award for "Heaviest" Folk Album12. Right Away, Great Captain!The Eventually Home-Award for Most Growth Between Albums11. TorcheMeanderthal-The "What the Hell, Pitchfork Turned Me On to a Metal Band?" Award10. Frightened RabbitThe Midnight Organ Fight-Award for Most Upbeat Album About Heartbreak9. Girl TalkFeed the Animals-Award for Best Party Album-Award for Best Free Album(download goes to free download on Girl Talk's official site)8. Langhorne SlimLanghorne Slim (and the War Eagles)-Award for Album I Somehow Kept Forgetting About7. Fucked UpThe Chemistry of Common Life-Award for Best Vocalist-Award for Giving People an Idea What It Would Sound Like if Andrew WK Dropped Acid Instead of Drank Alcohol6. Dear and the HeadlightsDrunk Like Bible Times-Award for Best Album Title-Award for Best Lyrics5. Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend-The "Fuck Pre-Album Hipster Backlash" Award4. Man ManRabbit Habits-Award for Best Carnival-Hobo-Vaudeville Rock Album3. Why?Alopecia-Award for Most Disconcertingly Honest Lyrics2. Children 18:3Children 18:3-Award for Most Attractive Bassist-The "I'm Glad They Finally Got Signed (even if it was to Tooth & Nail)" Award1. of MontrealSkeletal Lamping-Stupidly Good Award-Award for Best Alter Ego Sin[...]

Top 40 of 2008


Rather than list my favorite EPs and comedy albums first like I did last year, I decided to instead make my own Top 40 playlist for 2008... mostly because there weren't that many solid EPs put out, and there were only three really great comedy releases this year (Louis CK, Mitch Hedberg, and George Carlin). The rest ranged from slightly above mediocre to downright hacky crap. This ended up being a lot more work than what I did last year, but I think it paid off. All of these songs are great, and this list will also give you a broader overview of what came out this year, since only 18 of the songs come from my top 30 albums. Until then, here are my top 40 songs of 2008. Download link is after the list.

40. "Teen Creeps" - No Age (Nouns)
39. "Black Teeth" - Nurse With Wound (Huffin' Rag Blues)
38. "Our Definition of a Breakdown (feat. Ed DMX)" - Osborne (Osborne)
37. "Negative Thinking" - The Death Set (Worldwide)
36. "Young Marks" - The Mae Shi (HLLLYH)
35. "Highly Suspicious" - My Morning Jacket (Evil Urges)
34. "Got Money (feat. T-Pain)" - Lil Wayne (Tha Carter III)
33. "Walking" - The Dodos (Visiter)
32. "Black Panther" - Crystal Castles (Crystal Castles)
31. "Any Way You Choose To Give It" - The Black Ghosts (The Black Ghosts)
30. "I Will Possess Your Heart" - Death Cab for Cutie (Narrow Stairs)
29. "We Are Rockstars" - Does It Offend You, Yeah? (You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into)
28. "Hook and Line" - The Kills (Midnight Boom)
27. "Pray for Darkness" - Cancer Bats (Hail Destroyer)
26. "Blind" - Hercules and Love Affair (Hercules and Love Affair)
25. "Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)" - Black Kids (Partie Traumatic)
24. "Eye" - Witch (Paralyzed)
23. "Angry (feat. Tippa Irie)" - The Bug (London Zoo)
22. "Midnight Madness" - The Chemical Brothers (Brotherhood: The Definitive Singles Collection)
21. "Soul On Fire" - Spiritualized (Songs in A&E)
20. "Nothing Ever Happened" - Deerhunter (Microcastle)
19. "Mykonos" - Fleet Foxes (Sun Giant EP)
18. "Good Lies" - The Notwist (The Devil, You + Me)
17. "Fascination" - Alphabeat (This Is Alphabeat)
16. "Becky" - Be Your Own Pet (Get Awkward [UK]/Get Damaged EP [US])
15. "Topeka" - Ludo (You're Awful, I Love You)
14. "Singer Songwriter" - Okkervil River (The Stand-Ins)
13. "Black Albino Bones" - Fucked Up (The Chemistry of Common Life)
12. "Fat Waves" - Torche (Meanderthal)
11. "I Kissed a Girl" - Katy Perry (One of the Boys)
10. "Shoulda Known" - Atmosphere (When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold)
9. "L.E.S. Artistes" - Santogold (Santogold)
8. "When They Come To Murder Me" - Black Francis (Svn Fngrs)
7. "Talk About" - Dear and the Headlights (Drunk Like Bible Times)
6. "Homemade Valentine" - Children 18:3 (Children 18:3)
5. "Walcott" - Vampire Weekend (Vampire Weekend)
4. "Restless" - Langhorne Slim (Langhorne Slim & The War Eagles)
3. "The Hollows" - Why? (Alopecia)
2. "Keep Yourself Warm" - Frightened Rabbit (The Midnight Organ Fight)
1. "I Can Feel a Hot One" - Manchester Orchestra (Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind EP)

Download here. I can upload all the tracks individually if anyone would rather have that. Also, if you want to burn this to CD, it worked out so that the first 20 tracks and the last 20 tracks each fit nicely on a disc.

Tracks are tagged in reverse order (ie, "Teen Creeps" is track 1 and "I Can Feel a Hot One" is track 40). The reason for this should be obvious. I should have my top 30 albums uploaded sometime in the next week.



So, I finally decided to change the template and make this thing viewable again. Yes, it's pink. I don't know if that will change or not.

I have a metric fuckton of random shit that I uploaded for different people, so I'm just going to post links to some open directories on my webspace. It's mostly old Tooth & Nail stuff and other obscure, out of print Christian punk/metal albums. That should tide you over until I figure out what to post next. I think I might start a separate comedy blog now that I know none of the stuff I upload will get deleted. The internet needs more comedy blogs. If I decide to start a comedy blog, my next post on here might not be until January when I do my best of 2008 post, unless I get some requests for music. I don't know, maybe I'll post random obscure shit from time to time. Anyway, links to the open directories: ( is the vinyl version of F#A# by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which I think is superior to the CD version - fans of the band should definitely get it. I also highly suggest the Slapp Happy/Henry Cow album in there.) (more random stuff - I'll do a list of what's in each zip file if someone posts a comment requesting it)

I also uploaded almost all of Showbread's pre-Solid State material. I'm waiting on Josh Dies to get me the first album, The Dissonance of Discontent, and then that directory will have all of their old stuff. He's also going to upload the master tracks for "Does This Inspire You" by his solo project DIES for remixing, so I'll post something whenever he gets around to that. Here's the directory:

Here's a directory full of Neutral Milk Hotel bootlegs/demos/etc:

And finally, a few Trojan Records box sets (Beatles Tribute, Dub, Dub Vol. 2, Dub Rarities, and Ganja Reggae, all 3-disc sets) as well as Laika Come Home: Gorillaz vs. Spacemonkeyz, which is a dub re-working of the first Gorillaz album and is definitely their best release:

Patton Oswalt - Frankensteins and Gumdrops


This finally got into the hands of the people who ordered it, then found its way on to the internet. Now I share it with all of you. Unfortunately, it's only two tracks (and one of those was on the Alabama bootleg from last year), but it's still worth downloading and listening to, of course. I know nothing has been happening here for a while, but I'm working on stuff. Hold out a little longer.

Patton Oswalt - Frankensteins and Gumdrops

Alive Blog Is Alive


HEY!!! If you're here for Neutral Milk Hotel bootlegs, get them from this post. The links on this page are dead, but the ones over there are still good.So... um... yeah. Sorry about not updating for two months. I neglected this blog for a bit, and then bought a new computer, so I've been moving everything off my old computer onto this one. In the meantime I bought some webspace, which means everything will be hosted there from now on instead of Mediafire. This is good for everyone, I think, because it means faster, easier uploads for me, and faster, easier downloads for you. I've uploaded a bunch of stuff, including an entire repost of the Neutral Milk Hotel bootlegs/rarities I uploaded before, so I'll post all of that. Then... I don't know. I'll take some requests, and probably post some local stuff since I've gotten a bunch recently. I'm also thinking about opening a comedy megasite, where I'll dump the few hundred comedy albums I have and keep it all nice and organized for everyone. Anyway, on with the downloads:Underoath - Act of DepressionThe LSD Report (70's docu-vinyl on LSD - nifty stuff)Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair (House/disco-revival, featuring Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons on vocals)He Is Legend - 2008 Album Demos (4 demos for their upcoming album - ripped off myspace, which explains the shitty quality)Showbread - Goodbye is ForeverShowbread - Goodnight Sweetheart the Stitches Are Coming ApartShowbread - Human Beings Are Too Shallow To Fall In LoveShowbread - 2001 Battle of the BandsShowbread - Life, Kisses, and Other Wasted EffortsShowbread - Raw Rock Militia Tracks (Demos/Head Like a Hole Cover/etc. posted by Showbread last year)Neutral Milk HotelDemos/Rarities:1991 - Invent Yourself a Shortcake1992 - Beauty1993 - Hype City Soundtrack1998 - Holland, 1945/Engine 7"???? - The Unknown Demo???? - The Other Unknown Demo???? - Shannon's Monroe House Demos???? - Misc. RaritiesLive Bootlegs:Live at Aquarius Records, San Francisco, CA 7/4/96Live at Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC 3/4/98Live at Chris Bilheimer's Birthday Party, Athens, GA 12/5/98Live at King's Arms, Auckland, New Zealand 2/4/01Live at Seven South, Denver, CO 8/9/97Live at Sudsy Malone's, Cincinnati, OH 7/23/96Live at the 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA 12/31/98Live at the 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN 4/24/98Live at the Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA 4/12/98Live at the Broad River Outpost, Danielsville, GA 9/14/97Live at the Bug Jar, Rochester, NY 7/30/1998Live at the Crocodile Cafe, Seattle, WA 4/14/98Live at The Garage, London, England 8/18/98Live at the Knitting Factory, New York, NY 7/17/96Live at the Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA 4/3/98Live at the Red Light Cafe, Atlanta, GA 11/22/97Live at the Side Door, St. Louis, MO 5/5/97Live at the Terrastock II Festival, San Francisco, CA 4/15/98Live at Tokyo Rose, Charlottesville, VA 4/23/97Live at UK Radio Show, May 1998Live at University MDH, Manchester, England 10/10/1998XFM Radio Session, London, England, 8/18/98[...]

The Even More Complete Manchester Orchestra


The band requested that I remove all of the old stuff I recently posted, and to be on the safe side, I'm taking down all of the other stuff as well. If it turns out that it's okay for me to share some of it, I'll put that stuff back up, but for the moment there won't be anything. If you downloaded anything pre-Nobody Sings Anymore (so like, Andy's bands from high school and the stuff recorded in his basement), it'd be cool if you'd delete it as the band doesn't want that stuff circulated. If you won't delete it, at least have the decency not to pass it around.

The FLAC Attack Is Back


A friend of mine started a blog of his own, where he's posting a track or two each day in FLAC format. So... you should totally check it out, because it will be awesome. Here's a link:

The FLAC Attack Is Back

The Cutting Room Floor


I've got some stuff that I've uploaded but never posted here for various reasons (I upped it for a friend, I forgot to post it, I posted it on a forum and forgot to post it here, etc.). I decided to finally post them here for your enjoyment.

On an unrelated note, Of Montreal's album from last year has really grown on me over the last week. I have no idea why I didn't love it before, but something finally clicked and I've been listening to it at least once a day for the past eight days or so, and that will probably continue for some time. If you don't have it, I would highly suggest you download it and give it a spin. Consider it my seventh favorite album of last year, instead of #21 as I originally had it.

Oh, and the Tom Green albums are actually his rap music, not comedy as you might expect. They're surprisingly good, too, especially Prepare for Impact. Even if you don't like Tom Green, they're worth a shot if you're into old school-sounding hip-hop.

Patton Oswalt - Comedians of Comedy 3" Tour CD

Eugene Mirman - Comedians of Comedy 3" Tour CD

Brian Posehn - Comedians of Comedy 3" Tour CD

Maria Bamford - Comedians of Comedy 3" Tour CD

MC Face (Tom Green) - Not the Green Tom Show

Tom Green - Prepare for Impact

The Operation (features members of mewithoutYou) - There is Hope for a Tree Cut Down

Jim Ward (of At the Drive-In and Sparta; good acoustic music) - Quiet

Drive-Thru Records Artists - A Punk and Ska Christmas Gone Wrong Invite + Aeroplane Secret Mix


If anyone has a Karagarga invite and wants to trade for a invite, e-mail me (notesareshatteredATgmailDOTcom) and let me know. On the off chance that anyone has any recordings by The MCMS that aren't on their 3-disc retrospective release, I'll also give out the invite for that as well. A FLAC rip would be great, but I'll pretty much take anything.

Waffles invite has been taken. Someone got me a Karagarga invite. However, if you do have any MCMS, still e-mail me (notesareshatteredATgmailDOTcom), and I'll be sure to send the next Waffles invite I'll get in two weeks time your way.

And to whoever left a comment asking about the In the Aeroplane Over the Sea secret mix, you can download it here. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to get it.

Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull


Someone requested it, so here it is. The new Earth album, which comes out February 24. Download, enjoy, and then buy. Oh, and because I'm sure you're all dying to know, the title is a reference to the Bible (Judges 14:8).

Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull (Release Date: February 24)

Leaks, leaks, and more leaks


The Boris download is fixed. Apparently WinRAR doesn't like to compress files with crazy symbols in their names (and they were crazy symbols in the first place because Windows doesn't like to display Japanese characters). Anyway, now the Boris download has all 8 tracks instead of the 3 it had the first time around. Sorry for the inconvenience.

I know it's been a while since I last posted, but to make up for it, here are three leaked albums of the post-rock and/or doom metal variety. Make sure to buy these when they come out. I also have the new Earth album (The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull) that comes out at the end of the month somewhere, but I couldn't find it for this upload. Request it if you want it, and I'll try and find it. Until then, enjoy these.

Boris - Smile (Release Date: March 7)

A Silver Mt. Zion - 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons (Release Date: March 25)

The Sword - Gods of the Earth (Release Date: April 1)

End of the Year Extravaganza: Top 30 Albums! (Part 2)


As usual, it took me way longer to make this post than I planned. I kept meaning to do it, and then never felt like writing about music, because sometimes writing about music is hard. I've recently found myself agreeing with Frank Zappa or Elvis Costello or David Byrne or Frank Lloyd Right or Thelonious Monk or whoever said the following: "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do." So, I won't be providing descriptions. It's up to you to find info about these albums yourself - or, you could just trust me that they are indeed fantastic albums and download them in good faith.15: WeenLa Cucaracha14: Suishou no FuneThe Shining Star - Live13: El Ten ElevenEvery Direction is North12: WitchcraftThe Alchemist11: Stars of the Lidand Their Refinement of the DeclineDisc 1Disc 210: BurialUntrue9: The Snake The Cross The CrownCotton Teeth8: The WeakerthansReunion Tour7: Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss EveryoneDisc 1Disc 26: Saul WilliamsThe Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust(they apparently got rid of the option to download it for free, but $5 is still more than worth it, especially for the FLAC version - I won't be uploading this one, but trust me, it is a mindblowing album)5: Sage FrancisHuman the Death Dance4: Panda BearPerson Pitch3: BucketheadPepper's Ghost2: Black Moth Super RainbowDandelion Gum1: Okkervil RiverThe Stage NamesDisc 1 (Full album, plus both bonus, internet-only tracks)Disc 2 (Bonus disc with acoustic demos of every song)[...]

End of the Year Extravaganza: Top 30 Albums! (Part 1)


Yeah. Took a bit longer than I planned. Sorry. Comedy Death Ray download is fixed. And now, on with the bottom fifteen of my favorite albums of the year!30: Behold... the ArctopusSkullgridSuper technical instrumental prog-metal with a drum set, an electric guitar, and a 12-string Warr guitar. Reminds me of Buckethead at times, especially his The Cuckoo Clocks of Hell album.29: DeerhoofFriend OpportunityNoisy, experimental rock and roll from the land of the rising sun. Their most varied and probably accessible album to date. Get ready for a touch of hip-hop influence.28: The American DollarThe Technicolour SleepThe first of many post-rock albums in this post. Guitar and keyboard driven, slow-moving melodies. Relaxing and contemplative.27: EarthHibernaculumOld Earth songs done in the style they started with last year's HEX album. Warm, beautiful soundscapes. Good for early morning/late night listening.26: Melt-BananaBambi's DilemmaMore crazy rock music from Japan. Hyper fast, upbeat punk rock with high-pitched, yelping female vocals. The musical equivalent of eating a box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch with Red Bull instead of milk.25: Ben Harper & the Innocent CriminalsLifelineA mix of folk, soul, and country rock from this great singer-songwriter. Recorded entirely live in a week's time. This music makes me happy.24: Iron & WineThe Shepherd's DogSam Beam decided to move away from his roots, and bring in other instruments. Some people were angry. I was apprehensive. Then I listened to it, and by the end of the second track, all my fears had gone away. Beautiful, layered folk music.23: Daft PunkAlive 2007Part 1Part 2This album reminded me why I love Daft Punk after being out of touch with them for a couple years. Their live show features the duo deconstructing their most popular songs and essentially creating mash-ups of their own material. It could easily have been gimmicky, but ends up working really well.22: EluviumCopiaWonderful, droning ambient post-rock. Good for spacing out or reading. Also has a couple solo piano numbers, for fans of his "An Accidental Memory in the Case of Death" album.21: Of MontrealHissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?I almost didn't finish this album. Not because I hated it, but just because I didn't find it as amazing as I was promised. Thankfully I left it on long enough to get to "The Past is a Grotesque Animal", which I ended up loving, and I liked the second half of the album a lot more than the first. I went back and listened to it a few more times, and it definitely grew on me. So what does it sound like? Quirky, electronics-laden indie pop, I guess. Sometimes I suck at describing music.20: Chuck RaganFeast or FamineAcoustic folk from Hot Water Music vocalist Chuck Ragan, with a certain punk ethos oozing through. I love this guy's voice - there is so much power and emotion in it.19: Best FwendsAlphabetically ArrangedWhat the hell happened here? It sounds like a punk rock band threw up all over an Atari and some keyboards... and I love it. I'm tempted to compare these guys to The Moldy Peaches, not because they sound musically similar, but just because it sounds like two people having a bunch of fun making a record. Upbeat, unpretentious 8-bit punk.18: The NationalBoxerYou all probably have this already, but here it is in case you don't. Slow, churning indie rock, dark and beautiful. Once again, I suck at writing about music.17: SundownerFour One Five TwoMore acoustic punk type stuff. "One Hundred Resolutions" is maybe my favorite song of the year.16: Venetian SnaresMy Downfall (Original Soundtrack)This is not the soundtrack to a movie, but to Aaron Funk's actual downfall. This is usu[...]

End of the Year Extravaganza


In case you didn't notice, 2007 is over and it is officially 2008 everywhere in the world, which means it's time for the Notes Are Shattered End of the Year Extravaganza. In this post, you'll find my top 10 EPs and my top 5 comedy albums. Tomorrow, I'll post my top 30 albums of the year and a couple albums I was disappointed with. Coming soon, too, will be a mixtape of my favorite songs off each of these albums, so you can get a taste of all the bands in case you don't want to download everything. To anyone involved in the music industry that finds this, I would just like to say that these are for evaluation purposes only, and should you be somehow attached to any of these albums and want one taken down, e-mail me and let me know. I'll take it down immediately, and won't re-upload it. And now, without further ado, let's get this thing going.Top 5 Comedy Albums of 20075: Various ArtistsComedy Death RayDisc 1Disc 2Similar to 2005's "Invite Them Up" compilation, this two-disc set compiles material from 18 comedians who performed at Los Angeles' live comedy show "Comedy Death Ray". It features a number of alternative/experimental comedians, including Paul F. Tompkins, David Cross, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, Hard 'n Phirm, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Pardo, Neil Hamburger, Ian Edwards, Brian Posehn, Nick Thune, Scott Aukerman, Chris Hardwick, Mindy Kaling, Dan Mintz, Andy Daly, and cast members from Reno 911. It might be a little uneven, but it has a nice mix of different comedic styles, and a few brilliant bits. The upload for this failed, so I'll get it up tomorrow with my top 30 albums of the year.4: Steven WrightI Still Have a PonyIt's been 22 years since Steven Wright's first album "I Have a Pony" came out. In that time, he's put out a couple DVDs and acted in some movies, and apparently worked on his act quite a bit. He still has the same basic style (one-liners, puns, observational jokes, all wrapped in his surrealist brand of humor), but for whatever reason I found this album even funnier than his first. "The Store" is one of the best pieces of surrealist comedy I've ever heard.3: Doug StanhopeNo Refunds (DVD Rip)Doug Stanhope's new DVD finds him focusing more on telling generally dirty jokes and less on the political/observational humor he used to be known for. Not that he's completely removed that from his act, but it certainly isn't the main focus anymore, which is understandable. After fifteen years of comedy, Stanhope is ready to just "write dick jokes again", as he says on this recording (maybe... honestly, I forget if it's on this particular routine or one of the many bootlegs I've downloaded). Make no mistake though, he's as funny as he's ever been.2: Louis C.K.Shameless (DVD Rip)Louis C.K. is definitely at the top of his game on this DVD. He's one of the most realistic and relatable comedians working today, because he focuses on observational humor that I think most mainstream comedians would stray from. He talks about how much he hates his family, friends, and just about everyone he meets. But beneath all the hatred, he comes off as someone who genuinely cares about those close to him. Oh, and he tells a lot of dick jokes.1: Patton OswaltWerewolves & LollipopsLike I haven't talked about how much I love Patton Oswalt already. If you don't have this, just get it.Top 10 EPs of 200710: Louis XIVThe Distances from Everyone to YouGreat new EP from these Californian garage rockers. If you need something loud, fun, and overly sexual, this is for you. The ballad-esque title track is a nice change of pace, and the cover of the Flash Gordon theme is great.9: AnnualsFrelen Mas: Be He Me B-Side[...]

Nothing new


At least for a little bit. I'm seeding stuff over at in order to get my ratio back up, because I downloaded a ton of new music in order to determine the best records of 2007. I'm in the process of listening to everything and trying to rank it all. Once that's done, I'll upload my favorite albums of the year and post them here on the first of January. I'd like to know all of your favorite records as well, so I don't miss anything good. Leave me suggestions in the comments to this post.

Everything died


My friend who is hosting all the files just got an e-mail from his host today, saying that some jackass from Touch & Go Records reported Get in the Van, and now we have to take down all copyrighted stuff. The retarded thing is that Touch & Go, while they put out some other Rollins spoken word stuff, did NOT put out Get in the Van as far as I can tell. We'll look into alternative ways of continuing this site, but until then, there's going to be a bit of downtime. If anyone wants to re-upload files to Mediafire or something and then post links to them in the comments for their respective entries, that would be awesome. Let's keep this thing going. Fuck the music industry.

A Lump of Coal & Gary Hoey - Ho, Ho, Hoey! Vols. 1-3


I've uploaded all three Gary Hoey Christmas albums. I've also uploaded a compilation called A Lump of Coal, which features tracks by the Crash Test Dummies, The Primitives, Hoodoo Gurus, and Henry Rollins, who does a fantastic reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".



A mixtape


For a change of pace, and because I've gotten no more specific requests for Christmas albums, I've uploaded a mixtape for all of you. Click here for a tracklist, and for the download link.

X-Mas Project


Power metal covers of Christmas songs by members of a bunch of German metal bands. You can read them on the cover. Apparently there are more albums by these guys. If someone has them, you should let me know.


Bright Eyes - A Christmas Album


You asked, I delivered. Yes, this means I am taking requests for Christmas albums.


Bootsy Collins - Christmas Is 4 Ever


Bootsy is the man. Snoop Dogg, Bernie Worrell, Charlie Daniels, and others show up too.