Best 15 2012 releases!

So finally i have decide to share with you the LPs that i enjoyed most in this intense 2012!

It will be a list, not a chart, so #1 is not the best 2012 album in my opinion, it’s just a number! Sorry in advance for some advertisement before a couple of videos, but it’s worth to wait! 

# 15 Flying Lotus (USA) – Until The Quiet Comes – # soft experimental electronic 

 

# 14 The Horrors (UK) – Skying – # garage rock # alternative-indie

# 13 Hot Chip (UK) – In Our Heads – # indie-electronic

# 12 Muse (UK) – The 2nd Law – # alternative-rock # neo prog.

# 11 The Hives (SWE) – Lex Hives – # alternative-indie # garage-punk

# 10 The Gossip (UK) – A Joyful Noise – # indie-rock

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# 9 Swans (USA) – The Seer – # garage underground # post punk # esperimental rock

# 8 Jack White (USA) – Blunderbuss – # indie rock # punk blues

# 7 Squarepusher (UK) – Ufabulum – # acid electro # jungle drum’n bass

# 6 The XX (UK) – Coexist – # indie electronic

# 5 Smashing Pumpkins (USA) – Oceania – # grunge # indie rock # alternative rock

# 4 Divine Fits (UK-USA) – A Thing Called Divine Fits – # alternative indie 

# 3 Tame Impala (AUS) – Lonerism – # alternative indie rock # neo-psychedelia

# 2 Soundgarden (USA) – King Animal – # grunge # alternative rock

# 1 Vitalic (FRA) – Rave Age – # electro 

See you in 2013! Stay Tuned!

1 is not enough, 3 is too much: 2manydjs!

Somebody still don’t know 2manydj’s?  Seriously? Come on…

I wrote about them last march in my Fb page but, since i f****** love them plus i’ve seen them last weekend live (third time) i cannot stop myself to post something about!

They started early 2000 as a belgium electro-clash(ish) band known as Soulwax but their passion to remix other songs led them to start a parallel project as 2manydjs!

I think they are on the most creative bands/djs and you can see them through their graphics (in their cds covers/books) AND even more in their live concerts/djsets!

In the digital/smartphone era they are one of the first ones creating an app where you can download for free many remixes and enjoying their animations ! It’s like watching a movie with great music, there’s something better? how many artists let you do it?

well… now… if i’m gonna ask you again who are them and you don’t know, what can i say…It’s your lost! 🙂

Stay Tuned!

Best 2012 Album? (Good Bands vs Pushed Bands)

You know, every end of the year there are charts and lists of the best of the year and that happens also for the music obviously! So i’ve run into this 50’s best album of the year list made by NME website.

http://www.nme.com/blog/index.php?blog=147&p=13018&title=50_best_albums_of_2012&more=1&c=1

Considering that i don’t know many of them -and i listen tons of music- i’ve asked myself: Am i ignorant? I obviously cannot accept this consclusion! So i’ve made a larger and more complex consideration about Good Bands vs Pushed Bands.

I consider good bands the ones that come from the indipendent scene, starting ‘from the floor’ before going -eventually- to the top! BUT, we are in the Media Era (magazines, websites) and many ‘so and so’ bands become famous from the beginning since they have more influence on the media!

An easy example: The Strokes! I love them, but everybody knows that Julian Casablancas is the son of John, the owner of the famous models agency (suck a poor life for Julian surrounded by stunning models since he was a kid) and he created a record studio in their huge villa for the ‘poor’ son!

They became very famous since their first album, a very good one, but good like so many others i think…So how many are REALLY good bands and how many are pushed by media just because they have more ‘influence’? Think about it!

Getting back to the NME’s list i would include Jack White, Hot Chip (even if the previous album was their masterpiece), The Liars (a VERY GOOD band) and Flying Lotus! But, within the end of the year, i will write you my favourite ones!

Stay Tuned!