Monday, June 19, 2006

Albums of The Moment


These are my top five albums of this second, in no particular order. I’m not the best with genres and terms, but I’ll try my best to let you know a little about them.

Peeping Tom – Peeping Tom [Link]
Mike Patton’s (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle) new concept album based on the movie Peeping Tom. Some tracks remind me of God Lives Underwater, others of classic Mike Patton. Very much worth a listen.
Selected Track – Sucker (feat. Norah Jones)
Norah, is that you? And you seemed like such a… nice girl.

The Black Angels – Passover [Link]
These young rockers from Texas channel the Doors and Velvet Underground for your listening pleasure, without actually covering or outright stealing anything. Some of their lyrics are a little weird, but given time to mature, I’m sure they will get to where they should be.
Selected Track – The Sniper At the Gates of Heaven
A drum and guitar driven psychedelic piece. Just what I want from my dark war rock. Hunh!

Ryoji Ikeda – Dataplex [Link]
Experimental electronica genius Ryoji Ikeda creates an album designed to make your head feel numb, using sounds on the edge of human comprehension. Pluck the pattern from the chaos, and give it a ride. The album is best listened to straight through.
Selected Track – data.superhelix
Everything that would normally make you think your CD player is broken comes together to make you want to do a jumpy little wiggle.

The Silence Xperiment/Q-Unit – Greatest Hits [Link]
Queen and 50-cent? A mustached match made in heaven. The Silence Xperiment brings us just the right amount of pretty boy rock to underscore our gangsta superstar. And now I can appreciate his smooth voice without crappy beats.
Selected Track – Under Pressure All the Time
Chances are they all “smoked that good shit.” Beware the breakdowns in the middle, they may be an acquired taste. I enjoy the juxtaposition of the relatively relaxed 50-cent over the obviously stressed 70s rockers. Aha.

Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere [Link]
Thank god someone is bringing the funk back. Ok, a lot of people are. But my favorite at this moment must be Gnarls Barkley, and in the electronica infused way I love.
Selected Track – Who Cares?
Oh I do. Very much. And that deep voice interjecting? A lovely reminder of the 80s for some reason.

Check all this shit out and let me know what you think! What’s tickling your listening holes right now?

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 6:52 am  

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