What Are You Listening To?



  • Listened to 3 electronic EPs:
    Iglooghost's Clear Tamei & Steel Mogu. Clear Tamei feels... classical, and has pleasant moments, while Steel Mogu is energetic and violent, rushing at high speeds to hit you. Both are amazing, can't pick which one's better.

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    Aphex Twin's Collapse. It's like being in VR and seeing the digital world around you collapse wink, producing frantic, otherworldly and inorganic sounds. It's also amazing, might be my favorite among the three.

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  • LCD Soundsystem's new live album, Electric Lady Sessions is awesome. It's mostly live renditions of their songs (mostly from american dream), with some covers. The performances are great for the most part, great song selections too. I really loved every song here except for Home, this version's first few minutes kinda weirded me out a bit.

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  • I have cleared out a good amount of my music backlog since the end of last month. Here's some the good ones:

    Ought's Sun Coming Down. Man, this is so fun to listen to! It's quirky and ridiculous, thanks to the absurdly good vocal performance. The band always tries to change things up a bit, and it's executed flawlessly. I have all the songs stuck in my head at some point. I can see this being one of my favorites ever, only time will tell.

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    Protomartyr's Relatives In Descent. Also a post-punk album, and also a good listen. It sounds way more serious, can be menacing at times, and is overall a very moody record. Some parts are a bit too slow and/or too long, but it makes it up with how atmospheric and badass it can be.

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    Remo Drive's Greatest Hits. No, it's not a compilation album, it's the name of their debut album, and it's a really catchy and fun emo indie rock record. It has classic emo lyrics that isn't cringe-worthy for the most part, and the perfect vocalist voice that fits the tone of the album. I'm mostly impressed by the energetic and dynamic instrumentation, they really help build the tone of the album and keep it fresh throughout. There's some dumb moments that keep me away from fully enjoying it though.

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    Japanese Breakfast's Soft Sounds from Another Planet. I think i talked about this band's previous album before, and how boring it was. Well, this is the complete opposite. It has lots of beautiful, spacey instrumentation mixed with soft, yet strong vocals. It's not very consistent in quality, and some parts can be a bit too soft, but it's still a good album overall.

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    I also listened to Toro y Moi's latest record, which was already talked about. It's my first Toro album, and i enjoyed it. First three songs and Freelance is amazing, the rest can range from decent to boring. Still enjoyed it though. I plan to listen to his older stuff soon, along with exploring 2 other bands that I haven't listened to before.



  • I recently decided to watch a video that has been appearing in my YouTube recommended for a while, and it got me really into City Pop/Shibuya-kei, which are kind of like a blend of Japanese indie, funk, pop and jazz. The main difference between the two is that Shibuya-kei leans much more into the indie than City Pop. Here are a few of my favorite songs from those genres:

    Tatsuro Yamashita - Sparkle
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    Lamp - 君とぼくとのさよならに (I truly don't know what that translates to in English)
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    Serani Poji - Octopus Daughter
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    The only problem with City Pop is that it was most popular in the 80s, so much of it sounds incredibly outdated. Hell, Lamp might not even fit but I like it enough to include it anyway.



  • Listened to Kid Bloom's A Different State of Mind EP. I stumbled upon one of the EP's song on Youtube a while back, and I only got around to the whole EP yesterday. It's a really groovy lo-fi indie rock, with a good amount of style and confidence. Loved all of it's 13 minutes runtime. The first song's my favorite, can't get enough of that guitar.

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  • After 7 - Can He Love You Like This

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    One of my favorite R&B groups.



  • Spent the last couple of days discovering '80s hip hop. Found more than a few GTA San Andreas songs.

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  • I just discovered the hottest album of all time:

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  • I recently started listening to Nujabes (thanks Fantano), and damn he's a really good producer. He has made some of the best hip hop beats I've ever heard. Also he apparently did the soundtrack for Samurai Champloo, which explains why it is so good. Gone too soon.

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  • Listened to They Might Be Giants' self titled debut album. It used to be tradition of mine to start with the first albums of older artists (and go wherever from there), and I glad i did it again with this one. It's a fun listen, very playful, and successfully humorous. Instrumentally solid too, although it can sound a bit too samey and skeletal sometimes.

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    Did the same thing with Death Cab for Cutie and Talking Heads. Something About Airplanes (Death Cab's album) is decent, a lot of songs here i don't care about but the rest of em' are pretty great so it's quite half-and-half for me. Talking Head's 77 is endearing and eccentric. I really enjoy the singer's style.

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    Don't really know where to go from here with these bands, so I might just go straight to their most popular albums.



  • @bam541 Transatlanticism is the essential Death Cab album. I'm a big fan of The Photo Album and We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes as well. While Something About Airplanes is their first release as a full band, the true first release is You Can Play These Songs With Chords, which is just Ben Gibbard by himself as Death Cab For Cutie. It has a few of the same tracks as Something About Airplanes but (in my opinion) better cuts of those tracks. I'd avoid anything from Codes & Keys and later though - they just sound bland at that point.



  • Devil May Cry 5 OST | Divinity Statue

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    Helps with the meditation.



  • Arctic Monkeys' Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is pretty good. I can't say I'm a big fan of them(at least not post-Humbug), so this album surprised me. Really loving the vibes of the instrumentals, the retro classy feel. The first two thirds has lots of great moments. It took a while for Alex's vocals to click for me though.

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    Currently listening to this soundtrack, this VN is quite a ride.



  • Thanks to a very lovely football/soccer chant, I'm hooked to The Stone Roses' self titled debut album now. Has lots of moments that surprised me, really good stuff overall.

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    Also, I'm a bit late to the party but The Black Keys are finally back! This is a pretty good single, continuing the sound and production style of Brothers and El Camino.

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    There's also this new Foals album, not familiar with them at all but I'm immediately downloaded the album after I watched this music video of one of the singles. Loving the sound of it. It's quite expressive, a bit dark, and feels slick. The bridge part near the end is so badass. Excited to listen to the whole album soon.

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  • My top three bands are Radiohead, Cursive, and Foals, so I was super stoked to hear Foals not only had an album coming out this year, but actually a double part album with the second being released sometime in the fall. Then I started listening to it - this is some of their best work, right up there with Total Life Forever.

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    It has some dark edges, some of their most "danceable" work, and absolutely infectious sounds. Each track I'd listen to, I'd be immediately impressed with what I was hearing and then each track would turn in a beautiful direction. This is the longest amount of time separating their releases and it really shows - the band sounds so refreshed, energetic, and full of new ideas.

    Listen to this album, it's brilliant.



  • Something from the new Haiduk album 'Exomancer' [black metal]

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    The National have a new album coming out in May and here's a single from it. As usual, very much looking forward to the album.

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