Top 100 Albums of 2013

Honorable Mention: #100: The Silver Gymnasium by Okkervil River. #99: Monkey Mindsin the Devil’s Time by Steve Mason #98: Weekend by The Sounds. #97: Reflektor by Arcade Fire #96: Beyond Wilderness by Gold & Youth #95: Amok by Atoms for Peace #94: Edward Sharpe& The Magnetic Zeros by Edward Sharpe& The Magnetic Zeros #93: Trouble Will Find Me by The National.. #92: Praxis Makes Perfect by Neon Neon.. #91: Electric Slave by Black Joe Lewis #90: Devil by Lydia #89: Birthmarks by Born Ruffians #88: Comedown Machine by The Strokes…

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Top 100 Songs of 2013

#100: Let Us Move On by Dido #99: City of Angels by Thirty Seconds to Mars #98: Exit Wounds by Placebo #97: Flashbacks, Memories, And Dreams by The Virgins #96: Ready to Go by Guards #95: If I Could Change Your Mind by HAIM #94: After the Fire by Andrew McMahon #93: Close Enough by I Can Make a Mess #92: Surrender the Night by My Chemical Romance #91: Come Here by Talib Kweli (ft. Miguel) #90: Mermaids by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds #89: Bad Girls by M.I.A.…

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VIFF11 REVIEW: Inni [2011]

“We’re a very serious heavy metal band—and we worship the devil” If you go into Inni thinking you’ll receive Heima Part 2, you either be sadly disappointed or extremely grateful because it is anything but. Rather than show us Sigur Rós’ atmospherically sumptuous music against the gorgeous expanse of their Icelandic homeland, director Vincent Moriset captures the bombastic energy of one performance in a monochrome, scratchy gray. Shot with intimate compositions of abstract shapes and completely unbalanced framing, we experience the assault of being at the concert hall. Through a…

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Top 10 Albums of 2008

(short and sweet and to the point — culled from listening to 110+ 2008 releases) 1.) Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust 2.) The Kooks: Konk 3.) Uh Huh Her: Common Reaction 4.) Delays: Everything’s the Rush 5.) My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges 6.) The Black Keys: Attack & Release 7.) Dear and the Headlights: Drunk Like Bible Times 8.) Mystery Jets: Twenty One 9.) Feeder: Silent Cry 10.) MGMT: Oracular Spectacular Honorable Mention (11-25): 11.) Coldplay: Viva La Vida 12.) The Music: Strength in Numbers 13.)…

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REVIEW: Sigur Rós – Heima [2007]

“Joining the soul of Icelandic society” Simply breathtaking. For a band as atmospheric and deep as Sigur Rós, one could not think of any natural visions worthy to accompany the music. It ends up, though, that you don’t have to look too far after all. Just take some time to see the beauty and infinite space right in their own home of Iceland. This documentary, Heima, shows the world one of the last untouched visages in existence. The island country is exotic and devoid of pollution of nature and man.…

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