Top 100 Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind; Opeth – Sorceress; She Is We – War; The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it; Ed Harcourt – Furnaces; J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only; Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are; Against the Current – In Our Bones; Tall Heights – Neptune; The Lumineers – Cleopatra; Lissie – My Wild West; Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere; Green Day – Revolution Radio;…

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Top 100 Songs of 2016

#100: Pacifico by Majid Jordan #98: Swooner by The Zolas #96: Come Alive by The Jezabels #94: Faint Of Heart by Tegan & Sara #92: So Much Sky by The Temper Trap #90: Touch by Shura #88: Sometimes by Oscar #86: Hell’s Kitchen Angel by MAX #84: Drive It Like You Stole It by Sing Street #82: Zombies by Childish Gambino #80: Someone That Loves You (ft. Izzy Bizu) by HONNE #78: Your Love by Cardiknox #76: Fight Song by Rachel Platten #74: Call You Up by Viola Beach #72:…

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DESIGN: 2016 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Stranger Things” • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein • 01:08 • Stranger Things OST, Vol 1, Lakeshore Records2. “Can’t Let Go, Juno” • Kishi Bashi • 04:23 • Sonderlust, Joyful Noise Recordings3. “Bright Lights” • Gibbz • 03:15 • Oh My God EP, Gibbz4. “I Can’t Stand You Anymore” • Sleigh Bells • 04:02 • Jessica Rabbit, Torn Clean5. “Giant” • Banks & Steelz • 03:51 • Anything But Words, Warner Bros. Records Inc.6. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” • Foxes • 03:24 • All I Need, Sign of the…

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TIFF15 REVIEW: Der Nachtmahr [2016]

“What do you want from me?” In great Lost Highway-era David Lynch fashion, visual artist turned filmmaker Akiz‘s Der Nachtmahr switches from linear reality to seamlessly disorienting crosscuts between life and dream. It occurs when soon-to-be eighteen year old Tina (Carolyn Genzkow) passes out drunk while peeing in the woods outside a secret rave full of heavy electronica and piercing white strobe light (a disclaimer cautions epileptics while cajoling everyone else to increase the volume). We don’t realize she’s fainted—and honestly this dizzy spell might be the nightmare instead of…

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DESIGN: 2012 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Water Runs” — Reptar 5:14 | from Body Faucet; Vagrant Records2. “Dougou Badia” — Amadou & Mariam (ft. Santigold) 3:53 | from Folila; Nonesuch Records3. “Mind Your Manners” — Chiddy Bang (ft. Icona Pop) 3:16 | from Breakfast; Virgin, I.R.S.4. “Bright Whites” — Kishi Bashi 4:13 | from 151a; Joyful Noise5. “Little Talks” — Of Monsters and Men 4:25 | from My Head is an Animal; Universal6. “We Are Young” — fun. (ft. Janelle Monae) 4:10 | from Some Nights; Fueled by Ramen7. “End of the Line” —…

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Top 100 Albums of 2012

Honorable Mention: #100: Heartbreaking Bravery by Moonface with Sinai #99: Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins #98: Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird #97: Golden Years by Brothertiger #96: Tramp by Sharon Van Etten #95: Out Of Frequency by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour #94: Cynic’s New Year by Horse Feathers #93: Bear Creek by Brandi Carlile #92: Sjung by Laleh #91: Outlands by Deep Sea Arcade #90: Something by Chairlift #89: A Gentle Reminder by The Jealous Sound #88: Lex Hives by The Hives #87: Stars And Satellites by Trampled By…

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Top 100 Songs of 2012

#100: Always Rains by Janus — #99: Bliss by Blaqk Audio — #98: Cameo Lover by Kimbra — #97: Dour Percentage by Of Montreal — #96: oOoO by Oberhofer — #95: Alone by Trampled By Turtles — #94: Who’s Feeling Young Now? by Punch Brothers — #93: Good As New by Vacationer — #92: Wishes by Beach House — #91: Ode To Sad Disco by Mark Lanegan Band — #90: Touch the Clouds (Taste the Ground) by Good Old War — #89: Tell Me A Tale by Michael Kiwanuka —…

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DESIGN: 2010 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Sins of My Youth” — Neon Trees 3:39 | from Habits; Mercury Records2. “The High Road” — Broken Bells 3:51 | from Broken Bells; Columbia Records3. “I Won’t Kneel” — Groove Armada 4:35 | from Black Light; Cooking Vinyl4. “Breathe” — Ryan Star 3:49 | from 11:59; Atlantic5. “ILU” — School of Seven Bells 4:40 | from Disconnect From Desire; Ghostly International/Vagrant Records6. “Madder Red” — Yeasayer 4:06 | from Odd Blood; Secretly Canadian7. “Conversation 16” — The National 4:19 | from High Violet; 4AD8. “Lights” — Interpol…

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Top 100 Albums of 2010

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 502 releases—at time of publishing—from 2010. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime. click album cover for website) #100: I Speak Because I Can by Laura Marling #99: LP4 by Ratatat #98: Wilderness Heart by Black Mountain #97: Libraries by The Love Language #96: To The Sea by Jack Johnson #95: Star Tiger, Star Ariel by Delays #94: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise by Ray…

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