After reading @i3art‘s post about his musical year in review, I have decided to do one of my own, following his example. I used the last.fm charts to come up with this data. It isn’t very precise since I mostly listen to my iPod and the last.fm scrobbler fails about 3 out of 4 times, dimsissing most of my scrobbles and when I’m at home I listen to vinyl
So these are my listening charts based on the data from last.fm
Top 10 Artists
My artists top ten exists out of mostly all bands I have seen live
Converge @ magasin 4
The Tallest Man on Earth @ AB
Woven Hand @ De spil
Om @ AB
Godspeed you! Black emperor, Sleep and Sun O))) are not in this list but are also gigs worth mentioning.
Top 10 Albums
Top 10 Tracks
One track that is worth mentioning is Dopesmoker by Sleep because it is a track of 63 minutes
For more stats check out my last.fm user profile page
To bad discogs didn’t have a function to see the records i bought the last year. I would liked it if I could include my personal top 10
This weekend on Groezrock, I have bought my first black metal album. Black metal isn’t directly my thing, but this one is very exceptional.
Wolves In The Throne Room are a iconic band playing a sort of a atmospheric black metal. The band got a great cult status for living in a farm off the gird
In 2003, the band moved to a dilapidated 1910 farmstead called Calliope outside Olympia. They have often stated that the creation of their farm-stronghold was linked to their early musical progression. Aaron Weaver’s wife Megan grows organic vegetables at Calliope. The band has expressed bemusement at the mythology that surrounds them, specifically regarding the band’s rural lifestyle. From an interview with Pitchfork:
“I’m sure that some people who meet us are disappointed that we don’t dress in un-tanned hides and dwell in caves, while others are surprised that the farm… and our struggle to create a life that mirrors the energy of our music is quite real.”
the interview with pitchfork can be found here
The record is 180grm vinyl and has very high quality artwork.
On the side I’ve also bought the best Doom album known to man (opinions may differ). Dopesmoker
Underdog is one of those NY hardcore bands who started out in 1985 after the fall of the first hardcore movement in the US. They were called True Blue for about a week, after that, the band was renamed to Underdog. This band also combines reggae in their music, like Bad Brains did. It a bit different, but still many people dislike them for this. The energy this band
The band first released a 7″ (with a very cool cover). I don’t have the release from back in 1986 (released on New Beginnings Records), but bridge 9 did a re-issue in 2009, so I bought that one as soon as I could.
3 years later they released their full album on Caroline records, named ‘The Vanishing Point’. The record was much anticipated and when I came out, it was the record of the year. They did an US tour promoting the album. After the tour they decided to take a little break, but that break resolved in the band quitting. They even canceled their European tour. I think now they are back together and playing shows.
I searched for the record a long time and every time it came up, it was overpriced on Ebay. I finally was able to pick one up without the insert sheet for a fair price.
The LP was reissued in 1998 on Go-cart records with a different cover