Hope you didin’t miss us too much. New music!

Happy holidays everybody!  Hope you had a wonderfully cheery one and got all the gifts you asked for if you were a good boy or girl this year!  For Hanukkah, my mom and I usually do some shopping together and I picked up some super cute shoes this year!  I also celebrated my first Christmas with my boyfriend and his massive Italian family.  It was tiring but I did get way more gifts than I was expecting to.   Plus it was a good time so I’m not complaining.  One gift I received that’s coming in great use is a new pair of headphones for all the new music I’ve been downloading.  What’s my current favorite you ask?

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2011: The Year of Escapism

Conjuring up motifs and noises of the past, these ten artists have put their spin on nostalgia and have created a sound unique to each of them.  Music as always is a testament of the times, somehow it seems we’re being catapulted backwards. In some cases the artist deals head on with the current turmoil lyrically, but even when the content is irrelevant we’re sucked into a simpler time. Although it’s hard to remain hopeful when the skies look so dark and gloomy, there’s always “Watch The Thrown.”
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Enter Shikari: listen to their new songs

Who knew hardcore and electronic music would blend so well together?  Hailing from England, Enter Shikari has seen a lot of success.  Their debut album released in 2007, Take To The Skies, reached reached #4 in the Official UK Album Chart and their following album which I find incredible, Common Dreads (2009) reached #16.  Their third studio album, A Flash Flood Of Color is due to come out January 16, 2012.
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Melissa’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

It’s been a pretty decent year for new alternative albums.  I’ve managed to pick just enough of them after dismissing a lot of the indie garbage that dominated the CD releases these past 12 months.  I believe this list embodies my tastes fairly well and I have conviction in my choices and their order.  So now that the year is rapidly coming to an end, let’s recap some music!
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The Best of Electronic Dance Music in 2011

I feel bad for artists in December. What with deadlines and expectations and the weight of eleven months on the backs of every critic, it seems that otherwise relevant releases get lost in the shuffle. So yes, it’s December 4th and I’m writing a best of 2011 list that would more appropriately be composed in January – mea culpa.

This was an interesting year, as “EDM” (Christ I hate that acronym) cemented a footing in the mainstream consciousness – especially here in Albany, be it Dayglow, Deadmau5 or Foam Fest (ahem, Electric Flurry…). So, as the director of the electronic music department here at WCDB (somewhat confusingly titled RPM) I feel as if it is my duty to sift through all of the roughage, and somehow – in a year where Skrillex colloborated with the doors and Rihanna with Calvin Harris – present an accurate, unbiased snapshot of the scene’s state.

What follows is a top 20 list, the opinion of one man plain and simple. And while the pretentious, alt-rock kid inside of me wants to exclude every song known to more than ___ listeners, I have to admit: sometimes things get popular for a very good reason. And in case seeking out and giving attention to each of these songs individually is a daunting task, I’ve also included a mix (~45 minutes) that, I hope, captures the year:

https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F29591644 WCDB Top 20 by mr.kissner

It’s been a long one…
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Trapped Under Ice Exclusive WCDB Interview

 Trapped Under Ice is a hardcore band from Baltimore, Maryland. They just released a new album called Big Kiss Goodnight. They stopped by for an interview after the show they played last Sunday at the yearly tattoo convention at Northern Lights called Rat A Tat.

Here’s the mediafire link to download the mp3 file. It’s kinda long but worth it. 🙂 Ignore me sounding like an idiot lol. It was a really fun experience and they’re all really cool people. Afterwards we went to Denny’s and got milkshakes at 2 am! CHECK IT OUTTTT!


 Also, keep a look out for the written out interview on Keep Albany Boring.  It should be up soon!

The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp

I feel like an idiot for not listening to this full album over a year ago when I first heard about it, especially since I love The Elephant EP.  This full length album, The Wild Orchid Children Are Alexander Supertramp is practically perfect and features remastered versions of songs from their EP.

It’s a loud, in-your-face mixture of post-blues, psychedelic, and jam out rock.  It feels abrasive, moving, dynamic, and texturized.  Every song is equally as good as the last and I love it!

General Kornwalis’ Top Ten of 2011

Sorry, no M83 here. If I wanted to review pretentious musicians who tried too hard I would have just asked Jason Kushner for some of his CD’s. As a DJ who finds himself most at home at weekend basement raves and bro bars, I have a bit of a bias in my list. However, this fact does not deter from my musical tastes as most would believe. Therefore, without further ado, I present you with my top ten albums/singles/producers/mixtapes for the year.
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