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Nothing Sounds 13: This Halloween, the Batcat Cometh

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My favorite holiday is almost gone, but I’ll refuse to let it go for another few days still. Music is just as big a Halloween event for me as decorations and haunted houses; plus, I actually have the time and funds to indulge it. Epic post rock (Godspeed You!, Mogwai), drawn-out, creepy electronic and drone (Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker) and the queerer realms of ambient pop (Julia Holter, whose Halloween-ready Tragedy is sadly not on Spotify) - these are the things that pique my interest even more than normal this time of year. So enjoy your Halloween, folks. I wasn’t able to embrace it as much as I would’ve liked, but we’ll take what we can. Pick out some of your favorite soundtracks and blast those through the house, double-check your beds and closets, and for the love of John Carpenter, do not go outside to investigate that sound. I’ll be watching Trick ‘r Treat and Halloween if you need me. [link]

Tracklist:

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never - “Andro”
  2. Crystal Castles - “Year of Silence”
  3. Soft Moon - “Into the Depths”
  4. Mogwai - “Batcat”
  5. Young Widows - “Miss Tambourine Wrist”
  6. Tim Hecker - “Borderlands”
  7. Zomby - “Haunted”
  8. Julia Holter - “Goddess Eyes I”
  9. Zola Jesus - “Avalanche”
  10. Explosions in the Sky - “Greet Death”
  11. Mount Eerie - “House Shape”
  12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “East Hastings
Nothing Sounds 11: From the walls of my apartment to the confines of a playlist

This week’s playlist is born of a simple construct: what’s hanging on my walls? I don’t often notice posters, nor do I own that money - I just can’t afford the nice ones I would like. I pick one up every now and then, though, and most represent a favorite band of mine. Modest Mouse, True Widow, and empire! were all pickups at shows (the Modest Mouse poster being the last one available at the Royal Oak date - I felt like an asshole and didn’t care). I won the Propagandhi show poster in a contest (but when I look at me, I’m just sad I missed the show - I still have yet to see them! Criminal). Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse came from the Dark Night of the Soul deluxe set (the greatest thing I have ever won, and one of my most prized possessions). Thrice’s came with the Beggars preorder. mewithoutYou is a show poster (I did go to that show, and how wonderful it was). The Mountain Goats, Fucked Up, and Joan of Arc came with album purchases (All Eternals Deck, David Comes to Life, and Oh, Brother, respectively).

There are a few curious choices. “Pain” is not my favorite song off of DNOTS - that honor goes to “Revenge,” one of my favorite songs ever. I use that song a lot, though, and I wanted to give love to one of the other many gorgeous tracks (I am a noted fan of both Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse). This mix also ended up being moodier and heavier than I initially anticipated, but when True Widow, Fucked Up Iggy Pop, and Propagandhi are included - also taking into account the specific tracks I selected from Modest Mouse and mewithoutYou - that will happen. As for the seemingly out-of-place Mountain Goats song at the end, I simply like ending things with a sort of epilogue; I like to add a song that is a  tad out of place, but is upbeat, simple, and at least marginally hopeful.

Enjoy, everyone. I think I’m going to take my computer out on the porch and write for a while as I enjoy this glorious thunderstorm. I don’t trust Michigan weather patterns enough to say spring is here, but it certainly is close. [link]

Tracklist:

  1. True Widow - “Skull Eyes”
  2. Modest Mouse - “Tiny Cities Made of Ashes”
  3. Fucked Up - “Serve Me Right”
  4. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - “Pain” ft. Iggy Pop
  5. Joan of Arc - “Love Life”
  6. empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate) - “Everything Is Connected and Everything Matters (a Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem)
  7. Propagandhi - “A Speculative Fiction”
  8. Thrice - “All the World is Mad”
  9. mewithoutYou - “The Soviet”
  10. The Mountain Goats - “This Year”

- Tyler Hanan

Nothings Sounds 10: The Best of February

I may need to amend the title “The Best of February” to something a little more accurate - something like “The Best of February… On Spotify.” Being limited by the fact that Spotify apparently doesn’t have all the music ever, great releases such as the ones by Burial, Shlohmo, Hooray!, Teen Suicide, and numerous others that would have made this mix didn’t. Be that as it may, there were still at least thirteen February releases that I have heard, enjoyed, and found (at least a portion of) on Spotify. The list is light on anything too heavy, as I haven’t heard much hardcore, metal, punk, etc., this month, but I enjoy it nonetheless. Feel free to share what you think we’ve forgotten - we love broadening our music horizons. [link]

Tracklist:

  1. Grimes - Oblivion // Visions
  2. Royal Baths - Nightmare Voodoo // Better Luck Next Life
  3. Zola Jesus - In Your Nature (David Lynch Remix) // In Your Nature
  4. Air - Parade // Le Voyage Dans La Lune
  5. The Menzingers - Burn After Writing // On the Impossible Past
  6. Cursive - The Cat and Mouse // I Am Gemini
  7. Archers of Loaf - Greatest of All Time // Vee Vee (Remastered)
  8. Frankie Rose - Pair of Wings // Interstellar
  9. fun. - We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monae) // Some Nights
  10. Islands - This Is Not A Song // A Sleep & A Forgetting
  11. Tennis - My Better Self // Young & Old
  12. Perfume Genius - 17 // Put Your Back N 2 It
  13. Sleigh Bells - End of the Line // Reign of Terror

PS: Yes, I did think ending the album with the words “it’s the end of the line, so goodbye” was clever.

- Tyler Hanan

Nothing Sounds 9: Soundtracks

So how about those Academy Awards? I had resigned myself to most of the losses that I feared, but I still feel Rooney Mara is perfect (no Swedish followers, don’t leave! I love Noomi too!). On a quasi-related note, I’ve been toying around with the idea of a soundtrack-themed playlist, but I just didn’t seem to have the knowledge of enough soundtracks - at least, I didn’t feel I did. Also taking into account the fact that I’m always trying to do many things at once, I actually delegated the task… to my friend Kayla, the person who I can most comfortably sit with in a coffeeshop at our computers for three hours while exchanging maybe five sentences. Kayla also runs a really nice fansite for the band The Swellers [link] - make sure to check it out if you’re a fan as well. Here’s the wonderful playlist she put together. [link]

Tracklist:

  1. Nathan Johnson with the Cinematic Underground - “Kara’s Theme (The Drama Vamp)” // Brick
  2. Daft Punk - “Recognizer” // TRON: Legacy
  3. Jónsi - “Brambles” // We Bought A Zoo
  4. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - ” A Pair of Doves // The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  5. Michael Brook - “Swimming & Horses // Into the Wild
  6. Alexandre Desplat - “Awakening” // Tree of Life
  7. John Williams - Hedwig’s Theme // Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  8. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Soft Trees Break the Fall // The Social Network
  9. Emily Browning - “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)” // Sucker Punch
  10. Danny Elfman - “Sandra’s Theme” // Big Fish

- Tyler Hanan

    Nothing Sounds 8

    Hey there, strangers. It has been too long. This week’s mix was created with a rather relaxed guiding hand. A mix of punk and hardcore, with an intermission of sorts dividing the fun and angry halves. It’s short and sweet, comprised of some of my favorites. Next week I’ll be back to a more comprehensive, detailed theme. [link]

    Tracklist:

    1. The Thermals - Everything I Want
    2. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Mighty Sparrow
    3. Superchunk - Hyper Enough
    4. Aficionado - Stir Like Hell
    5. Les Savy Fav - The Sweat Descends
    6. Mogwai - Drunk and Crazy
    7. At the Drive-In - Arcarsenal
    8. Propagandhi - Tertium Non Datur
    9. Cave In - White Silence
    10. Refused - The Deadly Rhythm

    - Tyler Hanan.

    Nothing Sounds 6

    After a week off, Nothing Sounds returns! Make sure you check out our end of the year coverage if you haven’t already [link], and keep an eye out for our 2012 coverage that will be up soon! Here’s a little mix of electronic and hip hop tunes that I’ve been jamming - enjoy! [link]

    Tracklist:

    1. SBTRKT - Wildfire
    2. Janelle Monae - Dance or Die ft. Saul Williams
    3. Zomby - Digital Rain
    4. Common - Cloth
    5. Gold Panda - Back Home
    6. Das Racist - Happy Rappy
    7. Erykah Badu - Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
    8. Four Tet - Angel Echoes
    9. The Roots - Light House
    10. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX - I’ll Take Care of U

    - Tyler Hanan

    Nothing Sounds 5

    Weird mix - we have new tunes, old tunes, new tunes that sounds like old tunes, and vice versa. A number of them are favorites of mine from their time. I wasn’t sure how to end this one, none of these seemed right. Then I looked over at my roommate shoveling hot dogs down his throat, looked down at my tofu, and “Meat Is Murder” shoved all other possible closers out of my mind. The others? Simply some songs I’ve been jamming in between frantic relistens to 2011 albums, waffling over whether I should put them 18th or 19th on my end of the year list.

    I kept it short and simple this week, as we’ve got a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Our end-of-the-year coverage has grown quite a bit since last year, with lots of goodies planned for both the loyal readers and the random one-timers. Also, we’re going to take this surge of productivity and harness it, starting off the new year strong. Some of these ideas may not take hold right away, but our coverage should evolve quite a bit over the next few months. I’m more excited to put it all together than I for catching up on Doctor Who - and I love Doctor Who. 

    As always, please enjoy. If you find anything especially pleasing or aggravating, feel free to praise or berate us via our many social media outlets. Much love, loyal readers. [link]

    Tracklist

    1. Ceremony - Into the Wayside Part I/Sick
    2. End of a Year - Eddie Antar
    3. Andrew Jackson Jihad - American Tune
    4. Fugazi - Repeater
    5. Off! - Panic Attack
    6. Talking Heads - And She Was
    7. Minor Threat - Screaming at a Wall
    8. Butthole Surfers - Pepper
    9. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
    10. The Smiths - Meat is Murder

    - Tyler Hanan

    Nothing Sounds 4

    The biggest problem I usually have with these mixes is a sudden desire for a songs of a vastly different tone halfway through making the mix. This one started with YACHT’s “Utopia” and a plan for an upbeat, mostly electronic playlist. As you can see, that direction quickly changed. There really is no specific genre now. There a few things I’m currently listening to, a few thing songs that fit in with them, and a few tracks that just struck my fancy.

    David Lynch’s “Good Day Today” is one of the songs that snuck on as a result of how much I’ve been listening to it lately. Lynch’s Crazy Clown Time is exactly what one could logically expect it to be: extremely weird, varying quality, and a release that some will laud as art while others will condemn as pretentious trash that actually falls about halfway between the two extremes. I couldn’t give you a number score, but the best descriptive words would be “interesting” and “okay.”

    I rediscovered the new Cave In album this week, too. I’d forgotten how much I liked it. Experimental metal without the technical masturbation of a BTBAM - I can get down with that. The Sleigh Bells album announcement has had me bumping Treats this week, and the stream of undun has kept The Roots on the mind. This is basically a playlist born of the music swirling around my head this week - I’m just not sure it’s weird enough to be accurate. Anyway, I enjoy all of these. Maybe you will. It’s okay if you don’t. [link]

    Tracklist

    1. These Arms Are Snakes - Horse Girl
    2. Crystal Castles - Doe Deer
    3. Cave In - Summit Fever
    4. Sleigh Bells - Rill Rill
    5. tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
    6. David Lynch - Good Day Today
    7. The Roots - Dear God 2.0 ft. Monsters of Folk
    8. Modeselektor - The White Flash ft. Thom Yorke
    9. Wye Oak - Dog Eyes
    10. True Widow - Skull Eyes
    11. YACHT - Shangri-La

    - Tyler Hanan

    Nothing Sounds 3

    Hello all, sorry about the late tracklist. There’s no preamble or music news that I’ll be spouting off about today, just a short playlist with a few fun songs. Enjoy! [link]

    Tracklist

    1. Bright Eyes - At the Bottom of Everything
    2. Pinback - Fortress
    3. The xx - Heart Skipped a Beat
    4. Superchunk - Crossed Wires
    5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The High Party
    6. Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Two Against One ft. Jack White
    7. The New Pornographers - From Blown Speakers
    8. matt pond PA - Love to Get Used
    9. The Gaslight Anthem - We Did It When We Were Young
    Nothing Sounds 2

    Hello friends. I didn’t forget about today’s playlist - I was just busy being maid and mother to my roommates. I just can’t stand a messy apartment. The playlist I made for this week actually served me well while I was toiling away. Rather than the more energetic, measurably angrier one that I had planned, I chose calmer music, something for me to relax to while on my day off. Many of you will probably spend much of the week eating far too much, recuperating, and then doing it again - this could serve you well in your stuffed stupor.

    Every week I meet with new surprises and disappointments in the Spotify library. Finding Sparklehorse and Fennesz’ In the Fishtank 15 was especially sweet, and locating a number of my favorite 2011 albums (many of which I picked tracks from for NS2) was immensely satisfying. The lack of recent Balam Acab, Maserati, and Jesu material was a little disheartening, though. Can we email someone about this? There are petitions to keep Community on the air; can’t we start an “Albums Needed On Spotify” petition? The people need to hear more from these three. 

    As always, you can find us on Spotify and a few other social networks through the widgets on that sidebar you likely ignore, where you can critique us, insult our mothers, and all the other fun stuff you internet folk do so well. I’ll have a page up on the site compiling all of our playlists just as soon as Tumblr stops with its shenanigans. Eleven tracks, forty-two minutes, all exquisite. Enjoy. [link]

    Tracklist:

    1. Balam Acab - See Birds (Moon)
    2. Zomby - Haunted
    3. Mogwai - Drunk and Crazy
    4. Sigur Ros - Heysatan
    5. Maserati - Ambassador of Cinema
    6. Jesu - Wash It All Away
    7. Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Star Eyes (I Can’t Catch It) ft. David Lynch
    8. Sparklehorse & Fennesz - If My Heart
    9. Tim Hecker - Analog Paralysis
    10. Oneohtrix Point Never - Power of Persuasion
    11. Zola Jesus - Skin
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