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Favorite Albums of 2011: Robert Duffy

What a great, interesting year for music consumption. Spotify gave me the ability to discover tons of new music and keep up with the current scene, while iTunes Match allowed me to rediscover music that was collecting dust on my disconnected external hard drive.

My favorite albums of 2011 are filled with the usual suspects that I’ve come to love over the years (Wilco, The Decemberists), but this year, more than ever, are a bunch of bands that are completely new to me. Here’s a list, complete with MP3s, streams, videos, and whatever relevant links I could put together.

Bonus: Spotify playlist featuring all of the albums plus a few others that didn’t make the top 10 cut.

10. The War on Drugs, Slave Ambient

MP3: Come to the City

9. I Break Horses, Hearts

I Break Horses – Winter Beats by Bella Union

8. Alina Simone, Make Your Own Danger

MP3: Glitterati

7. Wild Flag, Wild Flag

MP3: Glass Tambourine

6. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l

MP3: Bizness

5. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne

Listen: Otis

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Thurston Moore Performs @ KCRW

Thurston Moore performs songs from one of my favorite albums of the year, Demolished Thoughts.

DW 8Tracks Mixtape: End of the World Pre-Game

The end of the world is happening this weekend, so I thought it’d be a good time to put together a little mix of songs I’m listening to right before it all ends. Using 8Tracks, I made this little 8 song nugget:

If the world doesn’t end, we may have more fun with 8Tracks with the other writers, special guests, etc. Full mix tracklisting after the jump. Continue reading

MP3: Thurston Moore “Benediction”

MP3: Benediction

Ain’t gonna lie – when I heard Beck was producing the new Thurston Moore solo album I was skeptical. Love the first half of Beck’s career WITH MY LIFE but the second half has left me bruised and betrayed.

But then…….!!!!! I heard this first song and all worries vanished. “Benediction” is pure bliss and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. Demolished Thoughts comes out May 24 via Matador on 2XLP/digital/CD.

Special Note to Sonic Youth non-fans: Give this a listen. Don’t worry, your ears won’t “hurt” due to the “crazy feedback” and “experimental noise.” Seriously, download it twice. I wish I could download this right inside your ear holes for you.

SXSW Updates: Alternative Press, WOXY, Other Music, Billions, Big Texas Jumpstart, More

UPDATE: Wristbands going onsale today for Austin locals.

If you’re going to SXSW and Showlist Austin isn’t on your daily list of sites to visit, you a punk. I mean it seems like so many sites (somes with real staffs and real budgets!) this year are copping Dan’s style it’s sort of embarrassing. Naughty, naughty websites.


Can’t remember Billions doing a free day show in recent years, but here you go:

We’ve got so many more shows after the jump, dudes. Continue reading

Donewaiting Year Five Saturday Preview: Mike Shiflet


MP3: Version Belize

Musician Mike Shiflet is also the brains behind GMBY Records, an experimental/noise label based out of Columbus OH. After spending an extended period of time in Japan with his lady, Mike returned to the Buckeye state last summer and is slowly integrating back into American culture.

For his performance at the anniversary show on Saturday, he’s put together a really interesting band:

Joe Panzner (Scenic Railroads)
Kate Folmar (The Black Canary)
Jerry Dannemiller (Moviola)
Shane McKenzie (Lambsbread)

I sent Mike over some questions so you could get to know him better.

You’ve been releasing records for over ten years via your label, GMBY Records. How would you sum up the body of work?

Mike: The albums themselves were all over the place, but the artists who worked with the label were all pretty much on the same page personally. Some were internationally known in the experimental music world, some were just friends who no one had heard of, but the quality of their work was always high. The average music fan might not be able to tell the difference between a well-executed and a sloppy noise album – nor ever want to – but I’m really proud of the quality control over the years.

Recommended highlights from the catalog?

I’ve always loved the “Last Kiss Amatuer Frequencies” 7″ by Ashtray Navigations (British Siltbreeze artist from back in the day) and “Columbus, Ohio” by Kapotte Muziek, which was recorded at a festival I curated at the BLD in 2002. On a more local/regional level, the CDR “Sarira” by Bowling Green native Jason Zeh offers blissed out tape manipulation. These are all sold out but are most likely on your file-sharing network of choice.

What are some of the best/worst/strangest adjectives people have used to describe your music?

My favorite is a running faux-insult “broken radiator,” by Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core. He recently upgraded it to “two broken radiators” which was oddly endearing. Besides that, there aren’t any good ones that come to mind.

Your last solo record was released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label. How’d that come about?

He’d been buying things from my label for a couple years was interested in working with both myself and the 16 Bitch Pile-Up. The girls and I had been talking for some time about doing a split LP, so when we finally got around to it we just approached him and asked if that was an idea he’d be into. Everything just kind of fell into place.

Tell me a little about the band you’ve assembled for Saturday’s show and what people should (or shouldn’t) expect.

I pulled a few people from local bands who had an understanding of what I do and were sympathetic to experimental music. The idea is to take something that is usually a rather messy electronic affair and translate it into something more musical and approachable. It could come across like Rachel’s covering Sword Heaven, maybe “avant-twee.” It should be a nice transition from Friday night’s raucous affair to the sets lined up afterward.

Mike Shiflet and Band will be performing with Miranda Sound, Brainbow and Blueprint, and El Jesus de Magico Saturday at Skullys. Click here for complete details.