jingle bells, batman smells, lower dens lays an egg

continuing in the vein of their excellent 2010 top album list-dominating “twin hand movement” album, baltimores lower dens maintain their momentum with a forthcoming new 7″, “batman”. ever so precise in execution and delicate in their craft, lower dens delivers another cheese-free new wave ambient indie rock song in perfect parallel with “twin hand movement” material.

the “batman” single drops jan 18 via gnomonsong w/ b-side “dear betty baby”, a mayo thompson cover. so tasteful these guys. the xx who?

enjoy “batman” below and/or pre-order the 7″ here.

Yours Truly Presents: Lower Dens “Batman” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

“LOL”: klaxons release leftover tunes from sessions recorded during album no one is buying

once interesting nu-rave rockers klaxons, who recently re-released their latest album “surfing the void” as a “deluxe” edition with some extra songs, have found some more leftover tracks “from the vault” and dished it out for all as a free downloadable ep.

the ep, “landmarks of lunacy”, is five songs recorded during the “surfing the void” sessions.

pretty nice of these guys (or their management) who came to realize their “deluxe” album ploy was simply cheating fans into re-buying “surfing the void”. though really, they are just masking this “gesture” as a product of holiday spirit. pfffftt.

surf on over to the bands site to download “LOL”: http://www.klaxons.net

brutal leak: beach house live @ roskilde fest 2k10

a sweet lil live performance of beach house at roskilde fest 2010 has leaked in zune-friendly mp3 format featuring six songs from “teen dream”, the #1 album of 2010 (according to brutal hipster and any other relevant publication).

go download it here before the music industry shuts down the internet… http://www.mediafire.com/?767g2vzfgv6juq4

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gorillaz releases new album recorded on ipad; band website only compatible with internet explorer 9

the worlds hippest cartoon band, gorillaz, opts to extend its already gimmicky gimmick by releasing an album claimed to have been recorded entirely on an ipad using a bunch of “apps”. oddly enough, visiting the bands official site to stream/download said album is decorated with internet explorer 9 sponsor links.

enough with the gimmicks and blatant tie-ins… just play music chums.

brutal faves: albums of 2010

u skimmed my fave songs of 2010 list… now here is the brutal hipster fave albums list of 2010 list for you to totally ignore.

though were are many excellent releases this year, these are probably the ones i spent the most time listening to. also, putting these picks in order of significance is pretty much the hardest thing a person can do. like sofies choice hard. but i cheated by looking at other blogs that already put out their year-end lists.

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beach house gives not a rats ass for winter sun, gives fans new winter song

beach house have been dominating 2010 and their inclusion in year-end top album lists has been a clear indicator as to which blogs are relevant (gorilla vs bear, urban outfitters blog, my poproks) and which are just plain poo (mojo, npr).

riding that high, the band have gifted their fans with a new holiday song recorded just days ago in their bedroom databank. entitled “i do not care for the winter sun”, the song is of pre-“teen dream”-like dream pop poppiness likely due to garageband recording limitations.

thanks 4 the love but next time give us the “teen dream” vocal mix and production sparkles and ok? <3 brutal hipster. download "i do not care for the winter sun" here: http://beachhousebaltimore.com/winterbeachhouse/

jesu takes page out of coldplay, scott weiland, mariah carey; releases christmas jingle

christmas is a special time when some of our favorite artists channel their inner santa claus and gift us with christmas jingles.

like our beloved coldplay, scott weiland, and mariah carey have done in the past, post-metal outfit jesu, masterminded by godflesh mastermind justin k. broadrick, has tapped into the christmas spirit and released a timely new ep called “christmas”. not sure why this wasnt included on the free holiday/pro-consumerism compilation sponsored by target but it really would have been a great fit.

jesu’s brand of drone metal is sweet meditative holiday music perfect for roasting chestnuts on an open fire. youll even be dreaming of a white christmas with the accompanying remixes, one by pale sketcher and one by final, which further elevate the level of ambience and drone.

well done mister flesh… thinking next season you should collaborate with u.s. christmas on a reindeer ditty.

brutal faves: mp3s of 2010

as a blog, its probably an important idea to do one of those year-end lists because youre not a legitimate blog without some ridiculous list that only serves to arbitrarily bookend a measurement of time. and since im new to blogging, i really want to be legit. so aboard the bandwagon i go…

here are my 14 fave mp3s of 2010 in half-assed countdown order as determined by my brutal and hip senses. was gonna do top 100 but a bunch of other shitty blogs already pulled that include-everything stunt. i wont stoop.

in brief, 2010 was all about kanye west because its always about him. but brutal hipster is not about kanye so here are my brutal faves sans kanye (with accompanying song in ipad-friendly video format).
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shitty blogger puts food truck in his 2010 top albums list

some “blogger” by the name roycifer, of the unpopular metal site apeshit, has produced a list of his top metal albums of 2010 that happens to include a food truck as one of his picks (specifically the grill ’em all truck).

sounds gimmicky despite grill ’em all truck being metal-themed. really… food does not belong in a list about music. even more baffling is that his list is only five deep, meaning the categorically incorrect inclusion drops his list to a top four. is that even a list? should he even be allowed to post a list, let alone blog? most sensible year-end lists start at ten-deep and maybe hit twenty total. some crappier lets-please-everyone or i-cant-fucking-decide include every-album-released-in-the-year-2010.

at least he is hip to black mountain who he slotted as his #2 album of the year.