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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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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breaking news: sony attacks bradford cox, removes his atlas sound databanks from mediafire claiming “unauthorized reproduction and distribution”

media giant, sony music, has taken a post-thanksgiving shit on the music industry and its customers by forcibly removing freely distributed recordings by an unassociated artist (bradford cox). sony sent cox a notice informing him of “unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted sound recordings owned or exclusively distributed by sony music.” cox has ushered his fans to contact the faceless giant to civilly give them a piece of your collective minds.

this week, cox has been releasing one album per day containing bedroom recordings recorded throughout the year, some having been recorded only the night before. as an artist with as much creative muscle as cox, combined with the ease of music distribution via the internet, cox posted the albums on mediafire for the world to enjoy.

sonys intervention sees no direct connection, except the cover of a bob dylan song which ironically is the one album that was NOT removed from mediafire. #headscratcher

in these modern times of girl talk and low-effort cut/paste sampling, its an insult to true artists and music fans everywhere that sony would pull such close-minded, controlling tactics on a genuine musician who did no such direct lifting nor sought profit in his endavours.

the end of the internet and the music industry is near. commence torrenting as much digital media as you possibly can before the internet implodes. i may soon no longer have an internet to blog in/on.

does this spell the death of “bedroom databank”? will we ever see “databank vol. 5”?

UPDATE: bradford cox gives sony music the finger, updates links to databank downloads…

bradford cox doesnt give thanks but gives u “bedroom databank vol. 4”

well we all thought it was possible but considering the confusion of who actually works on this american holiday, would bradford cox continue this weeks daily trend of free album releases? the answer is… yes.

with no regard to thanksgiving, cox has released vol. 4 of “bedroom databank” for free via the deerhunter website. so while you are busy hanging out with people u dont really want to be hanging out with, u can at least look forward to downloading another atlas sound album when you get behind ur macbook air tonight.

of note, all but one track of vol. 4 were recorded YESTERDAY while you were out leaving work early and getting tanked. the exception being a track from a talent show audition in 1975. cox includes some lengthy text describing talent show (which can be read on the website in the worlds tiniest font).

think hes recording new stuff right now for vol. 5 tomorrow?

download vol. 4:

bradford cox saturates his own market, releases third free atlas sound album in as many days

bradford cox has indeed released a third installment of “bedroom databank” in as many days perhaps unseating omar rodriguez lopez as the most prolific music maker and releaser of said made music. volume three of atlas sound’s “databank” of demos contains 14 tracks recorded throughout the year.

free music is great and all but these daily releases are beginning to saturate the atlas sound market. its unlikely diehards have even had the time to listen to volumes one and or two with the holiday season afoot.

furthermore, telling his fans that the songs were recorded “at home” and “on a tascam” only conveys the impression that the works are unfinished and probably throwaway not worthy of graduating to deerhunter status.

would u be thankful for a fourth volume of “bedroom databank” on thanksgiving? are u tired of this shit? do u even care about bradford cox to begin with?

now stop basting that turkey and download volume three for freeeeeee:

past databank coverage: volume one, volume two

bradford cox channels his inner omar rodriguez lopez, releases second atlas sound album in two days

following up yesterdays “bedroom databank” collection of home recordings, deerhunter‘s bradford cox has released volume two of his atlas sound “bedroom databank” series containing 16 songs.

will we see a third volume tomorrow?

until then, give thanks for free music and download volume two:

bradford cox releases free collection of freshly recorded home demos

remember when demos came on cassettes or extras on CD singles? well deerhunter‘s bradford cox has channelled that forgotten relic of releasing “extra stuff lying around that eventually evolves into polished recordings” in the form of a collection of bedroom demos in modern day mp3 format.

but to shake things up, cox adds a spin to it by releasing it almost immediately upon recording, never giving the demos a chance to mature to “chinese democracy” studio craft. recordings took place this august, october, and within the past week. cant more musicians produce and distribute this quickly?

“bedroom databank”, released under the atlas sound moniker, contains 11 tracks recorded on a tascam dp-08 and an unnamed pc computer. one track is a kurt vile cover and another is a bob dylan song. everything else is all cox.

download “bedroom databank” to your databank…

is the music industry in danger of running out of band names?

in these modern times of fail whales, groupons, social graphs, and cell phone providers still sucking ass, there has been an abundance of too-similar band names colliding in my itunes library (ALL legally acquired of course)…

twin shadow/twin sister/eagle twin, deerhunter/the dear hunter/deerhoof, the black keys/black lips/black mountain/black kids/black angels/black rebel motorcycle club, neon indian/neon trees/neon neon, crystal castles/crystal antlers/crystal stilts, memory tapes/memory house/beach house, sweet cobra/black cobra, black breath/death breath, gold panda/hot panda, etc. etc. etc.

this collision course has paved the way for bands to come up with names that are entirely unpronounceable, sometimes containing characters that may not even exist on your regular qwerty computer keyboard like SUNN O))), oOoOO, !!!, ///▲▲▲\, SLEEP ∞ OVER, †‡†, ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, etc…

are we running out of band names? are bands fucked? our music fans fucked? is the music industry fucked (up)?

diplo and lunice poop on deerhunter’s “helicopter” via remix treatment

supermegahot “it” dj/producer/filmmaker/labelhead diplo has teamed up with producer lunice to remix the song previously featured as “song of the day” here on, deerhunter‘s excellent “helicopter” (from their just released “halcyon digest” album).

unfortunately, the remix merely layers what is a touching and somber song with undesirable beats, ultimately removing soul and substance from an otherwise simple but rich song. #subtractionbyaddition

at least we know who lunice is now.

peep this poop:
Deerhunter – Helicopter (Diplo & Lunice mix) by maddecent

song of the day/night: deerhunter “helicopter”

when i first heard about deerhunter, my kitten ears thought the band was “beerhunter”. clearly, hours of googling yielded no music related results. it was then when i realized it was “dear”, not “beer”. a little disappointed and confused, i continued my crawling of the internet. but what i discovered was not at all what i was expecting. turns out i was still incorrect. it was “deer”, not “dear“. jesus…

so here i am… soul-deep in deerhunter’s new album “halycon digest“. having explored “cryptograms” and “microcastle” as well as, i am convinced that deerhunter have hit it! “halycon digest” is their “reign in blood“, their “master of puppets“, their “merriweather post pavillion“…

the song that has captured my senses all day has been “helicopter”, a song that bleeds of bradford cox‘s soul–a tourtured and lonesome soul at the gates of end times. you get a sense of the innards of his emptiness. its moving, touching. musically, its every bit his solo project, atlas sound.

who’d a thunk so much emptiness could yield so much soul? immerse yourself…