Tag: Sufjan Stevens

20fifteen (volume 10) by Laconic hegemony, a #mixtape for you

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The new Laconic Hegemony “20fifteen (volume 10)” is now out. Laconic hegemony is a small mixtape i put out with my favourite songs of the past year. you can listen to all, some or none of it. it is your choice. All these songs have been songs which have accompanied my over this year and mean something to me in some way, but I am aware they do mean anything to you. so feel free to have a listen and let me know what you like of the mixtape. think of it as a c60 (roughly of goodness to accompany your work rest and play!

20fifteen (Laconic hegemony volume 10) by Sch3lp on Mixcloud

Technically my mixtape are hosted by mixcloud.com who provide the free widget above, an app for listening on your smart phone or even using a website, (A website, can you imagine!) The reason I use mix cloud is they are free, (which is important) and also they use their advertising income to pay royalties to the featured artists. I guess it is not a lot of money but I like the idea that the artist will make something from this randomly being played on the internet.

Best album of 2005 (marking 10 years of music)

As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2004 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!

From 2005 the year Ellen MacArthur sailed very fast, Live 8 saw Pink Floyd on stage together again, and Coldplay made my the walls of our flat shake.
the contenders in alphabetical order;

  • The Chemical Brothers – Push The Button
  • Courtney Pine – Resistance
  • Daniel Barenboim – Chopin : Preludes and other Piano Works
  • Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins – Rabbit Fur Coat
  • Kevin Max – The Impostor
  • Martyn Joseph – Deep Blue
  • My Morning Jacket -Z
  • The National – Alligator
  • Over the Rhine – Drunkards Prayer
  • Sufjan Stevens – (Come on feel the) Illinoise!
  • using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are

    number 3
    TheNationalAlligatorzJointly My Morning Jacket – Z & The National – Alligator
    I couldn’t split them. Both American rock bands, both with awesome albums which I loved. Both are great live, both are albums i keep on returning to often. I don’t know how I could separate them to be honest.
    Seek out – both albums. they are very good.

    number 2
    deep-blueMartyn Joseph – Deep Blue
    What an album. really what an album. Practically prefect songs in every aspect. turn me tender is possibly my favourite song form this decade. it constantly leaves me desiring its company and wisdom as I work out what this thing called life is all about.
    seek out – the album, it is quite wonderful

    number 1
    illinoiseSufjan Stevens – (Come on feel the) Illinoise!
    I love the songs on this album, the way some tracks last 40 seconds or so, and how some last 5minutes. the way the sparing use of orchestration, the grooves on some songs, the fact it is about one of my top 52 American states, the fact the production seems sparing to give each piece of music its on space. it is quite, quite brilliant.
    seek out – the whole album. it should get your attention.