2015 – My Favorite Hip-Hop Albums

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2016 was a great year for all types of hip-hop.  My ten favorite releases:

STS x RJD2 – STS x RJD2
Black Zheep DZ – Mirror, Mirror
Shark Tank – Don’t Fuck With Us
Sortahuman – SORTAHUMAN4LIFE
Death Grips – Jenny Death
JPEGMAFIA – communist slow jams
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
BLVCK CEILING – Trap Magic
Young Thug – Slime Season 2
Junglepussy – Pregnant with Success

Link To Mixcloud Mix

Mix Tracklist:
STS x RJD2 – Tennessee
Black Zheep DZ – The Other Side [Prod. Rvdical the Kid]
Shark Tank – Nighttime Men pt. 2
Sortahuman – EVERLASTING (PROD. BY BIG LOS)
Death Grips – Pss Pss
JPEGMAFIA – lemmy
Drake – Madonna
BLVCK CEILING – poor it Up
Young Thug – Big Racks
Junglepussy – Only Way

photo by me

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2015 – My 10 Favorite Electronic Albums

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My top 10 favorite electronic albums for 2015.  The are in order of the mix I made with one track per release:

AFX – orphaned deejay selek 2006-2008
Luke Vibert – Bizarster
Leftfield – Alternative Light Source
Gurl Crush – Serenity Calling…
Venetian Snares – Thank You For Your Consideration
Force Publique – Bloom
Autre Ne Veut – Age of Transparency
SPC ECO – Dark Matter
Container – LP
GEMS – Kill the One You Love

Link to Mixcloud mix

Picture of my hats by me

2015 – My 10 Favorite Heavy Metal Albums

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My favorite heavy albums of 2015. In order of the mix I made of one track per release:

Noisem – Blossoming Decay
Genocide Pact – Forged Through Domination
Cult Leader – Lightless Walk
Corrections House – How to Carry a Whip
Kowloon Walled City – Grievences
Fight Amp – Constantly Off
Kylesa – Exhausting Fire
The Body and Thou – You, Whom I Have Always Hated
Locrian – Infinite Dissolution
Liturgy – the Ark Work

Link to Mix on Mixcloud

Mix Tracklist:

Noisem – Graining Enamel
Genocide Pact – Experiments In Nihilsm
Cult Leader – Sympathetic
Corrections House – Hopeless Moronic
Kowloon Walled City – Your Best Years
Fight Amp – Happy Joyful Life
Kylesa – Lost and Confused
The Body and Thou – Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
Locrian – Arc of Extinction
Liturgy – Kel Valhaal

photo of Kowloon Walled City at Metro Gallery by me

Dragged to Hell 44 – a killsaly mix

Dragged to Hell 44 is a mix of mostly electronic music.  Some of it is hip hop; some dark electronic; some pop; but all have some kind of electronic element to the music.  Most tracks are fairly some; some are a little older.  Enjoy!

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MIXCLOUD LINK

1.I’m the Shit by BLVCK CEILING
2.Remind Me (Prod. by d e t e n t e) by Gurl Crush
3.Overdosin by Young Thug
4.Switch Hitter by Autre Ne Veut
5.Say Goodbye (feat. Keiska & Tielsie) by DJ Paypal
6.Baltimore by 83 Cutlass
7.Suffering (Tuesday) by Co La
8.Lost in London (feat. Petite Noir) by the Shoes
9.Started from the Bottom (Chopped and Slowed by killsaly) by Drake
10.Koopa Cookies by Venetian Snares
11.Rock My Chain (feat. M80) by Fetty Wap
12.Disremember/Dismemberment by Doomsquad
13.Breakaway by Great|Scott
14.Lullaby (feat. Slum Savage) by Psychoegyptian
15.have brought her by couples counseling
16.I Wanna Get Better (feat. Tinashe) by Bleachers

Bleachers at SoundStage in Baltimore photo by me

Dragged to Hell 45 – A Metal Mix

For the 45th edition of Dragged to Hell, I decided to share a mix of some of the various metal that I have been rocking out to 2015.  Most tracks are new, but there are a few from the last couple years also sprinkled in.  The tracks run the metal spectrum from death to grind to thrash to doom.  One hour, 13 tracks.  Enjoy.

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MIXCLOUD LINK

Kylesa – Crusher
The Body and Thou – Manifest Alchemy
Cult Leader – A Good Life
Noisem – Trail Of Perturbation
Genocide Pact – Desecration
Ilsa – Pandolpho
Neurosis – We All Rage In Gold
Empty Vessels – Lamplighter
Killing Joke – Big Buzz
Locrian – An Index of Air
Unearthly Trance – Sleeping While They Feast
Exodus – Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
Full of Hell & Merzbow – Burst Synapse

Photo of Noisem at CCAS 2015 by me

4/11 – the Body, Noisem, babelfishh, Curse at Charm City Art Space

So here I am again, playing catchup with my blog posts.  I don’t know why I feel the urge to slack off and do nothing most nights, as I could be writing.  Or a lot of things.  The point is, here is another post.  The third in a day.  This gotta be a record for me.

Anyway, I had a great time at this show.  I actually a mission at the show, other than just seeing some good music.  My first mission was to deliver a box of cassettes to babelfishh.  He was supposed to be opening the show, but was nowhere to be found.  So I stood there with a box of tapes between my feet, and watched the first act of the night.  Curse are a band that I was slightly familiar with, but had not ever seen them or heard their music.  I was digging the sounds they were able to get as a two-piece.  It was a cool electronic set that also featured some enthusiastic vocals.

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After Curse finished I overheard a person asking if anyone knew where the promoter was.  I put two and two together, figured this was babelfishh, and I brought him his tapes.  My mission was a success, and I Had an Accident records saved some shipping and handling.  He was the second set of the afternoon (oh yeah, it was a day show).  He skipped using the stage and instead setup his gear in the middle of the floor (a music box of some sort with pedals) and proceeded to give an inspiring set that left most of the crowd a bit bewildered.  They were there for metal and noise, and his blend of hip hop and noise and everything else was unexpected.  He did win the crowd over when he would do his death metal guy voice rapping, and I enjoyed the performance.

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Next up was Noisem.  They are a local metal band. They rule.  Their set was loud and fast and heavy.  Shout out to the punker who tried to get a pit going.

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The final band of the day was the Body.  I have only recently became a fan of them, and this was my first time seeing them live. I first found out about them when they teamed With the Haxan Cloak for the excellent album, I Shall Die Here.  I also listened to their collaborative work with Thou; You, Whom I Have Always Hated and Released From Love.  But this set was my first exposure to their music as a duo.  I loved it.  Their stack of amps crushed my soul and vibrated my being.  It was one of the loudest spectacles that I had ever experienced.  Thankfully I had on my earplugs.  There was a couple next to me and the woman had her fingers shoved in her ears the whole set.  I did not understand why she did not move towards the back, or tried to get some earplugs (I imagine someone was selling them).  I bought two shirts, as they had some great designs, one for me and one for my fiancee.  I cant wait to see them again (I regretfully had to skip them a couple nights ago).

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Dragged to Hell Volume 34 – Baltimore Beats

Dragged to Hell Volume 34 is the second part of my series celebrating the music of Baltimore.

The first was rock, this is beats. Hip hop, electronic tunes, synthpop; if it is beat driven and from the city, it was featured.

This musical journey starts in the Baltimore club, and ends with some classics by some of the city’s top musicians. 17 tracks, 58 minutes.

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MIXCLOUD Link

Tracklist:

1.HOME by ABDU ALI
2.2 Live (Feat. Tt the Artist) by Schwarz and 333 Boyz
3.New Slaves (Yeezus) by Matic808
4.Invocation for Strength by the Soft Pink Truth
5.Rotten Heart by Blacksage
6.The System by Silk Rhodes
7.Nite Vision by Mickey Free
8.Corner Prophet by Nerftoss
9.Anxiety Rapp by Height With Friends
10.MILK by B R A I D E R
11.Milk and Marble by Chiffon
12.Your Heart Still Beating by Lower Dens
13.See The Next Day by Fell Band
14.Lights Out by Adventure
15.Manifest (samples Camouflage by Dope Body) by Rapdragons
16.Snookered by Dan Deacon
17.An Apology by Future Islands

Photo of Rapdragons (from ScapeScape 2013) by me