Archive for 2012

Naught – Stolen Babies

Posted in Stolen Babies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by Nicholas

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Stolen Babies

2012

No Comment Records

The sophomore effort by bizarro circus sounding punk/metal band Stolen Babies has arrived!  Yeah, it came out in October, but I had difficulty finding it — their merch store was down for a bit — but I have finally got my copy (along with a sweet-ass t-shirt).  I am a pretty big fan of the Dillinger Escape plan; I originally got into Stolen Babies when Gil Sharone (drummer) joined Dillinger, and I read he was from another band.  At the time, I was just getting into more agressive music such as Dillinger, thanks to the Mike Patton EP (Irony is a Dead Scene).  So, when I heard Stolen Babies, they were way more my speed.  The bizarre theatrical approach was very tasty.  I listened to the debut and was instantly in love.  The mix of stand-up bass, accordion, electric guitar, and Gil’s insanely tight drumming made for one kick-ass album.  Flash forward to 2012, and and I’m seeing them in the flesh opening for the all-mighty Devin Townsend (whom they complemented very well, excellent show), which is where I hear they have a new album coming out.  Well, color me giddy. Continue reading

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Steve’s Tops of 2012

Posted in LISTS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2013 by Steve

So, even though (or especially because?) it will piss Ryan off, I’m doing my list a little differently. This is the list of my top things in, or tangentially related to, music from the year 2012. Let’s begin, shall we?

Top Album of 2012
This is a no-brainer, it’s Synthetica by Metric. definitely check out Ryan’s review of it if you haven’t listened yet. It’s spectacular.

Most Predictable Album of 2012
Babel from Mumford & Sons gets the nod here. It sounds pretty much exactly the same as Sigh No More, which is both good and bad.

Most Annoying Song of 2012
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Call Me MaybeContinue reading

Michael’s Top Ten Minus One of 2012

Posted in Between the Buried and Me, Devin Townsend, fun., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, LISTS, metric, Mumford & Sons, Royal Thunder, The Faceless, The Killers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by Michael

Alright children, sit and gather ’round, ’cause the Man of Year is giving his personal faves for 2012. Of course, like Kristen, I hate the number ten, so what’ll my top nine be?  THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME.

-9-

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2012

Constellation

Ryan, having once again interested me in a band, had me check these guys out. A heavy instrumental band, they kick some ass. Since this is the first album that I have listened to from them, I figure I should check out their other stuff. So far my favorite from this album has to be the second song, “Their Helicopters’ Sing.” It reminds me a lot of Wagner, the classical/opera composer, and the instrumentals in this song are quite impressive.

Best Tracks:”Their Helicopters’ Sing” and “We Drift Like Worried FireContinue reading

Kristen’s Top EIGHT of 2012

Posted in Band of Horses, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, LISTS, Mumford & Sons, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, The Gaslight Anthem, The Killers, the shins with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by Kristen

I’m hungover. I’m only giving you eight. Ryan is a tyrant. Here’s my list.

-8-

Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem

2012

Mercury

It took me being bored at work to find this gem streaming for free on NPR, and I’m oh-so-glad I did. I let it repeat at least three times because the first time just blew me away. Perhaps you’ve heard the single “45” on the radio over and over and over again? It’s only one of the many jam-worthy songs on this album. Clearly, I’m the worst for having never listened to this band prior to the release of this NJ native band’s fourth album, Handwritten. But, better late than never.

Best track: “Handwritten” Continue reading

Ryan’s Top Ten of 2012

Posted in Cloud Nothings, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grizzly Bear, LISTS, metric, Royal Thunder, Samothrace, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, The Avett Brothers, The Honeydogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2012 by Ryan

So, this week, we here at Stereo Control will be giving you all our favorite albums of the past year.  In my eyes, 2012 has been a mix-and-match type of year for music.  We’ve had some great things happen: Godspeed You! Black Emperor reformed, Fiona Apple came back, Hurricane Sandy brought us closer together with benefit concerts, and Whitney Houston died (paving way for so many great Too Soon jokes — Have you heard?  Whitney Houston’s been eight months sober!).  Of course, on the flip-side, 2012 was also a year in which horrible things happened in music: Tupac came back from the dead in the dumbest way possible, Steve Albini was a dick to Amanda Palmer for no reason, Taylor Swift never ever ever wants to get back together, and Justin Bieber shows he either has no fashion sense or no respect…

I’m surprised the Canadian Prime Minister didn’t immediately quit.

However, the greatest thing to happen in music this year was the return of Stereo Control.  We added three new writers (Nick, Mike, and Evan), had more views than ever, and even started a podcast (yes, we’ve only done one so far, shut up).  Excited for the future of this site, we’d like to first look into the very recent past and give our unasked-for opinions on albums.  So, my picks of this year are: Continue reading

A Smattering of 2012 Albums

Posted in Band of Horses, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Jack White, the shins with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2012 by Ryan

Getting ready for the end of the year, I realized there were quite a few albums released in 2012 that I never got a chance to listen to (read: have on in the background while I do something more important, like chastise Nick for being the Scott Stapp of real people).  So this past week, I’ve been playing catch up on a few of those records, hoping for a life-changing experience to come out of my speakers. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll still tell you what I think about the handful of recordings these artists made this year.

Mirage Rock

Band of Horses

2012

Columbia Records

This new album by Indie rockers Band of Horses surprisingly delighted me.  Their blend of Indie and Alt-country caught me off guard; I was expecting more of something like “Is There a Ghost” from these former Sub Pop artists.  Instead, I got songs along the lines of Gram Parsons, modernized.  While I wouldn’t say this is a great record, it’s certainly very solid, with the member’s harmony vocals standing out on every song.  The familiar-sounding, but completely original “A Little Biblical” stood out the most to me with its catchy chorus, country vocals, and tight arrangement.  I’d definitely recommend Mirage Rock. Continue reading

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! – Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Posted in Godspeed You! Black Emperor with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by Ryan

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

2012

Constellation

There are always certain bands that try to keep their fingers on the pulse of society.  Rage Against the Machine did so with their Rap Metal fusion and their Leftist political activism.  Jack White’s always done so with his weird brand of off-kilter Blues and his eccentric private life.  And you have U2, who have always tried to be culturally important, but instead manage to only appear self-aggrandizing and hugely dickish.  But, every so often, a band like Godspeed You! Black Emperor comes through with music that completely envelops cultural syntax.  Faced with global recessions/depressions, wars and military aggressions that won’t seem to end, and uncertainty about the direction of the Free World, society as a whole was in need for the reemergence of this Post-rock band.  Ending a ten-year hiatus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have released ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! at the perfect time; it’s not an album meant to serve as political or economic commentary, but rather as a social snapshot — an album that perfectly encapsulates the unnerved mood of the people. Continue reading