Top 40 Album 9: After the Flood, Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentlemen, 2016.

Did you know that Noir Cabaret was a genre? Did you know that Black Sea Noir Cabaret was a genre? I think that this band may well be the only example of that latter, but the granularity of genre knows no limit. The band is from Australia, but in terms of biography and actual origins of the… Continue reading Top 40 Album 9: After the Flood, Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gentlemen, 2016.

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Maps.

While I feel I should maybe be working on a Top 40 post, I thought I'd talk some about one of my favourite songs of all time. I don't have a top 40 for songs, but I do have a rough idea of my top handful, and this song sits securely among them. https://youtu.be/oIIxlgcuQRU  … Continue reading Maps.

Top 40 Album 7: Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas, 2003.

From Black Sab Bath to Black Eyed Peas, we move from the origins of the titan of that genre we call metal to one of the greatest pop albums of the last 20 years. (Y'know. IMHO.)   Right off the bat I have to say that this record is so smartly produced. The mix is damn near perfect, managing to… Continue reading Top 40 Album 7: Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas, 2003.

Pedestrian zero, or: How I Learned to Stop Worshipping and Love the Man

  Let’s talk about hero-worship and good music.   I can’t remember meeting Toby Hawkins for the first time. I have memories from before we met, and know roughly when that meeting would have taken place, but there is no clear-cut entry of this man into my life. He was 18, I think, and I… Continue reading Pedestrian zero, or: How I Learned to Stop Worshipping and Love the Man

Top 40 Album 6: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, 1970.

I’m not much of a metal head (as evidenced by the fact that I just wrote "metal head"). There’s a few albums on this list that fall under that label to one degree or another, but it’s never been a genre that I’ve stuck to. On a number of occasions I’ve got the idea into… Continue reading Top 40 Album 6: Paranoid, Black Sabbath, 1970.

Top 40 Album 5: Mouth Silence, Neil Cicierega, 2014

Neil Cicierega has an impressive summary on Wikipedia; he’s touted as an “Internet artist, comedian, actor, filmmaker, puppeteer, singer, musician, and animator”. He was arguably one of the earliest "internet celebrities," with his invented genre of animation, “Animutation,” taking Flash sites such as newgrounds.com by storm in 2001 when he was just 14. Animutation's blend… Continue reading Top 40 Album 5: Mouth Silence, Neil Cicierega, 2014

Top 40 Album 4: Fallen, Evanescence, 2003

Bear with me. Ok, so (hey hey, bear with me!) this came out when I was 10. This was the second group of this kind that I was into - apart from Linkin Park’s 2nd album (and that one Limp Bizkit song), my childhood music was U2, Westlife, whatever RnB my mum had on, and… Continue reading Top 40 Album 4: Fallen, Evanescence, 2003

Top 40 Album 3: Invaders Must Die, The Prodigy, 2009

This is a somewhat unusual entry on this list. I do very much like a number of Prodigy songs - the big ones, you know, Breathe, Firestarter, Voodoo People. That’s about it, though, and those with a kind of novelty value attached. So I like the band in theory, but don’t think I can by… Continue reading Top 40 Album 3: Invaders Must Die, The Prodigy, 2009

Top 40 Album 2: Days to Come, Bonobo, 2006.

Bonobo (the stage name of Simon Green) is one of my favourite producers around. He makes drums sound SO pretty, does things to vocals that are straight magical, and generally makes gorgeous music. Days to Come is Bonobo’s third album but the first that really showcases this prettiness - and he’s continued making some of… Continue reading Top 40 Album 2: Days to Come, Bonobo, 2006.