Saturday, December 31, 2011
There are some albums that might take more time for me to get. Watch the Throne didn't click, but I'd like to give it more time (I've heard that it became better for people who actually saw the tour, but I didn't have near that much cash to spare). There are also albums by Bjork, Current, 93, Deerhoof, Ryan Adams, Atari Teenage Riot (blast from the '90s past), Shabazz Palaces, Ford & Lopatin, and others that I'd like to listen to a bit more before I decide how I feel about them.
M83 was the definite standout this year. My favorite thing by them since their debut.
1. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
2. True Widow - As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
3. Cults - Cults
4. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
5. The Jezabels - Prisoner
6. Various Artists - Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D
7. ill.Gates - ill.Methodology
8. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
9. Various Artists - For Nihon
10. Machinedrum - Room(s)
11. Wilco - The Whole Love
12. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
13. Arkasia - Evolution
14. Somatic Responses - Concrete Glider
15. Real Estate - Days
16. Rustie - Glass Swords
17. Shlohmo - Bad Vibes
18. Talkdemonic - Ruins
19. Black Tusk - Set the Dial
20. David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time
21. Blut aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
22. Kashiwa Daisuke - 88
23. Wormrot - Dirge
24. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
25. Trash Talk - Awake EP
26. Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High EP
27. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen
28. Grinning Death's Head - Black Sun Rising
29. Ygg - Ygg
30. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
31. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
32. Vatican Shadow - Pakistan Military Academy
33. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
34. I Break Horses - Heart
35. Hauschka - Salon Des Amateurs
36. Marsen Jules - Nostalgia
37. Tank 86 - Rise
38. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
39. Ghostfunk - Ghostfunk
40. Archnemesis - People's Radio
41. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
42. Atlas Sound - Parallax
43. Kill The Noise - Kill Kill Kill
44. New Look - New Look
45. Deaf Center - Owl Splinters
46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
47. Necros Christos - Doom of the Occult
48. Adventure - Lesser Known
49. Sensual Harassment - Alpha Draconis
50. Wobbler - Rites at Dawn
Monday, December 19, 2011
Graeber offers an argument for why debt constitutes society.
He also cites an interesting situation in Madagascar in which people were able to participate in imperialism only to the extent necessary to survive, but remained effectively subtracted from colonial control by refusing to use their money to buy into the narcotic trip of consumer products culture. I'm used to seeing situations in which that kind of gesture makes control more effective by making it livable (for example, the fact that I can buy fair trade coffee allows me to cope with my participation in global capital by calming my liberal guilt, foreclosing any kind of more radical act that would actually threaten the status quo). I'm interested in reading this book to see how that strategy worked and what became of it in the long run.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
This need to express right wing, borderline to full-on racist ideology through a fake minority seems pervasive. Just look at all of the conservative political cartoonists who use black characters to express their views.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
The first thing I heard by the Arcade Fire (didn't they used to have a "the" in their name?) was a poorly recorded live album. At the time, I was getting really bored of indie rock, but I could tell that something exciting was going on. Although I could barely make out the melodies behind the garbled sound, the music had an emotional intensity that I needed more of. When I finally tracked down Funeral and a CBC Radio EP, it was even better. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) told the story of lovers meeting in the freezing tunnels beneath their city and forgetting their families with music that reminded me of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks soundtrack. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) pulled me through my depression following one of the most horrible events in my life:
Come on, Alex,I couldn't do much of anything back then. I spent my evenings drinking bottles of cheap bourbon, playing Super Mario Brothers 3, and listening to this. I was a withered blade of grass in my philosophy of science classes and while trying to regurgitate garbage about containing China in debate rounds.
You can do it.
Come on, Alex,
There's nothing to it.
But I lived through it. The followup, Neon Bible, came out at another opportune time. I was far from academia, living with my girlfriend, and doing data entry for a horrible health insurance company. The work was mindless and consisted of typing numbered codes all day long. The codes referred to human beings, many of whom were probably being denied things like chemotherapy due to preexisting conditions. Those people were alienated from me and all I had was the syntax. The codes had to work out according to the system's axioms, but what they actually represented didn't matter to me.
But at least I could do the work while listening to music. We didn't have TV or Internet back then, but I got a copy of Neon Bible off the wireless at Perkins or something. It seemed to encapsulate a lot of what I was going through then: growing further away from my friends and the worlds of philosophy and debate that had defined me.
Don't wanna work in a building downtownThe Bush administration was near the peak of its excesses despite the 2006 election and we were mired in an Iraqi quagmire:
No, I don't wanna see it when the planes hit the ground
No place to hideAnd now I'm working my first real job and am afraid of losing myself and The Suburbs finally hits me:
You were fighting as a soldier on their side
You're still a soldier in your mind
Though nothing's on the line
You say it's money that we need
As if we're only mouths to feed
I know no matter what you say
There are some debts you'll never pay
Working for the Church while your family dies
You take what they give you and you keep it inside
Every spark of friendship and love will die without a home
Hear the solider groan, "We'll go at it alone"
You never trust a millionaire quoting the sermon on the mountI was one of those silly rubes who went to law school to change the world. But here I am, not freeing the innocent from prison or overseeing refugee flows in a foreign nation, but drafting trusts. A baby is on the way and, despite the multimillionaires and right wing ideologues I serve every day, I'm more broke than I've ever been. We can't get out from under all of this medical debt (and the credit card debt that paid for our food while the rest of my financial aid was going to creditors) and are resorting to what the American legal system considers the last resort for the financially destitute. Thank goodness debtors' prisons are illegal in this state.
I used to think I was not like them but I'm beginning to have my doubts
My doubts about it
When you're hiding underground
The rain can't get you wet
But do you think your righteousness could pay the interest on your debt?
I have my doubts about it
I feel like I've been living in
A city with no children in it
A garden left for ruin by a billionaire inside of a private prison
During the day I rearrange symbols and documents to further the privilege of economic elites. But at night I'm still trying to listen to music and read things that I enjoy. I'm not gone yet.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The plan is, thus, tantamount to a form of “class warfare.” If enacted, it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.I feel adrift right now and have no idea what the least horrible outcome is. Maybe our system makes this kind of crisis inevitable.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
George Will thinks he has expanded the infamous broccoli argument into something more persuasive:
During a recent discussion, “Battle for the Constitution,” on ABCNews’s “This Week,” Will claimed that obesity impacts interstate commerce, and therefore does it not follow that Congress has the constitutional power to require overweight people to join Weight Watchers. Time’s Richard Stengel said he did not know, and Georgetown University professor Eric Dyson said the question is open.
Their responses didn’t satisfy Will, who kept demanding to know whether Congress can force heavy Americans into Weight Watchers. But Will’s spin on on the broccoli law argument did excite the right-wing blogosphere. (Breitbart.TV, “George Will Brilliantly Traps Liberal Panelists With Obamacare Constitutional Challenge.”) Will’s spin is not that new by the way – he has been asking the Weight-Watchers question for some time. See his columns here and here.While many of us may have the intuition that it's unconstitutional to force American to lose weight, that gut feeling does not come from the reason that the ACA is being attacked as unconstitutional. Remember: the court challenges are primarily based on federalism and the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, which states that matters not specifically enumerated as being within Congress's powers are left to the states or the people. The individual mandate of the ACA doesn't fall afoul of the Tenth Amendment because it falls under Congress's power to regulate matters having a substantial effect on interstate commerce (the recent decision by the 5th Circuit was pretty compelling) and, arguably, Congress's power to levy taxes. Even if not purchasing insurance, itself, isn't interstate commerce (i) the Constitution makes no distinction between activity and inactivity and (ii), as Scalia put it in Raich, “where Congress has the authority to enact a regulation of interstate commerce, it possesses every power needed to make that regulation effective.”
Maybe Will thinks it's self-evident, but I don't see the problem. Sure, I'll fall right into his ingenious trap: Such a law probably doesn't violate the Tenth Amendment! Someone could probably make the argument that obesity has a substantial effect on interstate commerce and that the Weight Watchers mandate is necessary and proper to effectuate obesity regulations.
But you might still have an intuition that there is something constitutionally fishy about the weight watchers mandate. And you would be right. Your bad feeling is probably coming from the fact that the law might violate notions of substantive due process stemming from the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. The American Constitution Society post discusses this, but I want to point out that our intuition goes further than Will wants to take it.
Under Will's and Breitbert's reading, the Constitution invalidates only the federal Weight Watchers mandate. But what about states that force me to lose weight? Isn't that also a violation of my individual liberty to govern myself? You're going to need the Fourteenth Amendment to invalidate that law, not the Tenth. The gut feeling that leads them to think that this is a silver bullet argument comes from something more fundamental than the balance between federal and state power. It comes from our ideas about personal autonomy and decisionmaking. Sure, this same argument could be applied to the individual mandate, but that's not what they're doing. The real debate about the individual mandate has been about federalism, not substantive due process. That's why Romney is able to defend the Massachusetts health bill while attacking the ACA.
This brings me back to the bigger problem with the faux libertarianism of the modern Republican Party. They don't really care about individual liberty per se. The whole states' rights movement could care less if state or local governments infringe on your rights. Will cries these crocodile tears about people being forced into weight watchers and limiting government intrusion in our lives but throws up his hands when it comes to a state forcing the same thing upon unwilling citizens. This is supposed to be some kind of brilliant checkmate for the conservative cause, but it actually shows the limits of the modern GOP's notion of liberty.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I've occasionally used a mobile app to post from my phone. I didn't use it enough to justify buying the free version and didn't mind seeing ads while actually using it.
Lately I've been getting ads in my notification area. That's where I get information about phone updates, news, weather alerts, & messages from my wife and bosses. Blogger Droid uses something called Air Push to create these intrusive ads. I uninstalled the app and will not be purchasing the full version because I don't want to encourage this irritating practice. So now I'm using the official Blogger app.
There is also an app called Air Push Detector to eliminate apps that use this obnoxious software (especially since they design it to make it difficult to know which app is causing the ads). http://www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/apps/app/com.brosmike.airpushdetector/AirPush-Detector
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
West: We need strong women to raise American men!
And . . .
WEST: We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side—these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness—to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow . . . deficits will continue to grow.
As a close reading of Lacan's text instantly attests however, the opposition we are dealing with is not that of being versus having, but rather the opposition of to have/to appear: woman is not the phallus, she merely appears to be to be phallus, and this appearing (which of course is identical with femininity qua masquerade) points towards a logic of lure and deception. Phallus can perform its function only as veiled-the moment it is unveiled, it is no longer phallus; what the mask of femininity conceals is therefore not directly the phallus but rather the fact that there is nothing behind the mask. In a word, phallus is a pure semblance, a mystery which resides in the mask as such. On that account, Lacan can claim that a woman wants to be loved for what she is not, not for what she truly is: she offers herself to man not as herself, but in the guise of a mask. Or, to put it in Hegelian terms: phallus does not stand for an immediate Being but for a Being which is only insofar as it is "for the other", i.e., for a pure appearing. On that account, the Freudian primitive is not immediately the unconscious, he is merely unconscious for us, for our external gaze: the spectacle of his unconscious (primitive passions, exotic rituals) is his masquerade by means of which like the woman with her masquerade, he fascinates the other's (our) desire.West doesn't have the phallus. Something is missing that he can't quite put his finger on. But that mysterious other person, the woman who supports Planned Parenthood, menstruates, and does all sorts of confounding "womanly" things appears to have it. She must have stolen West's wholeness, his mastery of the world around him. He must quickly snatch it back to retain the illusory fullness that was never there to begin with.
And don't even get me started on the before-the-fall myths that he's constructing out of movies like 300. If only we had never ceded so much to these . . . these females, things would be going perfectly. In Eden man was man and in control of reality. That damn Eve ate the apple, women got the vote and the morning after pill, and now everything's fucked. We can blame the women (or some different hated Other du jour) to rationalize our symbolic impotence and get to sleep at night.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
"Third—and most importantly—to address Kennedy’s commitment to restraining federal powers, mandate defenders will have to formulate a plausible theory of congressional commerce authority that remains subject to meaningful, judicially enforceable limits. This is a line of argument that, to date, mandate defenders have been less successful in articulating. They cannot simply ridicule mandate opponents’ contention that the law would open the door to legislation requiring people to eat their broccoli: They must provide realistic examples to demonstrate that principled limits on federal power to regulate commerce among the several states remain meaningful and are not merely words on parchment. Were Kennedy to vote to strike the mandate, it will most likely be because its defenders could not present a principled, enforceable stopping point to federal power under the Commerce Clause."
This demand for a principled limit on the congress's commerce clause powers--one that would render the hypothetical statute mandating broccoli consumption unconstitutional--is ridiculed because the demand is ridiculous. It is also disingenuous.
Not every limit on congressional power comes from the constitution. Congress is well within its commerce clause powers to do any number of stupid things. Even if those things are not limited by the constitution, they should be limited by the inherent constraints of the legislative and democratic processes. I'm obviously taking some form of legal process theory for granted (one that many ACA opponents also take for granted when they're railing against judicial activism). If Congress tries to pass the Eat Your Veggies Act of 2011, you have a remedy: urge them to vote against it or vote against them next election cycle. This may be imperfect, but no remedy can be in any system of government that maintains any semblance of a commitment to democratic principles. Asking for a 10th amendment limit on mandatory broccoli consumption is just begging the question. Right wing legal theorists have such respect for rational legislative judgments until congress does something marginally progressive.
Then the demand for judicial second guessing begins.
Of course, my lack of sympathy for inherent limits on commerce clause power stems from my belief that individual liberty receives little inherent protection from a sharp federal/state divide than they get from other amendments. It usually seems like cover for regressive state and local policies (the major exception being medical marijuana, but federalist dualism didn't stop Scalia from joining a majority in upholding federal enforcement of such laws in Raich). The other amendments do a lot of heavy civil liberties lifting and do so in a way that isn't as bidirectional regarding civil liberties and civil rights as the 10th amendment.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
"Seriousness" has gone past being the most over-used, meaningless abstraction to gloss over debates about the role of the welfare state and is now just a parody of itself. I can't tell if the David Brookses of the world are fucking with me or if they honestly think their favorite buzzword hasn't been drained of all substantive value.
Just look at this inanity:
His proposal will set the standard of seriousness for anybody who wants to play in this discussion. . . . The Ryan budget will put all future arguments in the proper context: The current welfare state is simply unsustainable and anybody who is serious, on left or right, has to have a new vision of the social contract.
Wrong. This nation is still closely divided. The Republicans should not read a radical ideological mandate into the results tonight. But there is a trend here. The American people are fundamentally serious. They know that the most important problem facing the country right now is terrorism and security. They know that George W. Bush is basically right on how to approach this problem.
But this isn't just about the way that the trite word grates on my ears. It also suggests some things we talked about when I was a comm undergrad.
David Brooks and Paul Ryan are just employing new versions of Lakoff's strict father morality, wherein the government is a metaphorical parent. In contrast to the loving welfare queen mother who spoils her kids rotten with medicare, food stamps, All Things Considered, and public infrastructure, the serious father has a budget to balance. The federal budget is nothing more than a larger version of a household budget. We have to tighten our belts and slash programs that just coddle and reward the downtrodden. David Brooks's serious father doesn't have time to worry about whether children will be able to get chemo or not. The strict father helps those who helps themselves, cutting taxes on the supposed producers of social wealth.
If you accept that metaphor, then it makes sense. Who am I to question the big man of the house for not spending dwindling paychecks on trips to the movies and school breakfasts for starving children?
It is odd, though, that no one ever wonders why Dad doesn't go back to that higher paying job that he had in the 90s. That's not very manly. Maybe metaphors only go so far.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
However, the Wisconsin policy, with its proposal to break strikes by force and the outrage it has created, remind me of the unstable situation that brought on the legitimation of unions in the early 20th century.
Congress didn't pass the National Labor Relations Act to protect workers. It did it because labor unrest and business' myopic refusal to negotiate in good faith was generating a crisis. It was an unstable time with many possibilities, based on which faction was able to hegemonize the situation and direct it to its advantage. The blossoming labor movement could have flourished, bringing about more fundamental economic changes. Instead, we got watered down collective bargaining and an election process weighted in favor of management. Interstate commerce was saved and shop floor unrest was stabilized.
I wonder if the shortsighted overreach by anti-labor ideologues can show how much we've given up or lead us to fight for alternatives that could once not even be uttered.
Monday, February 14, 2011
I've had it with self-professed followers of Jesus doing everything in their power to crush the unfortunate. Wealthy companies and derivatives speculators crashed the economy, leaving several unemployed people per job opening, but the working class has to suffer. Trillions in tax breaks and bailouts to save capitalism from itself and barely crumbs for the families victimized by structural inequality. What kind of cynical cruelty allows you to cry crocodile tears for family values on one day and them slap working families in the face on the next? Everything is rotten.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Favorite Albums of 2010
- Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
- Grass Widow – Past Time
- Nurse with Wound – Erroneous: A Selection of Errors
- Bastard Noise – A Culture of Monsters
- Sharon Jones – I Learned the Hard Way
- Ganjasufi – A Sufi and a Killer
- Late – Phantom Papers EP
- Ital Tek – Midnight Colour
- Alex B – Moments
- Darkstar – North
- The Budos Band – The Budos Band III
- Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariachi
- Misery Index – Pulling Out the Nails
- Cold Cave & Prurient – Stars Explode
- The Left – Gas Mask
- Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
- ASC – Nothing is Certain
- Mark Van Hoen – Where Is the Trust
- Liars – Sisterworld
- Glenn Branca – The Ascension: The Sequel
- Benoît Pioulard – Lasted
- Women – Public Strain
- Current 93 – Baalstrom, Sing Omega
- Various Artists – Ninja Tune XX
- Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
- Mike Patton – Mondo Cane
- Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot
- The Roots – How I Got Over
- Merzbow – Another Merzbow Records
- Various Artists - Warp 20
- Dungen – Skit I Allt
- Various Artists – Missing Deadlines
- Miami Horror – Illumination
- Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In
- ANBB – Mimikry
- ASC – Nothing is Certain
- Deerhunter – Halycon Digest
- Autolux – Transit Transit
- Balmorhea – Constellations
- Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
- Andrew Cedermark – Moon Deluxe
- The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
- Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
- Goldmund – Famous Places
- Junip – Fields
- Alcest – Ecailles de Lune
- Das Racist – Shut Up, Dude
- Ikonika – Edits EP
- Gold Pnada – Lucky Shriner
- Various Artists – Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas
- Badawi – El Topo
- Onra – Long Distance
- Kill the Client – Set for Extinction
- Ulrich Schnauss – Epic
- Early Graves – Goner
- Various Artists – Work It Baby 10th Anniversary
- RJD2 – The Colossus
- Vampire Weekend – Contra
- The National – High Violet
- Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer
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Favorite Rerelease of 2010
Rorschach – Remain Sedate/Protestant
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Albums I Want to Listen to that Others Have Been Talking About
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté – Ali & Toumani
Altar Eagle – Mechanical Gardens
Ankia - Anika
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Autechre – Move of Ten
Autre Ne Veut – Autre Ne Veut
Bardo Pond – Bardo Pond
Baths – Cerulean
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Beach House – Teen Dream
Benni Hemm Hemm – Retaliate
Best Coast – Crazy for You
BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa – Vikinga Brennivin
Black Breath – Heavy Breathing
Black Milk – Album of the Year
Blue Sky Black Death – Third Party
Boris – Variations
Brochenchord – The Bluestar EP
Burning Star Core – Papercuts Theater
Caribou – Swim
Celph Titled – Nineteen Ninety Now
Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
Conan – Horseback Battle Hammer
Cower – The Land Before Time
Crash City Saints – Glow in the Dark Music
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles
Curren$y – Pilot Talk
D'Arcangelo – Cradle and Go!
Daníel Bjarnason – Processions
Darkthrone – Circle the Wagons
Data – Visualizations Vol. 1
Daughters – Daughters
Day of the Woman – Day of the Woman
Demdike Stare – Liberation through Hearing/Symbiosis
Dessa – A Badly Broken Code
DJ Nate – Da Trak Genious
Dolphins Into the Future - …on Sea-Faring Isolation
Duncan Powell – Came Into View EP
Eleh – Location Monument
El-P – Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixx3
Eluvium – Similes
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Exit Calm – Exit Calm
Fang Island – Fang Island
Fenn O'Berg – In Stereo
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Forest Swards – Dagger Paths
Four Tet – There is Love in You
Games – We Like to Play
Girl Talk – All Day
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Grave Miasma – Realm of Evoked Doom
Hidden Orchestra – Night Walks
Holy Fuck – Latin
Hovatron – Let's Get Wet
How to Dress Well – Love Remains
Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Gettin' Reel
Inspired Flight – We All Want to Fly
Intronaut – Valley of Smoke
James Ferraro – Last American Hero
Julie Christmas – The Bad Wife
Kate Nash – My Best Friend is You
Kidz in the Hall – The Land of Make Believe
Kode 9 – DJ Kicks
LA Vampires & Zola Jesus – LA Vampires & Zola Jesus
La Verite – The Divine, Desolate City
Laura Veirs – July Flame
LCD Soundsystem –
Library Tapes – Like Green Grass Against A Blue Sky
Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks
LoneLady – Nerve Up
Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring
Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts
Marnie Stern – Marnie Stern
Maserati – Pyramid of the Sun
Max Richter – Infra
Menomena – Mines
Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers
Mouth of the Architect – The Violence Beneath EP
Nadja – Autopergamene
Nice Nice – Extra Wow
O. Children – O. Children
Ólafur Arnalds – ...And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
Oneohtrix Point Nevver – Returnal
Owen Pallett – A Swedish Love Story
Pangaea – Pangaea EP
Pariah – Safehouses EP
Potentz – Mission
Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic
Ramadanman – Ramadanman EP
Rangers – Suburban Tours
Rene Hell – Porcelain Opera
Robyn – Body Talk
Roll the Dice – Roll the Dice
RQTN – Decades and Decisions
Salem – King Night
School of Seven Bells – Disconnect from Desire
Secrets of the Third Planet – S3P
Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Space Dimension Controller
Starkey – Ear Drums and Black Holes
Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Sweet Apple – Love & Desperation
Teengirl Fantasy – 7 AM
The Austerity Program – Backsliders and Apostates will Burn
The Books – The Way Out
The Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
The Drums – The Drums
The Flashbulb – Arboreal
The Foreign Exchange – Authenticity
The Golden Filter – Voluspa
The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year
The Library is on Fire – Magic Windows, Magic Nights
The New Pornographers – Together
The Sight Below – It All Falls Apart
The Thermals – Personal Life
Tindersticks – Falling Down a Mountain
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
Tokimonsta – Midnight Menu
Toro Y Moi – Causers of This
Twin Shadow – Forget
Umberto – Prophecy Of The Black Widow
Various Artists – Don't Mind Control
Various Artists - Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
VHS Head – Trademark Ribbons of Gold
Victoire – Cathedral City
Weapon – From the Devils Tomb
Weekend – Sports
Whirl – Distressor EP
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Yellow Swans – Going Places
Zoë Keating – Into the Trees
Zola Jesus – Stridulum II