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Review: Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra – Deislieper by Jayson
January 9, 2012, 9:56 am
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Kleefstra / Pruiksma / Kleefstra: Deislieper album cover

By way of explanation, this project is a combination of experiential style guitar playing and spoken word in the Frisian language, which is a Germanic minority language spoken in the Netherlands and parts of Saxony. (I’m assuming this is West Frisian here.)



What’s going on here? by jason
January 5, 2012, 2:40 pm
Filed under: Meta

Hey all,

This is just a reminder that we’ll probably have some down-time tomorrow when we change servers. We probably won’t post tomorrow to make the transition easier on the tech staff, but feel free to stop by, look around, and contact us if any weirdness occurs. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for any news. (And you should follow both, as jason runs the Facebook page and Jayson runs the Twitter account.)

If the machines haven’t taken over, we should be back to normal on monday with our Mash-ups.

-jason



Review:Tours- Stay by jason
January 5, 2012, 10:24 am
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Tours-Stay EP
Tours-Stay EP. Bobby Cahn Records, 2011.

You may remember me going on about TUMBLEwoof, the mash-up producer behind the brillians Phoenix & Lil Wayne EP. Well, Dylan Sieh, the man behind TUMBLEwoof, is back with a new project: Tours.

Tours’ EP, Stay is a dreamy little electronic album. That’s really the best adjective for it: dreamy. You’re not going to get up and dance to this stuff, but you might sway in your seat with your eyes half open. And that’s not to say that Stay is boring because it’s not at all. There are layers of sound washing in and out like the tide. For electronic music, it has a real warmth, a natural rhythm that’s soothing rather than jarring.

What I think is most striking is that on my first listen, I could hear that this was TUMBLEwoof. Even though Phoenix & Lil Wayne was a derived work made from the music of others, this sounds like it was made by the same guy. Considering he’s putting this stuff together presumably on his home computer, that’s impressive.

Stay is available on Tours’ Bandcamp page for a dollar (or more if you really like it).



Review: Windhand – Windhand by Jayson
January 2, 2012, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Metal, Review | Tags: , ,

Windhand album cover

Ah… this was out in September. I can’t really explain why I didn’t review it then. I apologize for that.

Ok, so fun fact about me: I hate trad doom. It’s not something I scream from the top of the mountains, mostly because I don’t want to razz the legions of trad doom fans out there, some of whom are pals. I think it’s because a lot of what I’ve heard, even some of the really admired stuff in the genre, skews more toward “doing my Ozzy impression” than “this is the stylistic basis of my approach to music.” It’s a focus on duplicating the sounds of a specific band at a specific moment in time, rather than the deeper level of the stuff that basically made doom, doom.

My point in even bringing all that up is that Windhand ain’t do any of that. They’re playing trad doom crafted in the tradition of their mightiest forebear(s), not auditioning for a Sabbath cover band. Yeah, the riffs are crushing and the vocals eerie, but this is managing to feel both fresh and familiar at the same time. This is one of those records that is so good it doesn’t need a masters thesis of a review. This slays.

Buy it from Forcefield Records. Do this now.

- Jayson



Mash-up Monday: Adele vs. Eurythmics- “Rolling in the Sweet Dreams” by jason
January 2, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Daftbeatles took Adele’s Rolling in the Deep and paired it with the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” I approve.



Mash-up Monday: Justin Bieber vs. Slipknot- “Psychosocial Baby” by jason
January 2, 2012, 10:00 am
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Isosine had the genius idea to mash up Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Like, this mash up is from early 2011, but I’m just hearing it for the first time, and it’s one hell of a way to start a year.



An Open Letter to 2011 by jason

Dear 2011,

You know what? You weren’t half bad. I often look at each new year as a chance for things to get better, but as far as years have gone, you were fairly decent. I mean, sure, we lost some musicians like Amy Winehouse, Heavy D, Warren G, but you know what? To quote a British Sit Com: “Death isn’t the handicap it used to be.” Just ask Tupac and Elliott Smith.

We also had some bland pop music, like that one song with the autotuned guy bragging about his car and asking a girl to come back to his place. You know the one I’m talking about, right? But every year has bland pop music.

However, we had some really good music, too, as my top 10 list and Jayson’s top best of list will attest. And even the bad music, such as Loutallica’s Lola, was entertainingly bad. “Hallucinaaaaaaation! Hallucinaaaaaaaation! I thought you were listening!” Heh.

And in 2012, we’re planning on moving the site over to a different server, getting another writer or two, and generally shaking things up at both To Eleven North and To Eleven South. This all means that we may look back at 2011 as “The year before shit got all fucked up.” That is, unless the 2012 apocalypse is the real one and we die before John Cusack can save us. Or, you know, if SOPA passes. Or that kid in North Korea launches nukes.

Damn. 2012 is looking worse and worse, isn’t it.

It is with this in mind that I say, “Don’t leave us, 2011.”

When the ball drops in Times Square, I sincerely hope the numbers light up to say “2011” again. We could really stand to have another one of you.

So stay if you will, but go if you must, and know that you were a good year.

-jason
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