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Ten In Twenty

Trying something a bit different today… ten albums that have been on the Foam Hands playlist this week, in no particular order, described in 20 words (or thereabouts):

1. Tom Waits Bad As Me (Anti) – Typically stunning mix of gut-wrenchingly tender ballads and unhinged avant blues from America’s greatest living artist.  Listen: “Bad As Me”   http://soundcloud.com/antirecords/tom-waits-bad-as-me

 2. James Ferraro Far Side Virtual (Hippos In Tanks) – Synthesized sci-fi symphonies that imagine the sounds Brian Wilson would have made if he’d been a teenager in the ‘80s.  Listen: “Earth Minutes” http://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/james-ferraro-earth-minutes

 3. High Places Original Colors (Thrill Jockey) – Blissful, airy dream-pop, taken in a Panda Bear-esque dancier direction on Baltimore duo’s back-on-form third.  Listen: “Year Off”   http://soundcloud.com/thrilljockey/high_places-year_off

4. Rwake Rest (Relapse) –  Epic Southern sludge-metal masterpiece from Arkansas shit-kickers; heavy enough to make sure Mastodon sleep with one eye open.  Listen: “An Invisible Thread”  http://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/rwake-an-invisible-thread

5. M83 Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (Mute) – Jaw-dropping double-disc sixth album of epic, emotional synth pop and experimental ambience from French wunderkind Anthony Gonzalez.  Listen: “Midnight City”  http://soundcloud.com/m83/midnight-city

6. Dreamers Of The Ghetto Enemy/Lover (Temporary Residence LTD) – Slick stadium-ready alt-rock anthems with rousing Springsteen-like vocals; think Constantines and Explosions In The Sky teaming up to cover U2.  Listen: “Tether”  http://soundcloud.com/indigenouspromotions/dreamers-of-the-ghetto-tether

7. Office Of Future Plans Office Of Future Plans (Dischord) – Thrashing emo-tinged punk pop and math-rock from ex-Jawbox and Burning Airlines frontman and producer to the stars J. Robbins.  Listen: “Salamander”  http://soundcloud.com/dischordpress/office-of-future-plans

8. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica (Software/ Mexican Summer) – Dislocated ambient strangeness and the occasional rhythmic outburst on Daniel Lopatin’s sixth album of droning synth workouts.  Listen : “Replica”  http://soundcloud.com/mexicansummer/oneohtrix-point-never-replica

9. J.Cole Cole World: The Sideline Story (Roc Nation) – Rap’s next big thing makes good on early promises with a selection of solid self-produced beats and intelligent lyrics.  Listen: “Mr. Nice Watch ft. Jay-Z”    http://soundcloud.com/j-cole/mr-nice-watch-ft-jay-z-dirty

10. Modeselektor Monkeytown (Monkeytown) – Third album of bouncy techno and crunked up dubstep beats from the German duo, featuring guest vocals from Thom Yorke.  Listen: Monkeytown      http://soundcloud.com/modeselektor/sets/modeselektor-monkeytown

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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