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Tyler’s Top 5 Albums of the Decade by tylercoenrrea
December 27, 2009, 12:03 am
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-by Tyler Correa-

5. Wolfmother (2006) – Wolfmother

A mixture of folk, metal, alternative and a strong resemblance to the classic rock vibe, this band from Australia is a major accomplishment of talent. With it’s the mesmerizing voice of Andrew Stockdale and the band’s overflowing creativity, Wolfmother is one of the decade’s most fascinating albums. With lyrics that closely follow along the influences of folk music, Stock dale and his fellow Aussies remind us why rock can be so fun.

4. Audioslave (2002) – Audioslave

Take Rage Against The Machine and replace lead singer Zack de la Rocha with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and you got Audioslave. Cornell’s powerful voice mixed with Tom Morello’s stylish guitar rhythyms was a match made in heaven. Their style, suggested as a mixture of 70s hard rock and 90s alternative, is what made their self-titled debut a modern day masterpiece. The album ranges from many different tracks some hard, rocking songs such as “Cochise” and “Show Me How To Live” and the hauntingly quieter pieces like “What You Are” and “Like A Stone.” Their songs dived into the issues of abuse, rejection, and death. Audioslave was a short-lived band with rockers from the 90s who were given a second chance in another decade. They did a fine job.

3. Night Ripper (2006) – Girl Talk

Gregg Michael Gillis, a Pittsburgh DJ, who goes by the stage name Girl Talk is proof that mash-ups and digital sampling is not only a way to mix tunes but a form of art in its own right. Using over 200 samples from different tracks, Gillis creates an ongoing, unstoppable ensemble of music never keeping the same beat for longer than a minute. Not only does Night Ripper offer a variety of diverse beats, it also juxtaposes familiar rhythms of catchy rock and pop songs and the foulest of all foul-mouthed rap lyrics to create a satire on musical taste. Maybe not a satire, but a statement about the state of our listening habits, attention span, and tolerance of trashy lyrics for the sake of a good beat. Either way it’s looked at, Night Ripper is the work of a pioneer in both the DJ culture and the music industry.

2. Black Holes and Revelations (2006) – Muse

What I love about Muse is their unique sound. Unlike many other bands, they are unpredictable and pure talent through and through. Black Holes is beautifully crafted work of music. Bold, original, and brilliant, Muse’s creativity runs wild in the album that almost redefines a genre. Everything runs smoothly on a rough line of electric rhythm and hard rock. Black Holes is Muse’s best album because it provides them the certain freedom many bands forget is what makes their style unique. Not a single song sounds the same and Muse is a powerhouse of creativity and artistic integrity.

1. Oracle Spectacular (2008) – MGMT

Who the hell is this band? Everyone was asking the same thing. Exploding with their smash hit “Kids,” MGMT made a splash into the mainstream world. What’s strange about MGMT, at least to me, was their sound. I didn’t think much of it. But after a few days, “Kids,” “Time To Pretend,” and “Electric Feel” could not leave my head. Their music is almost intoxicating and in a very good way. MGMT isn’t my favorite band but Oracle Spectacular is my favorite album of this decade. It’s a stylish blend of funk, electronica, and pure joy. A breath of fresh air in a genre that needed some life in it, MGMT is a wonderful group of artist who I hope continue their ongoing quest of originality.

Honorable mentions:

It’s Blitz! (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

Viva La Vida (Coldplay)

The Fame (Lady Gaga)

With Teeth (Nine Inch Nails)


5 albums that altered my music taste forever… by matthewgoodnght

-By Matt Perdue-

Five albums form this past decade that have changed and formulated my taste in music to what it is today:

Enema of the State (1999) – Blink-182

Okay, so this 1999 release hardly makes it into this last ten years, but well worth mentioning. Blink-182 was the first band I ever fell in love with, their punk rock riffs, pissed-of n’ sassy attitude, and crude humor made a place in my heart for years to come. To this day they’re still one of my favorite bands. If you listened and liked this album, check out their proceeding album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003) – Coheed and Cambria

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was my introduction to Coheed and Cambria, and it couldn’t have been any better of one. Coheed is a progressive rock band known for the main singer’s high-pitched vocals and melodic guitar riffs. Behind their enigmatic lyrics lies a story, a space-opera epic about the lives of Coheed and Cambria and their doomed children. Each song and album is in chronological order telling this story known as The Amory Wars. With their unique sound, Coheed and Cambria has much more to offer than you’d ever expect from your typical band of musicians. If you like what you hear, check out their freshman album The Second Stage Turbine Blade, and keep an eye out for their upcoming “prequel” album The Year of the Black Rainbow.

Son I Loved You at your Darkest (2005) – As Cities Burn

I was never a fan of screamo, metalcore, or hardcore music until my best friend introduced me to As Cities Burn, a screamo/alternative rock band that acted as my gateway into finding a taste for music of the sort. As Cities Burn acted as a middle-ground between what I liked and what I didn’t have a taste for: screamo. For someone who is not into screamo, Son I Loved You at Your Darkest is a very listenable sound. They do not hurt your ears or tarnish your heart like say Job for a Cowboy, but they scream enough for your musical heart to develop a taste for screamo. If you dig this and get a taste for it, check out the band Blessthefall for a very gentle “step up”, from there you can explore what you do or don’t like.

Kaleidoscope (2009) – DJ Tiesto

For the most the decade, all of the above has summed my taste in music until this fall, when a good friend of The Mixed Tape, DJ Flavio, introduced me to DJ Tiesto with his latest album: Kaleidoscope. Most of the songs on the album being feats with other artists, this album will sure have something you like on it, whether it be pop, electro, or trans, DJ Tiesto will keep you dancing till the sun comes up. Along with this discover of electro and techno, I have discovered other artists including Deadmau5 and pretty much anything I can dance to.

Honorable Mentions

Fortress (2008) – Protest the Hero

A Canadian, calculated metal/rock band with beautiful, operatic vocals who created an album I can’t stop listening to.

Hot Fuss (2004) – The Killers

This was my in to indie rock and roll, and is one of my top four favorite bands of all time, and will probably be come known as one of the greatest bands ever.

Give Up (2003) – The Postal Service

One of those albums that just has a spot in your heart for years to come.

What albums impacted you this decade? Comment below.


U2 in London by jedismith89
October 8, 2009, 2:07 am
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This summer I had the opportunity, honor, freaking pleasure to see U2 in London at Wembley Stadium. It was truly a monumental night in my life, seriously. Lets get right into it (the music and the technology).

Me and my brother journeyed to the stadium via the tube and waited outside for  A LONG TIME. We finally got to the floor and staked out a place to the left of the stage


After hours of waiting and two very promising opening bands (The Hours and Elbow) the show started.  They played most of my favorites:

  • Elevation
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • I Still Haven’t Found…
  • Vertigo
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Beautiful Day

And songs from their latest Album “No Line on the Horizon”

Like my personal favorite:

  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight

What really caught my eye was how cinematic the video on the cylinder shaped screen that could be seen from any seat in the stadium.


To the surprise of everybody the screen spread apart. It was like what I imagine a PG version of an acid trip would look like:


Bono even had a jacket MADE OUT OF LASERS. Let me say that again LASERS!


The true highlight was when Bono and The Edge met on the moving bridge to the second outlining stage and I snapped this picture:


To conclude the music was amazing I have been a fan of U2 for a long time they have so much passion for what they do and it is a testament to them how long they have stayed together and still make great music that spans generations and cultures.

So do you guys prefer: BIG and showy use of tech or a small show with more focus on the music or can you do both?

-Trevor Smith

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Owl City. by Nolan Wilson Goff
September 30, 2009, 10:17 pm
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Owl City is Adam Young.

And quite frankly, that is all Owl City needs. After several self-released albums, Owl City has finally broken into mainstream music with the latest release, Ocean Eyes.


As I walk down my dorm hallway, it is not uncommon to hear multiple occurrences of Young’s music. His music resonates with young people.

Drawing comparisons to Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, Young’s music is foundationally electronic pop.  Targeting the “Facebook” generation, Young’s lyrics are arguably every bit as good as Gibbard’s, and they make young girls swoon for their Prince Charming. The songs are filled with fantastic electronic beats, loops, and fantasy. Young sings of the most fantastic things (check out tracks “Meteor Shower” and “Fireflies”) and the most mundane things (“Dental Care”).

If you don’t like electronic music, chances are you will not enjoy Owl City. But if you happen to enjoy The Postal Service or Daft Punk, you will without a doubt keep Owl City on repeat for months.oceanEyes_icon

Does Adam Young’s Owl City match up to the talented Ben Gibbard?

-Nolan Wilson Goff

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Love Drunk. by Nolan Wilson Goff
September 26, 2009, 2:23 am
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After a three year absence, pop-punkers Boys Like Girls released a brand new album last month. Love Drunk marks a major transformation in the band’s style, as they are embracing the latest trends in music today.


The album kicks off with Heart, Heart Heartbreak, which immediately introduces listeners to their new influence: 80s rock. Is this a good change? Absolutely. They handled the transition with ease, and this influence emerges in the title track, Love Drunk (which seems to be straight off a Killers album), and later in Real Thing, as well as throughout the entire album. Of course, the album would not be complete without a guest appearance by the lovely Taylor Swift, on Two Is Better Than One.


Although their style has changed somewhat, Martin Johnson and Co. continue to do what they know best: write and perform songs about a crazy little thing called love. The album should resonate well with young people. Boys Like Girls, it’s good to have you back.

-Nolan Wilson Goff

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