Live At Disjecta: Peaking Lights

Last night was the final night of Sometimes A Great Notion Festival capping off a weekend with one of my favorite bands, Peaking Lights. This was my first time going to the North Portland art center Disjecta and I have to say it is a really cool place. With benches built into a grassy hill for an outside stage and beautiful setup inside with a lot of local art. I got there around 7:00 as The Emergency was setting up to play inside. The Emergency is a three piece band that specializes in ambient club music. Their newest album Last Exit is full of swirling synthesizers and heavy drum beats. I really enjoyed their set and their sound. You can check out the single “Afterlife” below and download the album here.

The second band that I caught was local one-man band Jeffrey Jerusalem. Creating a minimalist 80s dance-pop sound, Jeffrey puts his unique voice into different harmonies to lend to a new kind of new-wave type of music. I really enjoy his EP that came out in March called Keep Shadows From The Sun. Check it out below.

Last up was Peaking Lights. One of my favorite bands from California, they have a new album out called Lucifer that is a fantastic follow up to critically acclaimed 936. With their chilled out vibe of electronic dubbiness plus great reverbed/echoey vocals they have a great stage presence. They played my favorites including “Lo-Hi”, “Live Love”, and “All The Sun That Shines.” Even with some technical difficulties, Peaking Lights still put on an incredible show. You can listen to the “LO-HI” single below or go here for the full Lucifer album.

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Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 5 of 5: The Top 15 Albums of All Year

Welcome to the final installment and last post of the year. This year has been a treat, there has been so many great albums, it was hard to choose what was the best of the best. Even though I have listened to a lot of albums this year, I know I have missed out on some good stuff. So if you think that there should be a record on any of these lists then please leave a courteous comment on my posts. In the end it’s really not the number that counts, it’s how the music makes you feel, and that’s how I base this list off of. So as I sign off for the rest of the year I would like thank everyone who reads this and I hope that you are sharing all this great music that I am sharing with you. Happy Holidays to you all and I hope to see you all next year.

15. Cults – Cults

Cults – You Know What I Mean by cultscultscults

14. Sleep ∞ Over – Forever

Casual Diamond by Sleep ∞ Over

13. Neon Indian – Era Extrana

Hex Girlfriend by MGMTNeonIndian

12. Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky

11. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time” by DOJAGSC

10. White Denim – D

White Denim – Bess St by ProspectPark

9. Panda Bear – Tomboy

Panda Bear: Slow Motion by -gaga

8. Starfawn – Starfawn EP

12,000 B.C. by Starfawn

7. Real Estate – Days

Real Estate – Municipality by DominoRecordCo

6. Delicate Steve – Wondervisions

Delicate Steve- Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants) by The FADER

5. Starfucker – Reptilians

Starfucker – “Millions” by terrorbird

4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum by subpop

3. Pure X – Pleasure

Dry Ice by PURE X

2. Peaking Lights – 936

Hey Sparrow by Peaking Lights

1. Washed Out – Within and Without

Washed out – You and I by iroel

So there you have it. It is ok if you disagree, let me know what your favorites are in the comments box.
Honorable mention to the incredibly talented Purity Ring for their 7″ release this year.
Killing Sasquatch will be back next year to bring you even more music so stay tuned. Thanks again.

Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 3 of 5: Misc. Category

This miscellaneous category contains everything from hip-hop to instrument and contains all the year’s best EPs. Once again this list is alphabetical according to artist.

Das Racist – Relax

Das Racist – Girl by flyergoodness

Delicate Steve – Wondervisions

Delicate Steve – Sugar Splash by MOORWORKS

Exitmusic – From Silence

Exitmusic — The Hours by DOJAGSC

Peaking Lights – 936

Amazing and Wonderful by Peaking Lights

People Get Ready – People Get Ready

People Get Ready: “Uncanny” by Brassland

Phantogram – Nightlife

Phantogram – Don’t Move by vibetothis

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Shabazz Palaces – Swerve… by subpop

Starfawn – Starfawn

Dark Touch by Starfawn

Nothing Dead by Starfawn

Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics

Surfer Blood – I’m Not Ready by Chris Topher Dawe

Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out

Toro Y Moi – Saturday Love by Carpark Records

Typhoon – A New Kind Of House

Typhoon – The Honest Truth by tender-loving-empire

Pyschedelectronica A.K.A. Elcetrodelica

Exitmusic is a really cool band that has a new EP out called From Silence. The synths are quite dramatic combined with the amazing vocals makes for some epic music. Check out some of their tracks here and then go out to buy this EP because it is awesome.
Now more on this Pyschedelectronica/Electrodelica front of music; Peaking Lights is a great new band that I just came across. I highly recommend their album 936. This is such an awesome spacey yet really well constructed album. The closest comparison I can make is something like Panda Bear meets a California beach maybe some Gold Panda as well. Listen to it here and have a great trip.
Star Slinger is a catchy band that I would personally put under the category of new-disco. Their latest album is called Volume 1 and it reminds me of Passion Pit with really good sampling. Check out their collection hereand scroll down to find the album. Also watch the cool vid of “Mornin'” (720p highly recommended).

Last is going a totally different direction with Thieving Irons. Their debut album is called This Midnight Hum. I have to say that I would really like to here these guys on the radio. Their rock ‘n’ roll is unique enough to distinguish themselves into the public eye. Their latest single “So Long” has actually been featured on KEXP a great Seattle based radio station that focuses on independent music. Check it out here.