Archive for December, 2011

Things to look forward to in 2012

Posted in Comic books, Film, Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by dc

So the ancient Mayans predicted an apocalypse in 2012 did they? Well, that’s not something to look forward to now is it? Bloody Mayans – they had an even bleaker outlook than a Nine Inch Nails fan reading Sylvia Plath in a North Korean prison.

So, apocalypse aside what does 2012 hold in store for music and film? Here’s a list of twenty things exciting Slacker Shack, as we dangle on the cliffs of 2011 staring out at the horizon (click on the links below to find out more about each forthcoming favourite):

The Amazing Spider-Man reboot with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans

A new comeback album from slacker rock gods, Guided by Voices – Let’s Go Eat the Factory

Gonjasufi’s new mini-album, MU.ZZ.LE

The first true Marvel ensemble film, The Avengers

A new album from The Shins called ‘Port of Morrow’

Dr. Dre finally releasing Detox

Quentin Dupriex’s (aka Mr Oizo) forthcoming second film, Wrong

Busta Rhymes’ sequel to Extinction Level Event

Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming western, Django Unchained

Die Antwoord’s second album, TEN$ION

The last of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, The Dark Knight Rises

A possible Wu Tang Clan album?

A new, more ‘experimental’ sounding album from Phoenix

Ridley Scott’s new Alien film (prequel?), Prometheus

Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim film

A new album from welsh noiseniks, Future of the Left

A DOOM and Ghostface LP, DOOMSTARKS finally gets released

The first of Peter Jackson’s much anticipated Hobbit films, An Unexpected Journey

A new Outkast album?

Goodie Mob finally release comeback album – We Sell Drugs Too!

If the world is about to end, at least we’ll have a few things to keep us entertained as the planet burns around us! Happy 2012…

The Big Lebowski – Lego art

Posted in Art, Film, Nonsense with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by dc

This put a smile on my face today. A lego art portrait of The Big Lebowski‘s Walter Sobchak (as played by John Goodman).

The maker is Angus MacLane. Check out more of his work over at his flickr site here.

Slacker Shack’s top twenty alternative tunes of 2011

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by dc

What a year! Slacker Shack has already brought you our top twenty albums of 2011 and top twenty hip-hop tunes of the year lists. Now it’s time for our ‘top twenty alternative tunes of 2011’.

And what a list it is too, comprising of tunes as diverse as the fuzzy bedroom indie-funk of Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Ffunny Ffriends), the charmingly British electro-pop of Metronomy (The Bay), the Nuggets-esque garage rock of The Black Lips (Mad Dog) and the obtuse slacker rock brilliance of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (Stick Figures In Love)

Check out out choices below (in no particular order) and download a handful of mp3’s too – it’s been a good year:

Bill Callahan – Drover
Bon Iver – Towers
James Vincent McMorrow – Sparrow And The Wolf
The Phoenix Foundation – Buffalo
Laura Marling – All My Rage
Cults – Never Heal Myself
Metronomy – The Bay
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Stick Figures In Love
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffrends
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
tUnE-YaRdS – Bizness
Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper
Tom Vek – Aroused
Chad VanGaalen – Freedom For A Policeman
The Black Lips – Mad Dog
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Definite Darkness
Gruff Rhys – Sensations In The Dark
Boston Spaceships – Earmarked For Collision
Real Estate – It’s Real
Youth Lagoon – Montana

Here’s to another great batch next year…

Free Bedroom Community sampler

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by dc

Bedroom Community is an Icelandic record label/collective formed in 2006 by Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly and Ben Frost.

Their roster includes the aforementioned Frost, Muhly, and Sigurðsson, along with Sam Amidon and Puzzle Muteson, and their music takes in everything from folk to classical, and from ambient to electronica – all of it otherworldly and beautiful.

Most of their music is recorded in Reykjavik at the Greenhouse Studios. To check out what they’re all about, head on over to the Drowned In Sound website to pick up a free downloadable sampler of 12 tracks they released as a Yuletide freebie here.

Slacker Shack’s top twenty albums of 2011

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by dc

2011 has been a great year for albums. Whether it be the eclectic US hip-hop sounds of Danny Brown, Das Racist, Shabazz Palaces, Beans, Beastie Boys and Pharoahe Monch’s long players or the alt-rock sounds of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, White Denim, Real Estate, Boston Spaceships and Chad Vangaalen – it’s been varied and special.

There’s been some beautiful oddities too, like Unknown Mortal Orchestra‘s eponymous debut, the Mister Heavenly ‘supergroup’ and their debut ‘doom-wop’ album, Out of Love. Plus the delightly peculiar, tUnE-YaRdS LP, W H O K I L L and it’s take on avant-afro-beat-indie (or whatever the cool new way of describing the charming madness of Merrill Garbus is currently).

Even the mellow stuff had an odd streak. Bill Callahan‘s Apocalypse ushered in seven tracks filled with rich storytelling and beautifully-off-kilter Americana from one of the US’s best living songwriters. Bon Iver followed up their amazing debut, with an eponymous second, that widened their sonic template but lost none of their charm. The Youth Lagoon debut, The Year of Hibernation also offered a hush take on sepia-tinged fragility and gentle bedroom indie brilliance.

So, in no particular order, here are Slacker Slack‘s top twenty albums of the year – along with five downloadable tracks that you may or may not wish to consider as a ‘sampler’:

01 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
02 Danny Brown – XXX
03 Das Racist – Relax
04 Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
05 Boston Spaceships – Let It Beard
06 Bon Iver – Bon Iver
07 tUnE-YaRdS – W H O K I L L
08 Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love
09 Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island
10 Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
11 White Denim – D
12 Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
13 Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
14 Pharaohe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
15 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
16 Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
17 Beans – End It All
18 Flash Bang Grenada – 10 Haters
19 13 & God – Own Your Ghost
20 Real Estate – Days

(MP3) Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Ffunny Ffriends
(MP3) Danny Brown – Scrap Or Die
(MP3) Youth Lagoon – Cannons
(MP3) Real Estate – It’s Real
(MP3) Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper

And if you want to push us to pick an album of the year – we’d have to plump for, Stephen Malkmus and the Jick‘s awesome, Mirror Traffic

Charlie Brookers guide to 2011’s key buzzwords

Posted in Buzzwords, Comedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2011 by dc

Are you still scratching your head and wondering what the hell bond yields are? Are you eager to find out about the art of planking and what the hell a Higgs Boson is? Don’t worry you’re probably not alone.

Fortunately grumpy guffaw merchant, Charlie Brooker has saved us all the effort of at least an hour of googling, by penning a new piece for The Guardian, which delves into 2011’s key buzzwords and brings forth chuckles too.

To read his article, A guide to the buzzwords of 2011, click here.

New Discovery – Flosstradamus

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2011 by dc

How about some filthy boooooootay music to see you into your Thursday?

The tune below (From The Back) comes courtesy of Flosstradamus (Chicago-based DJs J2K and Autobot) and features rhymes by Slacker Shack‘s favourite rapper of 2011, Danny Brown:

The tune is taken from Flosstradamus‘ five track Jubilation EP, which was released on Fool’s Gold Records last month.

Buy it now over at Beatport.