Top Ten Albums of 2008 – Aaron Turner (Isis)

With the changing of the times and 2009 rapidly approaching, The Daily Rind want to take a look back on what has been quite an awesome year in music. We asked some of our favorite labels and artists to narrow it down and tell us their top 10’s of 2008.

Aaron Turner, guitarist and vocalist from the band Isis, is the first to share his favorites with us. Ipecac Recordings Isis is an avant-garde metal band hailing from the city of angels. Their pseudo-concept albums stretch the bounds of heavy music and show an intellectualism that reaches artistic fans outside of strictly metal circles. Isis has impacted music with their unique personal vision, so let’s take a peek into Aaron Turner’s album selection:

AURA NOIR Hades Rises Buy
HYDRA HEAD – 2008 Releases…all of them
LEVIATHANMassive Conspiracy Against All Life
PRURIENTCocaine Death + And Still, Wanting
OREN AMBARCHIIn The Pendulum’s Embrace
MEGADETHRust In Peace + Peace Sells But Who’s Buying (LP Reissues)

More X-Mas: Raveonettes Style

The Raveonettes wrapped their EP series last week with Wishing You A Rave Christmas . Not content to just release a holiday short-player, they’re giving away a track from the album for free. Let’s hear it for Christmas Spirit! Peep “Come On Santa,” all woozy guitars and the same bittersweet harmonies that won Sune and Sharin praise earlier this year when they released their blissed-out fuzzsterpiece Lust Lust Lust . Highly recommend slipping this one in your digital stocking — not-so-subtle drug references and all.

MP3 : The Raveonettes – Come On Santa

Termanology’s “How We Rock” Breaks into Mainstream

Termanology’s “How We Rock” featuring Bun B. has burned its way up from the underground onto MTV. The video is up for voting this week on MTVu’s The Freshman. Only 5 videos make the cut each week, allowing college students to comment and vote on their favorite cut. The winning video is added to MTVu rotation the following week.

“How We Rock” is the lead single from Term’s latest album, Politics as Usual, which hit stores this September on Nature Sounds Records. The track was produced by DJ Premier, and the video is a who’s who in hip-hop, with cameos from M.O.P’s Lil Fame, Grafh, Consequence, and more, showing Bun B wasn’t alone when he said, “Termanology puts the MC back in MC’ing, he’s a breath of fresh air in this dirty game.”

Vote here .

Stuffing on 6th St.

This year I am thankful for many things. Free Lonestar, Guitar Hero at the Driskill, 3am Best Wurst, BBQ sauce stains, secret shows and secret after parties. Eh? No…I haven’t lost it. Yes, I realize that all of these things have little if nothing to do with Thanksgiving and instead refer to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Yes, I realize that I live in New York, that it’s November and that SXSW isn’t until March. But this year I somehow find my thoughts reeling back to South By Southwests of days past and all of the music that I am thankful for.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Crayola hand tracing get-together to make turkey placemats, and the always classic popsicle-stick Mayflower centerpiece. I dig on turkey and all the fixin’s. But due to some familial logistics, my family’s Thanksgiving dinner will take place on Friday this year, leaving me fortunate enough to be able to spend Thanksgiving day with some of my fellow Rinder’s. And when we get together, talk turns to memories of shows we’ve seen together (and the madness that inevitably ensued before, during and/or after the show).

So, first off, I am thankful for a couple of guys from the Midwest mercilessly grabbing my attention and supplying me with a seriously rockin’ show. The Plastic Constellations seemed unassuming and white bread-like (white bread is Thanksgiving related…kinda) as they took the stage, but when they ripped through a set of perfectly distorted, melodic riffs with raw vocals and just solid songs, I became an instant fan. They continue to put out great tunes and are now a staple in many of my playlists – for sure my Thanksgiving one.

Next I would like to give thanks to Marty McFly and Doc Brown for bringing back the popularity of the Delorean and giving the band Delorean a reason to give me this much-needed dose of retro pop culture and pop rock. Trust me, you need it too. Synths, solid songs and a great live show undoubtedly inspire feelings of thanks, and also a reason to do shots of (insert your favorite retro holiday liquor here – rumplemintz, perhaps?) with your friends. Will there be some robotic rockin’ at my Thanksgiving this year? You can bet on it, and it will be r ad.

This next show made me thankful for many reasons. First and foremost because it was amazing, but also because it had an inspiring and chill vibe. The Dodos are awesome . You know they are. I had never seen them live prior to SXSW, and I walked out of there wanting to play percussion on every street sign and garbage can I could find. The organized chaos that ensued onstage was enough to put an awesmirked look on anyone’s face. (An ‘awesmirk’ is the look where you are smirking with your mouth open in blissful, speechless, mesmerized amazement of what’s going on in front of you. Feel free to adopt that into your vocab if you wish.) If they weren’t extinct, I would suggest a dodo as the bird of choice this Thanksgiving, just to pay homage.