Posts Tagged: ACL 2012

ACL 2012: Top Ten Drone

The drone category might be defined as the extended notes that draw our interest and spark our imagination.  These drones range from the quiet and soothing to the loud and abrasive; at times they are musical, at other times random.

ACL 2012: Top Ten Drone

The drone category might be defined as the extended notes that draw our interest and spark our imagination.  These drones range from the quiet and soothing to the loud and abrasive; at times they are musical, at other times random.

ACL 2012: Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen receives more submissions in the Ambient field than in any other, which means that our ambient artists must try even harder to stand out.  This seems ironic, since the nature of ambient music has been not to stand out.

ACL 2012: Top Ten Ambient

A Closer Listen receives more submissions in the Ambient field than in any other, which means that our ambient artists must try even harder to stand out.  This seems ironic, since the nature of ambient music has been not to stand out.

ACL 2012: The Year’s Best Labels

It seems only a year ago that I wrote an article on another site about the wonderful new label Time Released Sound.  Oh wait ~ it was a year ago!  In only a short span, TRS has risen to the very top.

ACL 2012: The Year’s Best Labels

It seems only a year ago that I wrote an article on another site about the wonderful new label Time Released Sound.  Oh wait ~ it was a year ago!  In only a short span, TRS has risen to the very top.

ACL 2012: The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Hauschka!  Sigur Rós!  Flying Lotus!  Explosions in the Sky! A Winged Victory for the Sullen!  Matthew Dear! Beirut!  These artists and more turned to directors old and new, and their trust was rewarded with amazing photography, special effects and storytelling.

ACL 2012: The Year’s 10 Best Music Videos

Hauschka!  Sigur Rós!  Flying Lotus!  Explosions in the Sky! A Winged Victory for the Sullen!  Matthew Dear! Beirut!  These artists and more turned to directors old and new, and their trust was rewarded with amazing photography, special effects and storytelling.

ACL 2012: The Happiest Music of the Year

Some may call this a guilty pleasure, but we all need happy music: joy without melancholy, cheer without irony.  These ten releases – some short, because happiness is hard to sustain – each offer listeners a brief burst of ebullience.

ACL 2012: The Happiest Music of the Year

Some may call this a guilty pleasure, but we all need happy music: joy without melancholy, cheer without irony.  These ten releases – some short, because happiness is hard to sustain – each offer listeners a brief burst of ebullience.

ACL 2012: Music for Synagogues & Cathedrals

The music of organized religion is often bland when it has no right to be.  The subject matter is the breadth of life, from the heights of heaven and depths of hell to unknowable mysteries, hallowed understandings, and transcendent awe.

ACL 2012: Music for Synagogues & Cathedrals

The music of organized religion is often bland when it has no right to be.  The subject matter is the breadth of life, from the heights of heaven and depths of hell to unknowable mysteries, hallowed understandings, and transcendent awe.

ACL 2012: The Year’s Best Winter Music

As the leaves land, as the frost forms, and as the first flakes begin to fall, we set our minds to winter.  Some will experience the stalwart winter of Wallace Stevens, and others the cold, claustrophobic winter of Sylvia Plath.

ACL 2012: The Year’s Best Winter Music

As the leaves land, as the frost forms, and as the first flakes begin to fall, we set our minds to winter.  Some will experience the stalwart winter of Wallace Stevens, and others the cold, claustrophobic winter of Sylvia Plath.