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"The meeting, held Tuesday through Thursday in New York City, was billed as a forum to debate drug laws, called for by Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala in 2014. All three countries suffered disproportionate violence from cartels controlling drug supplies to the north. In Mexico alone, the government estimates 164,000 people were the victims of homicide related to cartel violence between 2007 and 2014.

On Thursday, Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced plans to legalize marijuana-based medicines and proposed raising the amount of the drug that can be legally carried."

I'm quite happy to hear that Mexico is pushing to legalize medicinal marijuana.  I hope they can push further and fully legalize marijuana and put the cartels out of business of selling marijuana.  The same should be done for decriminalization of harder drugs like heroin and meth.  Is it absurd that these nations must continue to reel in the violence of illicit drug trafficking while nations such as the United States insist that we must continue our war on drugs?  What are your thoughts?

I consider 2015 to have been an excellent year for music, which has me really excited for 2016 music.  Any particular hopes or expectations for 2016?  What music are you anticipating for 2016?
I'm still new to anime, but I just finished Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April) and I absolutely loved it.  I played violin for several years, so this hit close to home for me.  The themes of music were wonderful, and it was visually impressive.  The drama was excellent, though the ending was heartbreaking.  :(  Could anyone recommend any other series that are centered on themes of music?
Anyone have their year end lists made up yet?  I think I've got my top 50 albums finalized:

50: Ratatat - Magnifique (electronic, indie, rock)
49: Viet Cong - Viet Cong (indie, industrial, rock, canada, goth, post.punk, calgary)
48: Toro y Moi - What For? (funk, indie, pop, psychedelic, rock)
47: Disappears - Irreal (chicago, krautrock, post.punk, no.wave)
46: Mew - + - (alternative, indie, rock, danish)
45: Metz - II (alternative, indie, punk, noise.rock)
44: Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire (alternative, experimental, noise.rock)
43: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (alternative, folk, indie)
42: Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (alternative, blues, funk, indie, rock, soul)
41: Daughn Gibson - Carnation (country, electronic, experimental)
40: Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom (alternative, indie, pop, rock, psychedelic)
39: Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs (alternative, experimental, folk, rock, indie)
38: BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (jazz, fusion, hip.hop)
37: Bicep - Just EP (
36: Mac DeMarco - Some Other Ones (indie, psychedelic, instrumental)
35: The Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird is Home (folk, indie, singer.songwriter)
34: Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville (country, folk, singer.songwriter, alternative)
33: Dear Sister - Silver Dagger (country, folk, rock)
32: The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die - Harmlessness (alternative, indie, emo, punk, post.rock)
31: RJD2 & Sugar Tongue Slim - STS x RJD2 (hip.hop, leftfield)
30: Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (alternative, garage, indie, psychedelic, rock)
29: Tame Impala - Currents (electronic, synth.pop, neo.psychedelia, australia, dream.pop, psychedelic.rock)
28: Tom Brosseau - Perfect Abandon (country, folk)
27: iglooghost - Chinese Nü Yr (electronic, experimental, hip.hop, wonky, bubblegum.bass)
26: Fuzz - II (garage, psychedelic, punk, stoner.rock)
25: Brown Bird - Axis Mundi (folk, indie, rock)
24: Dwig - From Here to There (
23: Arlum Village - The Pollen King (alternative, rock, electronic,, chicago)
22: Thundercat - The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (funk, jazz, soul, rhythm.and.blues)
21: Cloakroom - Further Out (emo, indie, post.rock, shoegaze, space.rock, slowcore)
20: Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (dream.pop, indie)
19: Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode of (hip.hop)
18: Watkins Family Hour - Watkins Family Hour (bluegrass, country, folk, indie, americana)
17: Ty Segall - Mr. Face (garage, indie, psychedelic.rock)
16: Oddisee - The Good Fight (hip.hop)
15: Father - Who's Gonna Get F​*​*​*​*​* First? (electronic, minimal, hip.hop, atlanta, trap)
14: The Stones - Three Blind Mice (post.punk, new.zealand)
13: CeeJ & Rome Fortune - LoloU (hip.hop, atlanta, trip.hop)
12: Glenn Astro - Throwback (house, hip.hop)
11: JETS - The Chants (electronic, house, bass)
10: Braille - Mute Swan (electronic, experimental, downtempo, bass, future.garage, neu.rnb)
09: Alina Baraz & Galimatias - Urban Flora (electronic, soul, rhythm.and.blues, chillwave)
08: Damaged Bug - Cold Hot Plumbs (electronic, experimental, garage, psychedelic)
07: Ta-ku - Songs to Make Up to (electronic, hip.hop, beats, neo.soul)
06: Institute - Catharsis (punk, rock, post.punk)
05: Pond - Man it Feels Like Space Again (indie, psychedelic.rock, australia, neo.psychedelia)
04: The Holydrug Couple - Moonlust (electronic, psychedelic.rock, dream.pop, chilean, santiago)
03: Helvetia - Dromomania (alternative, indie, rock,
02: 20syl - Motifs II (bass, wonky, electronic, hip.hop)
01: Pile - You're Better Than This (alternative, punk, post.hardcore)

What say you?
What have we been enjoying from 2015 lately?

I only recently got into The Tallest Man on Earth, but I'm really digging "Dark Bird is Home"

Big Boi is collaborating with Phantogram under the name Big Grams and they have a new self-titled EP.  It's short but it's tight.

Run the Jewels has a new remix album that features samples of cats.  It's the first album I've ever heard that has feline vocalists :lol:  it's really cool though.

what say you, dA music forum?  Where you at with 2015 music currently?


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Disappears - Irreal


A few years ago I had the chance to see Chicago-based Disappears perform in Bloomington, Ind. at The Bishop.  Steve Shelley was playing drums and he showed such enthusiasm and motivation when playing.  He’s a terrific drummer, integral of Sonic Youth and Disappears’ set that night was fantastic.

Shelley’s time with Disappears was short lived, but the band today continues to experiment and explore new music territory while tipping their hats to notably-influential 70s krautrock and 90s alternative rock bands.  Irreal will be released Jan. 19 on Kranky Records.  These are just a few songs worth listening to:

Loud and expansive percussion rhythms soak up dissonant guitar rhythms and subtle bass melodies in “Interpretation”.  The guitar rhythms are very reminiscent of late 80s and early 90s Sonic Youth as well as early Blonde Redhead.  A nice harmonic melody briefly interrupts the guitar rhythms before they resume.  The lyrics “Anything could happen” can be heard as a louder and noisier guitar plays a slow melody.  The louder guitar melody ends the song almost sounding like the post-metal band Pelican.  Perhaps it’s just a coincidence, but it’s a very fun coincidence nonetheless.

"I_O" again takes influences from early Blonde Redhead, but the vocals sounded quite a bit like that of Jeff Mueller (Rodan, June of 44, Shipping News).  Perhaps it seems like an unusual direction for Disappears to take influence from 90s post-rock and math rock bands, but tipping the hat to such obscure bands will leave a good impression on others.

"Another Thought" features a dark and repetitive rhythm.  The rhythms are repetitive and simplistic in the sense that it allows the music to be layered with other elements to grow in complexity.  It seems quite reminiscent of the Cologne-based krautrock band, Can.  They too, in albums such as 1971’s Tago Mago and 1972’s Ege Bamyasi, would take simplistic rhythms and build upon them to develop complex songs.

Overall, the album is quite minimalistic which seems to pay homage to the band’s krautrock influences.  Irreal rightfully confirms that Disappears are a krautrock-influenced alternative rock band.  The songs are layered and complex with rich and noisy texture.

Perhaps such influences weren’t as obvious in previous Disappears releases, but this is an exciting direction for the band as well as Kranky Records.  This is a very fun album.

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