Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Idol Threat's Top 10 Free Albums of 2011

Even though it felt like I posted more this past year than I did in my first it turns out that I actually posted a lot less. This meant that there were too few downloads to choose from when I was making my top 10 list. Last year my Top Free Albums List was all pulled from posts that I made, but because of the lack of 2011 posts I decided to open up the list to any album that was released for free in 2011 regardless of whether I posted about it or not. I noticed that there were alot more Hip Hop albums in my list than my Top 20 Albums of 2011 list (coming soon I swear!) which is probably due to the fact that so many Hip Hop mixtapes are released every year. Each artist and title heading is also a clickable link to where you can download the album for free and at the very end is my Top 5 Free EPs [or Fre(EP)s] of 2011. So without further ado here is Idol Threat's Top 10 Free Albums of 2011. Click the jump for the full list. Enjoy:

Thurz - L.A. Riot
When Thurz originally released L.A. Riot it gained a lot of praise but didn’t quite reach the number of people it should, so DJBooth decided to team up with the L.A. emcee to re-release this project (previously only available on iTunes) for free so that it could reach as many heads as possible. It’s a good thing too because this album is a fucking BANGER! Every single beat on here is dope and just when I thought I heard my favorite track the next one would come on and change my mind. I haven’t heard much about Thurz before this album but apparently he came out years ago as a co-founder of the now defunct group U-N-I. Though he is a relatively new MC he is still able to hold his own on this solo debut even against veteran guests like Black Thought of The Roots and Strong Arm Steady. Dope beats and being able to rhyme doesn’t always equate to a great album however, but luckily Thurz knows how to craft a good song and come up with subject matters more interesting than your everyday raps about drugs or girls (which should be pretty evident once you realize that this is a concept album about the 1992 LA Riots.) You can download this for free or pay for a high quality version but I highly suggest paying. Music like this deserves to be heard in the best way possible.

Rational Animals – Bock Rock Parade
Rational Animals may be a new band from the east coast but they sound an awful like an old one from the west coast. This Rochester, NY group takes their worship of Black Flag and mixes it with a heavy dose of rock and somehow manages to not make it sound dated. I’m definitely not complaining mind you, if you’re going to choose a band to emulate you’d be hard pressed to find a better band than Black Flag. Bock Rock Parade proves that everything hasn’t been done to death yet and becomes one of my favorite hardcore releases of the year in the process. Despite their obvious influences this album still sounds fresh & unique and shows some growth from their previous EPs, so I have no doubt that their next one will be even better. This is another free album that really deserves to have some money thrown at it so when you head over to their site to download it consider picking up the vinyl as well.

Dead Neanderthals – “Grindcore Karaoke Trilogy”
Dead Neanderthals are a sax/drums duo from the Netherlands who play grindcore-inspired jazz, alternating between bursts of jazz-fusion and free jazz. You’d be hard pressed to categorize them as metal but the under-a-minute tracks are definitely an attempt to emulate the intense brevity of grindcore, which is probably why their releases have been picked up by J. Randall’s Grindcore Karaoke bandcamp label. Grindcore Karaoke have put out 3 of their releases including the self-titled album, The V-Shaped Position and The Saw EP. I decided to include all 3 for this single slot on the list since they were all released this past year and when combined clock in at just under 27 minutes, which still makes it shorter than most full-lengths. The horns and metal slant may bring comparisons to bands such as fellow duo Ettrick and Rhode Island trio Bellows, but they sound much more structured and less lo-fi than the black metal-tinged blast beats of Ettrick and understandably less full and more spastic than the doom/drone “breath metal” of Bellows. Dead Neanderthals just may be my favorite of the 3 bands however and these releases have me salivating for their upcoming 20 minute, two-track “proper” release.

Monday, January 23, 2012

DIY Toolbox version of the Gentleman's Boombox w/Floyd Davis IV of Artpentry

CRAFTSMAN enlists Floyd Davis IV of Artpentry, Code of Conduct & C4 fame to show them how to make a toolbox version of his Gentleman's Boombox. Watch them get weird. This project streamed live on January 13, 2012 at:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Iron Man Monster Concept Design

"Tony Stark the evil genetic engineer... Hommage for ironman."

Check out this great Iron Man concept design from artist Retrovenus Miravis.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Refused Reunite to Play Coachella

What? WHAT?! Refused are reuniting too?!! First Company Flow reunite, then At the Drive-In, now Refused too? It's officially the late 90s all over again! All three of the aforementioned bands will be playing this year's Coachella so you West Coasters are in for a fucking treat. Check the official announcement taken from Refused's website after the jump:

At the Drive-In Announce Reunion

So the following statement recently showed up on At the Drive-In's official website:

"ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence. THIS STATION IS .... NOW ....OPERATIONAL."

I'm not sure how I feel about this but 2001-me is currently jizzing in his pants. No further details have been released so stay tuned to Idol Threat for more news.

At the Drive-In Website:


Friday, January 06, 2012

?uestlove Explains how J Dilla made Black Star's "Little Brother" Beat

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ascites Live at New Years Noise 2012

Ascites is a harsh noise group from Dallas, Texas. This was their first show with Ryan Jones aka Struggle Sessions. I wish we had a New Years show like this. Enjoy the video, blow your speakers.

Buy Ascites stuff and more here: