Here are all of aziz's jams.

Don't Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed

Don't Be Afraid, You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed

by múm

Like a lot of múm, kind of guilty of being precious, but the investigation and development of a super-simple melody line feels satisfying, and justified, given country of origin :)

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Jammed: 22nd Jun 2014

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Land Of Sunshine

Land Of Sunshine

by Faith No More

There's kind of an inexplicable synergy between downright crass slap-and-pop bass, straight-ahead hard rock, and That Which Is Mike Patton. Self-involved, uncompromising, and nontrivially goofy, yes...but there's something to it that's got me repeating it.

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Jammed: 28th May 2014

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The Girl and the Robot (Feat. Robyn)

The Girl and the Robot (Feat. Robyn)

by Röyksopp

A total joy to re-discover this song post-Body Talk, and properly recognize Robyn :) ...reciprocally, nominally-disposable pop song though this may be, it *does* sting a little, viewed in light of days spent teaching and nights spent preparing, with no time for anything (or anyone) else.

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Jammed: 23rd Apr 2014

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Avril 14th

Avril 14th

by Aphex Twin

Cheesy, I know, but it's a song worth mention beyond it being today's date. It's hard not to view "pretty" Aphex Twin tracks with a measure of suspicion, given what a prankster imp Richard D. James is, but I'm glad he played this one straight.

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Jammed: 14th Apr 2014

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Hawk As Weapon

Hawk As Weapon

by Conan

...when the soul craves stoner metal, that's pretty much the only thing that'll satisfy. Other elements of the song notwithstanding, Dat Bass is most of what my brain stem is after. Thick. Growly. Sludge.

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Jammed: 11th Apr 2014

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Taste

Taste

by Ride

...oh right! Ride! A phenomenal blend of muscular, driving rhythm and spangly-jangly guitar :)

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Jammed: 30th Mar 2014

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Montana

Montana

by Tycho

Among the most purely pleasant sounding, meditative-yet-engaging music I've found, regardless of genre :)

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Jammed: 27th Mar 2014

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Swedensborgske Rom

Swedensborgske Rom

by Jaga Jazzist

Yep: found about this song from Breaking Madden. I call it "Post-Rock", if only because "Modern Jazz" sounds dumb, and also forces me to reconsider a lot of Tortoise I've tagged without question over the years. (There's a moment or two that sound a bit like "Hide And Seek" by Imogen Heap, but that's almost certainly coincidence.) That being said, this builds to a phenomenal peak, all based around a very simple repeated phrase -- something I'd consider *very* post-rocky. (Scandinavian Brass: is that anything?)

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Jammed: 21st Mar 2014

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sunday Morning Coming Down

by Johnny Cash

I'll readily admit this song is probably among Cash's cheesist: it's over-the-top folksy, the verses are uncomfortably Seuss-like once Johnny Cash leaves his apartment, and the orchestral accompaniment verges on tasteless at points. ...but the chorus alone can stop me dead and close my throat at 40 paces. I'll admit, it's got a lot of personally-shitty time spent alone and sleep-deprived in NYC as fuel, but as far as sledgehammer-bittersweet goes, this one's kinda got my number.

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Jammed: 8th Mar 2014

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Hrafntinna

Hrafntinna

by Sigur Rós

Track 2 on this album had to be worth not-skipping ahead to "Ísjaki" from the thunderclap of "Brennisteinn"; this is its recognition :)

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Jammed: 20th Feb 2014

1 plays

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Ball and Biscuit

Ball and Biscuit

by The White Stripes

It's pretty much impossible to look or act normal when the solos launch. Jack White, for better or worse, is the living coalescence of glorious blues-rock indulgence.

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Jammed: 12th Feb 2014

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Die Like a Rockstar

Die Like a Rockstar

by Danny Brown

They wouldn't let me post JAMC's "Birthday" on my XXX birthday, so here's this instead.

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Jammed: 9th Jan 2014

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If There's Time

If There's Time

by Odesza

A song that feels very current, in its pilfered elements. There's a weird way in which this band's sound can fit scores of seemingly-contradictory pop-feels: bittersweet, mindless party, lazy summer, crisp fall/winter.

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Jammed: 29th Dec 2013

2 plays

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Rosies

Jammed: 19th Dec 2013

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Elephant

Elephant

by Tame Impala

A pretty addictive throwback groove, filed under simple-and-tasty. (Glibly, I'd say the sound-recipe is 3 parts Black Keys, 1 part Beatles. You don't get to avoid Beatles-callouts if your video is just your band playing with glitch-filters and the Winamp visualizer, ESPECIALLY if you sound like John-effing-Lennon and play a stupid-huge Rickenbacker.)

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Jammed: 8th Dec 2013

5 plays

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Open Eye Signal

Jammed: 3rd Dec 2013

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1777

1777

by Russian Circles

One of those bands where I like to brag on their behalf: "y'know, this whole racket is being made by just 3 guys." The explosive, propulsive drumming, in particular, is squeeze-your-eyes-shut-and-grin good.

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Jammed: 27th Nov 2013

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Nothing Is Real

Nothing Is Real

by Boards of Canada

It's almost unfair that a melody line this short can be so infinitely repeatable.

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Jammed: 19th Nov 2013

3 plays

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I Wanna Be Adored

I Wanna Be Adored

by The Stone Roses

One of those lovely confluences of highly time-representative and aging well :) Also, a bare minimum of excellent lyrics, when a bare minimum is all that's necessary.

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Jammed: 13th Nov 2013

1 plays

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Check the Rhime

Check the Rhime

by A Tribe Called Quest

That utterly fucking tasty percussion track that drops for the last two bars of the instrumental break 4 President. Classic; not dated.

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Jammed: 4th Nov 2013

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Avalyn 1

Jammed: 3rd Nov 2013

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Fat Hooks

Fat Hooks

by Odd Nosdam

A standout track on an otherwise fairly gritty album, and evidence that even when All Is Full Of Vinyl Hiss, you can still see the stars.

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Jammed: 27th Oct 2013

3 plays

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Iron Tusk

Iron Tusk

by Mastodon

In truth, I've been listening to all of Leviathan a whole bunch -- I'd just jammed "Blood And Thunder" on previous occasion. Lesson: Moby Dick = hell of metal.

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Jammed: 15th Oct 2013

3 plays

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Rafstraumur

Rafstraumur

by Sigur Rós

Part of that precious family of songs that light up my spine and make me smile, (almost) no matter the circumstances. (See also: Spacehog's "In The Meantime".) The "hoo-hoo"s in the chorus are, potentially, the poppiest thing they've done, ever.

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Jammed: 8th Oct 2013

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Weightless & Horizontal

Weightless & Horizontal

by Jesu

A wonderful mix of determination and fatigue, in explicit dialogue, mated to a wonderful mix of heavy tone and expansive, uh, songfeel. (That said, the guitar tone *does* kinda sound too bedroom-project, like Justin Broadrick plugged straight into a MacBook, picked the "Heavy Metal" setting in GarageBand, and left it at that.)

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Jammed: 30th Sep 2013

1 plays

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Starfield

Starfield

by The New Division

By rights, I shouldn't like this song: it only presents 2 different musical ideas over almost 5 minutes of music, and everything about the track is *simple* -- the words, the melody line, and hell, even the artist's sledgehammer-subtle reference of a name. ...and yet. Its instrumentation is a fantastic balance of clean, plucked synth lines and angular, rolling bass (has anyone described a bass as angular? Can I do that? I basically mean loosely 8-bit/synthpop informed), with a crunchy guitar jangle as an aural lifeline to the organic. Even as a two-chord song, it somehow doesn't grow tiresome. Most successfully, it inverts the "happy song, sad lyrics" trope by pairing music full of yearning with words of blissed-out, celestial contentment. Hell, I can even forgive that fact that this John Kunkel dude probably *practiced* sounding like Ian Curtis. It's almost entirely borrowed; it's almost entirely all in its right place.

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Jammed: 20th Sep 2013

4 plays

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Introduction

Introduction

by Boris

My Bloody Valentine, infamously, end concerts with an onslaught of feedback at the end of "You Made Me Realise" that's been clocked at 130 dB -- roughly A THOUSAND times louder than a jackhammer at a distance of 1 meter. This song by Boris is like a tiny microcosm of that sort of obliteration, and I love it the way pots love scouring pads.

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Jammed: 18th Jul 2013

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Someone Great

Someone Great

by LCD Soundsystem

A fantastic example of a song that's too situation-specific to apply literally to stuff in my/our/everyone-but-James-Murphy's lives, but whose sentiment is so universal (and downright powerful) that it still feels emotionally resonant, albeit on its own terms.

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Jammed: 14th Jul 2013

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Only Shallow

Only Shallow

by 東京酒吐座 (Tokyo Shoegazer)

I feel like this is *just* at the line of honoring the essence of the original without just copying it outright. Rather than criticize them for not changing enough, I'm more inclined to be impressed that they replicated the weighty-yet-spacey nature of the original.

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Jammed: 10th Jul 2013

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Breathe

Breathe

by Télépopmusik

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Jammed: 6th Jul 2013

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Radio Cure

Jammed: 30th Jun 2013

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Happiness: We're All In It Together

Jammed: 22nd Jun 2013

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5 Years

5 Years

by Björk

...a song I've always felt trained on me, though it drives deeper and truer now than maybe ever before.

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Jammed: 16th Jun 2013

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Oh Well, Okay

Jammed: 9th Jun 2013

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Clipper

Clipper

by Autechre

...it bugs me out that I've taught students younger than this song. Entirely for good reasons, mind you.

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Jammed: 7th May 2013

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Heretics

Heretics

by Andrew Bird

Power pop hooks with indie-folk instrumentation and quirkiness, with vague-but-hella-evocative lyrics to boot.

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Jammed: 26th Apr 2013

3 plays

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Alive Alone

Alive Alone

by The Chemical Brothers

Selfishly, I'd prefer that this song (whose chorus is ruthlessly succinct) didn't sound quite so...disposable.

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Jammed: 24th Apr 2013

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Introduction

Introduction

by Boris

A glorious, crushing, repeat-until-tremendously-loud-and-then-keep-going track I'd show even non-metal folks.

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Jammed: 12th Apr 2013

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Son And Daughter

Son And Daughter

by Queen

A HUGE live version of the hard, heavy, rad early Queen days. More like Black Sabbath than "Somebody To Love".

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Jammed: 5th Apr 2013

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Starfire

Starfire

by Low

Maybe Low's happiest song, ever.

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Jammed: 31st Mar 2013

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20th Century Boy

20th Century Boy

by T. Rex

At once a total fucking paint-peeler and among the coolest grooves in rock. Illegal to play with windows up.

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Jammed: 29th Mar 2013

1 plays

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Sunday Morning Coming Down

Sunday Morning Coming Down

by Johnny Cash

The orchestral swells, while awkward in the verses, are glorious in the chorus. Forlorn, earnest, bittersweet.

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Jammed: 27th Mar 2013

1 plays

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Brennisteinn

Brennisteinn

by Sigur Rós

Holy SHIT. It's an honest thrill to hear Sigur Rós get this HARD and still remain essentially beautiful music.

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Jammed: 26th Mar 2013

12 plays

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David Bowie

David Bowie

by Afraid

...better than numb, I suppose. Sometimes.

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Jammed: 24th Mar 2013

1 plays

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Take Me Somewhere Nice

Take Me Somewhere Nice

by Mogwai

Pretty sure the words don't mean a damn thing. I mean, they certainly don't to me.

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Jammed: 20th Mar 2013

2 plays

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40 Days

Jammed: 16th Mar 2013

6 plays

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Bled White

Bled White

by Elliott Smith

That last couplet is basically the most trenchant statement of determination my tiny heart has ever found.

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Jammed: 13th Mar 2013

1 plays

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Pyramid Song

Jammed: 13th Mar 2013

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Mladek

Mladek

by Russian Circles

Apocalyptic-yet-heroic post-metal. Grand, hard, and brave. Because chickenshit is growing lethally tiresome.

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Jammed: 11th Mar 2013

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I Believe In Your Victory

I Believe In Your Victory

by This Will Destroy You

Would listen to at just about any and all times. This is so much of what I want from music, distilled.

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Jammed: 27th Dec 2012

4 plays

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2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

by Mogwai

When the organ hits its huge E near the 3-minute mark, it's about as rapturous a moment as Mogwai can offer.

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Jammed: 19th Dec 2012

1 plays

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Minuet For A Cheap Piano Number Two

Minuet For A Cheap Piano Number Two

by A Winged Victory for the Sullen

You don't HAVE to despair to appreciate this song, but it certainly helps. (NB: The video is wonderful too.)

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Jammed: 11th Dec 2012

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DLP 6

DLP 6

by William Basinski

... .

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Jammed: 8th Dec 2012

3 plays

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Starfire

Starfire

by Low

The sad version of this juncture is soundtracked by Radiohead's "Nude". All truths exi--http://bit.ly/xUzfws

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Jammed: 8th Dec 2012

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Fever

Fever

by Maps & Atlases

A catchy-as-hell track that sports a slew of wonderful production flourishes (e.g. the "Mysterious Ways" wah).

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Jammed: 30th Nov 2012

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Mladic

Mladic

by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

For real: a 20-minute instrumental track that never stagnates. Give it an ounce of patience and 15 minutes.

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Jammed: 23rd Nov 2012

4 plays

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Place To Be

Jammed: 19th Nov 2012

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