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best of 2015 :: Favorite Recordings, Vol. 1

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

And now let’s review the first volume of the GIMME TINNITUS canon for 2015. Here are some of our favorite recordings from 2015 in no particular order.

Listen (then buy, if you haven’t already).
Corps by Zs

Angelfish by ADVAETA

advaeta death and the internet
Doctor M by Grooms

Grooms Comb The Feeling THrough Your Hair
Bloodlust, Virgina by Clean Girls

The Swimmer by METZ

metz ii
Wet (mp3) by Death Vacation

Ancient Drips by Courtship Ritual

Raising the Skate by Speedy Ortiz

Lost Crown by Sannhet

Bruise by Vomitface

The Metal East by Lightning Bolt

Meadows by Eula

#2 Hit Single by Pile

Double Negative by Love Of Diagrams

love of diagrams blast
Foot by Krill

  • purchase A Distant Fist Unclenching @ exploding in sound dot

Learning to Relax by Dan Deacon

dan deacon gliss riffer
We’ve Come So Far (mp3) by A Place To Bury Strangers

aptbs transfixiation
Bitemarks by Single Lash

Arm of the T-Rex by Beech Creeps

Plague Is Vague by Useless Eaters

Rescue Don by NEEDS

In February by Noveller

Seventeen by Wildhoney

Shopping by Pink Section

You can check out the rest of the GIMME TINNITUS “best of” coverage using this link.

Remember there’s always lots to stream at the GIMME TINNITUS Soundcloud or the GT Youtubes, and also at the GT Tumblr too.

If you like what you see/hear you should probably head over to your local independent record store and purchase some vinyl or tapes or maybe a CD or better yet buy directly from the band next time you go out to a show. If you just want the 0s and 1s, maybe head over to eMusic or Midheaven or your favorite digital music store.


best of 2014 :: The Year in Tapes

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Tapes are a funny game and along side vinyl a growing format of physical media. Most of my apartment is filled with cassettes so I was honored when GIMME TINNITUS said that I could do a “Best of 2014 Tapes,” but honestly this is a list of tapes that influenced me personally for one reason or another. Who am I to say they are they best? The assurance I can give you is that they are great releases that warrant a listen if not a purchase.

There were an uncountable number of amazing cassette releases in 2014 including HHBTM’s Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund Split and Gay Cat Park’s “Synthetic Woman” on Crash Symbols (two tapes that I’ve listened to a whole lot)…but neither of those will appear on my lists. This list is going to focus on releases that were not released on LP. Mirror Universe has always tried to put out cassettes that stand on their own without a vinyl counterpart (with the exception of things that have had bonus material or were not released on our continent), and this post aims to highlight releases that fall under that category.

The past couple of years Mirror Universe has been known for releasing vaguely defined at pop and forays into the electronics music dimension…but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been jamming to hardcore, punk, and reggae that has been released on our beloved plastic format…and this is a place where I can tell you about those wonderful things.

This post is coming to you a little late as I hoped it would be ready the first week of January, but sometimes life and making tapes gets in the way (i.e. we had two new releases come out on the 27th by No Monster Club and Unlikely Friends).

I don’t really consider myself a music writer so I’m going to make my comments on each release brief. Hope you dig this very long, by no means complete, list of awesome tapes from 2014.


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Without further ado…my favorite cassettes of 2014 in alphabetical order:
Andreas Brenda – Hidden Rooms (Tranquility Tapes)

Tranquility Tapes has a constant output of solid synth and experimental releases. Brandal’s “Hidden Rooms” hits on everything I’m looking for from a ambient / soundtrack recording. It’s dark and beautiful and allows the listen to be infinitely engaged or completely disengage. Many try to do this, but few succeed.
Big Joanie – “Sistah Punk” (Tuff Enuff)

Big Joanie’s EP comes via the Riots Not Diets // Tuff Enuff Records collective in the UK. Tuff Enuff is probably one of my favorite finds of 2014. They have a constant output of excellent feminist / riot grrrl bands. Big Joanie bring us something new with her deep soulful vocals, and has me looking forward to a full length as 4 songs are not enough.
Bread Club – “Alive // Well” (Fourth Row)

Bread Club is a band who’s name I saw on Instagram, and I ended up looking them up. I found their full length “Alive//Well” and it’s one of the best emo records to come out in years. The opening track “Catfished (Much like Water)” gives us something that’s awkward (almost too much so) and honest but as soon as “Astraphobia” starts “Catfished” starts to make sense in the context of the whole. Fans of emo and pop punk should check in as you will find something you can’t put down. “Astraphobia” might even be a better place to start for a first time listener.
Brown Bread – “Mitote” (Bridgetown)

Brown Bread’s lush layers of electronics, beats, and minimalist folk act as an electronic vacuum where Rebecca Doerfer’s vocals thrive. A beautiful album that sometimes brings to mind early High Places which is something that I reminisce about fondly, but gives us a very personal look at Rebecca and her world.
Casio Love – “In Space” (Tram Trax)

“In Space” is four tracks of synth space dub from Sweden. Released by Tram Trax in a limited edition of 50 tapes each with a different space card on the cover. One of the best looking tapes I’ve received in a long time. I have to thank GRZGRZ from Memories of the Future for turning me on to this it’s become one of my favorite things over the past couple of months.
Common Interest Weren’t Enough To Keep Us Together (GODMODE)

This was a document of place and time for Nick Sylvester and his GODMODE label. It gave us our first taste of Shamir, Courship Ritual, and Yvette’s amazing album “Process.” The release was a lesson in diversity showing how one person can fuse together many different sounds into a cohesive thought.
The Ethical Debating Society – “Hen’s Teeth” (Tuff E Nuff)

The 3 song teaser EP from Ethical Debating Society gives us a look at their upcoming LP. I can’t wait for more of these crunchy guitars, dual vocals, and post punk tendencies. Hit play on “Future Imperfect” and you will know what I’m talking about.
Eyelet – “Eyelet” (Suspended Soul)

I was a hardcore kid that grew up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and still love a good screamo record (or hilariously as the kids call them today SKRAMZ). Baltimore’s Eyelet put out a great four song EP full of melodic chaos. They are not afraid to let pretty melodies creep into what is otherwise a brutal record. No candy coating here.
Guerilla Toss – “Smack the Brick” (NNA)

The last night I ever spent at Death By Audio was with Guerilla Toss opening for Thee Oh Sees. I got to meet Mr. NNA that night, and picked up a copy of this tape. It’s an onslaught of tribal post punk with synths and electronics. Everyone should listen…you might find something you like.
Haord’s Buncha (Haord)

Haord is a haven for the weirdo synth lovers, and is a label run by Tumbleweave & Drut PD (combined known to the world as Macula Dog)! I was a fan of Haord’s first release which was a split between the two founders, and their tracks are good starting places on this comp…other highlights for me are Austin’s SLUGBUG and the New York by way of Florida Cabo Boing. It’s rare to find a release like this that makes you question everything you know about pop music, melody, and electronic music. Many great minds all in one Buncha.
Hive Bent – “Daylatov” (New Day Rising)

Hive Bent’s “Daylatov” is the second EP from the coed Baltimore post-punks or depending on your ears hardcore band. A great EP but only give you a taste of what the band is really like live. Buy the tape, but even more go see them live.
Jerry Paper // Andy Boay – “Split” (Hausu Mountain)

Enter the deranged loungey minds of Jerry Paper and Andy Boay, and the best type of split release where the two artists complement each other without stepping on each others feet. Warped loundey electronic sounds for those who want to chill in the sun and drink lemonade while creeping out your neighbors. This is just a taste of Mr. Jerry Paper who released two of my favorite LPs this year on Patient Sounds and Orange Milk.
Legacy of Terror In Occupied Nations (L.O.T.I.O.N) – “Second
Audio Document” (Burn Books)

L.O.T.I.O.N brings a new sound to hardcore fusing industrial noise and drum machines to create a refreshing intense punk record. Members of Nomad, Dawn of Humans, Zatsuon, and fronted by Survival’s Alexander Heir. I like industrial influences in my dance music so it makes sense that I love it in punk too.
No Ditching – “Face Ache” (Tuff E Nuff)

No Ditching is the poppiest of the Tuff E Nuff releases to make my list, and my favorite of the three. These ladies are brutally honest, and not afraid to write about Gilmore Girls (we know you are all watching it, but how many of you are singing about it?). Snotty, sincere, and extremely catchy. This one has gotten more play than most tapes in my tape decks, and I can’t wait for more from No Ditching. Truly one of the best of 2014.
Roped Off – “Reaches the Final Number” (Patient Sounds)

Roped Off’s (Dave Doyen and Mike Haley) most recent output came outlate in the year on one of my long time favorite labels Patient Sounds. I’ve been doing mail order with Patient Sounds for over 5 years now, and they have only refined their craft. 44 minutes of experimental electronics that are hypnotic and engaging. Pick up this release and snag any of the wonderful LPs Patient Sounds put out in 2014 while you are at it(if they haven’t already sold out!).
Seekers International – “Reconsider the Curse of the Vampire” (Boom Arm Nation)

Another recommendation from GRZGRZ from Memories of the Future but this time SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL create a electro hacked dub version of Scientists classic 1981 dub album “Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires.” Something new from something old. Dub of a dub. Boomarm Nation deserves a lot more of my attention moving into 2015.
Scowler // Youth Funeral – “Split” (Skeletal Lightning // Broken World Media)

Two more members of screamo’s new guard. Scowler’s band members are now in a long distance relationship but their sexy snarling vocals will give those punks who don’t like hardcore something to think about. These new Youth Funeral tracks are constantly brutal and lean away from some of the melodic sounds that their first EP had, but it is no less brilliant. We can only expect great things from this band…even Brooklyn Vegan and Noisy are catching on.
Technicolor Teeth – “Can You Keep Me Out of Hell” (Accidental Guest)

My first introduction to Technicolor Teeth was at an Accidental Guest showcase earlier this year, and live they were a much darker murkier band. Extremely intense personalities playing on the floor of Death By Audio rather than the stage. Their album “Can You Keep Me Out of Hell” is hazy indie rock masterpiece. A fully realized album with clear vocals over the distorted fuzz of guitars. This is what I hope is a realistic look of what punk rock from Wisconsin actually is, but for some reason I feel that Technicolor Teeth are an outlier in that scene.
Terminus Cursus – “6666666” (Bridgetown)

Bridgetown’s Terminus Cursus brings you back to early Discord days of Embrace, Rites of Spring, and Dag Nasty. Patrick Mugan’s harsh vocals over melodic guitars. This apple falls far from the tree of Eyelet, Scowler, and Youth Funeral, with it’s post-rock and kraut tendencies but but any of you who dug those releases should definitely check in. Exciting that this release was part of the same batch as Brown Bread!

best of 2014 :: Favorite Songs

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Here it is, GIMME TINNITUS’ favorite songs from 2014. What follows is a compilation of all the tracks that have been stuck in my head throughout this last year. Make sure you scroll through the whole list, perhaps there is something down there that you missed?

You can play individual tracks using the tiny play buttons next to each mp3 link, OR you can stream all the songs with mp3 links on this page using the streampad player at the bottom of the page, OR you can just download any or all of the tracks at your leisure and play them using a digital media player of your choice. If there is no play button, click the link to stream the song via bandcamp/soundcloud/youtube.

Did I miss something totally awesome? Probably. Leave a comment and let me know. Have fun listening/downloading/streaming.


  1. Melee (mp3) by Multicult
  2. Come & See (mp3) by Protomartyr
  3. Sloppy Joes (mp3) by Vomitface
  4. Sweat Lodge (mp3) by Vulture Shit
  5. New by Priests
  6. Song 35 (mp3) by The Austerity Program
  7. flagburner (mp3) by nine of swords
  8. Outlet (mp3) by Stickers
  9. Rest Versus Rust by Spray Paint
  10. Portion Control (mp3) by Clean Girls
  11. 367 Equalizer by Guerilla Toss
  12. Police Cop (mp3) by Low Fat Getting High
  13. Sand Of Sea (mp3) by Cloud Becomes Your Hand
  14. Canal by RATKING
  15. Pantomime Jack (mp3) by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
  16. Hungry Ghosts by Baked
  18. Golden Age Raps by Open Mike Eagle
  19. The Known Unknown (mp3) by The Skull Defekts
  20. Rash by BIG UPS
  21. Old Lake by The Blind Shake
  22. Bodies Made Of by Parquet Courts
  23. Offline Meet by Hive Bent
  24. Orderly by Eula
  25. Forces by High Desert
  26. 86’d In ’03 by Bent Shapes
  27. Peanut Butter by Krill
  28. Ghost Twin by blood sister
  29. taurus (mp3) by BBIGPIGG
  30. Daydream (mp3) by Ava Luna
  31. Displaced by Dirty Beaches
  32. Blood Will Run by Black Pus
  33. Tropical Dynamite (mp3) by CELEBRATER
  34. So You Know by Bleeding Rainbow
  35. Awake by Tycho
  36. Penetrating Eye by Thee Oh Sees
  37. Mercy Tongue (mp3) by Exocomet
  38. Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Feat. Zack De La Rocha) (mp3) by Run The Jewels
  39. Glow Wreath by Aa
  40. Rustic Fog by Watter
  41. Sammy So-Sick by Grass is Green
  42. Falun Gong by THE MONSIEURS
  43. Kingdom Come by Pop. 1280
  44. It’s the Rundown (mp3) by CHEATS
  45. Party at the Wrong Time (mp3) by Wimps
  46. Everything’s Bigger by Speedy Ortiz
  47. 3D Dream (World Mix) by Jerry Paper
  48. #CAKE by Shabazz Palaces
  49. Disrupt yr DNA by Rat Fist
  50. Chrono Trigger by Roomrunner
  51. Wildflower (mp3) by Alexander Turnquist
  52. Human Worm (mp3) by Waylon Thornton
  53. Stark City by princess reason
  54. Insect Eyes by Nots
  55. You’re Shit (mp3) by Good Throb
  56. Wrestle by Sleeping Bag
  57. Rust by PC Worship
  58. Firehose Face by Naomi Punk
  59. Sunspots (mp3) by Kindling
  60. Demands by Birth (Defects)
  61. Words In Your Mouth by DeGreaser
  62. Dirt Stash by Sneeze
  63. Pro Anti Anti by Liars
  64. Like My Hair (mp3) by Big Neck Police
  65. Cover Me (mp3) by Parlor Walls
  66. PASS (mp3) by CP/M
  67. Little Joe by Bueno
  68. Drown (demo) (mp3) by Hunters
  69. Foulbrood by Two Inch Astronaut
  70. Derek’s Song by The Coathangers
  71. Lights Out (Live) by Screaming Females
  72. Lights Out Club by Ex-Cult
  73. Surveyor by Shellac
  74. Guatemala by Amanda X
  75. The Creep (mp3) by Sauna Heat
  76. Disorder by Meatbodies
  77. Death March (mp3) by Semi Femme
  78. aghast, anew, anon by christian fitness
  79. Party Girl (mp3) by DONE
  80. Juarez by Imperial Topaz
  81. Partaker (mp3) by Idiot Genes
  82. Stoned (mp3) by Grizzlor
  83. Me and Mine (mp3) by Mini Dresses
  84. Lawman (mp3) by Girl Band
  85. New Normal (mp3) by Blessed State
  86. Big Gulp (My Heart Won’t Go On) by Michael Sincavage
  87. Enough (mp3) by The Meltaways
  88. Welcome To The Sand by Matt Robidoux
  89. Hide My Love by 999999999
  90. Destination Of Choice (mp3) by Weed Hounds
  91. All Over The Years by Sleepies
  92. The Ghost (mp3) by Hank Wood & The Hammerheads
  93. Slacker AI by Alien Trilogy
  94. Bit of the Old (mp3) by Railings
  95. Clear Enough (mp3) by Curelight Wounds
  96. Walk The City by CRETIN GIRLS
  97. SLOW EYES (mp3) by VATS
  98. Cheap Heat by Mr. Dream
  99. Boys Are Dumb (mp3) by Bugs and Rats
  100. Ok, Lost by Orca Orca
  101. Driver (mp3) by Perfect Pussy
  102. Our Heavy Heart by Lia Mice
  103. Photograph (mp3) by Damaged Bug
  104. Psychic Pharmacy by Dinowalrus
  105. Uncle Sams Blues (Low Jack Remix) (mp3) by Eric Copeland
  106. Ungdomshuset by Advertising
  107. You Made Me Do That by CRUISING
  108. Seventeen by Wildhoney
  109. Modern Reach by Ex-Breathers
  110. Doomed Boy (mp3) by Super Medusa
  111. Sheltered by BLUFFING
  112. Cookies (mp3) by Whiskey Bitches
  113. Sniffin’ On It by Ian Kovac Jr Jr
  114. Big Summer (Summer Ale) by Shark?
  115. Biomonster DNA by Ultramantis Black
  116. Other Side (mp3) by Slow Animal
  117. Minimum Wage (mp3) by Bully Mammoth
  118. RNRFON (mp3) by Tense Men
  119. Peril (mp3) by Nandas
  120. Gagger (mp3) by The Beds
  121. On Leaving by Hookworms
  122. Press by Whirr
  123. Jerome (Liar) (mp3) by Joanna Gruesome
  124. 3am Coke Dream by Teardrop Factory
  125. R.I.P. Earth (mp3) by STEVE JR
  126. Dust (mp3) by Destruction Unit
  127. Jerk Party by Washer
  128. Torture by The Gun Hoes

DOWNLOAD (all the mp3s above):

If you like what you see/hear you should probably head over to your local independent record store and purchase some vinyl or tapes or maybe a CD or better yet buy directly from the band next time you go out to a show. If you just want the 0s and 1s, maybe head over to eMusic or Midheaven.

And you can check out the rest of the GIMME TINNITUS “best of” coverage using this link.

See you next year!

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best of 2014 :: Favorite Recordings

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Oh shit, best of 2014 coverage. yay.

Yes, these are my favorite recordings of 2014. It was a good year, no? There were other records released this year, but this is the GT list. If you are not here, but you think you should be, don’t worry, I love you. And there’s is always next year, right? These are not presented in any order besides alphabetical by artist. They’re all great. Ok. Let’s go.

(click on the album titles for additional streaming/purchase options)


Beyond Calculation by The Austerity Program

Listen: Song 30 (bandcamp)


DEBT by Baked

Listen: Wet Blanket (bandcamp)


Eighteen Hours of Static by Big Ups

Listen: Justice (bandcamp)


Interrupt by Bleeding Rainbow

Listen: Monochrome


blood sister by blood sister

Listen: 976-CREEP (bandcamp)


Clean Girls & Vulture Shit’s Expensive Tastes

Listen: Day of the Woman (bandcamp) by Clean Girls


Party Jail by Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Listen: Laughing (bandcamp)



Listen: Forerunner (bandcamp)

(free album)

Stay Home by Hank Wood & The Hammerheads

Listen: In Bookings (bandcamp)


High Desert by High Desert

Listen: Disappeared (soundcloud)


Dyatlov by Hive Bent

Listen: Liar (bandcamp)


Spare Room by Kindling

Listen: Eastern State (bandcamp)


Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears by Krill

Listen: Unbounded Nameless Future (bandcamp)


Mess by Liars

Listen: Pro Anti Anti (youtube)


Low Fat Getting High by Low Fat Getting High

Listen: Don’t Believe You Anymore (bandcamp)


Variable Impulse by Multicult

Listen: Othello (bandcamp)


i can’t stand my own face by nine of swords

Listen: watch (bandcamp)

(pay what you want)

We Are Nots by Nots

Listen: decadence (soundcloud)


Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

Listen: Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) (feat. Hannibal Buress)


Sunbathing Animal by Parquet Courts

Listen: Vienna II (youtube)


Bodies and Control and Money and Power by Priests

Listen: Right Wing (bandcamp)


Under Color of Official Right by Protomartyr

Listen: Scum, Rise! (bandcamp)


So It Goes by RATKING

Listen: So It Goes (youtube)


Separate by Roomrunner

Listen: Slow (bandcamp)


Lese Majesty by Shabazz Palaces

Listen: Motion Sickness (youtube)


Rest Versus Rust by Spray Paint

Listen: Rest Versus Rust (bandcamp)


Swollen by Stickers

Listen: Sacajawea (bandcamp)


Awake by Tycho

Listen: L (soundcloud)


Vomitface by Vomitface

Listen: Bill Me Later (bandcamp)


The Joys of Employment by Vulture Shit

Listen: Church Van Contraband (bandcamp)

SO, what is missing? what shouldn’t be here? leave a damn comment (if you are into that sort of thing).

Song 30 (mp3) by The Austerity Program

Forerunner (mp3) by EXOCOMET

Eastern State (mp3) by Kindling

watch (mp3) by nine of swords

Doug Stamper (Advice Raps) (feat. Hannibal Buress) (mp3) by Open Mike Eagle

Scum, Rise! (mp3) by Protomartyr

Sacajawea (mp3) by Stickers

Church Van Contraband (mp3) by Vulture Shit
GIMME TINNITUS Favorite Recordings Best of 2014

mp3s :: GIMME TINNITUS > Best of 2014, Vol. 2

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Can you believe it’s time for the second edition of the Best Downloadables of 2014? I can.

So, you can play the individual tracks using the tiny play buttons next to each mp3 link, OR you can stream the whole page using the streampad player at the bottom of the page, OR you can just download any or all of the mp3s at your leisure and play them using a digital media player of your choice. The future is unwritten, at least when it come to what you will be listening to, ok?



  1. Outlet (mp3) by Stickers
  2. Come & See (mp3) by Protomartyr
  3. The Known Unknown (mp3) by The Skull Defekts
  4. Bump A Grape (Live on WMBR’s Pipline!) (mp3) by Pile

    [pay what you want for the EIS Sampler 2013 // 2014 @]

  5. Walk The City (mp3) by Cretin Girls
  6. Owed to the Bank (mp3) by GYMSHORTS
  7. Bit of the Old (mp3) by Railings

    [pay what you want for the Reach House EP @]

  8. My Hologram (mp3) by Eyedress
  9. Green Triangle (mp3) by Tunnel Visions

    [pay what you want for Tunnel Visions @]

  10. Snuff Me Out (mp3) by Miserable Friend

    [pay what you want for Thought About Stabbing You @]

  11. Blood Will Run (mp3) by Black Pus
  12. Mister Fantasy (mp3) by Ex-Cult
  13. Travelers Club (mp3) by Fond Han
  14. If I Had A Chance (mp3) by lost boy ?
  15. WORD (mp3) by KOOL A.D.
  16. Wildflower (mp3) by Alexander Turnquist
  17. Sunspots (mp3) by Kindling
  18. Song 35 (mp3) by The Austerity Program
  19. Big Dipper (mp3) by Death Grips
  20. Psychic Vibrations (mp3) by Vacant Fever
  21. Dust (mp3 of an Adult Swim Single) by Destruction Unit

If you want to download all the individual tracks in this post, you should probably think about installing the DownThemAll! or FlashGot Firefox extensions as we are way too lazy to zip and upload every single best of mix.

Also, if you like what you hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers or your local independent record store (or at the merch table at a show):

Insound | eMusic | Other Music

And, if you haven’t done it already, make sure you check out the other best of posts.

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