Archive for the ‘Best of 2011’ Category

As if fourteen thematic lists with ten entries in each was not enough, here are twenty more albums that deserve to be mentioned! There’s just so much time and way too much music, but I would feel completely inadequate leaving these out. NOTE: ALL ENTRIES ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY ARTIST Battles – Gloss […]


The beast is awake. Daydreams turn into nightmares. This is not real. This is not real. The walls perspire and the muscles ache, as the sound rolls over your blanket and crawls under your bed. There it shakes off its frequencies and morphs into an over-compressed standing wave, too loud to mix, until its entire […]


Just like last year, and the year before, somehow I managed to torture myself with a great restraint of releasing these “Best Of” lists at a rate of only one per day. Believe me, there’s nothing more I want, than to share all of this music with you! Especially this selection of albums that falls […]


Music evolution spins in cycles. A new development in sound hoards a following of copycats, too anxious to proliferate the world with the nuclear output of their laptops. There are some that fail. There are some that surf along with the wave before it breaks, emerging from nowhere and receding back to nothing. And then […]


I don’t timestamp music with transitions… I timestamp life transitions with the music… A period here, a semicolon there… Music played for long lost friends, and music that I play for them again right now… Because even if you’re not right here, and you can’t hear these sounds, I know you’re listening. And even though […]


Your mind is just a canvas; your life – projected film. Your skull is a museum of memories; your ego – a neurotic guard. Your consciousness is sleeping in this theater, alone and undisturbed. Why not invite some music? There’s plenty of empty space… NOTE: ALL ENTRIES ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY ARTIST Alva […]


In the silent and sad mountains, music speaks without the lyrics. Words escape and rise in clouds, forming vapor, pain and passion. Music, on the other hand, is harmless, floating low above the ground, spreading long and foggy fingers, through the grass and morning flowers. In this dark and lonely winter, snow begins to lightly […]


Another sunset without you. How precious were those little moments… how futile are these tardy words. I didn’t get a chance to tell you, although I sensed that you have known. I mourned your soul before departure, while you just smiled and spread the light. And so you’re here, among, within me. This music makes […]


Have you ever walked in the autumn rain? Just like the sunshine warms the breezy beaches, and the snow blankets the silent cemeteries, the rain drenches my clothes, and no, you can not tell that I’m crying. Covered from head to toe in the wetness and music, my feet plop through puddles, as my mind […]


I may not share or write about this type of music all too often, but I’ll admit that I’m in love with stress erasing, head cleaning, heart pounding, minimal beats. Whether it’s the sound of Detroit, Chicago, London or Berlin, I’ll be there dancing away to the four-to-the-floor rhythms of my favorites and notables, such […]


Something warm and crispy is tickling the inside of my ear canal. It travels through my cochlear labyrinth, where the sensory hair cells sway with the vibrations and generate electric signals, which in turn fire the synapse towards my primary auditory cortex. Somewhere within the Wernicke’s area of my cerebral cortex it all makes sense, […]


Abandoned places and desolate spaces, covered with rain, snow and ash, wrapped in a blanket of white noise and pulsating bass, somewhat metallic, chilly and wet. These are the images for these sounds for these places of my mind. Something is trembling with the beat of my heart. Tick-tock. Time rewinds to the mid nineties, […]


After spending an entire night dancing at an outdoor festival, I wake up in my tent, drenched in morning dew and sound. The music never stopped playing, but it has slowed down in pace. As the sound guides me towards its source, the path winds in between the trees that seem to sway with the […]


Sit down. Stop thinking for a while. That thought? Let it go. Let it all go. Call it meditation, call it concentration, call it what you will, but let it go. That thought? Be above it and let it pass. Watch the thought pass through your mind. It passes, as the air through your lungs […]


In the first installment of Headphone Commute’s Best of 2011, I gather my favorite albums of the year, consisting of music that simply makes you feel. The albums in this category should be classified as the soundtracks to your life. No other genres are required. NOTE: ALL ENTRIES ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY ARTIST […]


This is it… the last entry in the prequel to our Best of 2011 albums! But let’s not forget all these wonderful interviews with your favorite artists! Here’s your chance to learn the story behind the music, the name and the inspiration. I want to extend my personal thanks to all the artists who shared […]


Please believe us when we say that we’re dying to tell you about our favorite album selections of 2011. It feels like everyone has already announced their choices, but we’ll stick to our principles and wait until the very last day and begin on January 1st (only three days away)! Meanwhile, let’s pay tribute where […]


As I finalize the Best of 2011 lists, I begin to admire all of the great music that was released this year. And behind the music are the people who share their inner message through this amazing medium. Perhaps it is the people all along that we fall in love with through their music. With […]


Over the last year, Headphone Commute has produced and hosted numerous mixes from our favorite selectors, DJs, and artists. Today we look back at some of our most popular podcasts as picked by YOU! After all, it is you, the listener, who votes on these favorites just by listening! Oh, and speaking of voting, click […]


I will be the first to admit that mini-albums, EPs, and 12″ singles do not get as much attention on these pages as they deserve. These brief glimpses of miniature releases fall and melt like tiny snowflakes in the night. But unlike short-lived crystals of water, this beautiful music leaves a lasting impression on our […]



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