Thursday, December 24, 2009

2009: The Year of Lists - John-Paul

John-Paul provided me his Last FM profile for his biographical information. So, I'll let it do the talking for me.

In Dark Trees is American experimental ambient and post-rock artist, John-Paul McFarland. The moniker is taken from a Brian Eno song. IDT also features Logan Epps and Michael Hopkins live.

IDT joined the mid-western co-op arts label, Yards and Gods in 2008. Y&G also features Nonreturner, Ursus Arctos, Prize Wolf, Ptarmigan, Burger Kingdom, Cpt. Captain and The Makeouts/The Pale Family.

McFarland also played bass and guitar in fellow Y&G band, Nonreturner, from 2007 to 2009, and recorded on the band’s self-titled LP.

All albums are available for free download @ the Y&G website (, or you can download songs for free individually here at

Now, on to the albums. I will provide no disclaimer as John-Paul gives little opinion besides his picks which are solid and say enough without commentary. Now, on with the music...

Best Albums 1999-2009 (in chronological order)

Labradford – E Luxo So (1999)

Godspeed You Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (2000)

Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself inside-Out (2000)

Radiohead – Kid A (2001)

A Silver Mt. Zion – Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward (2001)

Eluvium – Lambent Material (2004)

Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped (2006)

Do Make Say Think – You, You’re a History in Rust (2007)

Deerhunter – Microcastle (2008)

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