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I'm a bit surprised to see Vampire Weekend there. Good to see Harvey Milk and Arthur Russell, and I'd totally forgetten that Quaristice was released this year.
I should really have a listen to The Bug album.
hmmm, interesting. Lots of good stuff on that list, though I always expect The Wire's list to be a bit more 'out there', y'know? Bit surprised to see Vampire Weekend in there too. They're horrible
usually these things aren't too great as they still use an aggregate system or whatever and it's not as if everyone voting has heard every record
so i'm pretty stunned that a self-released vinyl only release is at no. 3
Makes me feel excited about music again. Nice to see they acknomledge the relatively fresh sound of the Vamp Weekend album and consider it a part of such an innovative list. I love the Group Inerane album and the Caretaker too. Haven't even heard The Bug but with that and the Quietus it seems a reccomendation...
i need to give this a listen sometime
but yeah, delighted and amazed that 'Hairdryer Peace' made it so high.
Just sounds a bit naff. I am surprised it has made peopels number ones. I think they really want it to be something that it isn't. I get the paranoia of the 'urban setting' and the minimalism of it, but there's not enough to it, and a lot of it sounds bad; there are a lot of really unconvincing vocal performances, tacky, easy/lazy rhymes on it. Similar thing goes for the Gang Gang Dance record - although there I think is an excercise in cynicism, the Tinchy Stryder track is tokenistic to say the least.
Vampire Weekend are a horrible, horrible sounding band. Beige Ivy-League, global-tourism yacht rock. Cocks.
the Gang Gang Dance album. It seems to be cropping up left, right and centre on various lists.
I was disappointed with Quaristice - not one of Autechres better efforts IMHO
The Bug album was pretty poor IMO. Good list otherwise.
Not that it's a bad thing, but I've heard of a lot more from that list that in previous years. Very surprised to see the likes of VW and Tricky in there and surprised stuff like James Blackshaw hasn't made the top 50. And The Bug record seems a little meh...it's very immediately impressive in a physical kind of way, but I don't really his production possesses any special subtlety or longevity. I dunno, I'm probably missing the point...
Still, there's plenty of stuff that I'll have to check out...
musically and sonically it's quite mediocre, there's just no depth to it
it's kind of like a "crossover dubstep" album, easily separable tracks, a political stance, but ultimately quite a shallow record
If this gets to the top of so many lists this year then Kode 9 & The Spaceapes album next year will blow the living shit out of everything else heheh.
thought it was pretty weak really. His production technique is very little to write home about
Kode 9 & The Spaceape though.. that shit's gonna be heavy
Thats gona be on it, along with a nice colaberation with Flying Lotus. I'm sure thats just the tip of the iceburg.
First time I heard it I really enjoyed it but with that record, it really is a law of diminishing returns.
is still amazing though. But one 1 of 12 doesn't quite cut it.
Poision Dart is pretty good though.
Skeng has been around for ages and ages though
I've only heard 4 of those I think.
Gang Gang Dance
Dusk & Blackdown
Hercules & Love Affair
Nice to see The Bug doing well, I'm really suprised though. I mean it's good and everything but it's not even the best dubstep / dub / electronic album this year. Could be worse though hey...
Whats else is worth checkin out on that list considering I've only heard 4?
I've never read the wire before either I like the telly show though.
is that true? That surprises me. You'd like the dub and critical beats sections (judging by your Sonic Minefield stuff - which is very impressive) and the writing in general is very good. Fromt hat list, these albums I know are well worth checking out for various reasons:
Murcof - Versailles Sessions (better to see him live though Visuals+Sound installationsny kind of stuff)
Dave Grubbs - An Optimist Notes the Dust (melancholic folk-drone)
Portishead - Third (we do all like Portishead's doom/post-punk/rock 3rd don't we?)
Emeralds - Solar Bridge (starry-eyed ephemeral fuzz-loops)
Harvey Milk - Life... (heeeeeaaaaavvvvvvvyyyyyyy....yeh!!!)
Stereo Image - Stereo Image (Junior Boys solo-ish happy indie club beats. Do you like happy beats?)
Christina Carter - Masque Femine (Charalambides lasdy, so awesoem for sure - layers of vocals reimagine classical jazz)
Earth - The Bees Made Honey...(heavy electric drone - but you know that, right?)
Arther Russell - Love Is Overtaking Me (pretty, damn sweet tunes.)
Dusk + Blackdown - Margins Music (you know!)
The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent (it's the Fall, innit. doing good Fall, not bad Fall.)
The Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace (psycho-delic,death-rock sounds like shattering stained glass. like the peopel up there said - good to see it up top)
I really need that Murcof album I loved his last. Infact I have a track to give away of his new one that I need to put on my blog from the Leaf people.
My nearest good news agent is about an hour away lol so I don't get music news in print form very often.
do it for me. There's no feeling like the feeling of a good magazine hitting the mat. It's the only way to get Oaken Throne for a start.
I might get Woofah sometime with subscription I will pick up a copy of The Wire it sounds good.
Is the only magazine I read these days. It's amazing for good new music.
Must get the albums by The Bug and Emeralds.
Good list, but I really don't know what Gang Gang Dance, Tricky and Vampire Weekend are doing in there. Good to see that Portishead album being included, same with US EZ and Hairdryer Peace.
makes me feel massively out of touch. Only heard 4 of them.
Guess it gives more scope to explore but i'd prefer to have an opinion on a few more than that.
but just bought it on my lunch break on the back of this thread. Its always a lovely thing to behold.
none of my top ten...or even twenty...are in this or the NME (funny that), or the Quietus, or anyone elses top tens so far.
hit me with 'em
I do not know yet, it is very much and very literally a work-in-progress-as-we-speak. I think my top 20 will include some of these:
Hotel Wrecking City Traders
Kowloon Walled City
Late Of The Pier
Sparkling Wide Pressure
Times New Viking
To The Boy Elis
it's not out is it?
i listened to u.s. christmas the other day, they sound pretty good.
i didn't know sparkling wide pressure has an album out - i'm releasing something by him soon though!
30 Years Of Hurt Then Us Cunts Exploded as this year. I think it might have been released end of 2007, but I can find no official release date for it and I MUST include Action Beat in my top 10 of the year somehow, so in it goes. The USXmas album is incredible, get it immediately, play it loud and be awestruck. SWP has released 2 things this year, as far as I know - Touching Pasture on Students Of Decay is the better; it has Tearing, Rippling on it which is a beautifully heavy heavy experience.
i have Guide Me Little which is pretty great. haven't heard the Action Beat album but really want to, though i do have that split album they did earlier this year.
will look into the US Christmas album!
sound like a mix of Stooges and Spiritualised. http://meatbreak.blogspot.com/2008/06/scalphunters-from-space.html
the AB album is aweasome - Maximum Bletchley is immense. have you seen them live? They were the highlight of my year I think. I want to get them and One Unique Signal playing together, it would be a mindblowing show.
yeah i've seen AB quite a few times and put them on 3 times myself. they are always awesome!
not much out yet, but stuff from bbblood/j.collin/sparkling wide pressure imminent, with bromancer/team brick/kylie minoise/dead rat orchestra/keybore/chora/part wild horses mane on both sides/towering breaker to come.
great roster. I love the bbblood/towering breaker split cd. I'm on yr mailing list.
yeah he's great, especially live. i really want that bbblood/tb split.
Is it mostly poncey bollocks?
Harvey Milk just straight up rock, and Sic Alps are equally ear pummelling.
You like what I'd mostly term music for bedwetters and 30 year old mondeo drivers. Doesn't bother me, it's just I don't generally like what you like. And you don't like what I like, so quit trying to wind everyone up. I
description of music that you like. I would imagine that your argument would fall apart as soon as I find out what bands and artists you like.
or a guy strumming an acoustic guitar than anythign I listen to?
Brilliance is involved in all music, to a degree, but to describe Horse Feathers or anything like that as 'Technically Brilliant' in comparison to Unwound or Fugazi is a bit silly, no?
listen to Leaves Turn Inside You or The Argument. Sonically perfect, rhythmically and compositionally astounding, just beautiful organic sounding bits of works.
Good list although even a massive Fall fan like me wouldn't have put Imperial Wax Solvent in the top 10 of albums released this year.
This list proves as well that The Wire isn't just alternative for the sake of being alternative and will happily acclaim pop music as readily as other forms of music.
Just proves that theres awesome music about if you're willing to dig a bit below the mainstream. And a list like this will hopefully push these albums to a larger audience and hopefully more people will hear this great stuff.
they even use the word 'Indie' in the magazine. The closest thing is the Avant-Rock page and you're not finding any Franz Ferdinand mentions on that page...
Is in the main reviews section and it does get reviewed. Obviously as well a review copy has to be sent for them to review it but the latest Beyonce single was bigged up in last months Hip Hop section...
"West seems to address Autotune herself when he sings 'I'm in love with you, but the vibe is wrong'"
gushing Animal Collective review in there this month though.
It is like that a lot of the time, still inneresting when they're not going "Oh he'll simply KILL me..."
It has more records that I actually have on it than the other pile of stupid lists, but that's still only three. But man are they good. They are good.
Sic Alps sounded good too but i'd only just bought the other two Sic Alps albums when it came out so I haven't bought it yet. How about yourself?
I've been meaning to acquire the Earth and Sic Alps albums for a while, however.
The Sic Alps "A Long Way To A Shortcut" compilation is really good too if you don't have that one too. Everyone that has mentioned that Portishead record to me seems to like it. Even my own brutha.
It's quite good. Pombaral is a very good track...
I'm listening to the one before it, shit.
She's good. Really delicate guitar playing and a lovely voice. Wasn't so impressed with Mark Stewart (just awful), Alva Noto (better) or Peter Rehberg (bit dull, really).
That was a great album. Not too keen on The Bug, other than that only heard Earth, Harvey Milk and Nick Cave (which seems to be higher than it should be on the chart)
i remember wanting to listen to 'hairdryer peace' at some point but never got around to it.
Will be investigating a lot of these in the coming months.
I've heard about 4 albums this year i'm not really in a position to judge (apalling, I know). I judge them mainly on how interesting they seem and while my system for judging yearly album round-up lists isn't perfect, i'll be damned if i'm not trying my absolute hardest to improve it.
portishead record in the original review, also gave kasai allstars and gang gang dance lukewarm reviews. it's like their writers get scared to praise high-profile releases until the end of year round-up.
no Aidan Baker and Tim Hecker, no Blackshaw, no SunnO)))!
hmm, well its a goodish list, feels slightly like a cop out, hopefully the smaller subsections have done a chart as well, interested to see what the Outer Limits one will be.
rue'll be angry.
i'm not saying boris is my favourite album but i still think its worthy of a top ten or so.
It feels disjointed. I don't like the electric production touches either. It's at least half the record Pink was.
I think I prefer the Japanese just, but there is a huge difference, they pretty much sound like different albums in places.
i can pass it on if you want.
a couple of issues ago, words to the effect of 'gone shit', i was surprised. think they said his music was now too pretty and formulaic or something.
Black Sea sounds pretty unformulaic to me, and I'm a bit biased with Fennesz but Black sea is right up there the best for me. what monthw as their rip? i'll have a reread.
so can't pass judgement, but really like the little fennesz i have heard.
the ripping into wasn't their actual review of the black sea, but a snidey remark in passsing while they were talking about someone else in the same genre and generation (can't remember who). something like x is still great, unlike fennesz who has gone shit. it was in the last issue that had a tapper cd, october?
i'll have a look through it, actually skimmimg through the last couple of months theres no mention of a fennesz review, maybe it just didn't make the cut then, promo didn't arrive in time or something. wishful thinking by me i suspect.
AFCGT - AFCGT
Astral Social Club - Model Town In A Field Of Mud (WOOOOOOOOOOOO)
John Baker - The John Baker Tapes vol 1&2
Excepter - Debt Debt
Ron Geesin - Biting The Hand
G*Park - Reuters
Russell Haswell - Second Live Salvage
The Hub - Boundary Layer
Kikuri - Pulverised Purple
Jacob Kirkegaard - Labyrinthitis
Richard Skelton - Marking Time
Shit & Shine - Kuss Mich, Meine Liebe
Howard Steltzer - Blood Inlets
Volcano The Bear - Amidst the Noise & Twigs
Zeitkratzer - Electronics
and only actually heard one.
I'm way behind the zeitgeist
but this is the Outer Limits. Maaan. Here's the 'Avant Rock' one
Aufgehoben - Khora
Burning Star Core - Challenger (WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO)
Birchville Cat Motel - Four Freckle Constellation
Black Mountain - In The Future
The Dead C - Secret Earth
Eat Skull - Sick To Death
Fabulous Diamonds - s/t
Growing - All The Way
Hair Police - Certainty of Swarms
The Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace
Hototogisu - Under The Rose
Religious Knives - Remains
Scorces - I Turn Into You
Alexander Tucker - Portal
Valet - Naked Acid
The Aufgehoben record is sick. I can't get into Burning Stare Core, find it a bit too abrasive for my tastes. Odd seeing that Black Mountain record in there as well, even if they are pretty good live.
Does anyone know if the new Dead C stuff is worth getting?
cover is really nice. That album is quite nice for Burning Star Core. Oh noes
just odd tracks of last.fm an' dat.
I have their split with Comets on Fire too. That's alright, but I never really get through the whole thing.
I'm desperately trying to refind that blog I told you about with all the flying nun and dead c tracks up for sampling.
The Dead C anthology is ace....
It has the best packaging ever. IT'S A LITTLE CALENDAR! WITH PICTURES OF CARTOONS! AND IT'S SPIRAL BOUND!
today, overriding impressions were that it was kind of noisy and song based, maybe most like trapdoor fucking exit and not complete abstracty/arty noise stuff. i'm not on good description form tonight.
I've only got the Kirkegaard and Excepter so looks like theres a good selection to delve into there. good things for ASC, never heard him but i know his names been bandied around on here, great stuff to get in the end of year lists.
He even posted on here. About four times, but still!
That AFCGT cd-r was limited to 50!