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|Fight The Mundane, Fight For Sputnik.|
A few lists and thousands of comments later, this site is still overrun by
idiots. Well, let's try and do something about that.
Arrived In Gold
Mechanical, dark, and above all odd. This experimental track leads Sightings to an
unusual vibe that is singular and powerful. Fans of early Liars, This Heat and the like,
should get this immediately.
From the same label that brought you Andy Stott and Demdike Stare, Modern Love, we
have G.H. to further augment those delicious excursions through bass and atmosphere.
Here is another guy who used to be on Modern Love, and practices a kind of techno
that seems to be enjoying quite a bit of attention at the moment. Not as focused on
atmosphere as the aforementioned Modern Love peeps, this has perhaps more in
common with some of Basic Channel's defining work in terms of style. This still has the
dub influence though, and brings a quite expansive yet balanced palate of sounds to
One of the greats of the post-war avant-garde, Berio was an Italian composer who
most notably pushed the envelope in terms of musical virtuosity with his Sequenzas for
various soloists. This work, if you could not tell, is a Symphony, which in itself was a
little strange for one of the avant-garde to be dabbling in. Composed at the end of the
'60s, this illustrated a slight shift in the thinking of composers. Instead of starting from
scratch with every composition, reinventing music every time, the past was again
available for pillaging. And pillage Berio did; words from Claude Levi-Straus and
Samuel Beckett give fragments to the odd text used, and a collage of quotations are
played throughout, from figures as diverse as Beethoven, Boulez, Berlioz and Brahms.
Call it post-modern or whatever, Sinfonia is a glorious mash of history in a quirky,
Le marteau sans maitre
Composed at the height of Boulez's mischievous serialist powers, Le mateau is possibly his
most lively and intriguing work. The poetry of Rene Char is sung (and half-sung) by a
contralto female voice, accompanied by an odd grouping of strings, tuned percussion and
winds. A slight nod of the head can be seen to Shoenberg's early modernist Pierrot Lunaire,
though this is a whole other beast of complexity and abstraction ? beautiful complexity and
|6||The Dead C|
Harsh 70s Reality
Fucked up rock deconstruction, like some depressed gen-x potheads playing Captain
Beefheart. A little noisy, and a little unnerving.
Punk legends kicking out noisy, grimy jams.
I adore Keiji Haino, the oddball that he is, and this album gives perhaps the best
overview of his talents. The fucked up blues of the opener, the emotive ballad
Fuwafuwa, and the noisy, quirky jams which occupy the rest of this live set show the
man's talents brilliantly. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ3zyzlvgeY
Way Down South
Another fantastic guitarist, Orcutt has an unusual style seemingly blending the worlds
of old school country blues and Derek Bailey influenced free improvisation. The result
is a crazy guy with a beard belting an acoustic guitar with the occasional moan and
cry here and there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gv9usGhOK4
This dude just has a supreme knack for melodies, and crafts some great pop songs
from his basement. He also produced both of Women's releases.
Point of Departure
An old favourite that I have been listening to a lot lately. Hill's compositions are
superb, and the group assembled, while a little mismatched, is great. The highlight is
Dolphy, who gives one of his best performances. His solos just blow everybody else
out of the water. Check this out, and compare Kenny Dorham's (trumpet) solo to
A dark and minimal techno outing that more people should hear.
Como una ola de fuerza y luz
One of Nono's finest moments, combining the orchestra with taped elements, and
giving focus also to the piano. Fiercely political, and supremely evocative, this is as
grand and powerful a statement that the avant-garde was capable of making.
String Quartet No. 3
Jonathan Harvey was a British composer with a spiritual bent, who died only a few
days ago. His string quartets and trio are the extent to which I have explored his
music thus far, but it is great stuff. It mixes spiritualism, spectralism and atonality in a
strange and complex way.
|15||Wadada Leo Smith|
Ten Freedom Summers
A gigantic collection of material released this year, essential to anybody interested in
free or avant jazz. For anybody who dug Matana Roberts' album from last year, get
|16|| ||Toshimaru Nakamura|
A beautiful EAI album from one of Japan's masters. Guitar and electronics combine
and converse in interesting ways.
|17|| ||Ornette Coleman|
At Golden Circle, Volume One
Coleman's work is always intriguing, and this live date from Stokholm in the '60s is
One of the brilliant, minimal techno documents put out by this influential outfit.
A legend in his native Brazil, Veloso is an odd kind of pop-star who is indicative of the
attitude many Brazilians have to modern music. Experimentation and appropriation
play a large role in the pop music of Brazil, and Veloso's slick delivery puts him at the
top. This is one of his most popular albums, and sounds like a Brazilian who spent a
lot of time listening to '60s pop. Probably because it's true.
Hey look, more minimal techno. This is about as minimal as it comes, and has a
slightly sinister vibe.
The Further I Get From Your Star...
Droning, ambient bliss, with a pinch of noise.
A fantastic group, under direction of one of the best jazz drummers ever. A little
abstract and playful, as a kind of extension to the best work of Miles' second quintet.
|23||Ty Segall and White Fence|
Just listened to this. A fun little psych-rock romp.
|A call to arms.|
|well aren't you special|
|bookmarked my good man. i dig your taste so i'll listen to some of these tomorrow|
|Thank you for your input Trebor.|
|this revolution to bring back quality coming from out of nowhere|
I love it
|Your taste is so obscure, I'm thoroughly impressed|
|Half of these are very well known artists. I don't see any reason for the negativity.|
|I'm just feeling very down and negative right now, sorry about that|
|you always have super good lists. |
6 is fucking awesome.
|Thanks rabbit, you should check out 1 if you haven't, you may dig it.|
|really gd music on this list|
|20 and 3, god damn|
|I kinda disagree with you though about Claro not focusing on atmosphere as much as some of his peers, I feel it's just a different kind of atmosphere. It's not so oppressive and murky, but equally as dense |
|great, great list. I'll have to check out a few of these.|
|I've never heard of any of these. Should I change that?|
|I'll have to look into 23. |
Also, 22 is a pretty good album, though I prefer some of his others over it.
Good list, Liledman.
|Need to check out 22, Tony Williams is an awesome drummer.|
|Yes, you should Ecnalzen.|
Dev I mean to say that Claro is not as focused on the atmosphere, as for Stott and especially Demdike the atmosphere is the bulk of the composition. Claro's pieces produce atmosphere, but Stott and Demdike produce atmosphere as pieces, if you get what I mean.
|Excellent list dude; I've heard 11 albums from this list, will have to look for Point of Departure (especially). Williams' Spring is really good but I prefer Lifetime, mainly because it haves a really dark atmosphere & Peacock's work is fucking amazing. Spring is fantastic, though, Rivers and Shorter are always a great combination. Negative Fascination rules.|
|dutrb cdon swabo?|
|Sweet list, 8 is one of my favorite records ever|
|Idiots, you say?|
|I'm always up for something new and interesting. What's a good starting point, liledman?|
|haven't heard any of this|
|Maybe try 10 or 19, Ecnalzen.|
|"Dev I mean to say that Claro is not as focused on the atmosphere, as for Stott and especially Demdike the atmosphere is the bulk of the composition. Claro's pieces produce atmosphere, but Stott and Demdike produce atmosphere as pieces, if you get what I mean."|
Nah I get you, and I agree when comparing them to say, Demdike, but I find Stott and Intelecto to be almost on the same page, but obviously working under their own rules
|Yeah true, especially if you take Stott's newest over those EPs, then it seems as if they are both travelling somewhat in the same direction, maybe by different routes. I listened to that mix by the way, it was pretty rad. That definitely shows the like-mindedness to full effect.|
|12 is tucking fits|
|Sure is. Great release.|
|the ex rule, i'll be seeing them in a few days. getting 9|