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1 Sightings
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.
2G.H.
Ground


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.
3Claro Intelecto
Reform Club


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 the table.
4Luciano Berio
Sinfonia


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, avant-garde way.
5Pierre Boulez
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 abstraction, though.
6The 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.
7The Ex
Tumult


Punk legends kicking out noisy, grimy jams.
8Fushitsusha
Live I


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
9Bill Orcutt
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
10Chad VanGaalen
Diaper Island


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.
11Andrew Hill
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 Dolphy's: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSnraWVgWek
12Silent Servant
Negative Fascination


A dark and minimal techno outing that more people should hear.
13Luigi Nono
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.
14Jonathan Harvey
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.
15Wadada 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 on this.
16 Toshimaru Nakamura
Egrets


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 fantastic.
18Basic Channel
Quadrant Dub


One of the brilliant, minimal techno documents put out by this influential outfit.
19Caetano Veloso
Transa


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.
20Emptyset
Emptyset


Hey look, more minimal techno. This is about as minimal as it comes, and has a slightly sinister vibe.
21Theologian
The Further I Get From Your Star...


Droning, ambient bliss, with a pinch of noise.
22Tony Williams
Spring


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.
23Ty Segall and White Fence
Hair


Just listened to this. A fun little psych-rock romp.
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