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|Liledman Does 2012|
I can but acknowledge that this diary of musical experiences is hideously
late, on account of the year already having passed us by, to the extent that
this is no longer relevant as far as evaluating releases is concerned because
it is no longer timely, and is in fact totally devoid of worth because I can on
no account boast of my achievements, because, as it needs to be said, most
of these releases have been accounted for on some list or other ? their utility
becoming somewhat stale by now ? and therefore afford your humble list-
maker no such bragging rights nor claims of any kind to elite standing within
this so-called community, which is of course the only reason one would find
for devising such a list, subjecting an assortment of musical releases to such
a vulgar simplification of aesthetic experience, immersion and judgement,
though in the present circumstances one can only surmise that a perverse
joy can still be attained through the act of placing one album after the other
into some abstract hierarchy, regardless of the pertinence, regardless of
tardiness, regardless of impact, reception, acknowledgement or any kind of
commendation, for it is this perversity alone with which I stand before you
now, and present you with this list.
Until the Quiet Comes
Instrumental Hip Hop | Fairly pedestrian, to be honest.
Folk, Indie Rock | I dig these guys to the extent that they actually do try to subtly
push beyond the typical folky-indie-y approach, and play with the nuts and bolts of
their sound quite a bit.
Visiting This World
Ambient | Hissing is a bit uncalled for.
Sonic Youth | "They sound like Sonic Youth!"
Deep House | Don't go in for house too often, but I enjoyed this. In my bedroom.
Nether Tombs of Abbadon
Death Metal | It's all a rip-off, or homage, but it's fun.
Ambient | Liz Harris
Relics of Inner War
Black Metal | Straight ahead black metal is quite refreshing every now and then.
Hip Hop | Something about Reagan?
|41||Grinning Death's Head|
Black Metal | Rough stuff to get you going.
Sketches From New Brighton
Ambient | Silky smooth.
Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
Dark Ambient | Lovely cover, goodish music. The cinematic kind of approach to "dark"
music never really engages me though.
Acid House | Good for a few jams.
Time is but a Doorway to the Incinerator
Black Metal | Not quite as interesting as their previous work (a common theme this
year) but these guys are a fucking solid band so it is still worth the listen.
Ambient | Soothing.
The Broken Man
Contemporary Folk | http://vimeo.com/31071691
Power Electronics | Cool stuff I have to check out more from this guy.
4eva N a Day
Hip Hop | It's a nice album.
Avant-garde | I have yet to get my hands on Crosshatches, which is the semi-lauded
release from Pisaro and Tsunoda, but this release has gotten me very interested
indeed. Occasionally the spoken word interjection stick out a little too much against
the sparse backdrop, but there is much beauty to be found here.
|31||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Post-Rock | Maybe I'm just getting over them, but I don't think this quite has the
spark of their earlier releases. It's still a fun ride though, as always.
Dark Ambient | Just like their last comp, there is a lot of stuff on here I dig, but not
enough to keep me pinned down and engrossed for the whole length every time.
These guys do have a great sound though.
Death Metal | I listened to much less metal in 2012 than in previous years, but the
Adversarial side of this split kept my masculinity in check.
Dark Ambient | A dark-ish ambient base with a whole bunch of wacky noises on top.
Balearic Beat |
Cancer 4 Cure
Hip Hop | I still don't like any of his solo stuff as much as the Company Flow work,
rhymes or beats, but he is still a guy that must be payed attention to.
|25|| ||Claro Intelecto|
Second Blood EP
Minimal Techno | More of the quality found on the full-length.
Drone, Ambient | Mmmm
Folk, Post-Rock | Never quite bought into the hype for this dude. As much as I like the
vibe, and some of the ideas, I would love a bit more of a progressive approach to
musical material. It doesn't have to be crazy, just some subtle prodding at the norm,
Drone | One of the most intriguing acts to emerge from techno.
Noise Rock | Haino, Ambarchi and O'Malley blasting some shit out. Both this and the
other trio with Haino and Ambarchi were great, and worth listening for anybody
interested in Haino's stuff particularly.
|20||Wadada Leo Smith|
Ten Freedom Summers
Avant-Garde Jazz | A behemoth, which just about works. I have mixed feelings about
this release, and about the integration of classical chamber music with avant-jazz, but
there is enough quality over the 4 hour running time to warrant a gold star or two.
Maybe I'm being harsh, but when something is this long, I thing everybody tends to
Experimental Rock | A behemoth, which mostly works.
Future Garage | The prophet appears again!
12 Stationer VI
Electroacoustic | Bunch-o'-weird-sounds.
Free Jazz | Jazz for the homeless. Not as explosive as his early '90s releases, but a
Ambient, Dream Pop | Interesting approach here, as far as production is concerned,
setting vocals squarely against the accompaniment, which automatically jars with the
apparent idiom she is lumped in.
|14||Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino|
Noise Rock | Maniacal, noisy improv from these three fiends. Haino's personality is
somewhat dominant (as much as he deconstructs the standard rock template, the
standard band hierarchy and prominence of singer/guitarist frontman is something that
interestingly always remains), with many of the jams turning into squalling guitars
over a bass/drum groove, but all three have a big ol' bash and plenty of fun is had
along the way.
IDM, Minimal Techno | I still haven't been head over heels for any of his albums, but I
understand his apparent popularity.
Minimal Techno | Great atmosphere, great beats, great vibe.
The World Is A House On Fire
Slowcore | I wouldn't have thought that I would place it this highly, but there you go.
Minimal Techno | Dark brooding beats are the order of the day. Forever.
Dance Classics Vol. I
IDM | Lots of interesting stuff going on here. Of all the things on this list, perhaps this
is the one that I am surprised at the lack of attention it has received on Sputnik.
Future Garage | Year of Burial Buzz.
|7|| ||Friedrich Cerha|
Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester; Impulse für Orchester
Modern Classical |
|6|| ||Olivier Messiaen|
Modern Classical | Mammoth boxset, comprising 8 discs of wondrous recordings of
birdy noises and colourful Catholic nonsense.
Minimal Techno | I hastily judged this as a further experiment after Stott's previous
EPs, which I love dearly, though as cliche as it is, "further listens revealed ?" yada
yada, and so it goes. Needless to say, Stott is the man, and I am a fanboy.
Particularly when he is (strangely) alongside Ravel at Chanel:
Fremde Zeit Addendum
Modern Classical | Bring on the classical. This 3-Cd set is more of what you would hope
for from this intriguing composer: drawn-out, aching whispers of sounds, the kinds of
sounds that impel you to lean forward a little, even with the volume turned up, giving
you the feeling of being privy to some sort of hushed ritual of sonic worship. Almost 3
hours of worship, mind you.
|3|| ||Luigi Nono|
A Pierre. Dell?azzurro silenzio, inquietum
Modern Classical | Neos is a fantastic label. This is only the second physical copy I
have bought from them, but I am floored by how great the product is, from the
recording qulity to the design and packaging. And I guess the music itself is pretty
fucking awesome too.
Modern Classical | "At June in Buffalo" - This is a live recording by the trio whom
Feldman wrote the piece for. I am a card-carrying Feldmaniac, so of course I gorged
myself on this 2-CD set, but truly this is a great entrance point for anybody interested
in this brilliant composer, and a must-have recording for those already in the know.
Complete String Quartets
Modern Classical | A brilliant set, which has taken over as my go-to Guba release.
Clearly I have favoured classical releases this year, and I am glad that I have actually
payed attention to what has been coming out, because it has been fantastic stuff.
|Some of the descriptions were a bit stupid but I forgot how long it takes to get one of these things together. Have at it.|
|You never disappoint Liledman, will devour this list soon enough. Also was Keiji Haino part of Hijokaidan at one point?|
|There's variety of stuff I've yet to hear from this list, but almost all of them sound very intriguing. Good list, man. Very diverse.|
|Thanks guys. I don't think Haino was in Hijokaiden, or at least that's what RYM says, though he could very well have played with some of those guys in various settings.|
Also, this marks 4 years on Sputnik for me. Thanks for all the good times.
7 has been on my wishlist for a while, gonna have to put 2-3 and 6 on there too
|Love dat Guba. 6 is a must for anybody interested in Messiaen, and it is available on Spotify too. Same with 7. |
|ah, another reason for me to renew my Spotify Premium. It hurts my soul being limited to 2.5 hours of streaming per week|
and damn, always got Imikuzushi mixed up with Nazoranai for some reason (not that wierd if you think about it), and as a result never checked out the former. Gonna change that right now
|The quality of releases on this list is wider ranging than most years, I have to admit.|
|god you rock. |
1 is super fly
|nice list dude, very similar to mine|
a list about dark souls got featured, but this didn't?
|Great list, 13 wasn't my cup of tea though|
|giving 5 a listen now|
|Really nice list. Gonna need to check out a few of these.|
|yea list rules, good shit liled|
|HOLY SHIT I NEED 2 SO FUCKING BADLY|
|This is a great list, there's many on here I neglected to listen to. |
|Everyone needs to check out 1|
|this list is like 1300* better than mine :/ oops wrong acc|
|Thanks guys, I highly recommend all those top releases to everybody who has commented.|
Graveyard I noticed as I was filling in a lot of these ratings recently that your name (and Havey's) popped up nearly every time. Guess that means we are awesome.
|whoa you did Sandcastle!|
|And I still do, every day.|
|awesome list bruv, agreed with everything you said in that paragraph. Gubaidulina's album was also on
Havey's top 10 if I remember correctly, may have to check it out now that I've been reminded! Seems
like everyone slept on Theodor Bastard's Oikoumene & Archaeopteryx Ultraavantgarda's debut, guh.|
|Thanks G, I'll check that out. Definitely give the Guba a look.|
|Nice list liled|
|yes, gian, t'was my aoty|
|MAJOR props for 32, i just added that to the database like 3 days ago|
|crosshatches was whatever though|
|Havey does liledman does 2012|
|yup, wanted to like crosshatches but meh. hell, wanted to like sofia gubaidulina but meh. i must be missing a serialism chromosome.|
|it's not every day i get to see guba get the love she deserves thomas you wouldnt understand|
|I've almost bough Crosshatches every pay day for the past couple of months, I still really want to hear it. Guba is a bit of a weird one though. Most of her work for me doesn't hit that powerfully, but after time her compositional voice becomes more and more apparent, and I find myself drawn to her work more and more also. Also, I am a strings enthusiast, so quartets by any twentieth-century composer usually get me salivating.|
|you guys need to check out docperkins' 2012 best of on RYM, nobody knows classical/atonal works quite like he does |
|I've spent much time stalking his ratings over the past couple of years. He is definitely a guru.|
|Good to know I'm not the only one *hi-five*|
|thanks for 20.|