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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.
50Flying Lotus
Until the Quiet Comes


Instrumental Hip Hop | Fairly pedestrian, to be honest.
49Grizzly Bear
Shields


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.
48Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Visiting This World


Ambient | Hissing is a bit uncalled for.
47Broken Water
Tempest


Sonic Youth | "They sound like Sonic Youth!"
46Fort Romeau
Kingdoms


Deep House | Don't go in for house too often, but I enjoyed this. In my bedroom. Alone.
45 Proclamation
Nether Tombs of Abbadon


Death Metal | It's all a rip-off, or homage, but it's fun.
44Mirrorring
Foreign Body


Ambient | Liz Harris
43Cornigr
Relics of Inner War


Black Metal | Straight ahead black metal is quite refreshing every now and then.
42Killer Mike
R.A.P. Music


Hip Hop | Something about Reagan?
41Grinning Death's Head
Golden Dawn


Black Metal | Rough stuff to get you going.
40Loscil
Sketches From New Brighton


Ambient | Silky smooth.
39Raime
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.
38Bass Clef
Reeling Skullways


Acid House | Good for a few jams.
37Torture Chain
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.
36Willits Sakamoto
Ancient Future


Ambient | Soothing.
35Matt Elliott
The Broken Man


Contemporary Folk | http://vimeo.com/31071691
34Cremation Lily
Infant


Power Electronics | Cool stuff I have to check out more from this guy.
33Big K.R.I.T.
4eva N a Day


Hip Hop | It's a nice album.
32Michael Pisaro
Tombstones


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.
31Godspeed 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.
30Demdike Stare
Elemental


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.
29Adversarial/Antediluvian
Split


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.
28 Helm
Impossible Symmetry


Dark Ambient | A dark-ish ambient base with a whole bunch of wacky noises on top. Cool.
27John Talabot
Fin


Balearic Beat |
26El-P
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.
24Grouper
Violet Replacement


Drone, Ambient | Mmmm
23Mount Eerie
Clear Moon


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, like Grouper.
22Emptyset
Medium


Drone | One of the most intriguing acts to emerge from techno.
21Nazoranai
Nazoranai


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.
20Wadada 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 be.
19Swans
The Seer


Experimental Rock | A behemoth, which mostly works.
18Burial
Truant/Rough Sleeper


Future Garage | The prophet appears again!
17Akos Rozmann
12 Stationer VI


Electroacoustic | Bunch-o'-weird-sounds.
16Charles Gayle
Streets


Free Jazz | Jazz for the homeless. Not as explosive as his early '90s releases, but a great recording.
15Laurel Halo
Quarantine


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.
14Oren Ambarchi, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino
Imikuzushi


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.
13Actress
R.I.P


IDM, Minimal Techno | I still haven't been head over heels for any of his albums, but I understand his apparent popularity.
12Claro Intelecto
Reform Club


Minimal Techno | Great atmosphere, great beats, great vibe.
11Zelienople
The World Is A House On Fire


Slowcore | I wouldn't have thought that I would place it this highly, but there you go.
10Silent Servant
Negative Fascination


Minimal Techno | Dark brooding beats are the order of the day. Forever.
9Kouhei Matsunaga
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.
8Burial
Kindred


Future Garage | Year of Burial Buzz.
7 Friedrich Cerha
Konzert für Schlagzeug und Orchester; Impulse für Orchester


Modern Classical | http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/friedrich_cerha/konzert_fur_schlagzeug_und _orchester__impulse_fur_orchester__grubinger__percussion__wiener_philharmoniker __eotvos__boulez_/
6 Olivier Messiaen
Orchestral Works


Modern Classical | Mammoth boxset, comprising 8 discs of wondrous recordings of birdy noises and colourful Catholic nonsense.
5Andy Stott
Luxury Problems


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: http://youtu.be/8XqTkOpVuI4
4Jakob Ullmann
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.
2Morton Feldman
Crippled Symmetry


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.
1Sofia Gubaidulina
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.
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