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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.

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

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

Punk legends kicking out noisy, grimy jams.
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.
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.
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
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

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
18Basic Channel
Quadrant Dub

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

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.
22Tony Williams

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

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