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The Monthly List: March’s Top 15 Albums

coppice_grass2014 continues with more great new music than any one person could possibly keep up with. I managed to cover one or two things in the last month, including Robot Records’ 3CD retrospective of Jacques Lejeune’s work. It’s probably the best GRM-related release I’ve seen since the INA-GRM put out those Luc Ferrari and Bernard Parmegiani sets in 2008 and 2009. I highly recommend it. If you’re looking for a place where you can get a copy, it’s currently available at Other Music.

I also covered Nicholas Szczepanik’s Not Knowing for Dusted in Exile, which is one of the more gorgeous recordings of 2014 so far.  As long as you’re there, you should also check out Jennifer Kelly’s review of Damien Jurado’s new record. Not so much on the experimental side of things, but a great record and worth checking out.

I’ve been catching up with and writing about Coppice and Haptic and I hope to get something together for The Patient as well. Those three recordings have most of my attention at the moment.

But there’s lots of new music coming from Editions Mego that I want to hear too. Along with the Schmickler/Rohrhuber LP below, which I’m slowly digesting, there’s new music from COH, LCC, Mika Vainio, Russell Haswell and Fennesz on the way. You can preview all of that on their website.

There’s also two new releases from Erstwhile, four new records and a 7″ from Kye, a boatload of Alga Marghen reissues, a new Thomas Ankersmit CD on Touch, and several new Sub Rosa projects that are either out now or soon to be available. Nevermind that Record Store Day is just a few days away, there’s more than enough music out there now to keep you record hunting for a good long time.

Links to my favorite sites for reviews and information are found at the bottom of the page. You can always find good info at Brainwashed.comDusted, Just Outside, and All Music Guide, and samples are available virtually everywhere. Forced Exposure and Boomkat are good places to go if you’re looking for the more obscure stuff.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Further record-buying resources can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • Coppice, Vantage/Cordoned on CADUC. (CD)
  • Haptic, Abeyance on ENTR’ACTE (CD)
  • Joseph Clayton Mills, The Patient on ENTR’ACTE (CD/BOOK)
  • Donato Dozzy, Plays Bee Mask on SPECTRUM SPOOLS (CD)
  • Voices from the Lake feat. Donato Dozzy & Neel, Voices from the Lake on PROLOGUE (CD)
  • Various Artists, Enjoy the Silence Vol. 2 on MULE ELECTRONIC (CD)
  • Dead Rider, Chills on Glass on DRAG CITY (CD)
  • Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber, Politiken der Frequenz on EDITIONS MEGO (DIGITAL)
  • Jacques Lejeune, Parages and Other Electroacoustic Works 1971 – 1985 on ROBOT (3CD)
  • Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart, Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds on GRAVITY WAVE (CD)
  • Nicholas Szczepanik, Not Knowing on DESIRE PATH/TANGENTS (DIGITAL)
  • Gas, Nah und Fern on KOMPAKT (4CD)
  • Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun on SECRETLY CANADIAN (CD)
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Haw on PARADISE OF BACHELORS (LP)
  • David Bowie, Heroes on RYKO (CD)
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Monthly List Addendum: O’Neil and Sprinkles

tara-jane-oneil_setupBecause I was in a bit of a rush and because I don’t use software to track my listening habits, I managed to leave two of my favorite albums off the Monthly List for January and February. I even reviewed the O’Neil record for Dusted. That will teach me to file my records on the shelf too early.

So here they are, along with a pair of songs for you to check out, one from each album.

  • DJ Sprinkles, Queerifications and Ruins – Collected Remixes by DJ Sprinkles on MULE MUSIQ (2CD)
  • Tara Jane O’Neil, Where Shine New Lights on KRANKY (LP)

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The Monthly List: Jan + Feb’s Top 26 Albums

haptic_bandBetter late than never: here we go with a combined monthly list for the first part of the year. The last two months have been filled with tons of great new music, some of which I’ve had the chance to review, some of which I’m in the middle of writing about now. There’s lots more due out in the next few months too, which means I need to pick up the pace.

That said, here’s a list of what’s been in my CD player and on my turntable in the last couple of months. Links to my favorite sites for reviews and information are found at the bottom of the page. You can always find good info at Brainwashed.com, DustedJust Outside, and All Music Guide, and samples are available virtually everywhere. Forced Exposure and Boomkat are good places to go if you’re looking for the more obscure stuff.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.

  • Tarab, Strata on UNFATHOMLESS (CD)
  • Haptic, Abeyance on ENTR’ACTE (CD)
  • Morton Feldman, For Philip Guston on DOG W/A BONE (4CD)
  • Morton Feldman, Piano and String Quartet on BRIDGE (CD)
  • Philip Corner, Italian Air: Wind, Water & Metal on RICERCA SONOROA (LP)
  • The Shadow Ring, Remains Unchanged on KYE (2LP)
  • Jacques Lejeune, Parages and Other Electroacoustic Works 1971 – 1985 on ROBOT (3CD)
  • Max Neuhaus, The New York School on ALGA MARGHEN (CD)
  • Michael Byron, Awakening at the Inn of the Birds on COLD BLUE MUSIC (CD)
  • Michael Byron, Music of Nights Without Moon or Pearl on COLD BLUE MUSIC (CD)
  • Anne Guthrie, Codiaeum Variegatum on STUDENTS OF DECAY (DIGITAL)
  • Machinefabriek, Attention, the Doors are Closing! on SELF-RELEASED (DIGITAL)
  • Joseph Clayton Mills, The Patient on ENTR’ACTE (CD/BOOK)
  • Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart, Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds on GRAVITY WAVE (CD)
  • Joe Panzner/Greg Stuart, Dystonia Duos on ERST AEU (CD)
  • Jim O’Rourke & Christopher Heemann, Plastic Palace People Vol. 1 on STREAMLINE (CD)
  • Claypipe, A Daylight Blessing on MIE (DIGITAL)
  • Robbie Basho, Visions of the Country on GNOME LIFE (LP)
  • Rodd Keith, My Pipe Yellow Dream on ROARATORIO (LP)
  • Autechre, Amber on WARP/WAX TRAX!/TVT (CD)
  • Poemss, Poemss on PLANET MU (DIGITAL)
  • Venetian Snares, Doll Doll Doll on HYMEN (CD)
  • Venetian Snares, Winter in the Belly of a Snake on PLANET MU (CD)
  • The Orb, U.F.Orb on ISLAND RED LABEL (CD)
  • No Right Turn, No Right Turn on EM RECORDS (CD)
  • Ida, Will You Find Me on TIGER STYLE RECORDS (CD)


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The Monthly List: 2013 in Review, Part Two

darkling_streamsPart two of the year in review. This one is a simple list of records I enjoyed throughout the year. That they weren’t included in part one doesn’t mean much: if I spent my time trying to write a summary for everything I liked last year, I’d be here until 2015. So this is as simple as it gets. Both Robbie Basho and Helm are on this list, and they easily got as much play as anything featured in part one.

The order is (almost) totally random. All records were released (or reissued) in 2013. Quite a few albums were technically released in 2013, but didn’t make it to my stereo until 2014. Even if I think they’re brilliant, they aren’t being included here. They’ll show up in the next monthly list and will probably be counted as a 2014 release because that’s how I want to roll.

You can find most everything for sale at one of the record stores/online shops/distributors listed at the bottom of this page (under GET MUSIC):

  • Robert Haigh, Darkling Streams (Primary Numbers)
  • Robbie Basho, Visions of the Country (Gnome Life)
  • Iannis Xenakis, GRM Works 1957-1962 (Recollection GRM)
  • Bernard Parmegiani, De Natura Sonorum (Recollection GRM)
  • Miles, Unsecured (Modern Love)
  • The Stranger, Watching Dead Empires in Decay (Modern Love)
  • Anonymous, Inside the Shadow (Machu Picchu)
  • Twink, Think Pink (Sunbeam Records)
  • Joe Panzner/Greg Stuart, Dystionia Duos (Erstwhile AEU)
  • Antoine Beuger/Michael Pisaro, This Place/Is Love (Erstwhile)
  • Jakob Ullmann, Fremde Zeit – Addendum (Edition RZ)
  • No Right Turn, No Right Turn (Em Records)
  • Body/Head, Body/Head (Open Mouth)
  • Body/Head, Coming Apart (Matador)
  • André Isoir/J.S. Bach, L’Orgue Concertant: Sinfonias, Sonates & Concertos (La Dolce Volta)
  • Bellows, Reelin’ (Holidays Records)
  • Aaron Dilloway, Modern Jester (Hanson Records)
  • Aaron Dilloway/Kevin Drumm, I Drink Your Skin (Hanson Records)
  • John Coltrane, Sun Ship – The Complete Session (Impulse!)
  • Songs: Ohia, Hecla & Griper (Secretly Canadian)
  • Richard Youngs, Summer Through My Mind (Ba Da Bing!)
  • COH, Retro-2038 (Editions Mego)
  • Helm, Silencer (PAN)
  • Kevin Drumm, Humid Weather (Self-Released)
  • Various Artists, Weary Engine Blues: A Tribute to Jason Molina (Graveface)
  • Bruce Gilbert and BAW, Diluvial (Touch)
  • Various Artists, Spiritual Jazz Volume IV: Americans in Europe (Jazzman)


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The Monthly List: November’s Top 11

Here we go with the November list. Most magazines and digital publications are already publishing their favorite records of the year, or are at least setting the stage for their “best-of” list.

My year end review won’t show up until after the new year, as there are numerous releases from 2013 that I’d still like to hear, plus I’m not terribly inclined to rank things , so I’ve been doing very little calculation about what I’ve liked better. You can always look over my lists from the past months to get a sense of where my ears have been lately.

As for the records below, links to my favorite sites for reviews and information are found at the bottom of the page. You can always find good info at Brainwashed.comJust Outside, and All Music Guide, and samples are available virtually everywhere. Forced Exposure and Boomkat places are good places to go looking for the more obscure stuff.

Formats posted are the ones I own; others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.

  • Graham Labmkin/Jason Lescalleet, Photographs on ERSTWHILE (2CD)
  • Graham Labmkin/Jason Lescalleet, Air Supply on ERSTWHILE (CD)
  • Graham Labmkin/Jason Lescalleet, The Breadwinner on ERSTWHILE (CD)
  • Jason Lescalleet, This Is What I Do Vol. 1 on GLISTENING EXAMPLES (CD)
  • Kevin Drumm, Earrach on SELF-RELEASED (2CD)
  • Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) on SECRETLY CANADIAN (2CD)
  • Songs: Ohia, Didn’t It Rain on SECRETLY CANADIAN (CD)
  • Magnolia Electric Co., Trials & Errors on SECRETLY CANADIAN (2LP)
  • Loren Connors, Hell’s Kitchen Park on ENABLING WORKS (LP)
  • Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home on COLUMBIA (CD)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland on REPRISE (CD+DVD)

 

 


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The Monthly List: August’s Top 10

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New music from Keith Rowe and Graham Lambkin, Rephlex, and Bruce Gilbert dominated my August listening habits, along with Recollection GRM’s excellent 2LP release of Luc Ferrari’s Presque Rien. 

I managed to write a review of Making A and both of the Electric Dance Music compilations, plus I have reviews of Helm’s Silencer 12″, COH’s Retro-2038, Kevin Drumm’s Earrach, and a series of Mystery Sea discs on the way. Two of those will  show up at Dusted Magazine if all goes as planned, my first two for that publication. I’ll keep publishing at Brainwashed.com as well, and I hope to get a series of short reviews under way, which will be exclusive to this site.

Last but not least, I’m going to return to WZBC this month with a twice monthly show of electro-acoustic, improvised, and generally experimental music. I’ll be on the air every other Sunday for two hours, starting at 6 o’clock Eastern. You can listen in Boston by tuning into 90.3 FM; or you can listen online at WZBC’s website. Just click the large red play button on the left.

Shows will be archived and available for replay for two weeks after the broadcast, at which time they will disappear forever. No permanent download links. That starts this week, Sunday the 15th. I hope you’ll tune in.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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The Monthly List: July’s Top 8

visions_of_the_country-bashoBack after a brief spell of sickness.

Big news today in the form of a Robbie Basho re-issue from Gnome LifeVisions of the Country has been out of print for over thirty years, but is getting an LP and a CD reissue in the next couple of months. I’ve looked for a copy since I first downloaded it forever ago, but have only ever heard MP3 of FLAC copies. Searches on Discogs and eBay have always turned up empty. Record shop owners have stared at me dumbly, asking “isn’t that the Windham Hill record? Why would you want that?” Collectors never seem to have an extra laying around.

It was my most sought after record—and now I almost can’t believe I’ll get a copy, complete with liner notes and remastered sound. Were it not for the Bernard Parmegiani reissue from Recollection GRM, I’d go ahead and call Country the reissue of the year. De Natura Sonorum is every bit as good as I’d heard, and that double LP package looks and sounds top notch.

But Behind remains my most listened to record this month. You can read my review here. I’m behind on reviews but I hope to catch up in the next few weeks. Keep coming back as I want to ramp up the activity here going into September and the end of the year.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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The Monthly List: May’s Top 8

nsa_bannerI listened to more techno in May than I did in the previous four months combined. The new Miles EP started it and Plastikman kept it going. Three records doesn’t sound like much, but for me it’s a virtual flood.

There’s a few carry overs from last month, and besides the Miles records, just three new releases; two are reissues and two are Jason Molina related. Of them, the Anonymous record on Machu Picchu got the most play.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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The Monthly List: March’s Top 10 (or 11)

from Burritt's Geography of the Heavens, 1856

from Burritt’s Geography of the Heavens, 1856

Back after a short vacation. In the wake of Jason Molina’s death, I listened to almost nothing but Magnolia Electric Co., Songs: Ohia, and Jason Molina solo records. It’d been forever since I listened to much singer/songwriter stuff, so April turned into something of a binge.

I hosted the Brainwashed Podcast dedicated to Jason Molina last month, and on March 26th I hosted a two hour Molina tribute show on WZBC. I recorded almost the entire show and may post it soon, at least for a little while. If you happened to tune in but haven’t checked out Archive.org yet, you should. I pulled all the live performances from bootlegs freely—and legally—available on that site.

As always, formats posted are the ones I own. Others may be available. If you like any of the samples I link to, please buy the album. You can find numerous retailers carrying these titles at the bottom of this page.


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The Monthly List: 2012 in Review, Part Two

satantango_owlPart two of December’s Monthly List features my favorite movie of the year, which wasn’t even released in 2012, plus a few thoughts about a couple of books I read, one or two of the live shows I saw, and a brief reflection on visiting the Museum of Modern Art for the first time.

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