Friday, January 1, 2010

Obligatory Massive Best of 2009 List

In NO particular order (though with comments about what really got me psyched this year):

Yoga - Megafauna (probably the best by far release of the year, if not the past couple years. so much fucking buried in this recording)
Skullflower - Vile Veil
James Ferraro - Genie Head Gas in the Tower of Dreams (Jester's Midnight Toys)
James Ferraro - Edward Flex Presents: Do You Believe In Hawaii?
James Ferraro - KFC City 3099: Pt. 1 - Toxic Spill
Velvet Cacoon - Atropine
Six Organs Of Admittance - Luminous Night (vastly better than Shelter From The Ash)
Sir Richard Bishop - The Freak of Araby (saw him live in Seattle, he burned my brain cells. my friend Laura commented "I thought what he was doing was impossible then I realized he's just a machine that does that." referring to his epic mode-travellings.)
Explorers - Bermuda Telepaths (most things Sam Meringue did this year were amazing)
Wingdings - Symbol of Infinity
Matrix Metals - Flamingo Breeze
Xela - The Divine
Xela/ Grouper - Split
Sean McCann - Phylum Sigh
Barn Owl - The Conjurer
Elm - Nemcatacoa
Evan Caminiti - Psychic Mud Shrine (everything Barn Owl related was revelatory)
Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom
Myrmyr - The Amber Sea
Ben Frost - By The Throat
Burial & Four Tet - Moth/ Wolf Cub
Black To Comm - Alphabet 1968
Elegi - Varde
Svarte Greiner - Kappe
Yellow Tears - Don't Cry (electro-acoustic collage power electronics owns old-school ripoff power electronics)
Steven R. Smith - Cities (probably his best solo release ever)
TwinSisterMoon - The Hollow Mountain
Infinite Body - CMBCMEINAPTD
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Beware (yeah I'm a dork, but he's the voice of the generation. by far his most forward-thinking and hopeful song work)
Lawrence English - A Colour For Autumn
Zola Jesus - The Spoils
Darwinsbitch - Ore
Vodka Soap - Interpretation "The Initiation"
irr. app. (ext.) - Kreiselwelle (still goin' in style)
Stephan Mathieu & Taylor Deupree - Transcriptions
sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions (of course, blablah)
Gareth Davis & Steven R. Smith - Westering
James Blackshaw - The Glass Bead Game (the new Popol Vuh)
Soriah & Ashkelon Sain - Atlan (starting to feel guilty about the severe modern (not post-ironic) new age vibes, but I don't care his voice is godly)
Philip Jeck - Spool
Richard Skelton - Landings
Clouwbeck - Wolfrahm (kind of honorable mentions, because he hasn't really improved or changed his sound. it still rules though)
Hildur Guðnadóttir - Without Sinking
Daniel Higgs - Devotional Songs Of Daniel Higgs

Discovery Zone:
Eliane Radigue
Sam Meringue
Natural Snow Buildings/TwinSisterMoon/Isengrind
Barn Owl
Wolves In The Throne Room
The Miasmah Label
Lawrence English - Kiro No Oto
Svarte Greiner
Steven R. Smith

Happy 2010!!!

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