Sunday, 31 December 2017

Best of 2017


LPS/TAPES
Tantalising Mews/Cateared Chocolatiers - Moon Wiring Club
Cassettera - Ekoplekz
Dust - Laurel Halo
Take Me Apart - Kelela
AZD - Actress
Mnestic Pressure - Lee Gamble
The Ghost Of Hope - The Residents
async - Ryuichi Sakamoto
Texas Rock Bottom - Rangers
The Saddle Of The Increate - Sun Araw
Reassemblage - Visible Cloaks
Dulce Compañia - DJ Python
Lack - Pan Daijing
Ambient Black Magic - Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Colón Man - Equiknoxx
Insert Genre Here/Epson's Bladder Salts - Ashtray Navigations
New Age Sewage - Robedoor
Dedicated To Bobby Jameson - Ariel Pink

I've been trying to put this list together for over three weeks now. This morning I just thought 'Bugger it I won't do a list.' Then later this afternoon I thought I'll just write a small paragraph about a handful of records I didn't mind but didn't necessarily love to death and leave it at that. Listening to Moon Wiring Club's latest epic 2CD & LP combo I thought 'Well...they need a place to go don't they because they're fucking outstanding as usual.' So now I've put this together but I'm still not a hundred percent convinced about it. I mean the Ariel Pink LP is a bit lightweight innit? Yet It's also pretty good but it's just not in the same league as The Doldrums, Worn Copy or Pom Pom is it? It was still my most played LP of the year though.

Should it just be a top 3, a top 6 or maybe a top 8 list?....

Anyway many of my usual favorites did not make the list. I didn't hate the records by The Focus Group, Gas or Omar Souleyman but I didn't love them (like I usually do or wanted to) either. Toi Toi Toi and Migos just missed out, Chino Amobi was (oh so) interesting, Tyler The Creator, SZA & Thundercat were alright, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith was way overrated and that Zomby record just did my head in. Then there was my usual hip-hop entrants (Future, Young Thug, RJ, Beatking) whose LPs just didn't leave lasting impressions on my mind. I'd have been happy to make a top fifty list if there were fifty excellent albums released this year. I listened to a lot of stuff including black metal, even shoegaze and drum'n'bass plus a whole lot more rap but it just wasn't innovative, exceptional or consummate enough for me to write about.


REISSUES/ARCHIVES/COMPILATIONS
Selected Classics/Frontal Sickness/Final Sickness  - The Mover
Voyage Cerebral - Didier Boquet
Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale/Interface/Stand By - Heldon
Afternooners - Patrick Cowley
Miracle Steps: Music From The 4th World 1983-2017 - Various
Fetus/Pollution/Sulle Corde Di Aries - Franco Battiato
Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984 - Various
Cryptik Stepperz - Ekoplekz (I know it was released 2/11/16 but I missed it!)


TELLY
The Deuce
Sure The Deuce isn't as good as The Wire but it's fine entertainment.
The Crown
Sure The Crown isn't anywhere near as cool as The Deuce but season two was ten dramatic mini-movie masterpieces in a row. I can't explain it, just watch it. Who would have thought twenty hours (two seasons) of television about the bloody Queen could have been this amazing?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sure they didn't really need to do another season but it still had me laughing out loud a lot.
Twin Peaks - Episode 8
Sure I kinda preferred it when BOB was just a mystery. When BOB just was. Anyway this is a pretty cool episode that was all about early, experimental & avant-garde cinema and much more. Exquisite. The other 17 episodes weren't a patch on this.
Black Mirror: Hang The DJ Episode
That was romance.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Best 80s Albums

Yesterday on twitter somebody asked what was the best LP released between 1980 & 1989. I thought I won't do my obvious pick. So I did a little year by year list that didn't include Talking Heads, The Fall, The Birthday Party, Prince, The Church, The Triffids, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine or The Pixies.

My pick in the end was My Houdini from Tactics but it could have been any of these or like a hundred others. Ever since I started this blog I've been meaning to write an article in praise of My Houdini. Maybe the time has come to finally put pen to paper about this undervalued post-punk/new wave classic.


1980- Out Of The Tunnel - MX-80 Sound
1981- My Houdini - Tactics
1982- Ice Cream For Crow - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
1983- Head Over Heels - Cocteau Twins
1984- Let It Be - The Replacements
1985- At Home With You - X (The Australian band not the inferior one)
1986- Three Virgins - Axemen
1987- Children Of God - Swans
1988- Sixty Nine - AR Kane
1989- Max Q - Max Q


This is another one I was going to write about in the beginning...er...maybe I did. I'll have to check that.