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PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 3:13 pm
Posts: 219Location: TexasJoined: April 30th, 2006, 9:26 am
favorite ten of 2008...

10. murcof - the versailles sessions
9. gas - nah und fern
8. johann johannsson - fordlandia
7. the teenagers - reality check
6. m83 - saturdays=youth
5. max richter - 24 postcards in full color
4. bohren & der club of gore - dolores
3. earth - the bees made honey in the lion's skull
2. azeda booth - in flesh tones
1. klaus schulze w/lisa gerrard - farscape

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honorable mention:

lindstrom - where you go i go too
crystal castles - s/t
health - disco
fuck buttons - street horrrsing
fennesz - black sea

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most disappointing:

portishead - third
nurse with wound - huffin' rag blues
aidan baker - anything he put out (which was a lot!)
four tet - ringer
brian eno/david byrne - everything that happens will happen today
calexico - carried to dust
fleet foxes


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 9:01 pm
User avatarAdminPosts: 27Location: MichiganJoined: September 6th, 2006, 1:20 pm
In no particular order and I only have 5


  • Russian Circles - Station
  • Red Sparowes - Aphorisms
  • Cult Of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
  • Made Out Of Babies - The Ruiner
  • Zozobra - Bird Of Prey


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 1:44 am
Posts: 57Location: SwedenJoined: March 14th, 2008, 1:27 pm
In alphabetical order:

Autechre - Quaristice
Boduf Songs - How Shadows Chase the Balance
Caretaker, The - Persistent Repetition of Phrases
Detektivbyrån - Wermland
Fennesz - Black Sea
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrsing
Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Nortt - Galgenfrist
Paavoharju - Lauly Loakson Kukista
Till The Old World's Blown Up And A New One Is Created - s/t


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 11:01 am
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My ten, not all of them proper 2008 releases but who cares?

Gas - Nah Und Fern was the release of the year for me. It's a re-release of all of his albums so far but it's a wonderful boxset of minimal ambient techno.

Autistic Daughters - Uneasy Flowers
A slow burning, edgy, intense chamber rock effort for 3am listening.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill
Utterly gorgeous shimmering guitars, reverb and angelic vocals. 'Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping' is one of the songs of the year.

Boduf Songs - How Shadows Chase the Balance
Mat Sweet just keeps getting better. Dark, brooding, whispered folk (for lack of a better word) with quietly intense drones in between.

Terje Isungset - Ice Concerts
This is some ice cold jazz / folk hybrid, in more than just name and sound. It was recorded in a freezing cold venue using instruments made out of ice and other watery elements. Beautiful.

Arve Henriksen - Cartography
A strange, ethereal, earthy and melancholic jazz album from the Supersilent frontman.

Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
Disliked by noise purists for being too poppy, that's exactly why I like it. They take noise and screams and filter it through a rainbow to come out with some beautiful albeit loud motifs.

Burning Star Core - Challenger
A gorgeous mix of ambient, field recordings and found sounds all swelling together to make some mindblowing noise.

Spires That in the Sunset Rise - Curse the Traced Bird
More strange folk goodness from this Californian quartet. So far they've not disappointed me at all with any of their releases.

and of course

Lustmord - Other
Which had the malevolence of Heresy but the buzzing guitars really brought it forward into something else entirely.

Other stand outs:

Jason Crumer - Ottoman Black
Forteresse - Les hivers de notre époque
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Recurring Dream and Apocalypse of Darkness
Darkspace - Darkspace III
Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukista
Max Richter - 24 Postcards in Full Colour

Disappointments:

Autechre - Quaristice
Portishead - Third
Pentemple - O))) Presents
Matmos - Supreme Balloon
Squarepusher - Just a Souvenir
The Residents - The Bunny Boy


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 1:35 pm
Posts: 57Location: SwedenJoined: March 14th, 2008, 1:27 pm
Awesome list there driftin, we share quite a few (even ones I didn't list), but then...

driftin wrote:
Disappointments:

Autechre - Quaristice


What what what? :O :D

I was kind of let down to begin with, but then I was just there for me. Pure aural bliss as always. I will never ever argue with you, but I'm curious to see why it was such a let down for you.

And checking out your listing, I really suggest you check out the The Caretaker-album I listed, if you haven't already. I'm out to check out the ones I didn't recognize from your list now. Ta, and a happy new year!


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 1:49 pm
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Well I'm a huge Autechre fan, especially their simpler, earlier stuff and I've liked their move into strange, twisted, random electronic beats too with later albums but Quaristice just sounded to me like a bunch of songs thrown together with no real care or intent. In fact I'd say that this was the case with most Warp artists these days, particularly the old timers - Autechre, Squarepusher, Boards of Canada... Aphex had the audacity to leave before he got old.


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 1:50 pm
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And cheers, I'll check out The Caretaker album when I can. Happy New Year to you too, and to everyone here! :D


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 1:59 pm
Posts: 167Location: EnglandJoined: December 30th, 2006, 11:44 am
errr, am I in the right thread? Portishead...disappointing?! It's far and away their most impressive work, with a depth they'd only previously hinted at. A total renaissance for them.

I'll post a more in depth list, but Deathspell Omega's new one is far and away the best for me.


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 5:52 pm
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I didn't think it was a bad record, merely an average one. I quite like some of the songs on it (Machine Gun and We Carry On are great I think, a real step forward), I dislike one of them (I forget the name of it but it's some warbly, bendy country sounding thing) but the rest are quite mediocre, especially when compared to the amount of hype and anticipation it had. It certainly was not the epochal return of the band I was hoping for, never mind just being a decent record.


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2008, 7:13 pm
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I'd also like to give a special mention to Throbbing Gristle's Thirty-Second Annual Report. It's a live reinterpretation of their classic first album, this time done with modern equipment and much more experience. It's a really great listen, they've updated the album but still keep it as fresh and exciting as it must've sounded back in the 70s but also different enough to warrant a purchase.

And speaking of that I know the only hard copies available are extremely limited, expensive and sought after but why not go to emusic.com and buy your digital copy there? It might even be available on iTunes but I haven't checked.


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PostPosted: January 5th, 2009, 4:07 pm
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i have to agree about the critique of portishead's album. it wasn't total shit, it just was bland and didn't stand out. and after a wait, then build up for it, it was simply boring and forgettable.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2009, 4:09 pm
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Bland? Must be a different record I have.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2009, 4:59 pm
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heh well i believe it would be the same. i spent the money to get the really exciting vinyl release...and bam, it never did anything to blow me away. are there any large highlights you would suggest revisiting to possibly blow me away? i will admit i like the machine gun single, it was the standout for sure...but currently that is just it for me.


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PostPosted: January 6th, 2009, 5:52 pm
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opinions!


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PostPosted: February 25th, 2009, 5:05 pm
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In no particular order:

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Glasvegas - Glasvegas
Lustmord - O T H E R
Antony And The Johnsons - The Crying Light
Mike Patton - A Perfect Place
Michael Nyman - Eight Lust Songs
Meshuggah - obZen
Portishead - Third
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
John Zorn - Film Works XXII - The Last Supper

I was hoping for a new Aphex Twin. Just like Lustmord, his music is always brilliant.


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