Friday, November 27, 2009

[BEST OF 2009] Apologies to 2008...

blog 2009/11/27 - [BEST OF 2009]  Apologies to 2008...

My most gracious apologies to 2008!

After all, you didn't kill me as a year, I should be grateful!  But no, I was a slob and didn't bother listening to every release that you, a fine fine example of a year, yielded.

Well here I am to try and correct my errors. 
As is inevitable as the sun exploding in the West, the year following any year (which is most of them) I am bound to discover gems long after that year's best of list has been blogged over.  This fills me with shame and time-traveler envy.

I offer this post up to right the wrongs of the past, and to avenge the tardiness of (Caitlyn -1year).  She was a bitch.

So without further ado...


I am going to sort the list here, as well as the playlist, in order of playability.
Bouncier fun stuff at the front.
Folk and pop in the middle.
Experimental weirdness at the end.
130 minutes of fierce 2008 nostalgia! 

Buraka Som Sistema - Black Diamond:  Dance albums that work as a whole are SO RARE.  Here we get slamming beats, and an appropriate mix of guests like Virus Syndicate and M.I.A. to stir the pot.  One of the best party albums of 2008, and so many hot singles to boot.

Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours:  This is one of those albums I avoided just because it got so much press, so what's the point?  As it turns out the retro 80s song delivery really gels together to create a contemporary synthpop gem.

Mr. Scruff - Ninja Tuna:  Another surprising producer album, again featuring the right combo of instrumental singles and grooving guest spots.  Mr. Scruff raises that funky downtempo bar one notch higher.

School Of Seven Bells - Alpinisms:  A near-perfect melding of girl pop harmonies and organically grown IDM fullness.  A wonderful album.

Vancougar - Canadian Tuxedo:  Some times a girl needs some tweepunk radness.  Like Team Dresch meets Dressy Bessy, in all the right ways.

The Mae Shi - Hlllyh:  Total high-energy quirky rock.  Cacophonous and delirious and oh so good.

Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight:  Holy shit this album is awesome.  Like a sweet sweet lovechild of Damien Rice and Twilight Sad.  *drool*

Liz Durrett - Outside Our Gates:  This album is full of so many spine-shivering folk numbers of sheer beauty.   I can't recommend a folk album as much as this one.

Kira Kira - Our Map to the Monster Olympics:  They channel the delicate nursery-quality of Mum, but unafraid to let their instrumentals soar.  A great wind-down album.

Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull:  Stoner sludge gone adult contemporary?  It doesn’t really matter, because these long guitar-fronted compositions are so soothing.  For when you want Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, but your mom is over.

Supersilent & Arve Henriksen - Cartography:  Smooth jazz mixed with minimal electro-acoustic productions create one of my favourite textures, and this album delivers in spades.

Hauschka - Ferndorf:  Contemporary classical music that is seemingly composed by a late 90s IDM musician?  Sounds good?  Sounds great!

Jacaszek - Treny:  OK, how about some IDM like it was programmed by a contemporary composedr?  Sound good?  Sounds great!

Paola Prestini - Body Maps:  Simply one of the most engrossing contemporary classical albums I've heard in years.  You have to hear it in its entirety for the full glorious effect.  It's albums like this that remind me how amazing of a label Tzadik is.

Peter Rehberg - Work For GV 2004-2008:  You can almost immediately feel the cinematic quality of these accompaniment pieces.  Removed from their visuals, they reveal themselves to be terrifying and exacting pieces of sound art horror.


Buraka Som Sistema - Black Diamond ft Virus Syndicate
Buraka Som Sistema - Kurum
Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire
Cut Copy - So Haunted
Mr. Scruff - Music Takes Me Up ft Alice Russell
Mr. Scruff - Stockport Carnival
School Of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise
School Of Seven Bells - Wired For Light
Vancougar - (I Hope Your) Money (Keeps You Warm)
Vancougar - Let It Go
The Mae Shi - Pwnd
The Mae Shi - Run To Your Grave
Frightened Rabbit - Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms
Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper
Liz Durrett - All Of Them All
Liz Durrett - Wild As Them
Kira Kira - Langt I Furtu Fua Vinir
Kira Kira - Melur Sjarmur
Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
Hauschka - Blue Bicycle
Hauschka - Schönes Mädchen
Jacaszek - Lament
Paola Prestini - As Sleep Befell
Supersilent & Arve Henriksen - Migration
Peter Rehberg - Murder Version
Peter Rehberg - Pia

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