[idm] oh yes, another top ten.
Reviewed by nat hawks (elists.resynthesize.com)
Albums of the Year (looking over Other Music’s and Pitchfork’s end of year
lists, I realized that I didn’t miss anything at all like I thought, it just
wasn’t that great a year for music innovation.)The success of Arcade Fire
really sealed the deal with me that the indie rock scene has become the
hiding place for MOR Adult Contemporary. If you’re not super famous you’re
suddenly up for an “indie credibility account.” Also, seeing Broken Social
Scene (opening for Pixies) pose and flail with scarves made me feel like a
boring old person. Here was some very boring rock that had absolutely
nothing “left of the dial” about it what-so-ever, expect that they were
CLEARLY young, hip, artistic, and oh-so passionate. Just awful.
A good year for going through used vinyl bins if you ask me.
1. Venetian Snares-Huge Chrome Box Slowly Unfolding In Space (Planet-Mu)
Now that Lord Vader is back in the office, the only thing worth protesting
is the fact that Venetian Snares does not receive the heaping critical
acclaim that he deserves. His music is extremely challenging, it’s not for
everyone, but how these legions of “music lovers everywhere” have failed to
pick up on this mastermind is too sad. Venetian Snares is one man who lives
way up in cold Canada. Venetian Snares makes the most traumatizingly
complicated drill-and-bass I’ve ever heard… it sounds like he sampled every
single sound that has ever been made and warped them together into something
so big and ugly and awe-inspiring…vomit-inducing music has never felt so
right. I haven’t been this challenged by music since I started listening to
Autechre. Yes, he is THAT good.
2. Dungen- Ta Det Lugnt (Subliminal Sounds) Amazing swedish retro-psych rock
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify