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    Oceans Will Rise - The Stills.

    For one song, really (which is the first track in a while that I've actually gone out of my way to purchase).
    • CommentAuthorChuckles
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2009
    innerpartysystem have really impressed me with their innovatively-titled album innerpartysystem. It's hard to classify, but it basically boils down to the same sort of rock-with-electric-bits-bolted-on as Bloc Party have been messing around with for Intimacy, but it's a fair sight angrier, and less heavy on the guitars. I love the album, but in particular I love the remixes based on it. Don't Stop especially is one of those songs that has 300 people scratching their head and saying "it's okay, but imagine how badass it would sound when I fuck with it", and they did, and it was good. It's not very sophisticated music, but it's good fun to flail your limbs to
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    My favorites of 2009 got too long, so here it is --
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2009
    I've probably forgotten a few things, but these all stand out as great records released this year. Plus, I’m sick to the teeth of reading piss weak ‘best of the decade’ album lists that suggest a further atrophy of the collective musical consciousness, culminating in a revisionist orgy whereby Joy Division and The Beach Boys are repeatedly gang raped by contemporary musicians.

    1. Six Organs of Admittance - Luminous night
    2. Silver Bullets - Free radicals
    3. Eagle Twin - The unkindness of crows
    4. Holy Sons - Criminal’s return
    5. Oneothrix Point Never - Zones without people
    6. James Blackshaw - The glass bead game
    7. Emeralds - S/T
    8. Eleh / Nana June - Observations and momentum
    9. Current 93 – Aleph at hallucinatory mountain
    10. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2009
    These lists have been great. When I used to DJ I was much more on top of indie releases and bands, but I've not kept up with them for the last 3 years or so. These lists help me "cheat" by catching me up with what I've missed. I am much obliged.
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2009
    I'm sure I'm forgetting some but here goes:

    Diminished Men - Shadow Instrumentals

    Emeralds - What Happened

    Oneohtrix Poitn Never - Rifts

    Yoga - Megafauna

    Moritz von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent

    Air - Love 2

    Pyramids with Nadja - s/t

    Jacaszek - Pentral

    Aavikko - Novo Atlantis

    Supersilent - 9

    Ben Frost - By the Throat

    Orthodox - Sentencia

    Klimek - Movies is Magic

    Black To Comm - Alphabet 1968

    Demdike Stare - Symbiosis

    Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport

    Eagle Twin - The Unkindness of Crows

    Natural Snow Buildings - Shadow Kingdom

    Om - God is Good

    Black Devil Disco Club - The Strange New World Of Bernard Fevre

    Doomriders - Darkness Come Alive

    Asa-Chang & Junray - Kage No Nai Hito

    Broadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age

    Jasper TX & Anduin - The Bending Of Light

    Sunn 0))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

    Alamaailman Vasarat - Huuro Kolkko

    Sir Richard Bishop - The Freak of Araby

    Nadja - When I See the Sun Always Shines on TV

    Secret Chiefs 3: Traditionalists - Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini
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    You guys are the only reason I hear any new music at all anymore. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2009
    Recently discovered liking the current COBALT Album "Gin" Very much. It draws influences from Hemingway and Hunter S. Thonpson and is musically rooted in Black Metal, but it's something else.
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    I've just posted the new issue of my Wonderful Wooden Reasons zine here & here an apart from the reviews of new albums it also features a comprehensive set of Top Ten Releases of 2009 by myself and a host of others including...

    Jean-Herve Peron (Faust / Art-Errorist)
    Darren Tate (Monos / Ora)
    Kevin Wienke (Alluvial Recordings)
    Mike Fazio (Orchestramaxfieldparrish / Faith Strange Recordings)
    Ralf Rabendorn (ContraMusikProduction)
    Manuel Marrero Cubas (R.O.N.F. Records / Mixturizer)
    Susan Matthews
    Rani (Heart & Crossbone Records)
    Ryan Huber (Olekranon / Inam Records)
    Pierre Gerard (et le feu comme)
    Mirko Uhlig (Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf, Ex Ovo Records)
    Terje Paulsen (Three Strings)
    Sylvain (Ini Itu Records)
    Brian Shea (The Bordellos / Welshcake Records)
    Adrian Shenton (Phonospheric)
    Mark Valentine (Tartarus Press / Persepolis Records)
    Yui Onodera
    Kevin Wilkinson (brb>voicecoil / Muzzedia Verhead)
    Brian Lavelle
    Kyle Wright (Diophantine Discs)
    Dan Hopkins (Hurra Caine Landcrash)
    Hideho Takemasa (Trumn)

    for those who can't be bothered to click the links, my top ten (excluding the reviews) are...

    Faust - C'est Com...Com...Compliqué
    Andrew Chalk - The Cable House
    Hearts Of Palm - Trance Nipple Manifestation
    Valerio Cosi - Collected Works
    Theo - Encouragement
    Omnivore - Spandaurandurandauballet
    Darwinsbitch - Ore
    Dinosaur Jr - Farm
    Tetuzi Akiyama, Kevin Corcoran & Christian Kiefer - Low Cloud Means Death
    Orchestramaxfieldparrish presents AERA - To The Last Man / Index of Dreaming