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Favorite 2013 releases

Postby baht habit on Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:11 pm

I'm fully aware that these sort of threads don't seem to catch on much on this forum but here's a list of some releases that I happened to enjoy quite a bit during this past year...

Jeff Lorber Fusion - Hacienda
Philip Aaberg / Jack Walrath / Kelly Roberti - Montana Wild Cats
Pat Metheny - The Book Of Angels
Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum
Jeff Richman - Big Wheel
John Tilbury / Oren Ambarchi - The Just Reproach
John Butcher / John Tilbury / Thomas Lehn - Exta
John Tilbury - Variable Formations
Richard Thompson - Electric
Sting - The Last Ship
Philip Aaberg - High Plains Christmas
Stephan Mathieu - Wandermude
Dai Fujikura - Flare
Patty Larkin - Still Green
Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You
Jan Bang - Narrative From The Subtropics
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Yoonchan Kwak - 49
John Scofield - Uberjam Deux
Bill Frisell - Big Sur
Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worships
Fleetwood Mac - Extended Play : Sad Angel / Without You / It Takes Time / Miss Fantasy
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Quiet Visitor on Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:55 am

Thanks for sharing. Here're some of my favorite albums of 2013:

Beady Bell: Cricklewood Broadway
The Opium Cartel: Ardor
Deptford Goth: Life After Defo
Rhys Marsh: Suspended In A Weightless Wind (Covers Volume I)
Pensiero Nomade: Imperfetta Solitudine
Rhian Sheehan: Stories From Elsewhere
Villagers: {Awayland}
Grice: Highly Strung – Richard Barbieri Remix
OTEME: Il Giardino Disincantato
Keaton Henson: Birthdays
Jaga Jazzist: Live With Britten Sinfonia
Katia & Marielle Labèque: Minimalist Dream House
Andreas Polyzogopoulos: Heart Of The Sun: The Music Of Pink Floyd
Wesley Stace: Self-Titled
Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Gaute Soraas, Arve Henriksen: Knut Hamsun’s Victoria
Martha Johnson: Solo . One
Mark Murdock - Cymbalic Encounters
Days Between Stations - In Extremis
Toshimi Project - SO
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Wintergatan - Wintergatan
Senri Kawaguchi - A La Mode
Arc Angel - Harlequins Of Light
Oblivion Sun - The High Places
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Chad on Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:04 am

Burial - Rival Dealer
Metheny - TAP
Floex - Gone EP
Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
Tim Hecker - Virgins
Arve Hendrikson - POW
Tigran Hamasyan - Shadow Theater
Haim - Days Are Gone
Ben Monder - Hydra
Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana
fudgesicle Buttons - Slow Focus
Deafheaven - SunBatHer
Boards of Canada - Tomorrows Harvest
Disclosure - Settle
Kurt Vile - Walkin on a Pretty Daze
Baths - Obsidian
Rhye - Woman
Daft Punk - RAM
Hidden Orchestra - Archipelago
Lars Danielsson - Liberetto


Revisited

Brand X - Livestock, Unorthodox Behaviour
John Cale - Paris 1919
Duane Allman - Skydog
Miles Davis - Ascenseur Pour L'Échafaud
Arto Lindsay - The Subtle Body
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Chet on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:26 am

My Bloody Valentine - mbv
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Tin Bird on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:27 am

Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart
These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
Foals - Holy Fire
China Crisis - Diary of a Hollow Horse reissue
Prefab Sprout - Jordan the Comeback reissue
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Blemished on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:59 am

I don't seem to have bought much music this year. What I did - and what I enjoyed - was:

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Arvo Part - The Very Best of Arvo Part
20th Century Classics - Penderecki
John Taverner - Fragments of a Prayer (Children of Men OST)
Graham Lambkin/Jason Lescalleet - Photographs (Erstwhile)
Kraftwerk - The remastered CDs - Computer Love and Man Machine in particular

Have Arve and Jan's latest on order.
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Tin Bird on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:14 am

Computer World....how is that remaster? heard it was overly compressed, too loud and bassy...true?
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Blemished on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:54 am

Computer World - yes, sorry - I got muddled with the title and the track.

I'd read the negative comments but, frankly, it sounds great to me. I certainly don't find it fatiguing to listen to - like most over-compressed recordings. It's punchy and clear, yes, but in a good way. That said, I don't have original LPs to compare with.

My feeling on hearing it was of renewed wonder at how these guys had invented / influenced so much of modern music. Same story with Can, whose remasters are brilliant.

I notice that Baht and Chad both mention Daft Punk's new CD. Haven't heard that yet, but be interested to know what you think of it. Funnily enough, UK TV recently showed an old Top Of The Pops from 1977 which had Space - Magic Fly on. Forgotten how much I loved that too - and the lineage to Daft Punk is obvious.
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby dconnery1966 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:12 am

Well here goes :D
Stephan Mathieu Wandermude
QOTSA Like Clockwork
Hammock Oblivion Hymns
Halo Tora When the Bones Shake
Caspian Hymn for The Greatest Generation
Arcane Roots Blood & Chemistry
Steve Jansen Slope re-issue

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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby baht habit on Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:04 pm

Blemished wrote:I notice that Baht and Chad both mention Daft Punk's new CD. Haven't heard that yet, but be interested to know what you think of it. Funnily enough, UK TV recently showed an old Top Of The Pops from 1977 which had Space - Magic Fly on. Forgotten how much I loved that too - and the lineage to Daft Punk is obvious.


I can't claim to be a big fan of DP's earlier releases, but on this latest cd they focus on the overall sound and slick disco-funk grooves that were so prevalent during the late 70s, all the while employing some truly excellent session musicians: Nathan East and James Genus on bass / John JR Robinson and Omar Hakim on drums. Paul Jackson Jr contributes on rhythm and lead guitar. Nile Rodgers, co-founder of CHIC, also appears on guitar on a few tracks - it is his style that arguably defined the technique of disco guitar.
There are elements of modern techno sprinkled throughout - there is an extremely odd piece 'Touch' with a vocal contribution from noted 70s pop and shlock songwriter Paul Williams that breaks out into a Latin disco groove with a swinging big band horn section - There is a track 'Fragments of Love' that is directly influenced by great "Yacht Rock" bands like The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, which is a very pleasant detour - there is a tribute to Giorgio Moroder - and if one obtains the bonus cut 'Horizon', you'll hear some moody pedal steel guitar by session-ace Greg Leisz over top of a spooky Pink Floyd-ish track.
It's refreshing to know that a new generation of music listeners are getting a chance to actually hear quality musicianship rather than the manufactured stuff that passes for pop music nowadays. {{I know I sound like a grumpy old man}} :-)
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby missouriman on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:41 pm

Just one favorite.

Bill Callahan's "Dream River".
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Chad on Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:49 am

Baht sums it up pretty well.They just don't make records like this anymore, I guess thats why it stands out. Yes there are throwbacks like the Paul Williams track (I always think of that muppet movie) but it also has collaborations with the Strokes & Animal Collective members. The final tracks, Doin' it Right/Contact are very infectious and positive, leaving you with a feeling of optimism & faith. Thats something greatly lacking from our hero. Cheers to a better year in that regard. :wink:

mm, that bill callahan record is great. how did I miss that one.
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby svendutchmountains on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:35 am

Lists like this make me realize how quickly time moves... A lot of the CD's and Lp's I thought I had bought in 2013 are actually 2012 releases...

Some favourite releases from this year:
- Takagi Masakatsu - Wolf Children
- Chvrches - The bones of what you believe
- Rowwen Heze - Hemel op Aarde
- Lloyd Cole - Standards
- Marta Ratkje - Voice
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby inkinthewell on Wed Jan 01, 2014 6:43 am

Chad wrote:fudgesicle Buttons - Slow Focus

:lol:

A few of these may not be favourites yet, but here's some of the most interesting releases for me:

Richard Barbieri/Steve Hogarth - Arc Light EP
David Sylvian - Do You Know Me Now?
AKW - Last Lines EP
Andrew Chalk - Mutsu No Hana
Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs
Matt Elliott - Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart
Roger Eno - Ted Sheldrake
I'Anson - In Chances Of Light
David Lynch - The Big Dream
Sarah Neufeld - Hero Brother
Dobrinka Tabakova - String Paths
Robert Wyatt - '68
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Re: Favorite 2013 releases

Postby Quiet Visitor on Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:27 am

Tin Bird wrote:China Crisis - Diary of a Hollow Horse reissue


Just heard China Crisis is working on a new album: Autumn In The Neighbourhood. There's a new song on the pledge-site. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/chinacrisis
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