Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Guest Year-End Lists

This is something I've wanted to do for a while mostly to get suggestions of music to listen to, but I figured that if I did that, I may as well share it with people. I asked a bunch of my favorite musicians and music-industry people around if I could get a year-end list from them about their favorite records and other things that happened and here's how it ended up!

Scott Plant of Broken Prayer

Top 10 for 2013 (not including friends’ bands) 2013 rocked, rolled, noised and funked. This is a list of some of the stuff that affected me most this year. I hesitated to do the reissues because there is SO much good new stuff coming out - anyone who says otherwise is a registered dumb - but then I figured, you know, whatever. There are other lists out there. I tend to like novel production and cool sounds and rhythms, and generally in a bummer or headache producing direction. New Stuff: Wolf Eyes - No Answer - Lower Floors Cold cold beats for a bleak bleak record. This feels less like a sound track and more like a collection of songs than their other records, and it is a triumph. A triumph! They just keep getting better. Listen to it on real speakers and let the sonic volcano wash over you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbgI-DEk4U4 Mutant Video - Missing Fingers Beats, bass, synth, darkness. Here’s the futility of life put into cassette format. Their final release. http://ironlungpv.bandcamp.com/track/street-lightning Framtid - Defeat of Civilization I’m sure this will make many top 10 lists, as it should. Do you like having your head pummelled in by the kaotic hardcore noise of true distortion madness? You should. It’s for fans of that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fHRpnvnDrI Reissues: Devo - Hardcore Devo Vol. 1 & 2 Here are the coldest recordings, finally put to vinyl. If you’d like to hear Iggy and the Stooges on the Forbidden Planet, then you will like to hear this collection. Incalculably influential. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo7bgRMrnZQ Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction A disgusted, disgusting record. Isn’t humanity disgusting? Carcass would agree. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdS9ICBEJEs Funkadelic - Maggot Brain The A side of this record singlehandedly redeems jamming, and has some of the best guitar sounds ever put through a mic. A joyous celebration toward taking down The Man. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh3bleXWaCk Rulebreaker: Daylight Robbery - Distant Shores Just a great, sparse rock band with melodies other bands wish they could craft. They don’t get the attention they deserve in the states, but they do from me, so I’m giving it to them. http://daylightrobbery.bandcamp.com/track/distant-shores

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