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My Promiscuous Cochlea: Everyone My Ear Took Home in 2014

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 8, 2015 05:33pm | Post a Comment


Vinyl isn't cheap, nor is is tawdry, so the collecting of it has become much more a matter of discernment than it used to be.

The following is a list, alphabetical, perchance by merit, of the vinyl (new titles and re-issues) that made the cut in 2014. It doesn't presume to be a "Best Of," as I am very aware of the peculiarities of my particular set of listening apparatuses. It is a list of the vinyl that my scattershot attention locked on to, brought home and allowed to bed down in the limited space that I allot for records in my home.








































AMEN DUNES
Love (Sacred Bones)

Folky, trippy, with that under-water production we've heard from the likes of KURT VILE, except where VILE is stoned and hanging with his buddies, AMEN DUNES' Damon McMahon is lost in a vast open space, deep in the mushroom and calling "Marco Polo" to the night sky. Stark and brittle while somehow managing to remain lush. I don't think I listened to any album of 2014 as often as I've listened to this.

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AMON DÜÜL II
Yeti (Purple Pyramid Records)

Do we need another re-issue of one of the landmark achievements, one of the single-most definitive artifacts of Krautrock? Well, sure. And if, just if, it were to be re-issued with a lenticular cover and deep blue vinyl that sounds, well, just terrific. Hells yes! The most expensive piece I laid out for this year (#375 of a limited edition of only 500!), but absolutely worth it!

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APHEX TWIN
Syro (Warp)

What is there to be said? It's been a long wait for another AT release and it was well worth it. Alternately playful, serious, clubby, experimental. Elements of rave culture snuggling shoulder-to-shoulder with 21st Century composition. Fun for thinkers.

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VASHTI BUNYAN
Heartleap (DiCristina)

The crush of the modern world requires Vashti Bunyan. Her music is salve, balsam, emollient.  She skirts the edges of twee but the weight of her sheer, simple musicality pinions her into the real. Repeated listenings have locked Heartleap in as my favorite of her releases to date, and, sadly if her claims are true, the last.

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COH
To Beat Or Not To Beat (Editions Mego)

There's very little to be found regarding the name(s) behind this mysterious Russian(?) electronica imprint. The music is playful and spooky in the way that only experimentalists with a toe on the dance floor seem able to do. "eena ferroix" is my stand-out track, a slow build like a soundtrack to a horror movie in which Kraftwerk come back as zombies and shuffle a path of destruction through Algiers. Side D features a Ryuichi Sakamoto remix of it, as well.

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DEERHOOF
La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl)

So many things going on here: The base layer is solid pop rock with far-flung polyrhythmic tendencies. It's weird, it's sweet, it's clunky and angular. I'm often reminded of pre-Eno Talking Heads, but only in brief moments, then it's buried in Henry Kaiser/Fred Frith-ish guitar-jabbing and sparring. I dig it. "Baseball is cancelled/E.T. is running late."

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JORDAN DE LA SIERRA
Gymnosphere: Song Of The Rose (Numero Group)

Numero Group was not to be outdone by last year's Light In The Attic overview of the history of New Age music, I AM THE CENTER.  Here they re-issue a near-forgotten 1976 treatise of piano-reverb magic. For when you need to just stop what'cher doing.

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ARIEL KALMA
An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979) (ReRVNG)

Clearly there's a hippy buried deep within me that is dying to be recognized. More tripped out experiments in piano, modulators, percussion and voice that we should all have known about all along. RVNG is my vote for label of the year, as there are 2 more re-issues by them in the list below.

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KINK Under Destruction (Macro Records)

Not real sure what to make of the fact that two of the few Electronica records I brought home this year were of Russian origin besides the fact that something strange and awesome is going on over there. Not as dark as the COH title listed above, but rather much more playful and silly and even tribal. Made me giggle.

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K. LEIMER A Period Of Review (ReRVNG)

Again on stellar re-issue label, RVNG, recordings by Kerry Leimer compiled from the years 1975-1983. Exotica flavors much of the proceedings, as does a particular New Wave quality. Some tracks seem cousins to Jon Hassel's Dream Theory In Malaya, while others feel ready to open for Flock Of Seagulls. 

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CRAIG LEON
Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos/Visiting (ReRVNG)

The third item I collected from the RVNG label. Re-issues of two albums that were intended to be issued together in 1981, but were issued a year apart due to numerous obstacles. Leon was a producer for Suicide, Blondie and Richard Hell, the only obvious alignment being with Suicide. Similarly repetitive electronic patterns mark these albums, interspersed with modulating meditations and Japonesque rhumbas.

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LIARS
Mess (Mute)

How about a little "truth in advertising." The LIARS have always been a mess, but here they admit it. Their longevity seems poised on one driving principle, "do not let them guess what's coming next." The closest they've been to the dance floor yet ("Dress Walker"), but at the same time, the closest they've been to the dark ambient disturbance of psycho-sexual warriors like Current 93 or Coil ("Left Speaker Blown"). I love that I don't know what they're thinking.

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GIGI MASIN
Talk To The Sea (Music From Memory)

Take a pop song and then start pulling pieces away. Make it less and less and less. Install wide open landscapes between all of the few remaining parts. If you've loved this process from the likes of Talk Talk and Bark Psychosis, you're gonna love what Gigi Masin's doing.

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MODEST MOUSE
This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About (Glacial Pace Recordings)

The original 1996 LP remains my favorite and so glad Glacial Pace made it possible for me to have a shiny new, slightly expanded copy. Hey, thanks!

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MONO/POLY
Golden Skies (Brainfeeder)

So I heard this album, bought this album, dug this album deeply LONG before I ever read anything about them. I guess this guy, Charles Dickerson, is associated with Flying Lotus and Thundercat, which caught me by surprise, as I thought it HAD to be somebody associated with Fuck Buttons. Really great, intricate, open-horizoned electronica. Lots of forward drive and lots of things to see and do while you're driving there.

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MARISSA NADLER July (Sacred Bones)

As always, here on her 8th album in 10 years, Marissa Nadler is witchy and trippy and adept at finding ways to pry up the lid on the beautiful things that squirm around under love and time and lonely locations. 

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OOIOO
Gamel (Thrill Jockey)

As per the title, OOIOO have pulled their inspiration from Indonesian gamelan music, incorporating the rhythmic gongwork into an angular, artrock document that makes more and more and more and more and more sense the more you listen. A conceit that I was unsure of became logical, then obvious, then essential. Could everyone please add gamelan to whatever their doing? Now, please.

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KRZYSTOF PENDERECKI
Works (Naxos)

Naxos has started pressing vinyl?! You could have pushed me over with a feather, but then I bought this gorgeous item and it burned my face off, instead! Penderecki's the honey-badger of 20th Century composition; he doesn't give a s$%& and he will scare the behoozits outta you...but in a beautiful way.

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SONGS:OHIA
Didn't It Rain expanded re-issue (Secretly Canadian)

It feels strange for their to be an "expanded" issue of what was one of the late Jason Molina's most contracted and sparse albums. So, that means there's a lot more of as little as possible. The last album under his moniker SONGS:OHIA before he would ever-so-slightly expand his vision into MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., Didn't It Rain is a document, a complicated heart's soulprint direct-to-wax.

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ANDY STOTT
Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)

The first track from Stott's newest is akin to 6 minutes of foghorn, digitally created, of course. The album slowly lifts off the water from there. Faith In Strangers is the first Stott release that I've connected with, mostly due to the sheer unusualness of being completely captivating while having next to nothing taking place. Not really ambient, as there are beats, but he's a DJ that won't lay one down until you're looking at something else. He's acting the shadow person, performing in the periphery of your vision.

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TOTAL CONTROL
Typical System (Iron Lung)

Saw these guys open for THEE OH SEES in 2011 at Alex's Bar in Long Beach (IMHO, one of the area's best venues), and they were awesome. The hooks and vocal detachment of Joy Division delivered with raw punk energy over SUICIDE-al beats. Their 2012 debut, Henge Beat was killer, and Typical System ups the ante. The perfect balance of New Wave ethos and Punk attack.

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TRUST
(aka TR/ST and TRST) Joyland (Arts & Crafts)

Here are some of the words reviewers used in their luke warm reception of TRUST's sophomore effort: "slick," "repulsive," "disturbing," "lewd" and "numbing." Add all those up along with the album being described as, "a dance record for the club underneath the club," and I'm hooked. 

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TUNE-YARDS
Nikki Nack (4AD)

Forget all the hyped, songwriter-fed, jetset-producer-fixed R&B that is force fed to you during every network halftime event. There's a new soul sound as angular as the Buzzcocks, as nutty as Ivor Cutler and as smart and confounding as your last Statistics final. Get smart!

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WOVENHAND Refractory Obdurate (Deathwish)

Let's imagine that IF the GUN CLUB's Jeffrey Lee Pierce had wrested control of SOUTHERN DEATH CULT away from Ian Astbury, turned his life over to the Lord Jesus by way of revelation and slipped down into the catacombs to dust off all the Apocryphal texts that he could (but probably shouldn't) get his hands on, then we might be approaching the sound of David Eugene Edwards' WOVENHAND. This is a revival tent I will enter.

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YO LA TENGO
Extra Painful! (Matador)

Yo La Tengo's songs are a lot like planets: They're out there spinning around us and some of them are warm, some are cold, some of them are lush or stark, and some of them we're not sure we can even say are planets, maybe moons or just satellites. But when they align, you can really feel the pull. Their 1993 release Painful! was one of the band's true harmonic convergences, a perfect flow of dream-pop, jangle and full-on jam. Extra Painful! adds another disc's worth of live and demo proof that it wasn't a studio-manufactured fluke.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
Savage Rhythm (Stag-O-Lee)

There is hope. A while ago I watched GOLDDIGGERS OF 1933 on DVD. I figured I might have to groan through some real cornball antics, but what struck me was just how razor-sharp the comedy of those early talkies truly was. Similarly, record bins all over every town in America, in every Goodwill and St. Vincent De Paul thrift store, in every Salvation Army and swap meet are full of the likes of Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Bob Crosby and Artie Shaw. You see them there marked 50 cents and figure they're just corny and square and stale. This beautifully packaged and brilliantly curated set proves we're wrong about that.

New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 08/28/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, August 24, 2009 03:13pm | Post a Comment
 

New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming This Weekend:

Dorian Concept
TRILINGUAL DANCE... 12"
AFF003

Two club bangers from the Austrian producer. Sounds like "DC microwaved his MicroKorg" on the bumpy, electronic A-side. B/w "TROPICAL HANDS" which has similar Detroit styled synths mixed with glitchy efx but at a more laidback down tempo.



Rob Glennon
NIGHT FREAKS REMIXED 12"
DB3014T 

Here we see techno maestro ORLANDO VOORN and London's PAUL MAC (STIMULUS) tweak out "BASS SHIFTER," whilst the original version of "RATIO" appears alongside the devastating remix by THE PARALLEL. Already charted by DAVE CLARKE, DETROIT GRAND PUBAS, CHYMERA, and more.


Hanzo Steel KILL BILL MIXES VOL. 1 LP HANZOSTEELLP

Hanzo Steel 
KILL BILL MIXES VOL. 2 LP HANZOSTEELLP2 

7 Samurai 
FAVELA GYAL W/MC COPPA 7" PCR049

Boy 8-Bit 
BALTIC PINE EP 12" THISIM016

Doves 
COMPULSION-ANDREW WEATHERALL 12" HVN19212P3

Doves 
JETSTREAM-LINDSTROM REMIX HVN19212P2

Doves 
JETSTREAM-SASHA REMIXES 12" HVN19212P1

Fulgeance 
SMARTBANGING-J.EDGAR RMX 12" HAND12004

Kazey & Bulldog 
RIDIN' HIGH VOL.1 12" DTS010

Laura Vane 
ROOF OFF-DIESLER REMIX 12" UNIQ164

Lee Coombs & Uberzone 
RIGHT NOW 12" LOT49048

Lily Allen
 22 (PIC DISC) 7" REG154

Matt White 
BEAT THE HEAT 12" RI001

Miike Snow 
ANIMAL REMIXES-CROOKERS 12" 88697565531

Mono-poly 
THE GEORGE MACHINE EP 12" FACES1201 

Pollyester 
ROUND CLOCKS EP 12" PERMVAC036

Siriusmo 
THE UNINVITED GUEST 12" MONKEYTOWN001  

Time & Space Machine 
VOLUME ONE LP 5D001

Various 
MY CREW BE UNRULY (ORANGE) LP FHZ017LP  
 


New House/Disco 12"s Coming This Weekend:
spectral empire
Spectral Empire
BLACK SHARK 12"
TINAE014 

"BLACK SHARK" showcases a more driving, insistent disco feel, with the hit "INNERFEARENCE" surfacing on the b-side remixed by French deep house stars CHATEAU FLIGHT. Also has a SPECTRAL ASSAULT remix of "KM-50." Plays from AEROPLANE, JD TWITCH (OPTIMO) & more.    


Nadastrom
THE SAVED EP 12"
DSD024

We've got our hands on a limited amount of upfront copies of this rip roaring, club ready EP of future sample house, fidget, and pure craziness. NADASTROM offers up "SAVE US," "SQUAREZ," and "GHETTO PASS."


Fake Blood FIX YOUR ACCENT EP 12" CHEAP012X

Masirah 
FIND A WAY 12" FM015

Various 
BALTIC SOUL WEEKENDER VOL. 2 LP UNIQ162

Various 
HIBERNATION ALBUM SAMPLER EP 12" BFK041

Various 
SUNSETSPLIT EP 12" SUN03

Another Chance 
I CAN'T WAIT 12" PH40

Beyonce 
EGO & HUMAN (REDSOUL MIXES) 12" KILLBEY001

Cosmic Boogie
 ASHLEY BEEDLE EDITS 12" CB02

DaM Edits 
VOLUME 1 (EDDIE KENDRICKS) 12" DAM001

Dimi Angelis 
OUR LIFE WITH THE WAVE 12" SMALLVILLE14

Fernando 
SCARECROWS EP-I.RUDIMAN RMX 12" REDUX009

Freestyle Man 
VIBIN EP 12" HC014

Hugo Van Dyck 
GIVE ME LOVE A TRY 12" DISQUE001

Jackson Conspiracy 
DIRTY FREEK MIXES 12" DF02

Mark Du Mosch 
DREAMS EP 12" LDR003

Nathan Haines 
RIGHT NOW FANATIX RMX 12" FSR076

Night Plane 
CHINESE SHADOWS 12" TINAE021

Roska 
TWC EP 12" MR007

Slam 
ONE NOTE SAMBA 12" PARAGRAPH003

Solotempo 
CHAMBER 12" SM031EP011  

Solotempo 
NEW EARS 12" SM030EP010

TJ Kong 
COMPOST BLACK LABEL #51 12" COMP327

Tribute Edits 
#1-WE LOVE MONDAYS 12" TRIBUTE01

Various 
TIMELESS CHICAGO EP 12" SYNAPSIS003

Wah-Chu-Ku 
T TIMES TOO EP 12" DPC026  

 

New Dubstep/Jungle 12"s Coming This Weekend:
contagious chimpo lock off vip
Chimpo
LOCK OFF VIP 12"
CON024

The VIP version that SKREAM has been hammering of late, this is some old skool rave madness shoved through a dubstep meat grinder, while "LIKE NO OTHER" is a plodding barge of bass action with layers of FX and vocal snippets heaped on top.  



noah d hypnotic elements ep
Noah D
HYPNOTIC ELEMENTS EP D12"
SUBWAY011EP 

A 5-track doublepack of some of the best dubstep sounds around at the moment, including the already huge anthem "SEEERIOUSNESSS," the sensual and exotic beauty of "GOT U NOW" and "VIBRATIONZ," and a VIP mix of his classic cut w"UNKNOWN SUSPECT" with NO THING. Dope sh*t!    

Bad Company TORPEDO RUSKO REMIX 12" RUSKO100

Example 
WATCH THE SUN COME UP REMIX 12" DATA221P2

Hatcha vs Lost 
CLASS A 12" AR024

Instra:mental 
WATCHING YOU 12" NONPLUS002

Little Boots 
REMEDY (RUSKO REMIX) 12" 679L167T

Matty G 
ROCK LIKE THIS 12" ARG025

October 
ELEPHANTS 12" IME013

Rustie 
BAD SCIENCE EP 12" WB006