Saturday, December 15, 2018

Happy Christmas - War is Coming


The merriest of Christmases to one and sundry and I hope and trust Santa and her elvises have been good to you.

And continued apologies to those less than avid readers of this less than average site for my lardiness regarding the governance/maintenance/effluence of this musically inclined blog.

So then, gentle, accursed reader, why should you feel compelled to, with the myriad number of more esteemed alternatives available, read this hastily assembled post? (Warning: contains Prog...)

Well, it's got MUSIC in it!!!

Of course, I don't mean the music you ignore on your TV, mishear on the radio or eat on your computers...

I mean this...



And this...


Maybe this...



Definitely this...


In a year characterised by just awful shit happening here and everywhere music was one of the few things that kept the insane sane.  

Hip Hop, more specifically, female Hip Hop, ruled the roost - with releases by the already mentioned Tierra Whack, Jean Grae, Rico Nasty, Cardi B, Georgia Meldrow and CupcakKe addressing and undressing the hubris generated by white, ugly, rich men.  They didn't slay those fucks but they came mighty close.  Maybe next year...

More great records?

Francis MacDonald, nango, Bang Messiah, 79.5, Roger Doyle, Proc Fiskal, Low, Johnnny Jewel, Quelle Chris, Grouper, Dr Octagon, Marie Davidson, Yo La Tengo, Ben Hauke, Sleep, Lando Chill, Mr Fingers, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mary Gauthier, Laurie Anderson and The Kronos Quartet, n-Prolenta, Lotic, Brigid Mae Power, Marlowe and 2 great records from one of the musical phenomenons of the year, the genius that is Sarah Davachi.

And hear she is...


Reissues?  I'll give you issue reissue...


And this...




And this...


Definitely this...

The King is dead - long live The Klitz!!!

Excellent compilation album, prodeuced by the genius that was Alex Chilton, with deliciously fine sentiment attached it exemplified a marvellous year for reissues,  coming hot, thick and steamy from places deep and far and wide and tall.  And broad.  

Including: Haruomi Hosono's back catalogue, Happy Rhodes, Takashi Kokubo, Carl  Stone, The Glands, Joan La Barbera, MKWAJU Ensemble, John Coltrane, Gladiators, Skull Snaps, more from the KPM reissues' series, Catherine Ribeiro and Alpes, Marcus Valle, Brown Sugar and those amazing Steven Wilson remixes of classic Yes albums.

And here they are!!!


We did say there'd be some Prog and we did disappoint....

So 2018, a year of some highs, some low lows, lowest of lows if truth be told, with more to come in 2019 no doubt.

Merry Christmas and unhappy listening - and to make that possible - my favourite record of the year - no surprise, a reissue, but what a noise!!


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