Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Shadow Worlds and Stimulacrums















Friday, February 23, 2018

Happiness

It is proposed that happiness be classified as a psychiatric disorder and be included in future editions of the major diagnostic manuals under the new name: major affective disorder, pleasant type. In a review of the relevant literature it is shown that happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. One possible objection to this proposal remains–that happiness is not negatively valued. However, this objection is dismissed as scientifically irrelevant

Interestingly, despite all the uncertainty about the epidemiology of happiness, there is some evidence that it is unevenly distributed amongst the social classes…

-Bentall, RP. 1992. A proposal to classify happiness as a psychiatric disorder. Journal of mental health ethics. 1992: 18. pp.94-98.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Goon Squad is Coming to Town, Beep Beep.

That David Bowie’s flirtation with fascism coincided with his creative zenith has been problematic for music critics and Bowie fans alike for years.  While it’d be great to believe that he was defacing the primary urges of the fascist mindset with crass irony or warning of the far-right impulses returning to the event horizon of the Overton window, all signs to point to either this definitely not being the case or to Bowie being so coked up at the time that there’s no earthly way of knowing what his intentions are.  That these gestures were at best super clumsy and at worst intensely callous and harmful seems to be the only determination worth settling on.

Regardless, Bowie had cleaned up enough by the early 1980s to be cognizant of what came next.  The wake of his 70s oeuvre saw a series of Bowie fanboys wrestle for cultural attention and chart domination.  The punks gleaned bits from his Ziggy hair dye and glam’s stripped basics-to-basics aural package, the latter itself derived from the raw energy of 60s garage and 50s fast, cheap and out of control rock n’ roll jolts.  New Wave took the sci-fi presentation and art as persona/death of the author vibe of the Spiders from Mars mythos and infused it with both the futuristic kosmische sounds of the Berlin trilogy and the strained white plastic soul of Young Americans/Station to Station.

In their haste, some of these zealous youngsters also dragged in tow the baggage of Bowie’s aesthetic extremism.  Some, like the industrial acts Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle seemed to be making some grander statement about the extents of human cruelty and it how and undercurrent of Nazi sadism seemed to linger long after the Geneva Convention in the daily lives of control societies.  Others like Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious probably just thought it cool to piss off the squares.  On the other hand, Joy Division, through their moniker allusions to a secret (and fictional) Nazi sex slave unit from a 50s novel and, in their early incarnation, to the Warsaw ghetto uprising, seemed to sympathize with the victims of fascist atrocity, but also were comfortable in Mosley blackshirt attire and scrapbooked Nazi propaganda for the sleeve art of their debut EP, An Ideal for Living.  Meanwhile, Gary Numan adorned a sort of proto-cyberpunk appropriation of what the future’s fascism might look like.


Conventional wisdom grants that these artists were responding in part to the degeneration of the liberation project of the hippies, which had become so entangled in self-importance and indulgence that it had completely dropped out at a time when powerful forces seemed to be tightening.  Yet, as Lester Bangs made clear in his essential essay “The White Noise Supremacists”, the punks, even when not openly racist, were molding their scene into an environment more comfortable for white supremacists than for people of color who weren’t “hip” to their “free speech” tyranny.  Numan and Joy Division’s Ian Curtis are both known to have voted for Margaret Thatcher, the Tory leader who responded to the rise of the National Front by absorbing parts of their platform, and breaking from socialist dogma in ways that earned her the respect of former punk Niall Ferguson.  This unhealthy and uneasy relationship continues to the far right this day; Ur-punk John Lydon has defended Brexit and Trump and Angela Nagle in her book Kill All Normies has documented how the alt-right uses the punk-like transgressiveness of being “Anti-P.C.” to nurture the white supremacist tendencies of alienated extremely online male teens. 

If Bowie did issue a response to his imitators, it would have been in “Fashion”, which at first appears to be about the frivolity of the fashion world, but on closer listen clearly seems to draw parallels between the march-step of the homophonic “fashion” and “fascism”, despite Bowie’s own protests that this was not the case.  Bowie sees culture as fundamentally reactionary, rather than substantive, reallocating itself every few years like a model walking down the runway (“Turn to the left! Turn the right!”).  Most telling are the lines “We are the goon squad and we’re coming to town/Beep beep”, which seems to signal to the new wave crowd, coming in to crimp on Bowie’s stylistic cues, not least of which being the superficial adoption of fascist wear.    All these youngsters wearing the noveau dictatorial getup and cosplaying the fall of Western civilization (some have suggested the “Beep beep” is a nod to Numan’s hit “Cars”) appeared to noodling with dangerous ideology as dress-up garb, so cavalier in their pursuit of absolute freedom that they had fetishized its antithesis. 


I tend to side with the likes of Corey Robin in thinking that if Trump were interested in consolidating power, he’s too dumb or incompetent to really pull it off.  Like Sid Vicious, Trump seems to get too much joy out of pissing people off to ever garner the complete unwavering loyalty he seeks, commanding the leakiest ship ever set adrift from Pennsylvania Avenue and overseeing a mass of firings and resignations so regular that they’ve become routine.  However, there’s no denying that Trump loves a good dictator, whether it’s keeping a book Hitler quotes under his bed, praising the Philippines’ murderous President Duterte, or his persistent glowing adoration for Russia’s Vladimir Putin.  His mentor was Roy Cohn, a man famous for gleefully sending the Rosenbergs to their death and strongarming leftists and gay men out of office with his buddies Hoover and McCarthy.   As such, Trump wants to adorn the garb of the fascists, the tough words, the lavish hagiographic praise, the frequent rallies, the law and order rhetoric, the ineffective and meaningless border walls, and, now, a military parade.  Yet, it’s obvious that a man who doesn’t believe in exercise, watches TV and tweets all day, hasn’t bothered to appoint the bulk of his federal positions, and can barely string a coherent sentence together lacks the discipline and work ethic of the fascists of yore to make all but his most superficial aspirations come to light.

So, Trump may just be the goon squad coming to town, ready to turn to the left with a marketized paid leave program or a corporate giveaway disguised as an infrastructure plan before swiftly turning back to the right, but like Bowie and the punks we can expect a long tail of consequences from his strongman role-playing.  In particular, the whole of the Republican Party and their disillusioned white base seems poised to rebel against democracy, for years undermining voting rights, instituting mass surveillance, threatening free assembly, and stirring up a frothing hoard of militant, heavily armed scumbags with violent intent towards immigrants, minorities, and women demanding their rights.  Meanwhile the marketplace and accessibility of alt-right iconography far exceeds the reach of punk event at its heights, giving the fashion of fascism a better shot at staying power than if it were to linger in and underground Oi! trough.  An avowed holocaust denier has even been given a platform as a GOP Congressional nominee in Illinois.


First as farce, then as tragedy? Beep beep. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Remissive- (1968) Make Your Dreams Pop



Available on Nonbinary on Remissve Records: https://forcefeel.bandcamp.com/album/nonbinary

Ogni Timore- "Be Safe"



Available on Triangulation Epoch on Remissive Records: https://forcefeel.bandcamp.com/album/triangulation-epoch

Monday, January 1, 2018

RIP Casio SK-1

The first device I ever made music on. Its miniature 2-second long sampler was revolutionary in the way I thought about music.  Much of the things I made when I was still in elementary/middle school was pretty experimental because of this odd little limitation.








Sunday, December 31, 2017

10 Year Vintage:Art-Pop and Deep Spatial Steps from 2007

Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.   For the purpose of these lists, each artist will only appear once on each list


Though my list would have looked different then, here's what looks best in 2007 ten years on

Albums:

1. Burial - Untrue
2. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
3. MIA - Kala
4. Oneohtrix Point Never - Betrayed in the Octagon
5. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum
6. Britney Spears - Blackout
7. Various - After Dark
8. Au Revoir Simone - The Bird of Music
9. El-P - I'll Sleep When  You're Dead
10. Pamelia Kurstin - Thinking Out Loud
11. Pan Sonic - Cathodephase
12. Kanye West - Graduation
13. St. Vincent - Marry Me
14. Caribou - Andorra
15. Bjork - Volta
16. John Maus - Love is Real
17. Liars - Liars
18. Axoltl - Memory Theatre
19. Flying Lotus - Reset EP
20. Lichens - Omns
21. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
22. Arp  - In Light
23. Smackos - Computer Day
24. Imagene Peise - Atlas Eets Christmas
25. Junior Boys - Dead Horse EP
26. DeepChord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season Vol 1
27. Pinch - Underwater Dancehall
28. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
29. Tracey Thorn - Out of the Woods
30. Pocahaunted/Robedoor - Hunted Gathering
31. Chromatics - Night Drive
32. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
33. Air - Pocket Symphony
34. The Valerie Project - The Valerie Project
35. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
36. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
37. Radiohead - In Rainbows
38. Von Sudenfed - Tromatic Reflexxxions
39. The Focus Group - We Are All Pan's People
40. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
41. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
42. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
43. Johnny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood OST
44. Timbaland - Shock Value
45. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
46. Low - Drums and Guns
47. The Tuss - Rushup Edge
48. Throbbing Gristle - The Endless Not
49. Professor Genius - Professor Genius
50. Yeasayer - All Hours Cymbals


Tracks:

1. Burial  - "Archangel"
2. Rihanna ft Jay-Z - "Umbrella"
3. Animal Collective - "For Reverend Green"
4. Oneohtrix Point Never - "Betrayed in the Octagon"
5. The Bug ft Flow Dan - "Skeng"
6. Au Revoir Simone - "A Violent Yet Flammable World"
7. Kanye West - "Flashing Lights"
8. MIA - "Boyz"
9. Liars - "Plaster Casts of Everything"
10. Kleerup ft Robyn - "With Every Heartbeat"
11. Battles - "Atlas"
12. Metro Area - "Read My Mind"
13. Vampire Weekend - "A-Punk"
14. RP Boo - "Total Darkness"
15. Cut/Copy - "Hearts on Fire"
16. MGMT - "Time to Pretend"
17. Benga & Coki - "Night"
18. Chromatics - "I Want Your Love"
19. Timbaland - "The Way I Are"
20. Pinch ft Yolanda - "Get Up"
21. Tracey Thorn - "It's All True"
22. LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"
23. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Witchunt Suite for WWIII"
24. Avril Lavigne - "Girlfriend"
25. Murderbot - "More Guns"
26. Caribou - "Melody Day"
27. Mala - "Forgive"
28. Yeasayer  - "2080"
29. The-Dream - "Fast Car"
30. Dude N Em - "Watch My Feet"
31. Marc Houle - "Extreme"
32. Friendly Fires - "Paris"
33. Of Montreal - "The Past is a Grotesque Animal"
34. DJ Blaqstarr & Rye Rye - "Shake It to the Ground"
35. Sophie Ellis-Baxtor - "Me & My Imagination"
36. Eve - "Tambourine"
37. Justus Kohncke - "Feuerland"
38. Snoop Dogg - "Sensual Seduction"
39. Dusk + Blackdown ft Trim - "The Bits"
40. Loefah vs Darqwan - "Warrior Stance"
41. The Veronicas - "Untouched"
42. Kia Shine - "Krispy"
43. Jesu - "Can I Go Now"
44. The Go Team - "The Wrath of Marcie"
45. Joker - "Stuck in the System"
46. Radiohead - "House of Cards"
47. Little Dragon - "Twice"
48. Escort  - "All Through the Night"
49. 50 Cent ft Justin Timberlake - "Ayo Technology"
50. Peverelist - "Roll With the Punches"

20 Year Vintage: Millennial Anxiety and Abstract Dynamics in 1997


Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.   For the purpose of these lists, each artist will only appear once on each list


Here are 50 near-perfect individual tracks from 1997

1. Aphex Twin - "Flim"
2. Herbert & Dani Siciliano - "Going Round"
3. Missy Elliot - "Hit em Wit Da Hee"
4. Radiohead - "Paranoid Android"
5. Fabulous Baker Boys - "Oh Boy (Ramsey and Fen Mix)"
6. Hum - "Comin' Home"
7. Carl Craig - "Butterfly"
8. Stereolab - "Miss Modular"
9. The Beta Band - "Dry the Rain"
10. Busta Rhymes - "Dangerous"
11. Portishead - "All Mine"
12. Crustation - "Purple (A Tribe Called Quest Edit)"
13. Sonic Youth - "Sunday"
14. Timbaland and Magoo - "Feel It"
15. The Verve - "Bittersweet Symphony"
16. Company Flow - "Population Control"
17. David Bowie - "Dead Man Walking"
18. Groove Chronicles - "Stone Cold"
19. Total feat Missy Elliot - "What About Us"
20. Erykah Badu - "Appletree"
21. Panacea - "Stormbringer"
22. Wildchild - "Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix)"
23. The Chemical Brothers - "Block Rockin' Beats"
24. Foo Fighters - "Everlong"
25. Dem2 - "Destiny"
26. Boymerang - "Soul Beat Runna"
27. The Crystal Method - "Busy Child"
28. Cornelius - "Star Fruits Surf Rider"
29. Fluke - "Absurd (Headrillaz mix)"
30. Active Minds - "Hobson's Choice (Tune for Da Girl Dem Mix)"
31. Elliot Smith - "Between the Bars"
32. Source Direct - "Black Domina"
33. N-Tyce - "Telefunkin (First Steps Mix)"
34. Deftones - "Be Quiet and Drive"
35. Luke Slater - "Purely"
36. Wu-Tang Clan - "Forever"
37. Broadcast - "Living Room"
38. Basement Jaxx - "Set Yo Body Free"
39. Labradford - "P"
40. William S. Burroughs - "What Keeps Mankind Alive"
41. 4Hero - "Loveless"
42. Lenny Dee - "Forgotten Moments"
43. White Town - "Your Woman"
44. W.I.R. - "Sexy and Rich (Janet)"
45. Mogwai - "Mogwai Fear Satan"
46. Can - "Vitamin C (UNKLE mix)"
47. I-F - "Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass"
48. KP& Envyi - "Swing My Way"
49. Beck  - "Deadweight"
50. LL Cool J ft Method Man,et al - "1234"


Here are the 50 best Compact Discs and Vinyls of 1997, a year that tried to forge the futurism of the early decade into a palatable pop and listening music platform


1. Portishead - Portishead
2. Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy
3. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. Missy Elliot - Supa Dupa Fly
5. Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art
6. Yo La Tengo - I Can Heart the Heart Beating As One
7. Broadcast - Work and Non Work
8. Company Flow - Funcrusher Plus
9. Erykah Badu - Baduism
10. Locust  - Morning Light
11. The Beta Band - Championship Versions
12. Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever
13. Bjork - Homogenic
14. Luke Slater - Freek Funk
15. Mouse on Mars - Audiotacker
16. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen, We're Floating in Space
17. Busta Rhymes - When Disaster Strikes
18. Spectrum - Forever Alien
19. Elliot Smith - Either/Or
20. Boymerang - Balance of the Force
21. Stereolab - Dots and Loops
22. Timbaland and Magoo - Welcome to Our World
23. Voodoo Child - The End of Everything
24. Labradford - Mi Media Naranja
25. Cornelius - Fantasma
26. David Bowie - Earthling
27. Squarepusher - Big Loada
28. Windy and Carl - Antartica: Bliss Out v.2
29. Bis - New Transistor Heroes
30. Roni Size & Reprazent - New Forms
31. Godflesh - Love and Hate in Dub
32. Plaid - Not for Threes
33. The Crystal Method - Vegas
34. The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
35. The Promise Ring - Nothing Feels Good
36. Fennesz - Hotel Paral.el
37. Dead Voices on Air vs Not Breathing - A Fire at the Bronx Zoo
38. Hot Boys - Get It How U Live!
39. GAS - Zauberberg
40. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯ A♯ ∞
41. 4Hero - Earth Pioneers
42. Slum Village - Fan-Tas-Tick Vol 1
43. Mu-Ziq - Lunatic Harness
44. Deftones - Around the Fur
45. The Bug - Tapping the Conversation
46. Daft Punk - Homework
47. Puff Daddy and the Family - No Way Out
48. Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
49. Tosca - Opera
50. Quasi - R&B Transmogrification

30 Year Vintage: The Techno Futurism and Hip-Hop Social Realism of 1987

Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.   For the purpose of these lists, each artist will only appear once on each list

Here are the 50 best smash albums from 1987, a year that seemed caught in an identity crisis between various paths forward


1. Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
2. Pixies - Come on Pilgrim
3. Sinead O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
4. The Butthole Surfers - Locus Abortion Technician
5. Game Theory - Lolita Nation
6. Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush the Show
7. Marianne Faithfull - Strange Weather
8. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses
9. Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
10. Prince - Sign O the Times
11. Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
12. Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories
13. Erik B & Rakim - Paid in Full
14. Soundgarden - Screaming Life EP
15. Wire - The Ideal Copy
16. The Smiths - Strangeways Here We Come
17. Loop - Heaven's End
18. Coil - Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser
19. Def Leppard - Hysteria
20. Caroline K - Now Wait for Last Year
21. Happy Mondays - Squirrel and G-Men Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
22. Pussy Galore  - Right Now
23. INXS - Kick
24. Pet Shop Boys - Actually
25. Negativland - Escape from Noise
26. My Bloody Valentine - Strawberry Wine EP
27. White Zombie - Soul Crusher
28. U2 - The Joshua Tree
29. Sonic Youth - Sister
30. The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me
31. Schoolly D - Saturday Night! The Album
32. Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
33. Einsturzende Neubaten - Fuenf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala
34. Big Black - Songs About Fucking
35. Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded
36. Nick Drake - Time of No Reply
37. Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
38. The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
39. Jody Watley - Jody Watley
40. George Michael - Faith
41. Opal - Happy Nightmare Baby
42. The Dukes of the Stratosphear - Psonic Psunspot
43. Lydia Lunch - Honeymoon in Red
44. Ice-T - Rhyme Pays
45. Michael Jackson - Bad
46. LL Cool J - Bigger and Deffer (BAD)
47. Yo La Tengo - New Wave Hot Dogs
48. R.E.M. - Document
49. Cabaret Voltaire - Code
50. Rollins Band - Life Time

Here are the 50 best singles from 1987, a great year for hits, including many that sounded like nothing that came before and plenty that came after

1. Frankie Knuckles - "Your Love"
2. M/A/R/R/S - "Pump Up the Volume"
3. Rhythim is Rhythim - "Strings of Life"
4. New Order - "Temptation (Substance Version)"
5. Salt N' Pepa - "Push It"
6. Happy Mondays - "24 Hour Party People"
7. Phuture - "Acid Tracks"
8. Erik B & Rakim - "Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness- the Coldcut mix)"
9. The Cure - "Just Like Heaven"
10. The Sugarcubes - "Birthday"
11. Public Enemy - "Rebel Without a Pause"
12. Pailhead - "I Will Refuse"
13. T'Pau - "Heart and Soul"
14. Mr Fingers - "Stars"
15. Depeche Mode - "Behind the Wheel (Shep Pettibone Mix)"
16. Husker Du - "Up in the Air"
17. The Smiths - "London"
18. Boogie Down Productions - "The Bridge is Over"
19. Guns N Roses - "Welcome to the Jungle"
20. LL Cool J - "Going Back to Cali"
21. Swing Out Sister - "Blue Mood"
22. Gang Starr - "Bust  a Move Boy"
23. Expose - "Point of No Return"
24. R.E.M.  - "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
25. U2 - "With or Without You"
26. Pierre's Pfantasy Club - "Got the Bug"
27. Prince - "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker"
28. INXS - "New Sensation"
29. 2 Puerto Ricans, a Blackman and a Dominican - "Do It Properly (DEF mix)"
30. Wiseblood - "0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)"
31. Biz Markie - "Nobody Beats the Biz"
32. Fallout - "The Morning After (Sunrise mix)"
33. Einsturzende Neubaten - "Ich Bich's"
34. Ultramagnetic MC's  - "Mentally Mad"
35. Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven is a Place on Earth"
36. Pet Shop Boys - "Rent"
37. Channel One - "It's Channel One"
38. Stephanie Mills - "You're Puttin' a Rush on Me"
39. Rhythm Controll - "My House"
40. Ice-T - "Squeeze the Trigger"
41. Soundgarden - "Tears to Forget"
42. Sinead O'Connor - "Troy"
43. The Vaselines - "Son of a Gun"
44. My Bloody Valentine - "Strawberry Wine"
45. DJ Polo & Kool G Rap - "Rikers Island"
46. George Michael - "I Want Your Sex"
47. EPMD - "It's My Thing"
48. The Sisters of Mercy - "This Corrosion"
49. Enya - "Boadicea"
50. The Church - "Under the Milky Way"

40 Year Vintage: Stroboscopic Reflections of 1977

Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.   For the purpose of these lists, each artist will only appear once on each list

Here are the 50 best Long Players from 1977, a year that turned into the future and was particularly ripe in the burgeoning punk and disco scenes:


1. Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
2. David Bowie - Low
3. The Congos - Heart of the Congos
4. Sex Pistols  - Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
5. Iggy Pop - The Idiot
6. Bernard Fevre - The Strange World of Bernard Fevre
7. Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
8. Michael Rother - Flammende Herzen
9. Van Halen - Van Halen
10. Cluster & Eno - Cluser & Eno
11. The Clash - The Clash
12. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
13. Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue
14. Popul Vuh - Herz Au Glas
15. David Lynch and Alan Splet - Eraserhead OST
16. The Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes
17. Miles Davis - Dark Magus
18. The Boys - The Boys
19. Gary Wilson - You Think You Really Know Me
20. Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77
21. Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation
22. Culture - Two Sevens Clash
23. Cerrone - Supernature
24. Univers Zero - Univers Zero
25. Chrisma - Chinese Restaurant
26. Heart - Little Queen
27. Hawkwind - Quark, Strangeness and Cahrm
28. Clara Rockmore - Theremin
29. Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus
30. The Stranglers - No More Heroes
31. Slave - Slave
32. Goblin - Suspiria OST
33. Wire - Pink Flag
34. Bootsy Collins - Aaah!  The Name is Bootsy, Baby!
35. Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue
36. The Ramones - Leave Home
37. Tony Allen Plays with Afrika 70 - Progress
38. Giorgio Moroder - From Here to Eternity
39. Rosebud - Discoballs
40. The Jam - In the City
41. Various - Streets (Beggars Banquet comp)
42. Klaus Schulze - Mirage
43. Parliament - Funkentelechy vs the Placebo Syndrome
44. Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
45. Donna Summer - Once Upon a Time
46. Steely Dan - Aja
47. Chic - Chic
48. Throbbing Gristle - Second Annual Report
49. Rush - Farewell to Kings
50. The Damned - Damned Damned Damned


Here are 50 ace singles from 77, jolting energy into the 80s

1. Donna Summer - "I Feel Love"
2. David Bowie - ""Heroes""
3. The Congos - "Fisherman"
4. Slave - "Slide"
5. Kraftwerk - "Hall of Mirrors"
6. Iggy Pop - "Nightclubbing"
7. William Onyeabor - "Something You'll Never Forget"
8. Parliament  - "Flashlight"
9. Michele - "Magic Love"
10. Camouflage feat Mysti - "Take a Ride"
11. Idris Muhammad - "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This"
12. Cheap Trick - "He's a Whore"
13. The Clash - "Career Opportunities"
14. Fleetwod Mac - "Dreams"
15. Demis Roussos - "I Dig You"
16. Eddie Warner - "Night Flight"
17. Rosebud - "Have a Cigar"
18. Van Halen - "Ain't Talking Bout Love"
19. Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"
20. Norman Connors - "Once I've Been There"
21. Richard Hell & the Voidoids - "Liars Beware"
22. Sex Pistols - "God Save the Queen"
23. Grace Jones - "La Vie En Rose"
24. Culture - "Two Sevens Clash"
25. Bootsy Collins - "Munchies for Your Love"
26. Rhys Chatham - "Guitar Trio"
27. Peter Gabriel - "Solisbury Hill"
28. Electric Light Orchestra - "Mr. Blue Sky"
29. Space - "Magic Fly"
30. Carlton and His Shoes - "Never Give Your Heart Away"
31. Talking Heads - "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire"
32. The Ramones - "California Sun"
33. Bohannon - "Maybe You Can Dance"
34. Giorgio Moroder - "Lost Angeles"
35. Hopeton Lewis  - "Sounds and Pressure"
36. Styx - "Come  Sail Away"
37. Isaac Hayes - "Moonlight Lovin"
38. Bob Marley and the Wailers - "Waiting in Vain"
39. The Real Kids - "All Kindsa Girls"
40. The Adverts - "We Who Wait"
41. Chrisma - "Black Silk Stocking"
42. Nilsson - "All I Think About Is You"
43. Supermax - "Love Machine"
44. Jan Hammer Group - "Don't You Know"
45. Michael Zager Band - "Love Express"
46. Marvin Gaye - "Got to Give It Upp (pts 1 & 2)"
47. 999 - "Nasty Nasty"
48. First Choice - "Let No Man Put Asunder"
49. The Soft Boys - "Hear My Brane"
50. Dennis Wilson - "Farewell My Friend"

Cinemap (Updated back to 1920)

I didn't see a lot of films this year, so here's a list of the best films I've seen in each year since 1920, with the caveat that many of those early years don't contain a particularly long list of films that I've seen. 

1920 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1921 - *
1922 - Nosferatu
1923 - *
1924 - Ballet Mecanique
1925 - Battleship Potemkin
1926 - Page of Madness
1927 - Metropolis
1928 - The Passion of Joan of Arc
1929 - Man With a Movie Camera
1930 - L'Age D'Or
1931 - M
1932 - Freaks
1933 - Duck Soup
1934 - It Happened One Night
1935 - Bride of Frankenstein
1936 - Modern Times
1937 - The Grand Illusion
1938 - Bringing Up Baby
1939 - The Wizard of Oz
1940 - Fantasia
1941 - Citizen Kane
1942 - Casablanca
1943 - Der Fuhrer's Face
1944 - Laura
1945 - Three Cabelleros
1946 - The Big Sleep
1947 - Miracle on 34th Street
1948 - *
1949 - The Third Man
1950 - Sunset Boulevard
1951 - The Day the Earth Stood Still
1952 - High Noon
1953 - *
1954 - Rear Window
1955 - Night of the Hunter
1956 - The Searchers
1957 - Paths of Glory
1958 - Vertigo
1959 - Rio Bravo
1960 - Peeping Tom
1961 - Yojimbo
1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1963 - X the Man With the X Ray Eyes
1964 - Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1965 - Alphaville
1966 - Persona
1967 - Playtime
1968 - 2001: A Space Odyssey
1969 - Medium Cool
1970 - Crimes of the Future
1971 - A Clockwork Orange
1972 - Solaris
1973 - The Holy Mountain
1974 - The Conversation
1975 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
1976 - Network
1977 - Eraserhead
1978 - Dawn of the Dead
1979 - Apocalypse Now
1980 - The Shining
1981 - Scanners
1982 - The Atomic Café
1983 - Videodrome
1984 - Threads
1985 - Back to the Future
1986 - River's Edge
1987 - Robocop
1988 - Die Hard
1989 - Do the Right Thing
1990 - Goodfellas
1991 - Barton Fink
1992 - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
1993 - Dazed and Confused
1994 - Natural Born Killers
1995 - Strange Days
1996 - Fargo
1997 - Boogie Nights
1998 - The Thin Red Line
1999 - Existenz
2000 - George Washington
2001 - Mullholland Drive
2002 - Morvern Callar
2003 - Lost in Translation
2004 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2005 - Mysterious Skin
2006 - Children of Men
2007 - Superbad
2008 - Step Brothers
2009 - We Live in Public
2010 - Black Swan
2011 - Tree of Life
2012 - The Master
2013 - Her
2014 - Citizenfour
2015 - Ex Machina
2016 - Hypernormalization & (tie) Hell or High Water
2017 - Get Out

*No Films Seen



As a bonus, here are the worst films I've seen since 1990

1990 -Pretty Woman
1991 -Cool As Ice
1992 -Beethoven
1993 -Indecent Proposal
1994 -Exit to Eden
1995 -Batman Forever
1996 -Jingle All the Way
1997 -Chasing Amy
1998 -Armageddon
1999 -American Pie
2000 -Family Man
2001 -Jurassic Park III
2002 -Austin Powers in Goldmember
2003 -Terminator 3
2004 -Team America World Police
2005 -Just Like Heaven
2006 -Clerks II
2007 -Across the Universe
2008 -Gran Torino
2009 -Observe and Report
2010 -Somewhere
2011 -Sucker Punch
2012 -Rock of Ages
2013 -Man of Steel
2014 -Divergent
2015 -Pitch Perfect 2
2016 -Suicide Squad
2017 -Rock Dog

50 Year Vintage: 1967 Immortal

Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.   For the purpose of these lists, each artist will only appear once on each list

Here are the 50 best singles from 1967, a year of so many memorable tunes:

1. The Beatles - "A Day in the Life"
2. Scott Walker - "The Plague"
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "May This Be Love"
4. The Doors - "The End"
5. Nico - "These Days"
6. Dawn Penn - "You Don't Love Me (No no no)"
7. Les Yper-Sound - "Psyche Rock"
8. Classics IV - "Spooky"
9. Pink Floyd - "Interstellar Overdrive"
10. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood - "Some Velvet Morning"
11. The Marvelettes - "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game"
12. Odetta - "Sail Away Ladies"
13. Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne"
14. Buffalo Springfield - "Expecting to Fly"
15. Nina Simone - "The Turning Point"
16. The Red Crayola - "Hurricane Fighter Plane"
17. James Brown - "Cold Sweat (pt 1 & 2)"
18. Terry Riley - "You're Nogood"
19. Jerry Reed - "I Feel For You"
20. Perrey-Kingsley - "Carousel of the Planets"
21. Tintern Abbey - "Vacuum Cleaner"
22. Alton Ellis - "I'm Still in Love With You"
23. The Kinks - "David Watts"
24. The Zombies - "Care of Cell 44"
25. The Paragons - "The Tide is High"
26. The Turtles - "Happy Together"
27. Thelonius Monk - "Straight No Chaser"
28. David McCallum - "The Edge"
29. The Elastik Band - "Spazz"
30. The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger"
31. Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"
32. Frankie Valli - "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You"
33. The Monkees - "Pleasant Valley Sunday"
34. Archie Bell & the Drells - "Tighten Up"
35. The Minstrels - "People Get Ready"
36. Janis Ian - "A Song for All the Seasons Of Your Mind"
37. Love - "Alone Again Or"
38. Lou Rawls - "Dead End Street"
39. The Third Bardo - "I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time"
40. John Harris and the Soul Sayers - "Hangin In"
41. The Grass Roots - "Depressed Feeling"
42. Desmond Dekker - "Unity"
43. The Supremes - "The Happening"
44. Gene Pitney - "Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart"
45. The Peddlers - "Sneakin Up On You"
46. Glen Campbell - "Gentle on My Mind"
47. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "74 Miles Away"
48. The Amboy Dukes - "Baby Please Don't Go"
49. The Youngbloods - "Get Together"
50. Small Faces - "Itchycoo Park"


Here are 30 Best Albums from 1967, a year when albums came into their own:


1. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
3. Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
5. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
6. Nico - Chelsea Girl
7. The Walker Brothers - Images
8. The Rolling Stones - Between the Buttons
9. Nina Simone - Silk & Soul
10. Tim Buckley - Goodbye and Hello
11. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
12. The Who - Sell Out
13. The Paragons - On the Beach
14. The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds
15. Letta Mbulu - Letta Mbulu Sings
16. The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile
17. Perrey-Kingsley - Kaleidscopic Visions
18. Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Picnic
19. Astrud Gilberto - Beach Samba
20. The Doors - Strange Days
21. Hal Blaine - Psychedelic Percussion
22. The Standells - Try It
23. Peter Walker - Rainy Day Raga
24. Henry Mancini - Wait Until Dark OST
25. The Free Design - Kites are  Fun
26. Love - Forever Changes
27. Booker T & The MG's - Hip-Hug Her
28. Dionne Warwick - Windows of the World
29. Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge
30. The Monkees - More of the Monkees



60 Year Vintage: Artifacts from 1957

Over at the vintage blogs, I've highlighted a number of songs from releases, singles, EPs, scores, et al. that came through 10/20/30/40/50/60 years ago.

Here are 20 choice selections from 1957

1. Chuck Berry  - All 1957 Singles
2. Martin Denny - Exotica LP
3. Vladimir Ussachevsky - Metamorphosis
4. Julie London - "Dark"
5. Buddy Holly - 1957 singles
6. Ella Fitzgerald  - Like Someone in Love LP
7. Dale Hawkins - "Susie Q"
8. Gene Vincent - "Jezebel"
9. Sam Cooke - "You Send Me"
10. Miles Davis - "My Funny Valentine"
11. Original Broadway Cast - West Side Story
12. Blossom Dearie - Blossom Dearie LP
13. The Platters - "My Dream"
14. Johnny Cash - With His Hot and Blue Guitar LP
15. John Coltrane - Coltrane LP
16. Slim Harpo - "I'm a King Bee"
17. Fats Domino - "What Will I Tell My Heart"
18. Wonder Woman - "I Wanna Be Free"
19. Richard Berry and the Pharoahs - "Louie Louie"
20. Everly Brothers - "Wake Up Little Susie"

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Eardemption 2017

I feel like every year I say that my game is down, but I probably listened to significantly less now-moment music in 2017 than others.  To boot, it felt like now music didn't have as much to offer to right now as in previous iterations of "now".

Nevertheless, here are 30-ish songs I really liked this year, in relative order.   

Sophie - "Ponyboy"
Sophie - "It's Okay to Cry"
Lanark Artefax - "Touch Absence"
Selena Gomez - "Bad Liar"
St Vincent  - "Los Ageless"
Missy Elliot ft Lamb - "I'm Better"
Ida Dillan - "DM Me"
Vince Staples - "Yeah Right"
Charli XCX - "Boys"
Migos - "Bad and Boujee"
Fever Ray - "To the Moon and Back"
Slowdive  - "Sugar for the Pill"
Bjork - "The Gate"
SZA - "Drew Barrymore"
LCD Soundsystem - "How Do You Sleep?"
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - "A Song of Summer"
Fawkes - "Nemesis"
HCMJ  - "Ran Through Glass"
Yatta - "Desert Song"
Brian Eno/Kevin Shields - "Only Once Away My Son"
Tyler the Creator ft Frank Ocean, Steve Lacey - "911/Mr. Lonely"
Kingdom - "Tears in the Club"
Drake - "Passionfruit"
Perfume Genius - "Die 4 You"
Sega Bodega ft Shygirl - "CC"
Yves De Mey - "Summer"
TRONICBOX - "Whaaat85 (AG Cook mix)"
Syd - "All About Me"
Mumdance & Logos - "Café Del Mar"
Zuli - "What you Do"
Shabazz Palaces - "Shine a Light"


Here are 25 albums in approximate order that I thought rose above in 2017

St Vincent -Masseduction
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith -The Kid
Vince Staples -Big Fish Theory
Slowdive -Slowdive
SZA -CTRL
Gazelle Twin -Kingdom Come
LCD Soundsystem -American Dream
$3.33 -Draft
Syd -Fin
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma -On the Echoing Green
Tyler the Creator -Flower Boy
Oto Hiax -Oto Hiax
Emra Grid -Shay's Vacation House
Migos -Culture
Kailin -Fracture
Algiers -The Underside of Power
Kingdom -Tears in the Club
Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr -Absent Personae
Kendrick Lamar -Damn.
Cube -Crisis Actor
Blanck Mass -World Eater
Jlin -Black Origami
Gnod -Just Say No to the Capitalist Fascist Industrial Death Machine
Maxwell Sterling -Hollywood Medieval
Drake  -More Life