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Opinions on a year past [2009-01-02]

Another year passed (yes, it's really over so we're sure all releases of 2008 can be included) and we at musique[machine] happily list our favourites of 2008!

Erwin Michelfelder

  • Lawrence English - Kiri No Ot
  • Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Lie Down in the Light
  • Gavin Bryars /Philip Jeck /Alter Ego - The Sinking of the Titanic
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig!!!, Lazarus, Dig!!!
  • Alan Courtis - Unstringed Guitar & Cymbals
  • Expo '70 - Black Ohms
  • Luca Formenti - Tacet
  • Aidan Baker - Book of Nods
  • Harvey Milk - Life the Best Game in Town
  • Letters Letters
  • Lull & Beta Cloud - Circadian Rhythm Disturbance (3"CDR)
  • MGR/Xela - Shipping Gold/Calling for Vanished Faces
  • Isengrind/TwinSisterMoon/Natural Snow Buildings - The Snowbringer Cult
  • ORCHESTRAMAXFIELDPARRISH - The Silent Breath of Emptiness
  • Sic Alps - A long Way Around to a Shortcut
  • Skullflower - Desire for a Holy War
  • The Dead Science - Villainaire
  • The Fun Years - Baby, It's Cold Inside
  • Ulaan Khol - I
  • Wooden Shjips - Vol. 1
  • Jay Reatard - Matador Singles '08
  • Jay Reatard - Singles '06 - '07
  • Fleet Foxes
  • Cobra Verde - Haven't Slept All Year
  • Deerhunter - Microcastle/Weird Era Continued
  • Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel
  • Crow Tongue - Ghost: Eye: Seeker
  • Nadja - Desire in Uneasiness
  • The Fall - Imperial Wax Solvent
  • Portishead - Third
  • Neil Young - Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968
  • Valet - Naked Acid
  • Christina Carter - Original Darkness
  • Charalambides - Rose/Thorn
  • Eat Skull - Sick to Death
  • Naked on the Vague - Blood Pressure Sessions

Reissues

  • Skullflower - IIIrd Gatekeeper
  • Big Dipper - Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology
  • Replacements - Let It Be
  • Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
  • Flipper - Generic
  • Flipper - Gone Fishin'
  • Warren Zevon - s/t Collector's Edition

Roger Batty

  1. Riccardo Dillon Wanke - Caves
  2. Sand Snowman - The Twilight Game
  3. Justin Bennett - Wildlife
  4. Jasmina Maschina - The Demolition Series
  5. Pyha - The Haunted House
  6. Various Artists - Wilde Jaeger
  7. Sole and the Skyrider band - Self Titled
  8. Andrew Liles And Daniel Menche - The Progeny of Flies
  9. Shit & Shine - Kss Mich Meine Liebe
  10. Vetiver - Thing Of The Past
  11. Painting Petals On The Planet Ghost - Fallen Camellias
  12. Kevin Tomkins - Square Pegs for Round Holes
  13. Kylie Minoise - Fucking Loves You
  14. Death In June - The Rule Of Thirds
  15. Hoor-paar-Kraat & Fecalove - Dyonisus- Dyonisos
  16. Cana - Temporary Antennae
  17. Nordvargr - Pyrrhula
  18. Un Festn Sagital - Epitafio a la Permanencia
  19. Mattias Petersson - Floodlight
  20. Have A Nice Life - Deathconsciousness
  21. Thinguma*jigsaw - awakeinwhitechapel
  22. Lasse Marhaug & Anla Courtis - Jordslev Hojaldre
  23. Steve Howe - Motif Volume one
  24. Guapo - Elixirs
  25. Maja S.K. Ratkje - River Mouth Echoes
  26. Sissy Spacek - California Ax
  27. Tau Emerald - Travellers Two
  28. Septicflesh - Communion
  29. William Basinski + Richard Chartier - Untitled 1-3
  30. Demians - Building an empire
  31. Coffins - Buried Death
  32. Richard Pinhas + Merzbow - Keio Line
  33. Procer Veneficus - Saltwater & Glassmoon
  34. Hiroshi Hasegawa - Ascension no.999
  35. Striborg - Autumnal Melancholy
  36. Boduf songs - How Shadows Chase The Balance
  37. Down In June - Covers Death In June
  38. Stefan Goldmann - The Trasitory State
  39. Oren Ambarchi & Z'ev - Spirit Transform Me
  40. Werkraum - Early Love Music
  41. The Hub - Boundary Layer
  42. Sharron Kraus - The Fox's Wedding
  43. Carl Michael Von Hausswolf - Perhaps I Arrive - Music For Atatrk Airport, Istanbul
  44. The Fighting Cocks - Music for lap dancers
  45. John Zorn - The Dreamers
  46. Huntsville - Eco,arches & Eras
  47. Whispers Of Wolves - Language of The Dards
  48. Coffins - Buried Death
  49. Kangding Ray - Automne Fold
  50. To blacken the pages - A Semblance of Something Appertaining to Destruction

Reissues

  1. Mort Garson & Jacques Wilson - The Wozard of Iz
  2. Derek Raymond, James Johnston & Terry Edwards - I Was Dora Suarez
  3. Contrastate - A Live Coal Under The Ashes
  4. Ennio Morricone - Teorema/La stagione dei sensi/Vergogna schifosi
  5. Christina Kubisch - Night Flights

Movies

  1. Cloverfield
  2. There will be Blood
  3. The Strangers
  4. The Changling
  5. Horton Hears a Who
  6. In Burges
  7. The Ruins

Nicholas Szczepanik

  • Jason Crumer - Ottoman Black
  • Scott Tuma - Not For Nobody
  • Thoughts On Air - Deep Wood Society
  • Celer - Discourses of the Withered
  • Lau Nau - Nukkuu
  • Brendan Murray - Commonwealth / Wonders Never Cease
  • Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
  • Women - Women
  • Lorenzo Senni - Early Works
  • Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion
  • Chessie - Manifest

Martijn Busink

  1. De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - De Machine
  2. Farmers Market - Surfin' USSR
  3. ﻳﺎﺭا - ﺇﻧﺖ ﻣﻨﹼﻲ
  4. John Zorn/Secret Chiefs 3 - Masada Book 2 - Book Of Angels, Volume 9: Xaphan
  5. Den Saakaldte - l, Mrke og Depresjon
  6. Eleanoora Rosenholm - l kysy kuolleilta, he sanoivat
  7. Virus - The Black Flux
  8. Trinacria - Travel Now Journey Infinitely
  9. Urfaust - Drei Rituale Jenseits des Kosmos
  10. Darkspace - Dark Space III
  11. Praxis - Profanation [Preparation for a Coming Darkness]
  12. The Advisory Circle - Other Channels
  13. Meshuggah - obZen
  14. Asva - What You Don't Know Is Frontier
  15. Mats/Morgan Band - Heat Beats Live
  16. Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukasta
  17. Portishead - Third
  18. Box - Studio 1
  19. John Zorn - The Crucible
  20. Richard Pinhas + Merzbow - Keio Line
  21. Nicholas Szczepanik - A Stillness Rarely Seen
  22. Auton - Any Where Out Of The World
  23. Cynic - Traced In Air
  24. Heltah Skeltah - D.I.R.T.
  25. Arkan - Hilal

10 excellent examples of old stuff that rocks:

  • Michel Chion - Requiem
  • Enore Zaffiri - Musica Per Un Anno
  • Manouchehr - The Best Of
  • Ananda Shankar - Sā-Re-Gā Machān (+ India Remembers Elvis), 2001 and Missing You (+ A Musical Discovery of India)
  • Funkadelic - Toys
  • Mystifier - Baphometic Goat Worship
  • Peste Noire - Mors Orbis Terrarum
  • Various Artists - 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground
  • Various Artists - Rembetika 3: Vassilis Tsitsanis 1936-1940, All the pre-war recordings of the most important figure in Greek Popular Music
  • Ersen

5 excellent music dvd's

  1. The Pentagram - 1987
  2. Faxed Head - From Coalinga to Osaka: Live in Japan 1995
  3. Striborg - Journey Of A Misanthrope
  4. Van Oekel's Discohoek
  5. Morgan gren - Tourbook Live 1991-2007

5 excellent live shows

  1. Anekdoten Uden
  2. Secret Chiefs 3 Rotterdam
  3. Farmers Market Utrecht
  4. Cosa Brava Amsterdam
  5. Earth Eindhoven

N.S. Endebo

  • Opeth - Watershed
  • The Hub - Boundary Layer
  • 1970s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground
  • Portishead - Third
  • John Zorn/Secret Chiefs 3 - Masada Book 2 - Book Of Angels, Volume 9: Xaphan
  • Krisiun - Southern Storm
  • Shadow Music of Thailand
  • De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig - De Machine
  • Ed Motta - Chapter 9
  • The Matthew Herbert Big Band - There's Me and There's You
  • The Advisory Circle - Other Channels
  • Paavoharju - Laulu laakson kukista
  • Sir Victor Uwaifo - Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-76
  • Zombie Zombie - A Land for Renegades
  • The Devil's Blood - Come, Reap
  • Yoshie Fruchter - Pitom
  • Bollywood Steel Guitar
  • Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted (Baghdad 1925-1929)
  • TV on the Radio - Dear Science
  • John Zorn/Medeski, Martin & Wood - Masada Book 2 - Book Of Angels, Volume 11: Zaebos
  • John Zorn - Filmworks XX: Sholem Aleichem
  • John Zorn - The Crucible
  • Virus - The Black Flux
  • Eleanoora Rosenholm - l kysy kuolleilta, he sanoivat
  • Bill Frisell - History, Mystery
  • Nevermore - The Year of the Voyager

Disappointments

  • Cynic - Traced in Air
  • The Car Bomb split with Burnt by the Sun
  • Judas Priest - Nostradamus (their weakest album to date!)

Best past releases only discovered this year

  • Farid El Atrache - Rissala Men Emraa Majhoula
  • Confusional Quartet - Confusional Quartet
  • Ennio Morricone - Controfase
  • Insiememusicadiversa
  • Franco Evangelisti - Anthology
  • Egberto Gismonti & Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra - Meeting Point
  • Ejwuusl Wessahqqan

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