שנה חלפה שנה עברה ואני כפיי ארימה.
סיכום שנת 2010 בבלוג מוכן ומוזמן. מפאת קוצר הזמן והסירבול שבתרגום, אני מעתיק לכאן את תוכן הפוסט שכתבתי באנגלית.
השנה גם יצא האלבום שלי בארה"ב ולכבוד העובדה הזו, אני רוצה לתת לאחד מקוראי הבלוג עותק של הדיסק במתנה. תשאירו לי תגובה עם כמה מהחביבים עליכם השנה ואם הבחירות ימצאו חן בעיניי, אשלח לכם דיסק על חשבון הברון.
Olafur Arnalds – …And They Have Escaped The Weight Of Darkness
STR Review | Olafur Arnalds – Bu Ert Jordin
Quietly evolving piano and strings compositions, brings the melancholy to the right place and in perfect time.
Solex Vs. Cristina Martinez and John Spencer – Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown!
STR Review | Solex Vs. Chrstina Martinez and Jon Spencer – Bon Bon
Probably the most fun record of the year. Pop genius teams with indie heroes ?
Yes we can!
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
Ariel Pink"s Haunted Graffiti – Freight Night
This is a sensational pop masterpiece. Strange fusion of 70's glam, 80's synths and the group's unique sound.
Also, in this record you'll find the best song of the year. It is also available above these lines.
The Black Needles – Bury My Heart
The Black Needles – Good Times
Wild, sweaty, filthy garage-roll from the Brazilian trio. Give me a Budweiser.
Tomo – Butterfly Dreams and Other Guitar Works
STR Review | Tomo – Ceremonial Music In Sheol
A fabulous acoustic guitar-minimal-drone album, in the tradition of Fahey/Basho with Japanese Music. For fans of these two, Ben Chasney's music and Ravi.
The Soundcarriers – Celeste
The Soundcarriers – There Only Once
I wish I could find enough time to write about how beautiful and touching this album is.
If you're into analog sound, 60's magic a la United States of America, fans of Broadcast and Morricone/Mancini passionates – this album is for you.
Starflyer59 – The Changing Of The Guard
Starflyer59 – Fun Is Fun
At first I thought this album is over-produced and sound like an 80's Jeff Lynn production (in terms of size), but over couple of listens this became a personal fav album of mine. can't listen to it anymore as I heard it too many times. Each song is a hit single in potential.
Big Blood – Dead Songs
Big Blood – New Eyes
700 copies only, hard cardboard and heavy LP. Big Blood are doing it again – another psych-folk masterpiece by a group that each of their album is simply amazing and addictive.
Big Blood – Dark Country Magic
Big Blood – Song For Ro-He-Ge
Yep, they have released two albums this year, and this one can be downloaded on Freemusicarchive.org, like some other albums of theirs. As I said before – each album is brilliant.
Nels Cline – Dirty Baby
STR Review | Nels Cline – DIRTY BABY: Part IV (Shut This Gate)
The new extravaganza by Wilco guitarist and a mastermind of guitar. This is not a free jazz guitar album, but simply a double album who covers so many styles, that I can only say that if you love music, try out this album. And buy the actual Cd, the package and the booklets cannot be separated from the music.
Ulaan Khol – III
Ulaan Khol – Untitled II
The third part in the Ulaan Khol trilogy. Steven R Smith is one of my favorite guitarist, a deep influence on me with his fusion of composition, noise, and aesthetics. Classic album for fans of the genre.
Itamar Ziegler – Memories Of Now
STR Review | Itamar Ziegler – The Story Must Be Told
The Balkan Beat Box and Pink Noise bass player with such a deep, personal album – touching and mostly inspiring album.
Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope To The Sky
Swans – You Fucking People Make Me Sick
The only reason why I didn't write about the new Swans album, was because I thought anything I'll write would not be 0.05% of the depth of this gorgeous piece of art, full of pain and misery. One of my favorite Swans albums ever.
Fursaxa – Mycorrhizae Realm
Fursaxa – Well Of Tuhala
Tara Burke's Fursaxa moniker returns with its paganistic and witchcraft music. Not easy for the acid-folk lovers, but certinley send shivers down the spine
Yeasayer – Odd Blood
Yeasayer – Love Me Girl
Yea Yea Yea ! We love experimental pop, and we love the Brooklyn scene, and we love the combo of the two and that's why we love the new (and previous) Yeasayer.
Sharron Kraus – The Woody Nights
Sharron Kraus – Evergreen Sisters
The UK representative of the contemporary folk movement, with her best album to date, gentle and deep and mostly mysterious. Fans of June Tabor and Judy Collins? this one's for you.
Rockfour – The Wonderful World
Rockfour – Menat Yeter
The new album by Israeli psych-power-pop group Rockfour, first time in Hebrew since 1995, but don't let this disturb you.
The powerful melodies, brilliant production and amazing group dynamic, make the language barriers easier.
Check out their Bandcamp page for a full album stream.
Polar Bear – Peepers
STR Review | Polar Bear – Happy For You
Becareful : This a true jazz album, though innovative and refreshing – jazz album of the year for me (except, of course, Peacemaker, see bottom of the page)
Bill Wells & Stefan Schnider – Pianotapes
Bill Wells & Stefan Schnider – Pntps 08
The new album by Scottish minimal and avant-garde composer Bill Wells, together with Stefan Schnider in a minimalistic album for minimalistic needs.
Pierre Bensusan – Vivdly
Pierre Bensusan – Veilleuse
Jazz-folk acoustic guitar maestro with his new album. This is a bit more 'world music' album rather then jazz or folk, but definitions aside – another album by this inspiring guitar player and composer, is always a cause for celebration.
Secret Cities – Pink Graffiti
STR Review | Secret Cities – Boyfriends
One of the only 'indie' released you'll find in this list, and that's mainly because it stands out from the rest of em indies.
A group that learned and soaked a lot from their father figures, and managed to release a beautiful album that sounds like Secret Cities and not a certain homage to anyone else. Kudos.
The Fresh&Onlys – Play It Strange
The Fresh&Onlys – Waterfall
After so many blog posts, 7" and internet releases, comes the very much anticipated album by this group, who brings a cool breeze of sixties influences, with surf elements, and lo fi style. One of the top five in my list. In This case, the over hype is indeed correct.
Robyn Hitchcock – Propellor Time
Robyn Hitchcock – Ordinary Millionaire
Another Hitchcock album with his new band Venus3, another beautifully crafted songwriting. Don't know how he does that.
Kitzu – Sand
Kitzu – Diamonds
If Bear In Heaven were Israelis, they would sound like Kitzu. This group of talented young musicians managed to gain a lot of respect in the local indie scene with their mix of electronica, Greenwood-style guitars and a outrageously good singer.
Alasdair Roberts – Too Long In This Condition
Alasdair Roberts – The Golden Vanity
The new album by Scottish singer/songwriter, is a collection of covers he recorded with friends. This is traditional stuff, in its hardcore like always, so if you're into that style – this album is a must have.
Quetev Meriri – Al Xurvot HaAviv
Quetev Meriri – BeAshmat Atzabim Refufim
If I had more courage, I would write about what this album did for me. But I'm not. so I can just beg you – listen to their album in their bandcamp page, listen to it because I ask so. In this case, what works for Julian Cop, works for me.
Tape & Bill Wells – Fugue
STR Review | Tape & Bill Wells – Fugue 1
Another Bill Wells release, this time with Swedish group Tape (who also released a beautiful album last year). classic minimalistic again. Beautiful.
Electra – Heartbreak For Fools
Electra – Coming To Get You!
If The Clash and The Move and The Jam ever could join forces, they would have sound like Electra.
Mind their stunning ability to write catchy tunes, and interpetate other people's songs. Powerful, popish, angry, passionate, in the shape of a threesome.
James Blackshaw – All Is Falling
STR Review | James Blackshaw – All Is Falling, Pt.5
His best album to date, really beautiful electric soundscapes, cinematic moods and a passion for innovation. At first I didn't know how this guy keeps getting better each and every album. So I interviewed him, you can hear it in the review.
Albert Beger – Peacemaker
STR Review | Albert Beger – Nigun
Well, this is the album of the year for me. But I'm not the most neutral opinion when it comes to Albert's music.
Still, even if it sounds like jazz, remember the Soft Machine sounds like jazz as well, and we still love them. Open your ears, you experimental music lovers. Listen to it entirely