December: The reason for the season is lists—and every person with an opinion about anything forcing them down your throat.
I AM NO EXCEPTION.
I’ll be doing a series of these, but here is the first (and most important to me): my favorite records of 2012. If you like them, buy them from your local record broker.
Also, if you are interested, I made a playlist of my favorite Rdio-available songs. There are 119 of them. Take a listen.
So, then. Enjoy:
20) Matthew Dear - Beams
19) Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
18) Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing
17) Goat - World Music
16) Laurel Halo - Quarantine
15) Holy Other - Held
14) Steve Hauschildt - Tragedy & Geometry
13) Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
12) Holly Herndon - Movement
11) Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
10) King Tuff - King Tuff
9) Julia Holter - Ekstasis
8) Mac Demarco - Rock n’ Roll Nightclub
7) Swans - The Seer
6) Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
5) Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
4) Daughn Gibson - All Hell
3) Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
2) Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
1) Death Grips - The Money Store
I almost just high-fived the mailman for bringing this to my door. #legend
Herndon builds most of her own instruments and real-time synth effects in Max/MSP (Max Signal Processing), and considers pushing the limits of our technology a key part of her creation process.
"The laptop is the most intimate instrument we have at our disposal, engaging and absorbing our confessions and inspirations" says Herndon. "Its influence has both devastated and invigorated music as we know it. We’ve only just begun unlocking the possibilities at our fingertips. Those possibilities are what I work towards and against."
So, there are couple of steps here now. First, listen to this preview single, Fade. Then, pre-order the record from RVNG. The first 50 records sent out will be on gold vinyl.
FINALLY, we have some new Buke and Gase (formerly Buke and Gass). If you didn’t get tired of me talking about this band incessantly in 2010 when they released the unbelievably amazing Riposte, you will be soon. I ♥ this band.
You can stream the new EP, Function Falls, over at their Bandcamp. Bonus points for a not-shitty cover of New Order’s Blue Monday (Seriously, have you ever heard a good cover of that song before?)
Just finished up another back-and-forth collaborative playlist on Rdio with the illustrious Frank Chimero. This is our second, and is comprised entirely of cover songs (the first was an alternating alphabet series and is also embedded below).
Cover to Cover:Odds by Frank, evens by Erik.
(Note: Having some trouble with the embedding here, head over to Rdio for this one.)
The Alphabet Series:Odds by Erik, evens by Frank.