Saturday, December 06, 2008

BEST OF 2008 LPs & CDs

1. Portishead: 3 (Mercury LP)
2. The Kills: Midnight Bloom (Domino LP)
3. Tricky: Knowle West Boy (Domino LP)
4. Mercury Rev: Snowflake Midnight/Strange Attractor (Yep Roc 2-LP)
5. Brian Jonestown Massacre: My Bloody Underground (a Records LP)
6. Juana Molina: Un Dia (Domino CD)
7. The Bug: London Zoo (Ninja Tune CD)
8. Cold War Kids: Loyalty to Loyalty (2-10”)
9. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Dig Lazarus Dig (Anti LP)
10. King Khan and the Shrines: The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines (Vice LP)
11. Indian Jewelry: We Are the Wild Beast (Tigerbeat6 CD)
12. Don Cavalli: Cry Land (Everloving A Rag CD)
13. Dandy Warhols: Earth to the Dandy Warhols (Beat the World 2-LP)
14. Gnarls Barkley: The Odd Couple (Warner LP)
15. Mudhoney: The Lucky Ones (SubPop LP)
16. Pit Er Pat: High Time (Thrill Jokey LP)
17. Deerhunter: Microcastle (Kranky LP)
18. Pram: The Moving Frontier (Domino LP)
19. Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One (Mowtown CD)
20. Sonic Youth; I.C.P.; the Ex: In the Fishtank (Konkurrent LP)
21. A Place to Bury Strangers: A Place to Bury Strangers (CD)
22. Ratatat: LP3 (XL LP)
23. Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna (The Social Registry LP)
24. Pontiak: Sun On Sun (Thrill Jockey LP)
25. Richard Pinhas & Merzbow: Keio Lane (CD)
26. Atlas Sound: Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (Kranky LP)
27. David Byrne & Brian Eno: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today(CD)
28. Deerhoof: Offend Maggie (LP)
29. Earth: The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull (Southern Lords 2-LP)
30. Matmos: Supreme Balloon (Matador LP)


1. DNA: DNA On DNA (No More Records LP)
2. David Bowie: Live in Santa Monica ‘72 (Virgin 2-LP)
3. Neil Young: Sugar Mountain: Live At Canterbury House 1968 (CD)
4. Sir Victor Uwaifo: Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970 – 76 (Sound Way 2-LP)
5. Scritti Politti: Early (limited edition) (Rough Trade LP)
6. MC5: Live At the Grande Ballroom 1968 (Get Back LP)
8. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: It comes to you in a plain brown wrapper (Sundazed LP)
10. Led Zepplin: Dazed & Confused (The 1969 BBC Sessions) (Atlantic LP)
11. The Clash: Live At Shea Stadium (LP)
12. Suicide: Live 1977 – 1978 (CD Boxed Set)

1. Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic, Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970’s Nigeria: Various Artists (Sound Way 2-LP)
2. Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump: Original Heavyweight Afrobeat, Highlife & Afro-Funk: Various Artists (Strut 2-LP)
3. An England Story: Volume One: Various Artists (Soul Jazz 2-LP)
4. An England Story: Volume Two: Various Artists (Soul Jazz 2-LP)
5. New Orleans Funk: New Orleans: The Original Sound of Funk: Volume 2: Various Artists (Soul Jazz 2-LP)
6. Give Me Love: Songs of the Brokenhearted – Baghdad, 1925 – 1929: Various Artists (Honest Johns 2-LP)
7. Living Is Hard: West African Music In Britain, 1927 – 1929: Various Artists (Honest John 2-LP)
8. Nigeria Special: Part 2: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues: 1970 – 76: Various Artists (Sound Way 2-LP)
9. Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor: 1974 – 79: Various Artists (Sound Way 2-LP)
10. Don't Stop Recording Tap: Various Artists (Nb 3-LP & CD)

* The term, “re-issues” is inappropriate for a couple of reasons. (a) The records included are not (in fact) reissues. (b) Actual reissues -- Jandek’s “Ready for the House” or many amazing Bjork releases on vinyl -- have all been excluded. I use the term “re-issue” to describe 2008 releases that belong to an earlier period. The category includes live recordings, collections and compilations of vintage material. I have left out such records as “Ready for the House” and “Post” because they are on my “best of” 1978 and 1995 lists, respectively. (Good luck finding that post!) All these “re-issues” are actually new issues, yet the material is old. I have also decided (somewhat arbitrarily) to bunch my “re-issues” into 2 groups of records. As much as I enjoy comparing apples to bananas, comparing various artist collections to single artist works inevitably results in a list that is in no logical order. Logical or not, these lists are in order of preference, but (my) preferences change day to day, if not hour to hour. Therefore, my "best of" list will doubtless change immediately after I click upon the save button. (And just in case there is someone insane enough to search, I was kidding above about posts of ancient G.T. "best of" lists. I might someday post my favorites of 1965, etc., but it has not happened yet, to my knowledge.)


Blogger PBK said...

It's real cool to see Pinhas playing with noise guys, he performed in Detroit with Wolf Eyes...

Hey, Glen, long time ago you published Lowlife didn't you? Take a look, when you can, at my blog, The Sound Genetic:

Many rare older releases are now available as free album downloads.

Hope all is well... Merry Xmass!


4:16 AM  
Blogger Glen said...

PBK It is good to hear from you after many years. I still have and listen to several of your 1980s/90s cassette releases. - Glen

2:48 AM  
Blogger smibbo conspiracy said...

Scritti Politti?


8:17 PM  
Blogger Glen said...

SB: Because I value your foul-mouthed opinion, I went back and dug this one out of the pile. It took 2 days to find. And yes, the Scritti Politti "Early" LP is fucking great. Collected from a bunch of pre-LP seven-inch EPs, it might not be what you think Scritti Politti was about. This band started out doing very much the same variety punk scratch & sniff noise of Swell Maps, Performing Ferets, pre-LP Mekons, etc.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Glen said...

Here are some late additions to the Best of 2008 LPs & CDs:
Crystal Stilts: Alight of Night (Slumberland LP)
These Are Powers: All Aboard Future (CD)
Drumbo: City of Refuge (Proper CD)
Roots Manuva: Stime & Reason (Big Dada CD)
Black Time: Double Negative (Red Records LP)
Awesome Colors: Electric Aborigines (Ecstatic Peace CD)
Goldfrapp: Seventh Tree (Mute CD)

4:43 AM  

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