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Music of 2017

2017 already seems so far away, but here’s my late list of music I’ve truly appreciated last year (in no particular order):

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives
Public Eye – Relaxing Favorites
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Polygondwanaland
The National – Sleep Well Beast
Rural Alberta Advantage – The Wild
Alvvays – Antisocialites
Carbon Based Lifeforms – Derelicts
Full of Hell – Trumpeting Ecstasy
Mister Heavenly – Boxing the Moonlight
Slowdive – Slowdive
Seine – Sno Sna
Žen – Sunčani Ljudi
Chad Vangaalen – Light Information
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice
Iron Chic – You Can’t Stay Here
Amenra – Mass VI
Big Thief – Capacity
Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2
Ex Eye – Ex Eye
Brutus – Burst
Protomartyr – Relatives In Descent

And, a list of concerts I’ve enjoyed the most:

LVL UP @ Gromka
Japandroids @ Botanique, Brussels
Kikagaku Moyo @ Beaches Brew
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard @ Beaches Brew
Death Grips @ Kino Šiška
Fai Baba @ Waves Vienna
Unsane @ Kino Šiška
Alcest @ Kino Šiška

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2016 in music

Here’s the list of 2016 albums that I’ve enjoyed the most – in no particular order.

Spring King – Tell Me If You Like To
LVL UP – Return to love
Parquet Courts – Human Performance
Full of Hell / the Body – One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache
Savak – Best of Luck in Future Endeavors
Repetitor – Gde ćeš
Martha – Blisters in the Pit of My Heart
Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Viva Belgrado – Ulises
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
Yung – A Youthful Dream
AJJ – The Bible 2
White Lung – Paradise
Creative Adult – Fear of Life
Self Defense Family – Colicky
G.L.O.S.S. – Trans Day of Revenge
Pfarmers – Our Puram
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard -Nonagon Infinity
Woods – City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Fat White Family – Songs for Our Mothers
ABOP – ABOP
Uranium Club – Human Exploration
Descendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Cass McCombs – Mangy Love
Gouge Away – , Dies
Culture Abuse – Peach
Sculpture Club – A Place to Stand
Preoccupations – Preoccupations

Youtube playlist for “Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty”

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty” is a book by Ben Ratliff (New York Times music critic) where he is focusing on listening music in digital era we are part of. In 20 chapters, he drives you through different musical traits like repetition, slowness, speed, quietness, virtuosity etc.

What I like the most in this book, is the way he is making connections between artists in completely different genre. For example, even though the term “blast beat” was coined in the 80s and it became known after hardcore punk and grindcore bands started to use it – in his book, Ben mentions a jazz song “Salt Peanuts” by Bud Powell, which was recorded in the 1953, and references to a part of the song where “blast beat” was used for the first time, than compares it with D.R.I. song “Draft me“. And there are just many more connections that most of us probably just never thought about.

What I did here – I made a playlist of songs that were mentioned in the book. Well, at least most of the songs – because some I couldn’t have found and for some I just picked one song from the album that was mentioned. Songs are sorted in the order of appearance, but are not clustered in chapters.

Farewell, 2015

Here we are, still in the first half of the first month of 2016. As usual, I’ll write down few albums that I’ve really enjoyed in 2015 and that you (human) should also check out if you’re not familiar with some of those from the list.

2015 was also a year when last.fm decided to do a redesign of their service. With all the changes, users have lost a lot of useful functionalities – some of those forever, some for just a very long time. This is also a main reason why I don’t have a clear overview of all the concerts I attended in 2015 and why this time I won’t share a list of top concerts.

List of Top Records, in no particular order:
Cloud Nothings / Wavves – No Life For Me
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Mourn – Mourn
Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Viet Cong – Viet Cong
### – Svjetlo
BC Camplight – How To Die In the North
Grimes – Art Angels
New Order – Music Complete
Beirut – No No No
Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
Hop Along – Painted Shut
Sheer Mag –  II 7″
Fred Thomas – All Are Saved
Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes
Ought – Sun Coming Down
G.L.O.S.S. – Demo
Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down…
JEFF the Brotherhood – Global Chakra Rhythms
And So I Watch You From Afar – Heirs
Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last
The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Harmlessness
Low – Ones and Sixes
Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were the Way She Was
Fuzz – II
Mutoid Man – Bleeder
Goat – Commune
Baroness – Purple
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
Ratatat – Magnifique
Institute – Catharsis
Moon duo – Shadow to the Sun
Nikki Louder – Trout
Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
Built to Spill – Untethered Moon
Hallway Swimmers – Advertised
The Black Heart Rebellion – People, When You See the Smoke, Do Not Think It Is Fields They’re Burningsta
Self Defense Family – Heaven Is Earth
Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves

Get the best out of 2014

I don’t know where will I go for a New Year’s Eve, but for sure I can come up with few great records and concerts that for me rounded up year 2014.

Here’s the list – in no particular order.

Top music records (released in 2014):
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else
Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Ought – Once More With Feeling…
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal
Ben Frost – A U R O R A
Sun Kil Moon – Benji
The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
Nothing – Guilty of Everything
Nils Petter Molvær – Switch
Merchandise – After the End
Earth – Primitive and Deadly
White Lung – Deep Fantasy
Caribou – Our Love
Swans – To Be Kind
Lantlôs – Melting Sun
Afghan Whigs –  Do to the Beast
Warpaint – Warpaint
DZ Deathrays – Black Rat
Big Ups – Eighteen Hours of Static
Restorations – LP3
A Silver Mt. Zion – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything
Lagwagon – Hang

Top concerts (in 2014):
Red Fang @ Channel Zero, Ljubljana
fonija @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Lunar, Senata Fox @ Močvara, Zagreb
Iron Chic @ Attack, Zagreb
Industroika @ Super8, Budapest
Mozes and the Firstborn @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
BRNS @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Neutral Milk Hotel @ Tvornica, Zagreb
Peter Edwards @ Mota, Ljubljana
Lunar @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
Kvelertak @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
Mort Mort Mort @ Pomol, Koper
Lagwagon, Night Birds, A Wilhelm Scream, Bane @ Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin
Deafheaven @ The Garage, London
Darkside, Caribou, Nils Frahm @ Arena, Pula
TRUS!, Kleemar @ Ladjica na Ljubljanici, Ljubljana
Lantlôs @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Manu Delago Handmade, Nikki Louder, Jonathan, Girl Band @ Wavves, Vienna
Repetitor @ Wavves, Bratislava
The Canyon Observer, Blaž, ABOP, Litostrojska Darkbluz Experiment @ 24hpp, Ljubljana
Swans @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Liars @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Merchandise @ Channel Zero, Ljubljana
Sólstafir, Esben and the Witch @ Gala Hala, Ljubljana
ŠKM Banda @ Gledališče Glej, Ljubljana

To hell with 2013

One more time we’re heading to the end of a year. I haven’t write any blog posts for a year and now I’m doing it because I want to make some kind of retrospective to 2013 – in terms of music albums and concerts.

Few times I was thinking about writing some “useful” blog posts – but let’s say I was pretty busy all the time and this was always low priority – and I believe this will  stay like that, at least until I don’t completely finish some faculty duties, and I hope this will be during the next year.

Anyhow, let’s talk about music. There’s no order at all.

Top music records (released in 2013):
Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From the Sea
Bill Callahan – Dream River
Ludovico Einaudi – In a Time Lapse
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Mogwai – Les Revenants (soundtrack)
Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus
Crusades – Perhaps You Deliver this Judgment with Greater Fear than I Receive It
The Men – New Moon
Off With Their Heads – Home
The Bronx – The Bronx IV
BoySetsFire – While a Nation Sleeps…
Kvelertak – Meir
Restorations – LP2
Palms – Palms
RVIVR – The Beauty Between
Iceage – You’re Nothing
V/A – The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute

Top concerts in 2013:
The Raveonettes @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Sex Jams @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
RVIVR @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
The Men @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Bad Religion, Propagandhi, the Menzingers, Turbonegro, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead @ Pirate satellite festival, Stuttgart
Shellac @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
The Manix @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Slöa Knivar @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Suicidal Tendencies, Propagandhi, Swingin’ Utters, Snuff @ Punk Rock Holiday, Tolmin
Dangers, Bernays Propaganda @ Pandamonium 5.2, Ankaran
Suuns @ Kamfest, Kamnik
Tame Impala @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
NOFX @ Cvetličarna, Ljubljana
Antillectual @ Klub Gromka, Ljubljana
Colin Stetson @ Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana
Valient Thorr @ Orto bar, Ljubljana

Personal top music lists in 2012

Once again, it’s the end of the world…I mean…it’s the end of a year, and we all love to look back somehow, to remind ourselves about the good things, good music, and everything good that happened during the whole year.

Before I’ve even started to write this list, I was thinking that in last two years I’m listening much less new music then I was listening before. Maybe it’s because I have less time, maybe it’s because there’s not a lot new music that satisfies, maybe it’s because of satiation, maybe it’s something else…who knows. Well, never mind, regardless of that, I still have some great records to share with you. Some new (from this year) and some old that I’ve recently discovered. Lists are below and there’s no any order at all (beside concerts – those are listed by dates).

Top music records (released in 2012):
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Xaxaxa – Siromašni i bogati
Debeli Precjednik/Fat Prezident – Bruto slavo / VBK
Hot Water Music – Exister
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Alleujah! Don’t Bend Ascend
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Propagandhi – Failed States
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Damir Avdić – Mein kapital
Forgetters – ST LP

Top music records (discovered in 2012):
Damien Jurado – Caught in the Trees
Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter
the Arteries – Dead Sea
For Against – December
Bob Mould – The Last Dog and Pony Show
Red House Painters – Songs for a Blue Guitar

Top concerts in 2012:
Damir Avdić @ Kino Šiška, Ljubljana
Des Ark @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Hanson Brothers, Invasives @ Orto bar, Ljubljana
Bridge and Tunnel, Full of Hell @ Menza pri koritu, Ljubljana
Good Riddance, Boysetsfire, Adolescents, 7Seconds, Debeli Precjednik @ Punk rock holiday, Tolmin
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Dirty Three @ Kino šiška, Ljubljana

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