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
“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.
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
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
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
- Xaxaxa are on the road again! (moonleerecords.com)
- Why shows should not last more than 20 minutes (rokpregelj.com)
- Leaving Ljubljana Vegas: A Retrospective (samsandberg.com)
Since Propagandhi has released a new album called “Failed States”, I’ve remembered that, few years ago, I’ve made an interview with them – for a Dead Space webzine that was active back then. I’ve found this interview, I’m looking at it and can’t believe to some of my questions, but hey, people change, and this was 5 years ago :) Anyway, I would like to share that interview with you so here it is.
Propagandhi, we all know it’s great melodic hardcore punk band from Canada. This interview was made (answered) on april 24, 2007. The interview was made by mail, answered by Todd. Enjoy.
Hi Todd and Propagandhi, as a first question I would ask you to present the Propagandhi to the people in Croatia. And if you want, can you tell us your age and how many years is each of you playing (instrument that you play)?
Hello, Perić! It’s nice to talk to you. Well, I (Todd) Am 33, I’ll be 34 next month. Chris and Jord are 36 and Beave is 28. Chris and Jord have been together for 18 years or so. I’ve been in the band for 11 years; Beave has been with us for about 8 months. I’m on bass. Chris is on guitar, Jord is on Drums, Beave is on Guitar.
And one more thing. can you tell us something about your past bands (I now that before Propagandhi there was also some other bands that you guys were involved)?
Well, Beave was in a band called Giant Sons which was really good. I was in I Spy and Swallowing Shit. I Spy did a 10″ split record with Propagandhi in about 1992. G7 has since released both bands recordings.
When did you start the “G7 Welcoming Committee Records” and what was the primary reason? Of the band members, who is active on project “G7 Welcoming Committee Records”, are the whole band helping in this?
G7 was started by Chris and Jord. Jord quit about 5 years ago. Chris and our friend Derek Hogue do the label now. It was started to introduce interesting bands with good ideas to the public. Perhaps drawing on a bit of Propagandhi’s following a bit.
For the new album you made a joke where you said that Chris Hannah has left the band and that the new singer and guitarist is Glen Lambert; where did you get an idea for this and why? I think that a lot of people were assured that this is true.
Haha. Yeah, that was kind of a spur of the moment thing for a laugh. I like how everybody was so concerned about Lambert and his mental health. haha.. NOFX even wrote a song pitying the guy. haha..What a world! We played that up pretty good to get kids mad at Lambert.
The music that you playing on “G7 radio” is different one from another. are you listening a lot of kinds of music? I saw that there is punk rock, hardcore, old school hardcore, crust, rap,. Who are your favorites (bands)?
My favorite bands are SNFU, Razor, Sacrifice, Dio, Fates Warning, real old C.O.C. etc.. I also like a lot of African music such as Gigi Shebawbaw, Salif Keita etc. I love them.
I don’t know how much, but it has past a lot of time since you have been on tour in Europe. When are you planning European tour again?
Right now we have no idea when we’ll be back there. I hope we’ll be back soon.
Would you like to visit Croatia, maybe and Pazin(our small town)?
We’d love to come to Pazin sometime!
If it’s not a secret, can you tell me/us how much money are you asking for a gig (on tour in Europe)?
Every show changes in regards to what we get paid. we keep the shows reasonably cheap and then see how many people can attend the show, how much a countries currency is worth, what’s the state of the economy, what is a reasonable price to charge etc. then we take it from there.
Do you have a contract with the Fat Wreck or is it just verbal agreement?
We just have a verbal agreement.
I am asking because you are releasing album every 5 years approximately, and the other bands on Fat Wreck (like Lagwagon, Lawrence Arms, Strung Out,.) are releasing their albums every year, every two years or three years maximum, so I think that you maybe don’t have contract with them, that you are releasing your stuff when you want (that you are totally free in this way)?
Yeah, we do whatever we want with ourselves. Hah. I guess those other bands feel like two years is a good amount of time to get their songs together. We wouldn’t be ready in that amount of time. We’re trying to be a little faster this time around.
I heard your live “Curse of the MTV punks”. do you have always conflicts with the “punks” that simply don’t understand what are they fighting for, and even what are they try to say?
I’m not sure what that “Curse of the MTV Punks” is, to tell you the truth. But to answer your question; punks are just a crossection of general society these days so we don’t tend to agree with or enjoy most punks. haha. but I can’t say we really are in conflict with them. We just go about our business. I hope I’m too old to be in conflict with punks. ha. I’m too busy engaging in undercover espionage.
Except band and record label, do you have some other job like “ordinary” people?
Haha.. Today I say no in about a month I’d have to answer yes, unfortunately. Jord and Beave both have jobs. Me and Chris are trying to hang on to the good life. Having said that Chris and I do work really hard and do not sit around wasting our time. We are geared towards being productive and self sufficient. This plan is, however, now taking a bender. haha..
Are you guys vegans or vegetarians? Are each of us in band supporting that way of living?
We are all vegans. We all have to believe in the lyrics and songs we’re playing. Veganism is an extension of our quest for justice and liberty it is a very important aspect to the band.
I think that this thing means a lot to you, so I’m asking.
You are correct, Perić!
What do you think about internet?
It’s product of globalization but it’s also very useful thing. in the sense of D.I.Y. propaganda.
The internet is good and bad. It connects people and is a good way of knowing what’s going on in the world and helps people gets their stories and ideas out to each other. On the other hand it can also be a big waste of time and there are a lot of freaks out there taking advantage of others using it. These people would exist with or without it, though. The internet is probably more good than bad at the moment.
Where are you recording your albums? I think I was reading that you are recording some stuff by yourself?! Are you paying your albums by yourself or is it Fat Wreck financing you?
Heheh.. Fat financed our last record which is why we owe them money. haha.. Recording is an expensive, life squeezing rip off. We might record the next record ourselves. We did most of the last one ourselves. Chris is getting really good at recording that shit.
On your website, and in your lyrics I can see that you read a lot of stuff, a that you know a lot about the war in Iraq, about testing products on animals,. and a lot of other stuff that you won’t see on the TV, or in the newspapers. I would like to ask you. do you know something about Croatia? About our fuckin’ bad politics, war that was here in the beginning of the 90’s and other stuff?
Yeah, I’ve read quite a bit about Croatia and the war. I also have some Croatian friends here in Winnipeg as well. Actually Elizabeth Neuffer who wrote my favorite book about the war was killed in Iraq recently covering that war. I would love to go to Croatia and see the country for myself. I have heard it is also very beautiful.
What do you think about marriage? Is it necessary or unnecessary?
I don’t really care too much. It’s up to the people who are getting married to decide what it means for them. If it is something that makes them happy then go for it. I’ve seen it backfire quite often. haha..
Is it someone from Propagandhi in marriage?
None of us are married. Who would marry us? A Troll covered in dogshit? haha..
I’m asking all this because my opinion about marriage is that marriage is unnecessary, because if you love someone you don’t need a ”contract” for that.
I tend to agree but whatever. Some people like the ceremony or the acknowledgement, or more likely the gifts that go along with it. haha…
On your website, I saw an interview when one guy wrote you a word association, so I’ll do the same now. I would write you few words (associations), and you tell me first thing that comes to your mind?
-LP (I mean on gramophone record, not Linkin Park ;)) – Razor, Shotgun justice! I wish I had that LP. Haha.
-Minor Threat – bald kid, white shirt. Pretty good.
-Coca-Cola – makes your teeth stick together. Makes you feel like shit.
-Straight Edge – I wish I could get a long, clear plastic ruler.
-Fanzines – Jord and Chris were interviewed in their favorite zine, “Navel gazing” hahaha. Inside joke, for my own amusement.
Somewhere in August, or September 2002, there were some rumors about Propagandhi gig in Zagreb, in club Attack. Do you now, what happened with this, why this gig wasn’t maintained?
This was just a rumour. I wish it was true! We had no plans.
Are you still going to the punk/hardcore gigs? Still supporting underground and diy bands, buying diy records (tapes, cd’s, lp’s,.)?
I don’t buy many new cd’s or anything. I don’t download them either. I go to shows sometimes. I’m pretty busy and get up early so I tend to miss a lot of them. I guess we try to support smaller bands by taking them on tour or having G7 help them or whatever. If a band I’m into comes to town I go watch them for sure. Actually, me and Chris traveled about 2000 miles to see Sacrifice! I listen to my old records every day. I tend to like non western music better these days it seems to have more heart or something.
Commercialism has ruined my quest to find good underground bands. I don’t know where to look anymore. Most bands end up disappointing anyway when they sell out after two years. haha..
So, this is it. We made it finally. Do you have something else to mention for the end, someone to say hello, something else? I hope I will see you live, soon of course.
Well, I guess I’d like to say that I hope we’ll make it out to Croatia sometime soon. Now that we’ve got a good buddy named Perić to contact maybe this will happen. I hope we’ll see you all in Pazin. At that point I will say hello to you in interviews. Until that time I really have no friends to say Hello to! hah.
- Propagandhi members launch ‘Escape Velocity’ podcast (punknews.org)
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