Wednesday, January 6, 2021

confusion over velvety indubitable diabolism : best music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

:: sound’s that helped me get hear ::

Jim O’Rourke Shutting Down Here (Portraits GRM)
Jim O’Rourke Steamroom #47-51 (Bandcamp)
Brunhild Ferrari and Jim O'Rourke Le Piano Englouti (Black Truffle)
Kassel Jaeger and Jim O’Rourke in cobalt aura sleeps (Editions Mego)
Kassel Jaeger Swamps/Things (Shelter Press)
Kassel Jaeger Meith (Black Truffle)
Tatsuhisa Yamamoto Ashioto (Black Truffle)
Bellows Undercurrent (Black Truffle)
Alvin Lucier Works for the Ever Present Orchestra (Black Truffle)
Judith Hamann Peaks (Black Truffle)
Judith Hamann Shaking Studies (Blank Forms)
Judith Hamann Music for Cello and Humming (Blank Forms)
Catherine Christer Hennix Unbegrenzt LP (Blank Forms)
Vladislav Delay Rakka (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
Colin Stetson Color Out of Space (Milan)
Black Unity Trio Al-Fatihah (Salaam Records)
Nate Wooley Seven Storey Mountain VI (Pryoclastic Records)
Space Afirka hybtwibt? Bandcamp
zeroh BLQLYTE (Leaving Records)
Thomas Koner Motus (Mille Plateaux)
Florian TM Zeisig Coatcheck (enmossed)
Henning Christiansen Peter der Grosse / Gudbrandsdal (Institut for Dansk Lydarkæologi)
Dean Roberts Not Fire (Erstwhile Records)
Toshiya Tsunoda and Taku Unami Wovenland 2 (Erstwhile Records)
Sarah Davachi Cantus, Descant (Late Music)
Roland Kayn Electronic Symphony I-III Bandcamp
Roland Kayn A Pan-Air Music Bandcamp
Roland Kayn November Music Bandcamp
Roland Kayn Sound-Hydra Bandcamp
Roland Kayn Made in the NL after the Sixties and Beyond Bandcamp
Roland Kayn Music for the Isle of Man Bandcamp
Roland Kayn Requiem pour Patrice Lumumba Bandcamp
Roland Kayn The Man and the Biosphere Bandcamp
Keith Fullerton Whitman Resonators (1) (Alpha State)
Mary Lattimore Silver Ladders (Ghostly International)
Komare The Sense of Hearing (Penultimate Press)
Ai Aso The Faintest Hint (Ideologic Organ)
Eyvind Kang Ajaeng Ajaeng (Ideologic Organ)
Phurpa Hymns of Gyer (Ideologic Organ)
Golem Mecanique Nona, Decima et Morta (Ideologic Organ)
Duma Duma (Nyege Nyege Tapes)
Nazar Guerilla (Hyperdub)
Echium Disruptions of Form (sferic)
Jake Muir the hum of your veiled voice (sferic)
Romeo Poirier Hotel Nota (sferic)
FUJI||||||||||TA Komori (Boomkat Editions)
FUJI||||||||||TA iki (Hallow Ground)
Autechre – Sign (Warp)
Autechre – Plus (Warp)
William Basinski Lamentations (Temporary Residence)
Charles Curtis Performances and Recordings (Saltern)
Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia Records)
Bill Callahan Gold Record (Drag City)
Phoebe Bridgers Punisher (Dead Oceans)
King Crimson The Complete 1969 Recordings (Burning Shed)
John Lennon Gimme Some Truth (Capitol)
Aki Onda Nam June's Spirit Was Speaking to Me (Recital)

:: books ::

Peter Schwenger Asemic  The Art of Writing (University of Minnesota Press)
Paul Celan Microliths (Contra Mundum Press)
Paul Celan Memory Rose Into Threshold Speech (Farrar Strauss Giroux)
Sid Smith In the Court of King Crimson (Panegyric)
Éliane Radigue Intermediary Spaces (Les Presses du Reel)
Maryanne Amacher Selected Writings and Interviews (Blank Forms Editions)
Robert Storr Philip Guston A Life Spent Painting (Laurence King Publishing)

(Part 9 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020) 

Monday, January 4, 2021

confusion over various idealic dungeaters : best film and music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

Matthew Swiezynski, aka darkness moves

:: the moving image, in order of l'amour ::

Steve McQueen Small Axe
Derek Cianfrance I Know This Much Is True
Kelly Reichardt First Cow
Eliza Hittman Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Thomas Vinterberg Another Round / Druk
Christopher Nolan Tenet
Kantemir Balagov Beanpole
Ken Loach Sorry We Missed You
Viktor Kossakovsky Gunda
Pietro Marcello Martin Eden

:: blu ray, by label ::
This year I spent much time on the couch with my lovely wife Chi and my pup Leviathan watching film after film with my all region blu ray player, projector, and surround sound system... taking in the light and accumulating many fine region B films,... some new to me, but many old favorites I had on DVD or even laserdisc or VHS tapes way back when. Not only getting new blus issued forth in 2020, but catching on with labels such as Indicator and Arrow out of the UK.

Krzystof Kieslowski Cinema of Conflict: Four Films by Krzystof Kieslowski Arrow (UK)
Four Film Noir Classics Arrow (UK)
Abel Ferrara King of New York Arrow (UK)
Douglas Trumbull Silent Running Arrow (UK)

Takeshi Kitano Takeshi Kitano Collection BFI (UK)
Jim Jarmusch Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Criterion (US)
Martin Scorsese The Irishman Criterion Collection (US)
Bong Joon-ho Parasite Criterion Collection (US)
Claudia Weill Girlfriends Criterion Collection (US)
Alfonso Cuarón Roma Criterion Collection (US)
George Marshall Destry Rides Again Criterion Collection (US)
Frank Perry The Swimmer Grindhouse Releasing (US)

Curtis Harrington Night Tide Indicator (UK)
Columbia Noir #1 Indicator (UK)
Bill L Norton Cisco Pike Indicator (UK)
Joseph Losey Eva/Eve Indicator (UK)
Carl Franklin Devil in a Blue Dress Indicator (UK)
Richard Franklin Roadgames Indicator (UK)

Frank Perry Diary of a Mad Housewife Kino Lorber (US)
Bruce Beresford Tender Mercies Kino Lorber (US)
David Miller Lonely are the Brave Kino Lorber (US)
Phillip Borsos The Grey Fox Kino Lorber (US)
Maya Deren The Maya Deren Collection Kino Lorber (US)
Don Siegel Two Mules for Sister Sara Kino Lorber (US)
Don Siegel The Beguiled Kino Lorber (US)
Clint Eastwood High Plains Drifter Kino Lorber (US)
John Sturges Joe Kidd Kino Lorber (US)
Clint Eastwood The Eiger Sanction Kino Lorber (US)
Clint Eastwood Play Misty For Me Kino Lorber (US)

Robert Siodmak Criss Cross MoC (UK)
Masaki Kobayashi Kwaidan MoC (UK)
John Ford Rio Grande MoC (UK)

George Romero Dawn of the Dead Second Sight (UK)
Nicolas Roeg Walkabout Second Sight (UK)
Roman Polanski The Tenant Shout (US)
David Lynch The Elephant Man StudioCanal (UK)
4-Film Collection: Film Noir
Warner Archive (US)
Martin Scorsese Goodfellas 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Warner (UK)

Peter Yates The Deep 101 Films (UK)
Saul Bass Phase IV 101 Films (UK)
William Lustig Maniac Blue Underground (US)

:: music, in alphabetical order ::

Alva Noto Xerrox, Vol. 4 (Noton) LP
Autechre PLUS (Warp Records) LP
Autechre SIGN (Warp Records) LP
Autechre AE LIVE 2016/2018 Digital
Black Unity Trio ‎Al-Fatihah (Gotta Groove Records / Salaam Records) LP Vinyl Reissue
Harold Budd I Know This Much Is True (All Saints) Digital
Charles Curtis Performances & Recordings 1998​-​2018 (Saltern) CD
Miles Davis Live-Evil (Sony Records Japan) Quad CD
Vladislav Delay Rakka (Cosmo Rhythmatic) Digital
Werner Durand Schwingende Luftsäulen 3 (Ants) CD
Bill Fontana Landscape Sculpture with Fog Horns (Other Minds) Digital Reissue
Ellen Fullman & Theresa Wong Harbors (Room40)
Emmanuel Holterbach, Blutwurst Ricercar Nell'ombra (Another Timbre) CD
Kassel Jaeger Swamps / Things (Shelter Press) LP
Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman Last and First Men (Deutsche Grammophon) LP/Blu Ray
Jóhann Jóhannsson Retrospective II (Deutsche Grammophon) CD/DVD
King Crimson The Complete 1969 Recordings (Discipline Global Mobile, Panegyric ) CD/DVD/Blu Ray
KTL VII (Editions Mego) LP
Thomas Köner Motus (Mille Plateaux) LP
Mary Lattimore Silver Ladders (Ghostly International) Digital
John Lennon Gimme Some Truth (Universal Music Group) Surround CD/Blu Ray
Susana López Crónica De Un Secuestro (Elevator Bath) CD
Mirror Some Days it Rains All Night (La Scie Dorée) DIGITAL
Ennio Morricone The Thing - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Waxwork Records) LP Vinyl Reissue
Bill Nace Both (Drag City) Digital
Pole 1 2 3 (Mute) CD
Pole Fading (Mute) Digital
Massimo Ricci ‎Tracey Feels Worse (Elevator Bath) CD
Dean Roberts Not Fire (Erstwhile Records) CD
Toshiya Tsunoda / Taku Unami ‎Wovenland 2 (Erstwhile Records) CD
Robert Turman Chapter Eleven (Helicopter, Hanson Records) CD
Zelienople Hold You Up (Miasmah) LP

(Part 8 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020)

confusion over vampirebats ingesting darkstars : best film and music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

Bea Kwan Lim

:: music ::

Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie Another Flower (Darla Records) CD ❀forever torn apart by this loss..❀
J.A. Seazer A Journal of the Plague Year (FUJI) CD
J.A. Seazer Song of the Lily 1980 (FUJI) CD
C.C.C.C. Amplified Crystal II (New Forces) CD
Charles Curtis Performances & Recordings 1998-2018 (Saltern Imprint) CD
Incapacitants Onomatopée Suicida (Total Black) Digital
zeroh BLQLYTE (Leaving Records) Digital
Jon Hassell Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (ndeya Records) Digital
Mary Lattimore Silver Ladders (Ghostly International) Digital
Tashi Dorji Stateless (Drag City) Digital
His Name Is Alive Ghost Tape EXP (Disciples) Digital

:: film ::

Steve McQueen Small Axe

:: books ::

Jean Ray The Great Nocturnal (Wakefield Press)
Jean Ray Circles of Dread (Wakefield Press)
Kashina East of Borneo (Antifurniture)
Unica Zürn The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts (Atlas Press)
Akiko Miyakoshi I Dream of a Journey (Kids Can Press)
Marcel Brion Waystations of the Deep Night (Wakefield Press)
Varlam Shamalov Sketches of the Criminal World (New York Review of Books)
Eliot Weinberger Angels & Saints (New Directions)
Léon Spilliaert From the Depths of the Soul (Ludion)

:: beautiful forever-paw gifts ::

Robert Rauschenberg The Early 1950s (Menil Foundation)
Käthe Kollwitz Prints, Process, Politics (Getty Research Institute)
Yuri Norstein Hedgehog in the Fog print
Josef von Sternberg Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg at Paramount, 1930 - 1934 Limited Edition Indicator UK
Peter Watkins Edvard Munch (Eureka/MoC UK)
Buster Keaton The Navigator / Seven Chances / Battling Butler (Eureka UK)
Randall McClellan The Healing Music of Rana (Sun Ark Recordings)
Curtis Harrington Night Tide Limited Edition (Indicator UK)
David Sylvian & Russell Mills Ember Glance: The Permanence of Memory (Virgin)
Steve Lake, Paul Griffiths Horizons Touched: The Music of ECM (Granta UK)
King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King 3CD Box (Discipline Global Mobile)

:: frequent sighs from yore ::

Harold Budd & Clive Wright A Song for Lost Blossoms (Darla Records) CD
Harold Budd Agua (Sine Records) CD
Harold Budd & Brian Eno The Pavilion of Dreams (Editions EG) CD
The Chameleons Script of the Bridge (Statik) CD
Morita Doji Complete Recordings (Universal Music Japan) CD
This Mortal Coil Complete Recordings (4AD) CD
Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (Enterprise) CD
Digable Planets Blowout Comb (Pendulum Records) CD
Misty Blue 4/4 Sentimental Painkiller (Pastel Music) CD
Geinoh Yamashirogumi Osorezan / Doh no Kenbai (Leemoon Records) CD

Marguerite Yourcenar Fires (University of Chicago Press)
Joseph Joubert The Journals of Joseph Joubert (New York Review of Books)
Philippe Jaccottet Seedtime: Notebooks 1954-79 (Seagull Books)
Maurice Scève Emblems of Desire (Archipelago Books)
Paul Willems The Cathedral of Mist (Wakefield Press)

(Part 7 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020)

Sunday, January 3, 2021

confusion over velocity indicating darkmatter : best music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

John Spell's rotation of music in 2020


Thomas Köner Motus [Mille Plateaux]
Delphine Dora L’Inattingible [three:four/meakusma]
Mirror Some Days It Rains All Night [La Scie Dorée]
The House In The Woods Walk One/Walk Two/Walk Three/Walk Four [self-released]
Autechre PLUS [Warp]
Siavash Amini & Saåad All Lanes Of Lilac Evening [Opal Tapes]
Vladislav Delay Rakka [Cosmo Rhythmatic]
Shinichi Atobe Yes [DDS]
Kareem Ali Soul Flex [Fort Evil Fruit]
Autechre SIGN [Warp]
Saskia Eeuwig Op Reis [Stroom]
Elodie Le Nid d’Ivoire [La Scie Dorée]
Robert Haigh Black Sarabande [Unseen Worlds]
Lucy Johnson Soundtracks 2013-2019 Vol. 1 [Opal Tapes]
Ai Aso The Faintest Hint [Ideologic Organ]
Midori Hirano Invisible Island [Sonic Pieces]
Imperial Valley Imperial Valley [Other Forms Of Consecrated Life]
Ann Margaret Hogan Honeysuckle Burials [Downwards]


Pye Corner Audio The Black Mill Tapes (10th Anniversary Box) [Lapsus]
Svitlana Nianio & Oleksandr Yurchenko Znayesh Yak? Rozkazhy [Skire/Night School]
Global Communication Transmissions [Evolution]
Leila Like Weather [Modern Love/Thank U Records]
Pole 1 2 3 [Mute]
Jóhann Jóhannsson Retrospective II [Deutsche Grammophon]
SND Tplay/Newtables/Travelog (Special Extended Editions) [SND]


Victoria Spivey Complete Recorded Works In Chronological Order Vol. 1-4 [Document Records]
Dexter Gordon One Flight Up [Blue Note]
Virginia Astley From Gardens Where We Feel Secure [Rough Trade/Happy Valley Records]
Rapoon Fallen Gods (Cidar) [Staalplaat]
Maurizio 12”s [M-Series]
Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited [Wackie’s]
Herman Chin-Loy Aquarius Dub [Aquarius]
Saint Etienne Boxette [Foreign Office]
Harold Budd The Pavillion Of Dreams [Obscure]


Thought Forms: A Record Of Clairvoyant Investigation Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater [Sacred Bones Books]
Käthe Kollwitz: Prints, Process, Politics [Getty Research Institute]
John Cage: A Mycological Foray [Atelier Éditions]
The Red Years: Theory, Politics, and Aesthetics In The Japanese ‘68 [Verso]
We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest & Possibility Marc Lamont Hill [Haymarket Books]


Isle: Changes In The Times And The Seasons (Paintings By Andrew Chalk) Andrew Chalk [Faraway Press]
Into The Mylar Chamber Ira Cohen [Fulgur Press]
Lake Lahontan / Lake Bonneville Michael Light [Radius Books]


(Part 6 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020) 

confusion over vale implement destructionists : best music in the year of our lorder twenty twenty

Colin Andrew Sheffield's rotation of music in 2020

:: music ::

20. A.F. Jones A Jurist For Nothing (Gertrude Tapes) LP  
19. Sequences Woven Empty (Audio. Visuals. Atmosphere.) LP
18. Nightmares Sub-Sonic Language Transmission (self-released) Cassette
17. Bob Bellerue Amplified Discovery (Erratum) LP
16. Incapacitants Onomatopée Suicida (Total Black) LP
15. JT Whitfield Untitled (LIES Records) LP
14. Merzbow StereoAkuma (Room40) CD
13. Andy Bolus, Joseph Hammer, John Wiese Prelude To Hawaiian Radio (Helicopter/Troniks) CD
12. Emil Beaulieau Polio (Hospital Productions) Cassette
11. Jim Haynes Incomplete (No Rent) Cassette
10. Alex Keller & Sean O'Neill Ando (Loma Editions) CD
09. Organum Electronics Stilness (Siren Records) CD
08. Sparkle Division To Feel Embraced (Temporary Residence) LP
07. Skin Crime Stories And Studies Of Strange Things (Self Abuse) Cassette
06. Robert Turman Fulfilling The Absence Of Space Between The Opposite Meanings (self-released) Cassette
05. Tomoko Sauvage Fischgeist (Bohemian Drips) LP
04. Adam Pacione Mâché (self-released) digital
03. Aaron Dilloway / Robert Turman / John Wiese ‎Electronic Extension (Helicopter/Troniks) CD
02. William Basinski Lamentations (Temporary Residence) LP
01. Werner Dafeldecker Parallel Darks (Room40) LP

:: favorite reissues or archival releases (in alphabetical order) ::

Aube Spindrift (Robert & Leopold) LP
Walter Bishop Jr. Coral Keys (Real Gone Music/Black Jazz Records) CD
Black Unity Trio Al-Fatihah (Gotta Groove) LP
Art Blakey & The New Jazzmen Live In Paris ‘65 (Sam Records) LP
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Just Coolin' (Blue Note) LP
Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble Heliopolis (Holidays Records) LP
Bill Evans Live At Ronnie Scott's (Resonance Records) 2CD
Beatriz Ferreyra Echos + (Room40) LP
Flaming Tunes s/t (Superior Viaduct) LP
Giancarlo Gazzani Musica Per Commenti Sonori (Sonor Music Editions) LP
Heshoo Beshoo Group Armitage Road (We Are Busy Bodies) LP
Bobby Hutcherson The Kicker (Blue Note) LP
Incapacitants Operorue (Troniks/Helicopter) CD
Thelonious Monk Palo Alto (Impulse!) LP
Pale Saints The Comforts Of Madness 30th Anniversary Re:Masters (4AD) 2CD
Sonny Rollins Rollins In Holland (Resonance Records) 2CD
Saint Etienne Words And Music By Saint Etienne (Heavenly) 2CD
Robert Turman Chapter Eleven (Hanson/Helicopter) 4CD
Various Artists Black Fire (Now-Again Records) 5LP
Various Artists Bruton Brutoff (Trunk Records) LP

(Part 5 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020)

confusion over vermilion isolated dallasites : best film and music in the year of our lorder twenty twenty

Eric Graham's rotation of music and film in 2020

:: music ::

John Coltrane Giant Steps  (Atlantic/Rhino Records) LP reissue
Pylon Chomp (New West Records) LP reissue
Pylon Gyrate (New West Records) LP reissue
Guided By Voices Vampire On Titus  (Scat Records) LP reissue
Townes Van Zandt Our Mother The Mountain (Fat Possum Records) LP reissue
Townes Van Zandt Townes Van Zandt (Fat Possum Records) LP reissue
Will Johnson El Capitan (Keeled Scales) LP


:: film ::

Christopher Nolan Tenet
Spike Lee Da 5 Bloods

(Part 4 in a series of contemporary artist's best of lists for 2020)

confusion over verisimilitude idiosycratic deliquescence : best film and music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

 James Hamilton's rotation of film and music in 2020

:: some movies from this year ::

Valentyn Vasyanovich Atlantis
Natalya Vorozhbit Bad Roads
Zheng Lu Xinyuan The Cloud in Her Room
Jóhann Jóhannsson Last and First Men
Lois Patino Lua Vermella
Sion Sono Red Post on Escher Street
Balaji Vemby Chelli The Tremor
Radu Jude Uppercase Print

:: music::

Autechre AE LIVE 2016/2018 (Warp)
C.C.C.C. Amplified Crystal II (New Forces) reissue
The Hafler Trio Being the Elucidation of Why We Do Not Liberate Even the Smallest of Instances (and other Bandcamp stuff)
Marc Hurtado Hurt (Des Astres d'Or)
Alice Kemp Songs in the Key of NO (Fragment Factory)
Alice Kemp Sweetly My Blacken Doll (Dead Mind Records)
Metgumbnerbone Anthropological Field Recordings for the Dispossessed (archive recordings)
Massimo Ricci ‎Tracey Feels Worse (Elevator Bath)

(part 3 in a series of contemporary artists' best of lists for 2020) 

confusion over vague inner deamonlovers : best music in the year of our lord twenty twenty

Graham Stewart's rotation of music in 2020

1. Funereal and Shamanic Chants from Jindo Island, Korea. Fascinating recordings of traditional Korean shamanic and funeral rites, accompanied by small ensembles. Ocora, 2018.

2. Farida Parveen Songs of Lalon Shah. Exquisitely beautiful collection of songs written by 19th century Bengali mystic and philosopher Lalon Shah. Ocora, 2017

3. Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian The Art of the Duduk. Haïg Sarikouyoumdjian makes his own instruments and reeds, which adds to the feeling personal and unique feeling of this duduk album. Not at all what was expected. Ocora, 2020.

4. Chants & Musique Pinpeat Ballet Royal du Cambodge. Recorded and released in 2010, these three long ballet accompaniments are performed by a 10 piece Pinpeat orchestra. Exquisitely beautiful. Buda Records, 2010.

5. Sixto Silgado & Los Gaiteros de Punta Brava. Sixto Silgadod was 70 when this music for two gaitas (Colombian vertical flute made from cactus) and three percussionists was recorded. It feels both virtuosic and effortless, yet contains complex rhythms and melodies ... the work of master musicians. Ocora, 2012.

6. Pays Basque: Kantuketan.  2 CDs, released in 2006, rich with extremely diverse vocal music from the Basque regions of France and Spain, all sung in Euskara. Ocora, 2006.

7. Sehyung Kim Three Sijo.  I loved every minute of this CD by Kazakhstan-born composer Sehyung Kim, based on the Korean poetic form, Sijo. Beautiful, sparse, sustained compositions for duets or small ensemble. Perfect music. Austrian Grammophone, 2020.

8. Hyejin Yoon 정념 情念 / Thinking Being Irresistibly Burnt ... Great performances on traditional Korean instruments by the Jeong Ga Ak Hoe ensemble, of compositions by Yoon Hyejin. Absolutely superb and utterly genuine music, I didn't want it to end. AkdangEban, 2009.

9. Dasom Baek Nothingness. Excellent first solo CD from Korean daegeum player and composer Baek Dasom. Very deliberate and controlled performances for daegeum, loops, and electronics. A complex album that feels very personal and gets better and better with each attentive listen. Self-released, 2020.

10. Michael Ranta Die Mauer. Stunning set of pieces by German percussionist Ranta, composed as a ballet accompaniment. Fantastic, cycling combinations of percussive, electronic, abstracts sounds. Metaphon, 2019.


(part 2 in a series of contemporary artists' best of lists for 2020)