Monday, December 31, 2007

Last post of 2007

So this is it. 2007 was a pretty interesting year here. So much music that I went into overload and had to take time of from blogging, because I was listening to so much damn music. There were some really cool things happening in my little musical microcosm. Bands re-uniting, taking a stand against the RIAA, and being immortalized on the big screen. Here are a few of my highlights:

Radiohead releasing In Rainbows in a few formats was really cool. Shouting a collective "sod off!" to their long time record label, and signing with a couple of smaller indies was even cooler.

Covering Ceremony was just the icing on the cake.

Nine Inch Nails. Damn yo. Not only did we get the fantastic Year Zero, an impressive remix album that included multi-tracks for making your own remixes, but Trent found the time to produce Saul William's Niggy Tardust which benefitted from Radiohead's pay what you like scheme.

2007 also brought us announcements from two of our longest out of circulation bands that they were recording. Portishead and My Bloody Valentine are both finishing up studio albums.

Video Director Anton Corbijn brought us the biography of Ian Curtis with the critically acclaimed Control. I had high expectations for the film and was very happy that they were not just fulfilled, but it exceeded what I thought the film could be. Not really the feel good movie of the year (that honor belongs to Juno) but a film that is in my top 5 of all time.

The film which clocks in at my number 1 spot Blade Runner also had a re-release in the form of a 25th anniversary edition dubbed - The Final Cut it looks more beautiful than I ever thought possible, and it made me remember what it is I love about film all over again.

Speaking of re-releases The boys at subConscious Communications remastered some very influential albums in expanded editions this year. Download's Furnace Doubting Thomas's The Infidel and Plateau's Music for Grass Bars got the treatment, and we got to hear a new collection of Skinny Puppy outtakes, The first Download record in 5 years, and a new Tear Garden album. Great year for fans of the Puppy crew indeed!

Finally 2007 brought us the announcement that march 3rd would give us a new Autechre album.

There are so many other albums and things worth mentioning that I can't possibly give it all lip service here, suffice to say though if you are a music fan (and I would assume you are) 2007 should have given you more than a few things to peak your interest.

See ya next year!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Autechre New Album

I was a little slow on the uptake on this one but a new AE album was announced December 3rd. The 20(!) track album Quaristice will be released March 3rd on Warp.

1. Altibzz
2. The Plc
3. IO
4. Plyphon
5. Perlence
6. SonDEremawe
7. Simmm
8. Paralel Suns
9. Steels
10. Tankakern
11. Rale
12. Fol3
13. fwzE
14. 90101-51-1
15. bnc Castl
16. Theswere
17. WNSN
18. chenc9
19. Notwo
20. Outh9X

Autechre Myspace
Autechre @ Warp Records

Monday, December 03, 2007

Tor Lundvall "The Seasons Unfold" sampler

As previously reported on this blog Tor Lundvall has released (through strange fortune) a sampler that will act as a precursor to the Seasons Unfold boxset.

Each of the the four tracks are exclusive to the sampler and provide a great introduction to Tor's world of ambience. I am a very big fan of the atmosphere he creates, and it his albums should be in the collection of fan of biosphere's substrata

If you haven't places an order with Strange Fortune yet, now would be a great time to start doing so!