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Everything and Nothing / 2013 Favorite Albums("normal" music)
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:25:09 AM »
Every year I come up with two lists of favorites, one of ambient/electronic music & one of "normal" music.  By normal I mean music that may actually be played on the radio.   Indie, alternative, rock, Americana, whatever you want to call it, most of my list would be played only on college or indie stations, not regular commercial radio.

So here are my personal favorites from 2013...

Favorite albums of 2013:

1. Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers
2. John Vanderslice- Dagger Beach
3. Volcano Choir - Repave
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
8. John Vanderslice - Diamond Dogs
9. Mikal Cronin - MCII
10. Darkside - Psychic
11. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
12. Vic & Gab - Love of Mine
13. Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
14. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
15. The Flaming Lips - Peace Sword ep
16. Wavves - Afraid of Heights
17. Rhye - Woman
18. Daughter - If You Leave
19. Public Service Broadcasting - inform - educate - entertain
20. San Fermin - San Fermin

The songs of 2013:

1. Phosphorescent - Song for Zula
2. Mother Falcon - Dirty Summer
3. Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go Round
4. Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
5. Moby - The Perfect Life (with wayne coyne)
6. The National - I Need My Girl
7. Jose Gonzalez - Step Out
8. Jonathan Boulet - You're a Animal
9. Volcano Choir - Bygone
10. Nonono - Pumpin Blood
11. Postino - I Love It(Mo Funk Mix)
12. Mikal Cronin - Weight
13. Bonobo - Cirrus
14. MIA - Bring the Noize
15. Laura Mvula - Like the Morning Dew
16. Daniel and the Lion - The Dark Red Waltz
17. Hardwell - Spaceman
18. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
18. Night Beds - Ramona
19. Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford - Fare Thee Well
20. Andrew Bird - Pulaski at Night


You can find audio samples to the best album list here... http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/12/best-of-2013.html

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:57:10 AM »
This is the list of 25 favorites from 2013 that I posted on my mix blog.  As I said there, the list is a collection of ambient/electronic/instrumental music which is mostly ambient but also includes a few other styles.

1. The Seaman and The Tattered Sail - Light Folds
2. infinite_coil - transmit
3. Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship
4. Esmerine - Dalmak
5. Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1
6. Optical Frameworks - Little Piece Of Perseverance
7. Justin Walter - lullabies and nightmares
8. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
9. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
10. Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique
11. Saffronkeira + Mario Massa - Cause and Effect
12. The Green Kingdom - Dustloops - Memory Fragments
13. Field Rotation - fatalist: The Repetition of History
14. Roedelius - Stunden
15. Marconi Union & Jah Wobble - Anomic
16. Tessellate Recordings - Earthtones
17. Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields
18. Maps and Diagrams - Timbre
19. Coppice Halifax - Inland By Night
20. Spheruleus - The Possibility Of Loss
21. Paris DJs Soundsystem - Rise of the Troubadour Warriors - tropical grooves & afrofunk international vol.3
22. Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness
23. CALIBRO 35 - said
24. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument - Shemonmuanaye
25. Icebreaker & BJ Cole - Apollo

I'll try to post my list of favorite "normal" albums of the year over in Everything and Nothing.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:31:43 PM »

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:58:36 PM »
Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording - awesome, can't wait for the movie.
Saffronkeira + Mario Massa - Cause and Effect - another new album of electronics & trumpet, yay!
Cross My Heart - Hope to Die - EP - a four song ep that's worth buying for the awesome sample of King Crimson used in the song "Lover."
John Vanderslice - Diamond Dogs - Vanderslice covers Bowie's entire Diamond Dogs album and it's awesome.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:30:31 PM »
Andrew Bird - The Quietest Show on Earth - I've been in an Andrew Bird mood for the past week or two & was happy to discover this download of a small live show in the Mojave Desert.  You can find it here... http://www.quietestshowonearth.com/

seaman and the tattered sail - light folds - Might be my favorite ambient recording of the year.

Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

tonefloat-ikon - streams of consciousness 132406 - Got this at Bandcamp thanks to an earlier post here.  Very nice.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:03:08 AM »
Julio,  I love Deep Listening!  I'm happy for you that you discovered it.

Now playing...

Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness - awesome drones and ambience
Darkside - Psychic - Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington collaboration thats kinda spacey, kinda poppy, kinda experimental.
Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship - new one from Arve Henriksen is awesomely awesome, but then I love all of his stuff.
 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:18:02 PM »
Pop spins...

San Fermin - San Fermin - excellent chamber-pop.
The Reigning Monarchs - Black Sweater Massacre - surf + ska + punk = awesome.
The Clash - Sound System - I'd forgotten how much I love this band.
The Avett Bros. - Magpie And The Dandelion - I'm not overwhelmed with this one yet.  I think I just OD'd on The Avett Bros the last few years.


Electronic...

Optical Framework - Aether Blueprints - nice ambient, dub that ebbs & flows beautifully.
Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields - more good ambient dub.
Vytis - Deepchord Avenue - even more ambient dub.
Hibernate - We Like Ambient, Curated by Isnaj Dui - One of 4 different samplers, I recently bought at Bandcamp of Hibernate records ambient music available for name your price.  Each curated by a different Hibernate artist.,

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:59:02 PM »
A few more Bandcamp purchases...

Old Joy - It Slowly Disappears - sometimes glitchy, sometimes post-rock, sometimes ambient.  Good stuff.
Sonmi451 - Hummingbird - very similar to other Sonmi451 releases, good but nothing groundbreaking.
Colorlist - Sky Song - this one is jazz, but just a bit off, a little something mixed in that gives it a slightly different tinge than straight jazz.
Myke Dodge Weiskopf - ShortWaveMusic - The Muezzins of Mali

Does anybody else have the new Arovane album?  I've had it for about a week and I hate it.  I am a big Arovane fan but this release has totally left me cold.  Maybe about ten years ago I would have been fascinated with the syncopated beats & glitches but I've grown tired of that sound.  There are some good tracks here but mostly they just annoy me.  Definitely my most disappointing release of the year.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:48:43 PM »
Joe,

Thanks for the heads up on Optical Frameworks.  I just picked up his latest, "Little Piece Of Perseverance" on Bandcamp.  Just the right combo of dubby & spacey.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
Blamstrain - Disfold  -  bought this and a few other Blamstrain releases based on chris23 recommendation.  Thanks!
Moby - Innocents  -  I've listened to this at NPR Music but don't have it yet.  I haven't listened to Moby in years but his new single, "The Perfect Life" really clicked with me so I tried the new album & it sounds pretty good.
Simon Bainton - Visiting Tides  -  another Bandcamp discovery, good ambient with a sea/water/ocean/tides feel.
Esmerine - Dalmak  -  the music combines "DIY rock, new folk and modern classical/contemporary sensibilities," with a Turkish/middle eastern feel.  Excellent!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:31:21 PM »
Literally just finished "Lexicon" this morning.  I really enjoyed it.  I agree on the structure, definitely kept me on my toes.

Having read two Max Barry novel's, and liking both, I will definitely check out some of his other work.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:15:47 AM »


Just Finished "Jennifer Government" by Max Barry.  A fast-moving, creative book that was definitely a quick, fun read.  American corporations rule the world and People take names of the corps they work for such as John Nike, Halley McDonald's, Billy NRA.  Jennifer Government works for the government and wants to go after Nike for some crimes but can't do it without outside funding.

I just started another Max Barry book - "Lexicon."  So far so good.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:03:39 AM »
Volcano Choir - Repave - The new project from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, very nice.
Marco Madia - Music For Plants - pretty straight forward ambient.
Washed Out - Paracosm - nice indie dream pop.
Paris DJs Soundsystem - rise of the troubadour warriors - tropical grooves & afrofunk international vol.3 -  excellent afro-funk/jazz

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:02:41 PM »
I'm in the middle of two good books at once.



One is the audio version of Neil Gaiman's "the Ocean at the End of the Lane."  This is the first Gaiman novel I've read/listened to and I like it a lot.  A thoughtful fairytale about a seven year old boy who discovers some supernatural secrets about his neighbors down the lane.  One review put it perfectly describing the book as "poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening."  As I said I'm l;istenign to the audio version which is read by Gaiman himself which is excellent because I love his voice.





The other book is "The Darwin Elevator" by Jason M. Hough.  Set about 200 hundred years in the future it has lots of action, mysterious aliens, a virus that turns humans into subhumans(zombie-like) and of course a space elevator.  This is the first of a three part series & so far so good.  I found the book via John Scalzi's blog.  Here's a link to the post... http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/08/01/the-big-idea-jason-m-hough/

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Antdude,

Thanks for the props given to Low Light Mixes! 

When you mentioned Bandcamp I went back & looked at my list and 7 of the 12 favs were Bandcamp purchases.

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I agree, it's been a slow year so far.  These aren't necessarily the best of 2013, just a few of my favorites...

Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique
infinite_coil - transmit
Field Rotation - Fatalist: The Repetition of History
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Cooperation
Maps and Diagrams - timbre
Wouter Veldhuis - blue forest
The Green Kingdom - Dustloops - Memory Fragments
Unrecognizable Now - Two Rooms
Brian Green - Subtle Ripples
Linear Bells - I can Dream
Marconi Union & Jah Wobble - Anomic
Justin Walter - lullabies and nightmares

As I said these are some favs but not all will end up on a year-end best-of list.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:00:55 PM »
Another big thumbs up from me.  I agree with all the reason given so far.  I am more inclined to buy something the moment I see it's on Bandcamp.

I think my last two posts in the Now Playing thread have been all Bandcamp purchases.

I agree with Chris, I really like the collections as a way to discover new stuff.

Here's my collection... https://bandcamp.com/davidmichuda

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