WTM #1044: Best-of-the-Top-of-the-Heap

ptpsilobottleswReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies 
19 January 2009 // 17.00-19.00
Taksu > Lights In A Fat City [35]
+ Religion is Bullshit > George Carlin [f]
La Plinthe Part 4 > Mathias Delplanque [34]
Inside > COH vs Cosey [18]
For Birds, Planes & Cello [exc] > Miya Masaoka [2]
Intrada > If, Bwana vs Noah Creshevsky [27]
Don’t Do That > Raaskalbomfukkere [20]
For Birds, Planes & Cello [exc] > Miya Masaoka [2]
Daguerrotype > Arklight [#]
Speechless > Punkt [1]
Shadowtricks > Bonobo [12]
Lucky Bug > Hassle Hound [7/e]
Reconstruction > Punkt [1]
Trek! > Hans van Koolwijk [6]
Abeam > Yvat [32]
Goomba Goomba (Lujan Ultramambo Mix) > Yma Sumac [k]
Nightwalker > Trentemøller [5]
The Conversation > Snorkel [36]
Parce Que J’En Ai Marre > Brain Damage [10]
Afraid of Nothing > High Tone [28]
Jihad on the Dancefloor > Mark Wormstora [13]
Mi Nismo Voda > Brain Damage vs Broj 1 [10]
Average Guy II > Jon Lajoie [b]
Aranzand > El Gran Silencio [23]
Maga Bo > 3akel vs. Bigg [20]
Reggae & Shout > Black Beatles [n]
Wish I Have A Wing > Prince Far I [o]
www. bwindiorphans.org > Cankisou [j]
E2-E4 [exc] > Manuel Göttsching [c]
Requiem for a Jerk > Faultline, Brian Molko & Françoise Hardy [14]
The Largest Moviehouse in Paris Un > Malcolm McLaren [21]
Brigitte Bardot Le Mépris Revisited > Hector Zazou [r]
Le Coeur Casse > Juliette Greco [16]
Dyslexia > Blurt [4]
My Name is MAA Intro / Eat Your Postman > Thee Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger [3]
Loop It > B Virus [h]
Average Guy I > Jon Lajoie [b]
There is a Tavern in the Town > Wally Cox  [a]
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Top CDs/Album/Full-length
[1] • Punkt: Crimes Scenes [Punkt Recordings]
[2] • Miya Masaoka & Joan Jeanrenaud: For Birds, Planes & Cello [Solitary B]
[3] • Thee Mysterious Asthmatic Avenger: Wild Rock n Roll for Bad Tasters [self-produced]
[4] • The Factory Recordings: Blurt [LTM]. My daughter has dyslexia. There is a long line of famous people with dyslexia. I am wondering if Ted Milton is one.
[5] • Trentemøller: Into The Trees [Poker Flat]
[6] • Hans van Koolwijk: Bambuso Sonoro [Pan]
[7] • Various Artists: La Grande Illusion > [Staubgold]
[8] • Baba  Zula & Mad Professor: Ruhani Oyun Havaları
[9] • Burial: Burial [Hyperdub]
[10] • Brain Damage: Short Cuts [Jarring Effects]
[11] • Ho Lan: Echo From Deep Valley [Mandala]
[12] • Bonobo: Animal Magic [Ninja Tune]
[13] • Various Artists: Capetown Beats [Jarring Effects]
[14] • Various Artists: Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisted [Universal/Barclay]
[15] • Various Artists: NiC in Dub [Hammerbass recs]
[16] • Juliette Greco: Beware of Paris [él/Cherry Red]
[17] • Christina Lauterburg: Aërope [Juzz]
[18] • COH/Ivan Pavlov: COH Plays Cosey > [Raster Noton]
[19] • Hsia-Jung Chang: Inside the Piano: 21st Century Improvisations [Mandala]
[20] • Various Artists: WORM T. Presents Hark Too!, a Tribute to the Hark! Album by Wim T. Schippers [WORM]
[21] • Malcolm McLaren, Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Hardy: Paris [No! / Gee / Island]
[22] • Various Artists: Dubstars: From Dub to Dsco & from Disco to Dub [Echo Beach]
[23] • El Gran Silencio: Comunicaflow Underground [EMI / Televisa]
[24] • Marja-Leena Sillanpää: h&h o&a n&n [Firework Editions]
[25] • Kristina Fuchs: Im Röseligarte [Sonic Records]
[26] • Diane Labrosse: Music for Objects on the verge of Extinction [Ambiances Magnetiques]
[27] • Noah Creshevsky vs. If, Bwana [Pogus]
[28] • Various Artists: Jarring Effects Home Experience #2 [Jarring Effects]
[29] • Machinefabriek & Jan Kleefstra: Piiptsjilling [Onomatopee]
[30] • Various Artists: Big Mag III: Polytopia, For the Big Crystals [de Player]
[31] • Sarband: Satie en Orient [Nocturne]
[32] • Various Artists: Musicworks 102 [SOCAN]
[33] • Mathias Delplanque: Le Pavillon Témoin [Low Impedance]
[34] • Mathias Delplanque: La Plinthe [Optical sound]
[35] • Lights In A Fat City: Sound Column [Extreme]
[36] • Snorkel: Glass Darkly [Slowfoot]
[37] • Spinvis vs Simon Vinkenoog: Ja! [Excelsior]
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Honorable Mention
[*] • Coachmen: Mercy [label-less!!!] give the guy[s] a label!! Bent free-jazz surf music.
[^] • Rothkamm: Opus Spongebobicum [Fluxrecords] for the title and concept. My sperm count was dangerously low after one listen!
[#] • Arklight: Aphasia [Grimeology Records] They are on their way. The make Sonic Youth sound like Bread & Ayler like Kenny G. Plus noticed our cat shedding amazing amounts of fur during listening.
[@] • Dubxanne: Police in Dub [Echo Beach] I wrote the liner notes thus not on the top chart.
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Top Singles
[a] • Wally Cox: There is a Tavern in the Town. Amazing piece discovered in my search for yodels. Cox was a regular on the Hollywood Squares TV game show. Was one of the only guests to ad-lib his lines. And who would have thought that Brando’s best friend was really the voice of Uderdog and a recording artist who frequently yodeled at parties – and on record.
[b] • Jon LaJoie: I’m Just an Average Guy I/II. Amazing piece of deconstructive un-gangsta rap. Makes the average guy actually sound cuddly-scarier than a gangsta.
[c] • Manuel Göttsching: E2-E4, amazing single piece of sustained guitar work that sounds 2008 but dates from 1984! It has a sturdier, less-romantic core than Durutti Column but I do sense parallels.
[d] • Alain Bashung: Samuel Hall [Fantaisie Militaire]
[e] • Hassle Hound: Lucky Bugs Win Prizes [La Grande Illusion]
[f] • George Carlin: Religion is Bullshit
[g] • Burial: Gutted [Burial]
[h] • B Virus: Loop It [Black Liquid zine]
[i] • Bi Rain: I’m a Cyborg, that’s Ok
[j] • Cankisou: www.bwindiorphans.org [Lé La / Indies Scope]
[k] • Yma Sumac: Goomba Goomba (Lujan Ultramambo Mix)
[l] • Bonobo: Terrapin
[m] • Slicker: 7Words [Lumpronic]
[n] • BLACK Beatles: Reggae And Shout (Twist And Shout) [Trojan Tribute to the Beatles]
[o] • Prince Far I: Wish I Have A Wing
[p] • Raventones: Unfolding [Odd Birds]
[q] • Budoár Staré Dámy: Nevim, Nevim – I Don´t Know [Good Night, Light! / Indies Scope]
[r] • Hector Zazou: Brigitte Bardot Le Mépris Revisited
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My best of 2008 is not limited to 2008 releases. Why should it? And why should it be 20 or 30? I came up with 37 plus honorable mentions. This is purely based on material I was made aware of, came in possession of, or came to truly appreciate in 2008 and actually played on my radio show. There could have been ore I suppose but what I noticed was a distinct mix of favorite styles of music plus lots of other material most of which totally avoided the hip-bound cliches and hype-bound stuff of most [pop] critics and the general blindered approach of many who write about a certain style of music as determined by the editors of magazines. You write about world music you don’t write about music from the world but from that genre.
Tis means a kind of segregation begins to form, attach itself to the weaker sectors in our brain, those that have to manage our identities and egos. I do not play ALL music but I am not averse to doing so if the situation calls for it. I rarely play metal or christian rock although if there was a need then I might very well. What my upbringing as DJ has taught me is that what we mix it up DJs do is unusual, unique, dangerous [within certain parameters]. What variety does is shock the system.
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I have been keeping lists since I was a kid. Everything from leading imports of Peru to Top 40 lists for the week while listening to the radio. I even intended to produce a book with lists – both found and from my own hand that would include everything from to-do lists, shopping lists, wish lists, books read in 1985, leading military arms producers, top ten outfielders, favorite girl names. So the list for me, annotated now, has become a kind of diary entry, a way of marking time, recognizing a moment
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About the chart: The Top 10 are pretty much my VERY faves of the year although a shift between 2 and 5 could easily occur on a sunny day or as a result of a hangover [rare because whatever value wisdom has in general society it has taught me to drink more sensibly]. The rest of the Top 27 or so could also shift, creep up, fade – the list is flexible, in other words. BUT these Top 37 are the ones I liked playing on my show and/or at home during time writing or editing in front of the screen. The music/spoken tracks ranged from the topical to the atmospheric, relaxing, stimulating, arousing, and annoying. But, in small doses, annoyance is probably a good thing, a way of keeping the dust from settling too deeply on one’s preferences and prejudices. I know print media and other media critics are held to a stricter date of release as far as picking their faves but why should it be so? If I missed something in 2006 that only came to my attention in 2008, why should that not appear on my Top 2008 chart?
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The musical “styles” range from yodeling to soundscape sculptors, to musical instrument builders, ethno-ambient, critical comedy, sonic sculpture, electro-acoustic, experimental, jazz punk, lofi one-man band, electro-dub, urban eccentric, glitch, loungy chill beats, dub, post-Gainsbourg, lounge industrial, Post-Cage composition, alternative rock, new ballads, minimal beats, machine duets, Mexican rap-lounge-dub, beatnik electronica, drunken yodeling, noise crunching, rap satire, guitar trance, lofi electronica, Korean pop yodel, Czech world music, Yma Sumac, warped covers, roots dub, Zazou…
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