Best of 2015!

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Paula’s “Noise

Noise Notables for 2015

• Dave Douglas “High Risk” fantastic trumpet joins electronic grooves and beats to reinvigorate jazz

• Anthony Pirog “Palo Colorado Dream” (released 2014) Great guitar player with wonderful melodies reminding me of….

• Wayne Horvitz “Some Places are Forever” with Vancouver based players

• Holly Herndon “Platform” do you call them beats?

• Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue “Sounds and Cries of the World” off kilter and expansive vocals that dig deep into emotions

• Matana Roberts “Coin Coin Chapter 3”- a highlight for noise was the interview with this creative artist, musician and composer. Here is part three of her epic proposed 12 part series on American politics and history.

Celebrating Canadian Music

• Valiska “Repetitions” Calgary based electronics and sound artist uses guitar, synth, field recordings, piano, and laptop to create a harmonious and gentle sound world.

• Waxwings “A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists” From Vancouver, Tony Wilson on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxes, sonorous and surprising.

• The Henrys “Quiet industry” Toronto based band since 1990 making great, unclassifiable music with folk roots

• The Cluttertones “Ordinary Joy” Rob Clutton on bass, joined with trumpet, guitar and Ryan Driver on voice and synth. Improvised, odd and beautiful

• Jerusalem in My Heart “If He Dies, If If If If If If”- from Montreal, electronic Arabic influenced, haunting vocals

• Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld “Never Were the Way She Was” Arcade Fire and Belle Orchestre members create mesmerizing, hypnotic loops.

• Craig Pedersen “Ghosts” Jazz quartet with skronk and melody

Sad Goodbyes and thanks for your music:

• Don Joyce of Negativland- culture jamming, political, vibrant and life changing sound collagist died at age 71.

• Ornette Coleman – jazz innovator and saxophonist gave us “The Shape of Jazz to Come” died at age 85

Daryl’s “Speaking in Tongues

*Denotes Canadian

Top Ten

• Lagartijeando (a.k.a. Mati Zundel) “Cardos Rodando” (Frente Bolivarista)
• Mbongwana Star “From Kinshasa” (Crammed Discs)
• *Souljazz Orchestra “Resistance” (Do Right Music)
• *Niyaz “The Fourth Light” (Six Degrees Records)
• Fantasma “Free Love” (Soundway Records)
• *Alex Cuba “Healer” (Caracol Records)
• Omar Souleyman “Bhadeni Nami” (Monkeytown Records)
• Flavia Coelho “Mundo Meu” (Mr. Bongo)
• Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band “Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band” (Strut Records)
• *Lemon Bucket Orkestra “Moorka” (Self-Released)

Ten Very Honourable Mentions

• The Very Best “Makes a King” (Moshi Moshi Records)
• *Boogat “Reconquista” (Maissonette)
• Buena Vista Social Club “Lost and Found” (World Circuit)
• Bomba Estereo “Amanecer” (Sony U.S. Latin)
• Dengue Fever “Ghost Voice” (Tuk Tuk Records)
• G. Rag & Die Landlergschwister “Schwung” (Gutfeeling Records)
• Dom La Nena “Soyo” (Six Degrees Records)
• *Dubmatix “The French sessions” (Renegade Media)
• Sacri Cuori “Delone” (Glitterbeat Records)
• Various “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll” (Dust to Digital)

Peter’s “Avant Garage

Top 10 of 2015

10: Shopping – Why Choose
Late 70s sounding post-punk, with bass hooks and chirping guitars. The album Gang Of Four wished they made in 2015.

9: Thurneman – De Raknar Vara Dagar
Scandinavian hardcore punk, 80s style, with, dare I say, occasional melodic riffs. For fans of SST vintage Husker Du

8: Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect
Sneering post-punk, born from the grittiness of a broken Detroit. Powerfully bleak.

7: FFS – FFS
The best New Wave album I’ve heard in decades. Collaborations do work.

6: The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
Fuzzy, earnest pub rock, with angst of living in a crappy place.

5: The Sonics – This Is The Sonics
Sets the bar again for garage rock, 50 years after they first set that bar

4: Pierre & Bastien – Que Du Bonheur
Punk rock from France, tenor vocals give the songs a slight post-punk quality

3: Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love
The time off for this punk & roll band allowed them to connect with their roots, and then expand horizons gloriously

2: Various Artists – Ork Records: New York, New York
A definitive collection of early NYC punk tunes, from punk’s first label.

1: Viet Cong – Viet Cong
Fiercely fragile songs, with chugging chiming guitar soundscapes

Andrew’s “Breaking the Tethers

• Alice Coltrane – Universal consciousness
A reissue, originally from 1971. Not quite as good as World galaxy from the following year (World galaxy wins out due to the guru + organ + funky drummer version of “A love supreme”) but still a classic of freak jazz. It’s a swirl of spirituality (mostly of the Hindu variety), Coltrane’s harp and organ, skittering percussion, and spooky strings.

• Miles Davis – At Newport 1955-1975: the bootleg series vol. 4
A 4-CD survey of Miles Davis’ musical styles recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival. It’s got an all-star session with Monk and others, the first and second great quintets, and a load of stuff from Davis’ rock years.

• Steve Earle & The Dukes – Terraplane
Steve tackles the blues, mostly. A few of the tracks are in rock mode. Not his best but it’s fun. Anyone who can make a song called “Baby, baby, baby (baby)” work deserves some kudos.

• Grateful Dead – 30 trips around the sun: the definitive live story
Not the 80-CD version, only a 4-CD edition, documenting one song from one show from each of the 30 years of the Dead’s existence. Many nice choices, some expected and some unexpected. The material from the later years is better than I thought it would be.

• Last Exit – Iron path
Another reissue, the only studio album from the avant jazz supergroup. Featuring noise rock getting together with free jazz, it’s a nice antidote to the masses of mushy jazz that exist in the world.

• Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra – Galactic parables: volume 1
More crazed cosmic music from the prolific Mazurek and gang. Sounds like Sun Ra on steroids plus more electronics and spoken word.

• Richard Thompson – Still
More very good songs and playing from the (almost) always excellent Thompson. I like it better than his last release, Electric; things just seem about a half-notch better here.

• Ryley Walker – Primrose green
Yes, Ryley has listened to an awful lot of Tim Buckley, John Martyn, and Pentangle and this clearly shows on this recording. That being said, there are far, far worse influences to be showing plus the album simply works. The supporting musicians are from the jazz world, which seems to add much to the proceedings.

Peter Robinson

• The Book Of You – Belle & Sebastian
• Living Zoo – Built To Spill
• Coyotes – Modest Mouse
• Deep Wound – Swervedriver
• Continental Shelf – Viet Cong
• Gimme All Your Love – Alabama Shakes
• Taste – Braids
• TV – Green, • Colleen
• Loud Places – Jamie xx
• A New Wave – Sleater-Kinney
• On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee – Walker, Ryley
• Random Name Generator – Wilco
• I’m Where I Should Be – Weller, Paul
• Trying – Bully
• Specks Of Dust – Windigo
• Depreston – Barnett, Courtney
• ‘Til We Are Found – Savage Smith, Samantha
• The Metal East – Lightning Bolt
• Peasantry or ‘Light! Inside of Light!’ – • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross – • Stevens, Sufjan
• Huarache Lights – Hot Chip
• Sparks – Beach House
• The Legend of Chavo Guerrero – • Mountain Goats
• Acetate – METZ II
• The Moment – Tame Impala
• Snakes & Ladders – Tough Age
• Back to You – Twerps
• Feel – Soft Moon
• Let Their Faces All Blur Out – Astral Swans
• Moony Eyed Walrus – Cayucas
• Trouble – Richards, Keith
• Dream Lover – Destroyer
• Sea Creatures – SOAK
• Fatal Flaw – Titus Andronicus
• Flesh without Blood – Grimes
• Ice Fishing – Cairo Gang
• Another Lie – Grey Lands
• Beautiful Blue Sky – Ought
• Compound Fracture – My Morning Jacket
• The Point – XETAS
• Magdalena – Los Lobos
• Make Me Wanna Die – White Reaper
• Lonesome Street – Blur

Dave’s “Contramandatum

1. Eartheater – RIP Chrysalis (Hausu Mountain)
2. Obnox – Boogalou Reed (12XU)
3. The Coneheads – 14 Year Old High School PC-Fascist Hype Lords Rip Off Devo for the Sake of Extorting $$ From Helpless Impressionable Midwestern Internet Peoplepunks L.P. (Erste Theke Tontraeger)
4. Royal Headache – High (What’s Your Rupture?)
5. Tough Age – I Get That Feeling Central (Mint)
5. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes (Trouble in Mind)
6. Shopping – Why Choose (Fat Cat)
7. Bichkraft – Mascot (Wharf Cat)
8. Mick Futures – Banned from the Future (Telephone Explosion)
9. Bog Bodies – Could She? Could You? (Self-released)
10. Moon – Moon (Bruised Tongue)
11. Buck Biloxi and the Fucks – Streets of Rage (Hozac)
12. Container – LP3 (Spectrum Spools)
13. Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida (Trouble in Mind)
14. Fist City – Everything is a Mess (Transgressive)
15. Spray Paint – Dopers (Monofonus)
16. Fountain – Fountain 2 (Self-Released)
17. Thee oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last (Castle Face)
18. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art)
19. Gun Outfit – Dream All Over (Paradise of Bachelors)

It was a really good year for music.

Whitney’s “The New New Classics

Whitney’s list of local releases that he liked.
In alphabetical order. He probably forgot some, so please don’t take it personally :)

• Aiwass-Aiwass
• Aleem Khan-Aleem Khan
• Ashley Soft-Leave
• Barnaby Bennett x D/P/I-ºoº (2015)
• Basement Demons/Lunatique-Split
• Bent Spoon Duo-With Christopher Riggs and With Jack Wright
• Blu Shorts-Blu Shorts
• Bob Keelaghan-Country Fresh: a Ghost Guitar Soundtrack
• Bog Bodies-Razor Invasion Births The Trickle Of Vermilion Hosiery
• Buff Dudes-General Filth Demo
• Catholic Girls-Psychic Woman
• Chad VanGaalen & Seth Smith-Seed of Dorzon
• Cold Water-Cold Water LP
• Concrete Dream-Concrete Dream
• Consensual Acts-Hospital Corners
• Corinthian-Kathryne Keyron
• Crystal Eyes-No Man is an Island
• D.F. W K.B.D & J.G.-a chance happening 27​/​08​/​14 in Brasserie Beaubien
• Desgraciados-Humanidad en la obscuridad
• Dominic Pierce-Come Again
• DOSR1-66.6 Vape FM
• Dream Whip-Live on Radio Party
• Dri Hiev-Contravirtual
• Drippy Guys-The Roger Calanis E.P.
• DTHLVL-Palace of Dirt
• Empty Heads-Empty Heads
• Forager-To Carthage then, I came
• Fuckworld-1st S/T
• Glitter-2015 Promo Cassette
• Global Systems-S/T
• Gretchen-Oblique Contours
• Hag Face-R.I.P.
• HexRay-Coin of the Realm
• If I Look Strong; You Look Strong-Comfortless Aural Filth for Unrelenting Ear Punishment
• Impey – Scott – Zapalski-Under Concrete — Under Water
• Janitor Scum-Demo
• Juice Box-Tetra Pak
• Kris Ellestad-Faebles
• L. Fyfe-The Lo-Fi Collection
• Lab Coast-Away From Here
• Lazarus Death Cult-Lazarus
• Lunatique-Hands to Yourself
• Melted Mirror-Melted Mirror
• Michael Halls-Transience
• Milk Toast-Your Band Sucks & Punk’s Dead
• Monroeville Music Center-Cave & Castle
• Moss Harvest-Iliac Viscera
• No River-Katie’s Kitchen
• OneOverZero-Searching Between High and Low
• Pedro Monkeyfinger + Protagonist/Antagonist-Pedro Monkeyfinger + Protagonist/Antagonist
• Plastick-Plastic
• PMMA-Serotonin Syndrome
• Poison Wave-China Lake
• Postman-Demo
• Prepared-Young & Poor
• Set-Set 1.2.3
• SH-2000-SHHH
• Skin-Ten Tapes
• Soft Cure-Sad
• solange-Pink Disclosures of an Erotophonophiliac – Kiss the blade, flesh…fondly
• Spirits in Bondage-Spirits in Bondage
• Stilz-Traveller
• Telstar Drugs-Sonatine
• Terminal Head-Live on CJSW
• The Bitterweed Draw-Dynamite Mountain
• The Grid-The Grid
• The Now Feeling-II – The Return
• The Rumble-The Rumble 7″
• The Shiverettes-Just Three Songs
• The Tino Grigio Band-Mary Magdalene b​/​w Yellow Children
• The Weir-Calmness of Resolve
• Tigerwing-Make the Rabbits Run
• Ultra Gash-Ultra Gash Demo
• Un Blonde-Water the Next Day
• Untrained Animals-III
• V8S-Termin8
• Valiska-Repetitions
• Vandenbusssche-Vandenbusssche
• Various-Calgary Noise Comp
• Various-The Pink House
• Wolf’s Cross-⛨​.​W​.​C​.​⛨
• Wormdirt-Misery Toilet
• Yaocave-Fanta-C Plus