27 December 2009

2009 in Music

Well, since everyone else seems to be doing it maybe its time for me to take a moment and reflect on the year in music.

Music release of the year:

The Warp20 Boxset. No longer available but still acquirable in part as three separate CDs (Chosen, Unheard, Recreated), I have waxed lyrical about it already; the most stunning box set I have ever seen.

Find of the Year

Plaid - Tekkonkinkreet, a 2006 Japanese only release, the soundtrack to a manga film and my favourite Plaid album since 2001's 'Double Figure'. Also well worth checking out is Plaid's 2008 Japanese soundtrack, also for Michael Arias for his live-action, non-Manga, Heaven's Door.

Albums of the Year

The xx - xx, dismissed by my sister after she saw them live as "a bunch of moody teenagers", nonetheless I can't seem to stop listening to the album. I may get sick of this soon though as a) it seems to be on everybody's top 10 list and b) I feel slightly dirty listening to music made by kids born in the nineties.

Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue. While most folks think of Clark, Grizzly Bear or Battles when they talk about contemporary Warp sounds, Bibio and Hudson Mohawke are what get me excited. Also check out Vignetting the Compost, Bibio's earlier release this year on Mush.

Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport, much more musical than last year's 'Street Horrsing', and by musical I mean 'not as much of a root canal for your brain performed with the Black and Decker drill you just got for Christmas'. Like a more commercial 'Matmos' in parts, but in a good way, full of loverly rich sounding ten-minute tracks.

The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method, its an album about cricket, by two Irish guys. One of my proudest musical moments is getting Neil Hannon to sing 'My Lovely Horse' in Toad's Place in New Haven. This album is just like that, a guilty pleasure. Did I mention its about cricket?

Tosca - No Hassle. See, I like the downtempo Vienna sound, have done since the subliminal 'K&D Sessions' and this dreamy and slightly sleepy release, while not ground breaking, occupies a happy niche in my listening this year, if admittedly as mostly background music.

Honourable mentions go to Nosaj Thing with 'Drift' and Tim Hecker's 'An Imaginary Country', and my favourite Irish release of the year is Love Rhino's Tumatakuru on Alphabet Set, well worth checking out live around Dublin in the new year.

Interestingly enough according to my aggregated last.fm Scrobbles and iTunes playcounts for 2009 what I listened to most over the year is not necessarily what I consider to be the best releases of the year. Tosca's 'No Hassle' occupied a lot of my time at the start of the year, even though its not the most exciting release in recent years from the Viennese duo. The appearance of Royskopp's 'Junior' on my 'most played' chart surprised me because its really not that good, and I had forgotten all about it until today, and Fuck Buttons and Hudson Mowhawke don't even make it into the top 20!

The most played newbies on Unkie Dave's Jukebox:
1 - Tosca - No Hassle
2 - Plaid - Heaven's Door
3 - Plaid - Tekkonkinkreet
4 - Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
5 - Various - Warp20 Unheard
6 - The xx - xx
7 - Squarepusher - Solo Electric Base
8 - Royskopp - Junior
9 - The Duckworth Lewis Method - The Duckworth Lewis Method
10 - Love Rhino – Tumatakuru



At 11:45 am, Blogger Love Rhino said...

Wow! I am bowled over that my album is your favourite Irish album of the year (I'll admit, it is the only Irish album I have heard all year). Still, I am humbled by your unceasing appreciation of my music. The fact that I made most of that music between 5 and 6 years ago makes me wonder if I should not get the old finger out and start making some more.


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