Picks in this installation from Bob Branien, Marty McSorley, Julie, Diane Kamikaze and Henry Lowengard. Find all of the best of lists here.
Bob Brainen's picks for 2011.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis-Smoking In Heaven [Verve]
NRBQ-Keep This Love Goin' [Clang!]
Vetiver-The Errant Charm [Sub-Pop]
P.J. O'Connell-Join The Crowd [Clang]
Jake And Some Of The Jewels-A Lick And A Promise [www.jakeandthejewels.com]
Pete Donnelly-When You Come Home [www.petedonnellymusic.com]
Mostly Other People Do The Killing - The Coimbra Concert [2CD Clean Feed]
dB's - Picture Sleeve/Write Back [Single Orange Sound]
Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions [Capitol]
Left Banke - Walk Away Renee/Pretty Ballerina [Sundazed]
Left Banke - Too [Sundazed]
Sandy Denny-The Northstar Grassman And The Ravens [2-CD Deluxe Edition-Island]
Todd Rundgren-Runt/The Ballad of Runt [2CD Edsel]
Free Spirits --Live At The Scene 1967 [Edsel]
Bill Plummer And The Cosmic Brotherhood-Same Title [Impulse!]
Sun Ra-The Eternal Myth Revealed, Volume 1[14 CD Box Set-Transparency]
Van Dyke Parks-Arrangements-[Bananastan]
Phil Spector - The Philles Album Collection [7 CD Box Set-Sony Legacy]
More picks below the fold...
Marty McSorley’s Top 10 Top Ten List
Seems like everyone's caught top ten list fever! So here is my top ten top list of ten lists!
10. Time Magazine’s Top Ten of Everything
Cause yes it's expansive, yes it's entertaining, and yes engaging, but
I got 9 other things that don’t show up anywhere on this list of
“everything” so fuck these guys and their “everything.”
9. ESPN’s Top Ten Shaq Moments
Cause Shaq is the most versatile entertainer of our time. Star
Athlete, Movie Star, Rap Star, a real true triple threat. Don’t
believe me? Listen to my Shaq Diesel tribute hour I did when he
retired this year.
8. Amazon.com's top ten Kevin Costner VHS tapes
Cause its Costner and you can (and should) get them all for a total $1.97!
7. Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About RuPaul
Cause it RuPaul. And cause bet you didn’t know we exchanged words on
6. Bacon Today’s: The Top Ten Bacon Recipes Of The Year
Cause “Chocolate Covered, Crispy Bacon Burger” is only #4 and cause I
kicked off 2011 Jan 5th with #5 “The Ultimate Turbaconducken” at my
friends’ Phil and Diana’s wedding and it was fucking epic.
5. David Letterman: Mondays though Fridays since 18, 1985
Cause this dude has been doing top tens longer than most of you punk
asses. David Letterman is the Iggy Pop of Top Ten Lists. You may not
like all of his current work but you gotta appreciate that he’s still
out there doing it every night.
4. toptenz.net: Top Ten Worst as Seen on TV Products
Cause I don’t have TV so how else would I know that there was a
product rated even worse than “The Back Up!” The bedside gun rack! Get
yours now "some customers are buying one for each side of the bed! . .
. . .The Back Up is not intended for use in homes with children."
3. Pucking Hockey’s Best NHL Fights of the 2011 Season.
Cause the best hits are best served on ice.
2. Pitchfork: Any Top Ten List From Years Past
Cause hey if they didn’t get it “right” the first time they’ll just go
back and change it.
1. Neil Hamburger “Top Ten List Censored.”
Cause honestly what top ten list could ever top Neil’s Top Ten Reasons
You Woke Up With an Orange Penis?
Julie's picks for 2011
Austra -- Feel it Break
Kate Bush -- 50 Words For Snow
Kristeen Young -- V the Volcanic
The Humans -- Sea of Size
Paul Messis -- The Problem with Me
Tamaryn -- The Waves
Black Ice -- Before the First Light
Marissa Nadler -- Marissa Nadler
Harpsicorpse -- Suite For Harpsichord
Emilie Simon -- The Big Machine
Diane Kamikaze's Favorites of 2011
I'd first like to thank ALL the guests I have had on the Kamikaze Fun Machine this year, whether playing live, or on the Peer Pressure segment. Thas not been a more active year for me in all my time at WFMU, and itgave me great pleasure and was an honor to be able to present so many guests to our listeners!
Records I Loved That Came Out This Year:
Kvelertak - KvelertakVoivod - Warriors of Ice
Solitude-The World. The Flesh. The Devil.
Hail Hornet - Disperse the Curse
Batillus - Furnace
The Devil.Tombs - Path of Totality
White Mystery - Blood and Venom
White Wizzard - Flying Tigers
Whitehorse - Progression
Engineering the following:
The Might Could for DKFM, Batillus for DKFM
John Doe on Three Chord Monte, Deniz Tek on Three Chord Monte
Raspberry Bulbs on My Castle of Quiet
The Obits on Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T, Reigning Sound on Cherry Blossom Clinic w/Terre T,
The Notekillers on The Evan “Funk” Davies Show, Urge Overkill on The Evan “Funk” Davies Show
Where Some of The Action Was:
Roadburn Fest: check out archive on Roadburn Here:
Webhamster Henry's Top 10 Imaginary Sound Events of 2011
• Water Water Everywhere: Hairy Patch (Groundhogger Records: 2011) Harry Partch's underwhelming and dissapointing work WATER WATER, from 1961, is reorchestrated and minimized in this environmental realization. Each section was performed in situ by the kindo of punky lesbian Harry Partch tribute band Hairy Patch on old water fountains in various Western Pennsylvanian institutions.
• I Rode With Gagarin: GOSKOMKOM (State Commemorative Committee) (Baikonur: 2011) Fifty years after Gagarin's historic ride, cowboy Kazakhs cut this little tune, blending together the romance of space with the lonely twanginess of the desert. The instruments bodies are built by natives out of recycled spent rocket parts which have been continually droppping on them for the past 50 years.
• Fukushima Ya-ya! : Big Pleasure (Idoru Ikon: 2011) The worst earthquake and tsunami in recent memory, followed by a nuclear disaster of unreportable proportions, nevertheless has resulted in this J-Pop effort from teen idol wannbees Big Pleasure. Kind of a train wreck of a song, tastless and hooky at the same time. I understand one of the group is a robot, but they are not revealing which one.
• Rolling On (installation: 2011) Uncle Joe's vast piano roll collection was celebrated in a gallery opening last June when all 500 rolls were spliced together and run through his Ampico equipped baby Knabe grand.
• Bone Music: The Chiros (Medical Malpractice: 2011) Every little bone has its own harmonic resonant pattern, and every muscle a natural range of frequencies as it streches and relaxes. And this recording goes over all those frequencies for a pretty standard sized man, finding harmonies and crepitacious rhythms.
• Hear It Now : The People's Orchestra (phone recording: 2011) The Occupy Movement has popularized the technique of the Human Microphone, or the People's Microphone, where more traditional "call and response" is turned into a means of reliable communication to a large group. The same technique is here applied to short jazzy sax riffs and some vocalese. The transmitters, each with their own voices and instruments, self-select their timing and synchronization. Interspersed are anti-establishement messages, appeals for funding, personal ads, and tweets from celebrities.
• 4004 Symphony (hardware/software: 2011) In honor of the 40th anniversary of first microprocessor, chiptunes artist Dirke Christopher hunkered down with an ungainly collection of custom power supplies, legacy auxilliary chips, and wire wrap tools to design a 4 bit synth, running with 1 K of static RAM. By demultiplexing the data bus, he was able to get a kind of qudarophonic signal, routed to individual piezo speakers.
• AT&T and T-Mobile: Rethink possible 4G (private demo: 2011) Anticipating a speedily approved merger of corporate cell phone powers, this industrial presentation for stockholders was quickly funded, written, cast, and a demo was recorded. Featuring T-Mobile Girl Carly Foulkes, they may have to wait a while for the first performance.
• Stink!: UGA Labs (Olfactory Aurcicle: 2011) Taking advantage of some new technology developed for sniffing out funguses in agricultural products, the team at the University of Georgia Olfactory Sensing group took their sensor and patched it up with an Arduino microcontroller to drive a primative wavetable synthesizer. The cigarette box-sized device was taken to various locales and the resulting tines recorded. Emphasis cut: Tobacco Barn.
• Sing Along with Fannie and Freddie(US Govt. recording, 1940s) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or big band versions of them, give a jivey intro to mortgage securities and other financial concepts related to housing. This was actually a cartoon soundtrack. Follow the bouncing mortgage!