Sunday, January 02, 2022

My 2021 in music

Hello friends and enemies,
It's been a while. In lieu of a best music of the year list (I no longer pretend to rank things in some kind of permanent hierarchy), here is every 2021 (or 2021-ish) new release and reissue/archival release I added to my collection in physical media form, in rough order of acquisition. I'm ignoring digital releases, so Myriam Gendron and Springtime will just have to wait until 2022. Goodbye until 2022, suckers. 



New releases
Thurston Moore - By the Fire
Cub Scout Bowling Pins - Heaven Beats Iowa 7"
Jeff Tweedy - Love Is the King
Damaged Bug - Bug on Yonkers
Osees - Metamorphosed
Kurt Vile - Speed, Sound, Lonely KV (ep)
Yo La Tengo - We Have Amnesia Sometimes
Melvins - Working with God
Tamar Aphek - All Bets Are Off
USA/Mexico - Del Rio
Tomahawk - Tonic Immobility
The Peacers - Blexxed Rec
Guided By Voices - Earth Man Blues
Dinosaur Jr - Sweep It into Space
Field Music - Flat White Moon
Bobby Lee - Origin Myths
Mush - Lines Redacted
Kid Millions & Jan St. Werner - Imperium Droop
Three-Layer Cake - Stove Top
Rose City Band - Earth Trip
Writhing Squares - Chart for the Solution
Mr. Bungle - The Night They Came Home
Lambchop - Showtunes
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Birds of Maya - Valdez
Cub Scout Bowling Pins - Clang Clang Ho
Anthony Joseph - The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running for Their Lives
Human Impact - EP01
Amaro Freitas - Sankofa
Guided By Voices - It's Not Them. It Couldn't Be Them. It Is Them!
The Scientists - Negativity
Melvins - Five Legged Dog
Ty Segall - Harmonizer
Circuit des Yeux - -io
White Denim - Crystal Bullets/King Tears
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Marissa Nadler - The Path of the Clouds
Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
Bill Callahan & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Blind Date Party
Modern Nature - Island of Noise
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Barn



Reissue/Archival
Various - Reach
Various - Numero 95
A.R.T. Wilson - Overworld
Anthony Moore - Out
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Way Down in the Rust Bucket
The Haskels - Taking the City by Storm
Neil Young - Young Shakespeare
Female Species - Tale of My Lost Love
Various - Rust Side Story Vol. 24
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975
Various - Eccentric Disco
Various - Country Funk III: 1975-1982
Karate - Karate
Karate - In Place of Real Insight
Seam - Headsparks
Neil Young - Carnegie Hall 1970
Various - Driftless Dreamers in Cuca Country
Phew - Phew
Various - Christmas Dreamers: Yuletide Country 1960-1972
Pastor T.L. Barrett & The Youth for Christ Choir - I Shall Wear a Crown
Charlie Megira - Da Abtomatic Meisterzinger Mambo Chic
Can - Live in Brighton 1975 

Sunday, January 03, 2021

My 2020 in music

I wrote about my incredibly strange and traumatic year on my movie blog, so I'm not going to do much writing here. Instead, here is every new release and newly reissued archival album I enjoyed and acquired this year. 
 

 
 
 









































2020 albums
Bent Arcana - Bent Arcana
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Patchouli Blue
Built to Spill - Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston
Bill Callahan - Gold Record
Ora Cogan - Bells in the Ruins
Sam Coomes - True Death
Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes
Destroyer - Have We Met
Greg Dulli - Random Desire
Field Music - Making a New World
The Flaming Lips - American Head
Aoife Nessa Frances - Land of No Junction
Grand Veymont - Persistance et changement
Guided By Voices - Mirrored Aztec
Guided By Voices - Styles We Paid For
Guided By Voices - Surrender Your Poppy Field
Human Impact - Human Impact
Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs of Sorrow
Jackie Lynn - Jacqueline
Alain Johannes - Hum
King Buzzo w/ Trevor Dunn - Gift of Sacrifice
Lambchop - Trip
Magik Markers - 2020
The Magnetic Fields - Quickies
Stephen Malkmus - Traditional Techniques
Melvins/Mudhoney - White Lazy Boy EP
The Men - Mercy
METZ - Atlas Vending
Million Lands - The Ochre World
Mint Mile - Ambertron 
Modern Nature - Annual EP
Mourning [A] BLKstar - The Cycle
Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
Nap Eyes - Snapshot of a Beginner
North Americans - Roped In
Obnox - Savage Raygun
OOIOO - Nijimusi
Osees - Protean Threat
Joe Pernice - Richard
Mike Polizze - Long Lost Solace Find
Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
Lee Ranaldo & Raul Refree - Names of North End Women
Gwenifer Raymond - Strange Lights over Garth Mountain
Cash Rivers & The Sinners - Bad Side of the Coin
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy
Rose City Band - Summerlong
Tobin Sprout - Empty Horses
Moses Sumney - grae
Sunwatchers - Brave Rats EP
Sunwatchers - Oh Yeah? 
Tamikrest - Tamotait
tētēma - Necroscape
JG Thirlwell & Simon Steensland - Oscillospira
U.S. Girls - Heavy Light
Wasted Shirt - Fungus II
Waterless Hills - The Great Mountain
White Denim - World as a Waiting Room
Yo La Tengo - Sleepless Night EP
Neil Young - The Times EP
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020 Reissues, Repressings, Archival Releases
24 Carat Black - III
Otis Brown - Southside Chicago
Dhaima - Love Lives Forever
Trey Gruber - Herculean House of Cards
Masumi Hara - 4 X a Dream
Tommy McGee - I'm a Stranger
Silkworm - live albums on Comedy Minus One's Bandcamp page
Silver Jews - complete discography
Valium Aggelein - Black Moon
Various - Eccentric Funk
Various - Louis Wayne Moody High
Various - NuLeaf: Smooth Jazz Underground
Various - Whispers: Lounge Originals
Neil Young - Archives Vol. II
Neil Young - Homegrown
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Return to Greendale 
 
2019 late to the party
Jim Sauter & Kid Millions - Safe & Sane 

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019 in music

Happy new year, jerks! Here are the albums I enjoyed in the old year.

Favorite records of 2019 in no particular order
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains 
Guided By Voices - Zeppelin Over China
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - De Facto
The Delines - The Imperial
Julian Lynch - Rat's Spit
Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Miri
House of Hiss - Sand Never Sets
Solange - When I Get Home
Aldous Harding - Designer
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Spiral Stairs - We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized
Ex Hex - It's Real
Lambchop - This (Is What I Wanted to Tell You)
Stephen Malkmus - Groove Denied
Priests - The Seduction of Kansas
USA/Mexico - Matamoros
Spotlights - Love & Decay
BITW - BITW
Sunwatchers - Illegal Moves
Chris Forsyth - All Time Present
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Boogarins - Sombrou Duvida
Mourning [A] BLKstar - Reckoning
Sad Planets - Akron, Ohio
Rose City Band - Rose City Band
Kotokoto - Institute
75 Dollar Bill - I Was Real
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology
School of Language - 45
Fox Millions Duo - Biting Through
Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Ty Segall - First Taste
White Denim - Side Effects
Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein - Broken Fall
Modern Nature - How to Live
Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier - Corpse Flower
Oh Sees - Face Stabber
Pernice Brothers - Spread the Feeling
Mudhoney - Morning in America EP
Thurston Moore - Spirit Counsel
Diagonal - Arc
Malibu - One Life
Imani Coppola - The Protagonist
Guided By Voices - Sweating the Plague
Bill Callahan - Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Mark Lanegan Band - Somebody's Knocking
Battles - Juice B Crypts
Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Wilco - Ode to Joy
Cunts - Cunts
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Colorado
The Flaming Lips - King's Mouth
Omni - Networker
Sessa - Grandeza
Desert Sessions - Vol. 11 & 12
Fitted - First Fits
The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
Ramblin' Deano & Ice Cold Singles - Ramblin' Deano and Ice Cold Singles
Mistresses - Define "Relationship"
Kel Assouf - Black Tenere


Favorite older records and archival collections reissued or issued for the first time in 2019 in no particular order
Gelbart - Egg Ray Test Hits Cow Action
New World Music - Intellectual Thinking
Duster - Capsule Losing Contact
Jah Division - Dub Will Tear Us Apart ... Again
Kele Goodwin - Hymns
Rupa - Disco Jazz
Chasman - Synth-E-Fuge
Various - Escape from Synth City
Guided By Voices - Warp and Woof (new album assembled from four 2018 EPs)
Jeremy Freeze - Breaking the Skin
Various - Planisphere
Various - You're Not from Around Here
Don Slepian - Sea of Bliss
Elisa Waut - Elisa Waut
Prince - Originals
Andy the Doorbum - Art Is Shit
Indian Summer - Giving Birth to Thunder
Joanna Brouk - The Space Between
Normil Hawaiians - What's Going On?
Various - Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood soundtrack
Coolies - South Auckland Girls in the Garage
Hug - A Young Person's Guide to Hug
Various - Visible and Invisible Persons Distributed in Space
Charlie Megira - Tomorrow's Gone
Gary Davenport - Scattered Thoughts
Screaming Females - Singles Too
Hamlet Minassian - Armenian Pop Music
Jim Shepard - Heavy Action
Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream
Sanford Clark - They Call Me Country
Antena - Camino del Sol EP
Neil Young & Stray Gators - Tuscaloosa

Favorite records of 2018 I didn't get to until 2019
Tropical Fuck Storm - A Laughing Death in Meatspace
Obnox - Templo del Sonido
Obnox - Bang Messiah
Sunwatchers - II
U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited

My band's record
My band The Early Stages released our album, Terrible Business, in 2019 on our own Self-Satisfaction label. I'm proud of it. Get it on vinyl or digital download here or here or stream it on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and the other streaming sites, but we'd love you forever if you make a vinyl or download purchase if you like the music and can afford it. Thanks! 

 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #5

POLAR LAP DANCE BOWL SEALS
BILLIONAIRE LAKE ABORTION
MICHIGAN BOWL TAX
BILLIONAIRE LAKE ABORTION RAND PAUL SHUTDOWN
TAX BOWL MARIAH CAREY
ABORTION ABORTION
BOWL TRIAL BOWL MICHIGAN
BILL LAKE BILL
RAND PAUL NFL POLAR TRIAL
SUPER BILL BOWL BOWL LAP DANCE LAP DANCE
TAX VORTEX
SUPER BOWL OFFICIALS VORTEX SUPER BOWL
SUPER MARIAH CAREY SHUTDOWN VORTEX
POLAR TRUMP BOWL
BILLIONAIRE LAP DANCE
MARIAH CAREY POLAR ABORTION LAP DANCE OFFICIALS
TRIAL BILLIONAIRE NFL
POLAR BILLIONAIRE TAX VORTEX
RAND PAUL MICHIGAN NFL SEALS
SEALS SUPER TRUMP NFL SEALS BILL BOWL
TRUMP SEALS POLAR SEALS

Monday, January 28, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #4


BOWL WALL VORTEX
ANTHONY COOKIE TALIBAN
SAG TEXAS TEEN
ROGER COULTER AWARDS COOKIE
TEXAS BOWL TEEN
DAVIS IOWA ANTHONY ANN
POLAR SAG WALL
IOWA SHUTDOWN DENMARK
POLAR TALIBAN
STONE TEXAS VORTEX AWARDS
TEXAS SHUTDOWN WALL
TEXAS WALL TALIBAN
DAVIS ROGER
TEEN DENMARK VORTEX STONE
VORTEX WALL BOWL AWARDS
ANN DAVIS TALIBAN
SAG DENMARK AWARDS
SAG TEXAS TALIBAN
SAG PRO DENMARK
COULTER SAG
TEXAS DENMARK PRO TEXAS SHUTDOWN

Friday, January 25, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #3


ROGER LARA NURSE ROSS
BLACKFACE TRUMP INSURANCE
INSURANCE ROSS FROZEN ROGER
BLACKFACE TRUMP NURSE
OSWALT OSWALT ROSS ROSS
STONE WILBUR STONE FRAUD
ROGER NBA ARIZONA ROSS
VIDEO FRAUD
ROSS ARIZONA OSWALT STONE LARA
ARIZONA PHOTOS
GATORS BLACKFACE ALL-STARS
ARIZONA PATTON NBA ARIZONA
BLACKFACE NBA PHOTOS FROZEN
ROSS STONE STONE OSWALT
GATORS LARA OSWALT
NURSE PHOTOS
SHUTDOWN ARREST SHUTDOWN
OSWALT GATORS
ALL-STARS ARIZONA PHOTOS
INSURANCE WILBUR INSURANCE
NURSE ARIZONA

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Random number generator news headline cutup poetry #2

Needing a break at work a few days ago and suffering from that day's absence of weirdness and chance, I used a random number generator to create a cutup-style poem from the words in The Washington Post's "In the News" links. I think it captured a little of the present moment's terror, absurdity, stupidity, and information overload, so I'm going to keep doing them a few times a week. The first one was posted on my Instagram at joshkrauter, but I'll post the rest of them here.

#2
BOWL ICE AMAZON ANN
PATRIOTS SHUTDOWN
SHUTDOWN PANTENE
COULTER STATE BORDER BABY
COULTER CONWAY SECURITY
ANN MARINE SHUTDOWN ANN
MICROSOFT YOUTUBE AMAZON SECURITY
YOUTUBE SPANISH GEORGE
SECURITY ANN BORDER SHUTDOWN
BABY COULTER BOWL
BABY MARINE ANN CONWAY
AMAZON GEORGE
GEORGE SHUTDOWN
PANTENE PANTENE MICHIGAN
STATE SUPER AMAZON MICROSOFT
SPANISH SUPER SPANISH
YOUTUBE ICE
SPANISH  BORDER SECURITY
ICE AMAZON MICHIGAN
SPANISH MARINE SUPER AMAZON