The year 2009: Paddling Ghost

Thursday, 31 December, 2009


Downloading didn’t kill the music in the new decade. It has once again been a very good year with lots of great records, hit singles and bands touring around the world. Seeing Bedroom Community at the “Nye rødder” festival was the best concert this year, but unknown “Boy without god” made a fine appearance at Lades.

At the event “Night before New Years Eve” I played these songs as the top 5

Dan Deacon – Paddling Ghost
The Horrors – Sea within a sea
Animal Collective – My Girls
The Big Pink – Crystal Vision
Oneida – The River

Dan Deacon is wacky electronica. The layers are somewhat simple, the tunes are high pitched and the energy is impressive. I’m absolutely crazy about “Bromst” record and I could have played both “Build voice”, “Snookered” and “Paddling Ghost” as my favorite track this year.
The Horrors have huge success in Britain, but in Denmark it seems like people don’t really find it interesting. “Sea within a sea” is a perfect blend of Neu! and Joy Division. I’m not raised with these two band, so I have no romantic feelings about the cannibalization.
Animal Collective were mentioned on almost every hit list, both the independent as well as established magazines. “My Girls” is just above almost everything I’ve heard this year always making me happy when listening to the song.
The Big Pink has as well been hyped. As I mentioned I started to listen to them rather late. But none the less “Crystal Visions” (and “Dominos”, “Velvet” and “At War with the Sun”) are among the songs I’ve been listening to the most this year. It’s not original in any sense, but I love the walls of guitars…
Oneida probably made the most interesting record this year, if you ask me. “The River” has a good drive and the sound is both primal and rough. You should check it out, if you are into raw rock music.

This year the “joker” was related to the best musicvideo. I chose Röyksopp “This must be it”.

Worth mentioning is that Jeppsson became a member of our “Night before New Years Ever”. And we had community singing to a Lemonheads cover version of Gram Parson thanks to Mikkel. Most played were Animal Collective, Muse and Morrissey with two each.

Best albums first half of 2009

Sunday, 5 July, 2009

DM-Stith-Heavy-Ghostsanimal-hospital-memoryThis is my top 10 list of albums released in 2009 (listed alphabetically).

Animal Collective ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’, Domino. Finally they made me understand why there is so much hype around them.
Animal Hospital ‘Memory’, Barge Recordings. Varied and layered soundscape par excellence.
Dan Deacon ‘Bromst’, Carpark Records. Unstoppable dance punk electronica.
Decorate Decorate ‘Instructions’, A:larm Music. Yes, they skipped the dots. Read my review here.
Julie Doiron ‘I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day’, Jagjaguwar. A female singersongwriter shows her personality.
Mountains ‘Choral’, Thrill Jockey. Warm, rich, detailed drone.
The Horrors ‘Primary Colours’, XL recordings. Absolutely stunning mix of Joy Division and Neu!
Tim Hecker ‘An Imaginary Country’, Kranky. Dense drone and overwhelmingly captivating.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Zero’, Interscope. Sexy and rocking with attitude and popular melodies.
Zu ‘Carboniferous’, Ipecac. Read .chrz review here.

I also want to promote a list of the five best albums I bought this year, but was released last year or earlier.

b.fleischmann, ‘Angst is not a weltanschauung!’. Morr Music. Read my short review here.
DM Stith ‘Heavy Ghost’. Asthmatic kitty records. Probably the record I’ve listened to the most. For fans of Radioheads new material.
Kazuki Tomokawa ‘ Blue water, red water’, P.S.F Records. Read my comment on Tomokawa here.
Mugison ‘Lonely Mountain’, Accidental records. Islandic singersong writer. Really nice, calm and lonely.
Paavoharju ‘Yhä Hämärää’, Fonal records. Folk-electronica from Finland. Mysterious and wise.

mono live anders_jensenliva ventura

Since I bought “You are there” (and even more with “Palmless Prayers/ Mass Murder Refrain”) I thought that Mono (JP) brought the beautiful melancholia to a quiet place and took it beyond other post rock bands. A noisy ensemble playing mostly quite, long pieces. The concert at Loppen yesterday was no way silent and I suddenly came to doubt if they had only brought peace to my mind, not to my ears?
I guess it was the right choice to go for the more rocking tunes, yet still complex and beautiful. I do appreciate the lacking or at least only slow development in melodies, and ever-continuing crescendos in post rock. But in the end I was bored by the lack of surprise.

Before I left left for the concert I listened to Liva Ventura, the Danish supporting act, at Myspace and decided to come early. “Until the days disappear” and “Connections” (if it wasn’t for the female vocals, sorry) are pretty good songs. I should be careful with namedropping, but it’s a up tempo version of Low frequency in Stereo, early Psyched Up Janis fuzz and reminisces of 90ies Sonic Youth clean guitars (I’m probably the only one to hear this). But first and foremost straight forward, good post rock: repetitive and driven by guitar riffs con amore. Their concert was decent and I do look forward to the album out on Play/rec in may.

Even more though I would like to recommend everyone with lust for NEU! and Silver Apples to listen to the new single from the Horrors. Psychedelic, transcendental and maybe overplayed? Sea within a sea at Youtube.