Music of 2007: #10–#4

At last! I have got round to the top ten. Was it worth it? Probably not. Next (i.e. this) year, I am only doing the top 20, I swear… 10. Hanne Hukkelberg — Rykestrasse 68 A neat album of playfully experimental jazzy folky songs. The interesting but subtle use of found sounds makes Rykestrasse 68 […]

How to quadruple the price of an album and get away with it

If there is a musical act I like more than Radiohead, it is Autechre. The release of Autechre’s new album, Quaristice, bears some resemblance to Radiohead’s attention-grabbing In Rainbows release. It also bears a lot of the hallmarks of my predictions / observations about the apparent future of the music industry which I wrote about […]

Music not of 2007: three reissues

Well, last year I looked at some reissues as well, so I thought I’d do that this year as well. I wasn’t joking when I said I might not get this list finished until February. This is in alphabetical order. Seefeel — Quique (Redux Edition) This is nice. This forgotten shoegaze / techno crossover classic […]

Music of 2007: #20–#11

Getting there slowly but surely. We might be two weeks into 2008, but that won’t stop me from looking back at 2007. By this rate it will be February before we get to the end of this list… 20. The Tuss — Rushup Edge Whoever is responsible for this is at least a genius at […]

Music of 2007: #40–#21

Updated to include the full 20 — I messed up the original post. Thanks to Ali for pointing it out. Hmm, a bit late here. That always seems to happen nowadays. Sorry about that. But I like to wait until the very end of the year to do my end-of-year list, unlike others who sometimes […]

Battles on the BBC

I went to see Battles a couple of weeks back. I already wrote about it the first time I saw them, so I won’t go on and on about it. Full reviews of the gig by Last.fm users are here and here. In my view, this performance was even better than the one at Glasgow. […]

White Noise — An Electric Storm

Despite my interest in electronic music, my collection — shamefully — doesn’t contain very much from before the 1990s. The only ones that I can think of from the top of my head are an album of music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, some Brian Eno and Steve Reich. A recent purchase makes me wonder […]

Clark — Ted E.P.

First CD review in a while. Hope you don’t mind. It is short though. I won’t say much about this, but I will say that I am as disappointed in this EP as I was in his last album. After ‘Ted’ itself we are presented with Bibio’s remix of ‘Ted’. I don’t think I’ve ever […]

My ten favourite albums of 2006

So here it is at last, my top ten. As always, you’ll have to press play every 30 seconds on the audio clips. 10. Franz Ferdinand — The Fallen / L. Wells Okay, so this isn’t an album, but did you want me to call this post “my ten favourite albums and / or singles […]

Music of 2006 — Eight ace re-releases

Some of this year’s best releases were actually re-releases, compilations or collections of some kind or another. If I had decided to include them in my main list, most of them would have made my top ten of the year. But there’s only so far you can stretch the concept of a ‘2006 release’. So […]