My top ten albums of 2009

10. The Fiery Furnaces — I’m Going Away It wouldn’t be an end-of-year music roundup from me without something related to The Fiery Furnaces appearing on the list. And here it is: I’m Going Away. This is probably the lowest they have appeared in my end-of-year list since I discovered them. Not that I’m Going […]

20 Warp albums — part 5

This is the final selection of my overview of twenty interesting Warp albums from the record label’s twenty years. To read the other parts of this series, please check the table of contents on the right. Jamie Lidell — Multiply Jamie Lidell is clearly a very talented person. His voice is incredible, but perhaps more […]

20 Warp albums — part 2

Continuing my look at 20 Warp albums from Warp’s 20 years. For other articles in this series, please see the table of contents to the right. Albums are presented in randomised order. Broadcast — The Noise Made by People This was the first Warp album I ever bought, and it remains a favourite of mine […]

20 years of Warp Records

This month the seminal Warp Records label is celebrating its 20th anniversary. There is a heap of festivities planned, and I am expectantly waiting for the very awesome looking Warp20 box set to arrive in the next week or so. They have a lot to celebrate. The label has personified the cutting-edge of electronic music […]

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 — Mirrored

I don’t usually listen to leaks. I’m old fashioned that way. I prefer to wait until I have the physical object in my hand before listening. As Armando Iannucci said, “there are only two things in the world that give us absolute happiness: one is unwrapping a newly bought CD.” But for the first time […]

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 […]

Music of 2006 — Three sloppy turds

This will be a short post, outlining what I think were the three most disappointing releases of the year. Prefuse 73 — Security Screenings At least Surrounded by Silence grew on me. But Security Screenings is far too mundane, and I’ve had almost a full year to let it grow on me. What I said […]

Tortoise — A Lazarus Taxon

It shouldn’t really be the case that an album of old tracks that never made it onto proper albums is one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year. But it is very difficult not to get excited about Tortoise’s music, particularly when most of it comes from the band’s most fertile period. A […]

Battles — EP C/B EP

Well today I finally got my hands on the Battles CD, ‘EP C/B EP’, an introductory compilation of the band’s previous EPs and singles. I must say that I am very impressed. Very few bands manage to make guitars still sound interesting, but Battles is definitely one of them. This sounds like what I hoped […]