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Top 10/Bottom 3: November 2012

Oct 31 2012 Published by under Hauntology, Internet/Media, Music, Personal, Top 10/Bottom 3

Pye Corner Audio Album Cover

Top 10 Reasons Sleep Games Is Awesome

Wire writer Nick Cain, in his review of Pye Corner Audio’s latest album Sleep Games (see November 2012 edition), said the music was “ephemeral and forgettable.”  I disagree.  Here’s my take.

  1. Bassline in “The Mirror Ball Cracked” is explosive.  If I could create basslines like that, I’d quit my job today.
  2. “A Door in the Dry Ice” — love the pairing of the giant bass and drums with the high-pitched glockenspiel sound.
  3. Granted, there’s a heavy horror film soundtrack feel to the album (especially the smaller “fragment” songs), but it’s missing those “cliches” that make horror soundtracks all sound pretty much the same (the stabs of synths, the swirl of organs, the creeping baselines).  It’s a soundtrack that doesn’t need to rely on a film or sound effects for its context.
  4. So the music might be a little scary, but it’s also really, really fun.  Take “Into the Maze”; that plodding kick is a bit ominous, but the ploppy bass is anything but.
  5. “The Black Mill Video Tape” — my wife says it’s a total Depeche Mode ripoff.  So what’s wrong with that?
  6. The earliest hauntology music used the sounds of the past to reveal an ominous present.  The past doesn’t exist in Pye Corner Audio’s music; the music seems to exist in limbo, outside time.  Perhaps that is what people mean when they call it “ominous.”
  7. I’ve listened to the album a dozen times or more and I hear something new every time.  Isn’t that the mark of good music?
  8. “Chlorine” is a great song to play on Halloween (and, yes, it’s still Halloween as I write this).
  9. First Pye Corner Audio on CD (so I can play it in my car)
  10. The cover IS fantastic, as are the liner notes and the great quotes from JG Ballard.

Bottom 3 Reasons Nick Cain Can Suck It

  1. He review dismisses Sleep Games but then, instead of explaining why the music deserves dismissal, he instead name drops Julian House and “Wire contributor Mark Fisher” and their part in the album cover.
  2. He talks about his “disenchantment” with Ghost Box music because their music has become stale and repetitive as justification for the lameness of Pye Corner Audio.  If you’re going to complain about Belbury Poly’s last album (which was pretty weak), then complain about Belbury Poly.
  3. He complains that Ghost Box music too-often alludes to “immediately recognisable signifiers” like radiophonics, horror films, and TV tunes.  Then he says that Pye Corner Audio adds “a couple of new ones,” like techno and Boards of Canada.  That’s like saying The Rolling Stones too-often alludes to the blues, but then they also add a few other things, like catchy hooks and sarcastic lyrics and awesomeness.  I mean, what’s the point of being an electronic band if you can’t include “tweaked Techno rhythms” in your songs?  Sheesh.

And one more for good measure: His review doesn’t mention anything about Pye Corner Audio’s earlier works, suggesting that he’d never heard them before Sleep Games.

Update (5 Dec): Sleep Games is #46 on The Wire’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 list.  So apparently many other people at the magazine do not share Mr. Cain’s opinion, which is a very good thing indeed.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: Posts by @Hauntedink in 2012

Me

Top 10

  1. 1,000 years from now, no one will remember me or you or Mitt Romney, but everyone will remember Neil Armstrong. RIP
  2. Can we just vote now so we don’t have to live through the next three months?
  3. Box Springs album The Signature Project: Volume One is now available for no charge at Bandcamp. Check it out now. http://goo.gl/1nQ9c 
  4. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha http://j.mp/NVbzTB 
  5. Caroline is sleepy http://instagr.am/p/KHFdmqHWVQ/ 
  6. It’s rare that music can make someone wish for blindness #Madonna #Superbowl
  7. No hitter for Jered Weaver! Awesome!
  8. If I could ask a question at the Pres debates, it would be: “Gov Romney, do you believe the garden of eden is in Missouri?”
  9. Fabulous job, #USMNT Tim Howard was on fire, and the defense was fantastic. Revenge for Gold Cup loss. Sweet!
  10. The cool Brazilian soccer players have TWO names.

 

Bottom 3

  1. I’d enjoy #thevoice more if the celebrity judges were Tom Waits, Bjork, Thom Yorke, and Marcel Marceau
  2. I’m going to stop complaining about my sore left knee now… amazing http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/09/london-2012-usa-relay-broken-leg …
  3. Are there any fat vegans?

For more (good and bad), visit @hauntedink

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Top 10/Bottom 3: August 2012

Apple TV

Top 10

  1. Apple TV
  2. Joan Vinge, The Summer Queen
  3. Watching BBC coverage of the Olympics using a proxy server (take that, NBC)
  4. Julian Cope, Krautrocksampler
  5. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust (still one of the greats)
  6. Popol Vuh, Affensunde
  7. Mountain Lion’s Apple TV Mirroring
  8. Mike Trout
  9. That Batman movie
  10. Sherlock (yeah, I’m behind, but I’m catching up)

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney

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Top 10/Bottom 3: July 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Top 10

  1. Moonrise Kingdom
  2. Can, The Lost Tapes
  3. Louie
  4. The Six Million Dollar Man
  5. Vacation
  6. Diablo 3
  7. Reeder
  8. Strugatsky Brothers, Roadside Picnic
  9. Metalocalypse
  10. Angels!

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Republican donors
  3. Non billionaires who vote Republican

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Top 10/Bottom 3: June 2012

Loveless cover

Top 10

  1. My Bloody Valentine Reissues
  2. Mad Men
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Metalocalypse
  5. Legend of Korra
  6. Words with Friends
  7. Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
  8. Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic
  9. Can, The Lost Tapes
  10. JG Ballard, The Drought

Bottom 3

  1. Way too quick start to summer (112 on May 31 in my town).
  2. The Los Angeles Galaxy
  3. Charles Yu, How to Survive in a Science Fictional Universe

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Top 10/Bottom 3: May 2012

Steve Brule

Top 10

  1. Can, The Lost Tapes
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Strugatsky Bros, Roadside Picnic
  4. Mushi-Shi
  5. LA Kings
  6. Box Springs Audio Workshop
  7. Joan D. Vinge, The Snow Queen & The Summer Queen
  8. Check It Out w/ Dr. Steve Brule
  9. Mika Vainio, “Rasputin 3000”
  10. Metalocalpyse (with special guest Werner Herzog!)

Bottom 3

  1. Mitt Romney
  2. Summer
  3. Angels

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Top 10/Bottom 3: April 2012

Apr 01 2012 Published by under Internet/Media, Music, Politics, Top 10/Bottom 3

bsaw-tspv1

Top 10

  1. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  2. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  3. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  4. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  5. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  6. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  7. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  8. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  9. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One
  10. Box Springs Audio Workshop, The Signature Project Volume One

Bottom 3

  1. Republicans
  2. Republicans
  3. Republicans

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Top 10/Bottom 3: March 2012

Secret World of Arrietty

Top 10

  1. Spring training
  2. Pye Corner Audio, Black Mill Tapes Vol. 3
  3. The Secret Life of Arrietty
  4. Macbook Air
  5. Neutral Milk Hotel Box Set
  6. Eurorack
  7. Box Springs Audio Workshop
  8. Bleach
  9. Rachel Maddow
  10. Barak Obama

Bottom 3

  1. Rick Santorum’s attack on college
  2. Rick Santorum’s attack on the separation of church and state
  3. Mitt Romney’s comments on Michigan trees

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Top 10/Bottom 3: February 2012 (Krautrock Edition)

Jan 30 2012 Published by under Internet/Media, Music, Personal, Top 10/Bottom 3

zuckerzeit

Top 10

  1. Cluster, Zuckerzeit
  2. Harmonia, Live 1974
  3. Neu!
  4. Kraftwerk, Ralf & Florian
  5. Agitation Free, Malesch
  6. Faust IV
  7. Can, Tago Mago
  8. Harmonia, Musik von Harmonia
  9. Harmonia & Eno ’76, Tracks and Traces
  10. Klaus Schulze, La Vie Electronique

Bottom 3

  1. All the good Krautrock books are out of print and incredibly expensive
  2. Cosmic Jokers music almost impossible to find (though I did snag a copy of their first album on LP)
  3. Having to go into the New Age aisle at Amoeba Records in Hollywood just to get some Klaus Schulze.

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Top 10/Bottom 3: January 2012

Der OTO

Top 10

  1. Halos Heaven (dreaming of a great 2012 season)
  2. Faust IV
  3. Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Vols 1-4)
  4. Kraftwerk, K4 Bremen Radio 1971
  5. Can, Tago Mago (reissue)
  6. BBC Sound Effects No. 26 – Sci-Fi Sound Effects
  7. Space 1999
  8. Vernor Vinge, The Children of the Sky
  9. The Hobbit (can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait)
  10. Der OTO

Bottom 3

  1. Voter Suppression Efforts by Republican governors in 2011
  2. Fox News
  3. All Republicans (whether running for office or running from the law)

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