And The Beat Goes On…Other Curious Sonic Souvenirs From 2008

New:

Jesu – Why We Are Not Perfect EP (Hydra Head / Daymare)

Bird Show – S/T (Barge Recordings)

Birchville Cat Motel – Gunpowder Temple Of Heaven (Pica Disc)

Piano Magic – Dark Horses EP (Make Mine Music)

Autistic Daughters – Uneasy Flowers (Kranky / Staubgold)

These Arms Are Snakes – Tail Swallower And Dove (Suicide Squeeze)

Windy & Carl – Songs For The Broken Hearted (Kranky)

Mouthus – No Canal (Boltrop-Boy)

Isolde – All Things To Fall Like Marching Men (Penny Poppet)

Dan Friel – Ghost Town EP (Important) – Solo record from Parts & Labor founder

Nurse With Wound – Bacteria Magnet (Dirter Promotions)

Fall – Imperial Wax Solvent (Castle Music / Sanctuary)

Zozobra – Bird Of Prey (Hydra Head)

Barn Owl – From Our Mouths A Perpetual Light (Not Not Fun)

Boris – Smile (Southern Lord / Diwphalanx)

Portishead – Third (Mercury / Universal)

Fear Falls Burning – Frenzy Of The Absolute (Conspiracy)

Terminal Sound System – Constructing Towers (Extreme)

Bardo Pond – Batholith (Three Lobed Recordings)

Volcano The Bear – The Mountains Among Us (Beta-Lactam Ring)

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band – 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons (Constellation)

Ocrilim – Annwn (Hydra Head)

Grails – Doomsdayer’s Holiday (Temporary Residence Limited)

Final – Fade Away (Avalanche Recordings)

Nadja – Desire In Uneasiness (Crucial Blast)

Ariel Kalma – Les Temps De Moissons (Beta-Lactam Ring)

Young Widows – Old Wounds (Temporary Residence Limited)

Transitional – Nothing Real, Nothing Absent (Soultheft)

5ive – Hesperus (Tortuga)

High Places – S/T (Thrill Jockey)

Disfear – Live The Storm (Relapse) – Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge)

Fennesz – Black Sea (Touch)

Charles Atlas – Social Studies

Von Magnet – Ni Prédateur Ni Proie (Ant-Zen / Jarring Effects)

Grey Daturas – Return To Disruption (Neurot Recordings)

Au Revoir Borealis – Dark Enough For Stars

Starving Weirdos – Summon With Electronic Sorcery

Yellow6 – When The Leaves Fall Like Snow (Make Mine Music)

Christina Carter – Texas Working Blues (Blackest Rainbow)

USA Is A Monster – Space Programs (Load)

Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (EMI)

Legendary Pink Dots – Plutonium Blonde (ROIR)

Prurient – And Still, Wanting (No Fun Productions)

Beequeen – Sandancing (Important)

Goslings – Occasion (Not Not Fun)

Jimmy Cake – Spectre & Crown (Pilatus)

All The Saints – Fire On Corridor X (Killer Pimp) (Not to confuse with All Saints)

Burning Star Core – Challenger (Plastic)

Atlas Sound – Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (4AD / Kranky) – Solo project of Bradford Cox from Deerhunter

Xela – In Boca Al Lupo (Type)

Gang Gang Dance – Saint Dymphna (Warp / Social Registry)

Indian Jewelry – Free Gold! (We Are Free / Lovepump United)

Menace Ruine – Cult Of Ruins (Alien8) – Mastered by James Plotkin. In 2008, they also released digital version of the album and two other records – “In Vulva Infernum” tape and “The Die Is Cast” CD, the latter of which also came out on Alien8 and was also mixed by Plotkin

Notwist – The Devil, You And Me (City Slang / Big Store / Spunk / Domino)

Deerhoof – Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars)

Animal Collective – Water Curses EP (Domino)

Seven That Spells – Black Om Rising (Beta-Lactam Ring) – Croatian band, which, since 2003, released 4 LPs – 2 on Russian label R.A.I.G. and two on Beta-Lactam

Boduf Songs – How Shadows Chases The Balance (Kranky) – Solo project of Matthew Sweet, who was also in a whole bunch of other bands/projects

Meat Beat Manifesto – Autoimmune (Planet Mu)

Strategy – Music For Lamping (Audio Dregs) – Strategy is Paul Dickow, who was  also in Fontanelle and other bands

Torche – Meanderthal (Hydra Head / Robotic Empire)

School Of Seven Bells – Alpinisms (Ghostly International) – SoSB includes members of On!Air!Library!, Secret Machines and A Cloud Mireya

In Camera – Open Air (Robot) – In Camera is a collaboration between Christoph Heemann (HNAS, Mirror, Mimir) and Timo Van Luyk (Noise-Maker Fifes, Af Ursin)

Genghis Tron – Board Up The House (Relapse) – Drum-less and bass-less metal trio from Poughkeepsie, NY

Hair Police – Certainty Of Swarms (No Fun Productions)

Don Caballero – Punkgasm (Relapse) – Their second post-hiatus release (first one was 2006 “World Class Listening Problem”)

Valet – Naked Acid (Kranky / Marriage) – Solo project of Honey Owens from JOMF, Nudge and World

Chthonic Force – Delirium Tremens: The Best Of (Discriminate Audio) – A compilation of experimental/ambient work by Tim Madison, member of punk band Dwarves

Eleh – Homage To The Square Wave (Taiga) – Mastered by James Plotkin. Along with this LP, Eleh also released 3 other records in 2008 alone.

Aethenor – Betimes Black Cloudmasses (VHF) – Second LP by a trio of Vincent De Roguin (Shora), Stephen O’Malley (countless bands/projects) and Daniel O’Sullivan (Guapo, Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses)

Daniel Menche – Glass Forest (Important)

Fuck Buttons – Street Horrrsing (ATP)

Slomo – The Bog (Important) – Second LP by a duo of Chris “Holy” McGrail & Howard Marsden

Fire Room – Broken Music (Atavistic) – Debut LP by supergroup which includes Ken Vandermark, Lasse Marhaug and Paal Nilssen-Love

Grouper – Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (Type) – Grouper is a solo project of Liz Harris

Bass Communion – Molotov And Haze (Important) – Solo project of Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree

This Will Destroy You – S/T (Magic Bullet)

Envy – Abyssal (Rock Action / Temporary Residence Limited) – New EP by this Japanese band, who also recorded splits with Jesu and Thursday (yes, that Thursday) in 2008

Celer – The Everything And The Nothing (Infraction)

Windy Weber – I Hate People (Blue Flea / Kenedik) – Solo debut by a female part of Windy & Carl.

Bison B.C. – Quiet Earth (Metal Blade) – Pretty heavy stuff from Canada

Made Out Of Babies – The Ruiner (The End)

Cadaverous Condition – Destroying The Night Sky (Klanggalerie)

Bohren And Der Club Of Gore – Dolores (PIAS Germany)

Gutter Twins – Saturnalia (Sub Pop) – Dulli + Lanegan rocking out together

Anakrid – Banishment Rituals of the Disenlightened (Beta-Lactam Ring) – Solo project of Chris Bickel from Guayana Punch Line and In/Humanity

Bitcrush – Epilogue In Waves (n5MD) – Solo project of Mike Cadoo (Gridlock)

Human Greed – Black Hill: Midnight at the Blighted Star (Lumberton Trading Company)

Dead C – Secret Earth (Ba Da Bing!) – New record from this veteran NZ band

Lustmord – Other (Hydra Head) – Rock album by Brian Williams/Lustmord, where he’s assisted by Aaron Turner (Isis), King Buzzo (Melvins) and Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream)

Growing – All The Way (Social Registry)

Throbbing Gristle – Third-Second Annual Report (Industrial)

Kontour – Scanners (Some Bizarre) – One of the newer artists on Some Bizarre

Charlottefield – What Friends Are For (FatCat)

Evangelista – Hello, Voyager (Constellation)

Harvey Milk – Life…The Best Game In Town (Hydra Head)

Black Boned Angel – The Endless Coming Into Life (20 Buck Spin)

Thisquietarmy – Unconquered (Foreshadow Productions)

Fucked Up – The Chemistry Of Common Life (Matador)

Black To Comm – Fractal Hair Geometry (Dekorder)

Skullflower – Desire For A Holy War (Utech) – Other releases from Skullflower during this year include “Circulus Vitiosus Deus” 3xCD box set / “Pure Imperial Reform” CD (both on Turgid Animal label), 7″ split with Axolotl / “Taste The Blood Of The Deciever”  LP (Not Not Fun) and  self-released “La Noche De Walpurgis” CDr.

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Dead Reptile Shrine – Burning Black Infinity (Antihumanism / Cocainacopia)

Shit & Shine – Küss Mich, Meine Liebe (Load)

Astral Social Club – Model Town In A Field Of Mud (Textile)

Alistaire Crosbie – Sad Faces Of The Moon (Peasant Magik)

Advisory Circle – Other Channels (Ghost Box)

Scorces – I Turn Into You (Not Not Fun)

SPK – Document|||0 1979-1983 (Vinyl-On-Demand)

Library Tapes – A Summer Beneath The Trees (Make Mine Music)

Jim O’Rourke – Long Night (Streamline)

Kevin Drumm – Imperial Distortion (Hospital Productions)

Ferial Confine – First, Second And Third Drop (Siren)

Suspicion Breeds Confidence – The Fauna and Flora of the Vatican City (Gruenrekorder)

CoH + Cosey Fanni-Tutti – CoH Plays Cosey (Raster-Noton)

Motorpsycho – Little Lucid Moments (Stickman / Rune Grammofon)

Excepter – Debt Dept (Paw Tracks) – First release on Animal Collective’s own label

Reissues:

Nocturnal Emissions – Viral Shedding (Klanggalerie)

A Place To Bury Strangers – S/T (Important / Rocket Girl)

Gore – Hart Gore / Mean Man’s Dream (Southern Lord)

Coil – New Backwards (Threshold House)

Loop – Fade Out / Heaven’s End (Reactor)

Eyeless In Gaza – Summer Salt & Subway Sun (Beta-Lactam Ring)

Greater Than One – All The Masters Licked Me / G-Force / London (Brainwashed Archives)

Psychic TV – Force The Hand Of Chance (Some Bizarre)

Residents – Duck Stab (Mute)

Chapterhouse – Blood Music (Cherry Red)

Compilations:

Peace (For Mom) – Dedicated to mother of Jon Whitney (creator of Brainwashed website) who passed away in 2008. Double-CD compilation, which includes tracks by Kinski, Legendary Pink Dots, Caribou, Current 93, Boduf Songs, Aranos, Anthony And The Johnsons, Rivulets, Ulrich Schnauss, Stars Of The Lid and many others.

Brainwaves 2008 – Features Lichens, Stars Of The Lid, Marissa Nadler, Silver Apples, Matmos, Major Stars, Manorexia, Kid606, His Name Is Alive, Meat Beat Manifesto, Reformed Faction and many others.

Of Great And Mortal Men: 43 Songs For 43 U.S. Presidencies – Amazon – “Rock balladeers Christian Kiefer, Matthew Gerken, and Jefferson Pitcher have performed a remarkable feat. They have composed and recorded 43 songs, one for each of the past and current presidents of these United States. Most songs were written as part of the 2007 RPM “Album in a Month” Challenge, but after the challenge ended they decided to finish the songs and sought out other artists to assist with the endeavor. They also plan on writing a song about our 44th president, available for free download from Standard’s website, once we know who it is going to be.”

Garden Of Forking Paths – With Chieko Mori, James Blackshaw, Helena Espvall and Jozef Van Wissem

Electronic Music From High Schools

Wierd Compilation Vol.||: Analogue Electronic Music From 2008 – Includes tracks by Carlos Giffoni, Hive Mind, Sleep Museum, Envenomist and many others

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