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post #16 of 43
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Originally Posted by Davey View Post
Thanks! I spent the day listening to the also brilliant The Hill by Richard Buckner, and part of his Devotion + Doubt, one of my all time favorirtes, followed by the always amazing Folklore by Sixteen Horsepower, so I kinda know how to handle depression

Haha! Brilliant! "Folklore" is one of my favourite albums from Sixteen Horsepower! (Secret South is superb too). Can't believe how gorgeous and sublime Folklore sounds on LP vinyl over the tinny CD version which sound like copulating cats banging on a tin roof (was It Beecham who said that?!).


Are you into their Woven Hand albums and Lilium albums too?
post #17 of 43
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Are you into their Woven Hand albums and Lilium albums too?
Hehe, you know it! Blush Music is one of my favorites of the decade, and that Short Stories CD/DVD is never far out of reach. Supposedly some new Lilium on the near horizon. There's a few of us big time fans around here, including DLeeWebb.
post #18 of 43
No order:

Wilco (the album)
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Owl City - Ocean Eyes
Dangermouse/Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul
David Bazan - Curse Your Branches (although I admit this is more nostalgia for Pedro than anything else)
Where The Wild Things Are Soundtrack
Jeremy Enigk - Ok Bear
Jimmy Eat World - Clarity Live
Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
post #19 of 43
Wow! Looking over this list, we tend to agree on a lot!

Embryonic, Phoenix, Wilco, etc. And where we differ, I bet many would overlap on a top 20 list.
post #20 of 43
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Originally Posted by Davey View Post
Hehe, you know it! Blush Music is one of my favorites of the decade, and that Short Stories CD/DVD is never far out of reach. Supposedly some new Lilium on the near horizon. There's a few of us big time fans around here, including DLeeWebb.

Wow - who'd have thought I'd bump into 16HP fans on this site?!

I love David's work - I've seen him in concert a few times and his performances with that whopper of an electric accordion are just electrifying!

Have you got any news about his side-kick band - the Denver Gentlemen? They released one downright unusual and weird but brilliant album and never surfaced since...!

I love the new stuff - if it wasn't for David plugging them, I wouldn't be listening to Serena Maneesh now
post #21 of 43
My top 9 in '09, here goes (in no order):
  • Them Crooked Vultures [Self Titled]
  • Muse [The Resistance]
  • Lamb of God [Wrath]
  • Killswitch Engage [Self Titled II]
  • Katatonia [Night is the New Day]
  • Dethklok [Dethalbum II]
  • Black Dahlia Murder [Deflorate]
  • Between The Buried and Me [The Great Misdirect]
  • Alice In Chains [Black Gives Way to Blue]
post #22 of 43
  • Fever Ray - Fever Ray
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz
  • Peaches - I Feel Cream
  • Nico Vega - Nico Vega
  • Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
  • Basement Jaxx - Scars
  • Tegan & Sara - Sainthood
  • Simian Mobile Disco - Temporary Pleasure
  • Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
  • KMFDM - Blitz
  • Yeah, bullet lists!
post #23 of 43
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Originally Posted by Davey View Post
Hehe, you know it! Blush Music is one of my favorites of the decade, and that Short Stories CD/DVD is never far out of reach. Supposedly some new Lilium on the near horizon. There's a few of us big time fans around here, including DLeeWebb.
New Lilium! Wow! I will be waiting for that one! Yeah, I'm definitely a Sixteen Horsepower/Wovenhand fan. I was listening to "Blush Music" just yesterday.
post #24 of 43
I was surprised when a lot of the big mags put It's Blitz in the top 10. I will have to give it another listen I wasn't blown away when I first heard it.

Top 5 No order:

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Flaming Lips - Embryonic
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Avett Brothers - I & Love & You

I don't really have enough to make a top 10, a lot of the albums that got some press I just wasn't into. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone, and Fever Ray's album just didn't do it for me, but the reverse is true where I loved Phoenix's album and many didn't. I only just got a few more cds, and sadly I didn't get a chance to listen to many of the albums this year (Atlas Sounds, The Antlers, Tegan & Sara, etc).
post #25 of 43
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New Lilium! Wow! I will be waiting for that one!
Says on their myspace "the new lilium "felt" out in may 2010 on glitterhouse", but I remember reading that it was done over 6 months ago, and I see they've still only posted one song, and that was way back in April, so who knows. Hope it gets a US release.

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Can't believe how gorgeous and sublime Folklore sounds on LP vinyl over the tinny CD version which sound like copulating cats banging on a tin roof
BTW, I always thought the Folklore CD sounded great. A little loud, sure, but lush, and with a very nice sense of in room presence. I'm even listening to a 320 Kbps mp3 rip right now and it sounds very nice too. I do have some Woven Hand on vinyl, and they do sound better, but I don't have any 16 HP. Still, I wouldn't call Folklore a bad sounding CD by any measure. In fact, I think I've listed it in the past as an example of a good sounding CD (yea, just searched and posted link below), hmm, wonder if I should rethink that. Cat sex, eh? Had a friend who once described Bjork's singing as "someone hitting a bag of cats with a hammer"

http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f9/hig...ml#post3058746
post #26 of 43
Thread Starter 
Nobody was impressed by the new Alice in Chains?
I know it's not mind blowing, but in this time of indie and electronic rock,
it should deserve some better attention, as a sincere tentative to return to pure ROCK..
It sounds good even on cd, well played, maybe lacks the true single hit, but overall is real deal of 2009..
post #27 of 43
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Nobody was impressed by the new Alice in Chains?
I saw it on one list above. Not for me, but it did get some attention.
post #28 of 43
in no particular order, I really dug - and still find myself playing a lot of:

*Antony and the Johnsons - Crying Light
*Califone - All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
*Mt. Eerie - Wind's Poem (though I love last years Lost Wisdom more)
*Sonic Youth - The Eternal
*Fiery Furnaces - I'm Going Away
*Todd Snyder - Excitement Plan
*P.O.S. - Never Better
*Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
*Animal Collective - MPP but 'What I Want (Sky)' from the new EP is crazy good too

*Grizzly Bear - Veckatamist (gets overall #1 vote I'd say)
...+ a few others I'm not thinking of I'm sure. Good year for new tunes I thought...
oh, Kurt Vile, Cass McCombs, Atlas Sound and Circulatory System got some good spins too. Pretty typical list but, (shrug), that's what I got...
post #29 of 43
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Originally Posted by Davey View Post

BTW, I always thought the Folklore CD sounded great. A little loud, sure, but lush, and with a very nice sense of in room presence. I'm even listening to a 320 Kbps mp3 rip right now and it sounds very nice too. I do have some Woven Hand on vinyl, and they do sound better, but I don't have any 16 HP. Still, I wouldn't call Folklore a bad sounding CD by any measure. In fact, I think I've listed it in the past as an example of a good sounding CD (yea, just searched and posted link below), hmm, wonder if I should rethink that. Cat sex, eh? Had a friend who once described Bjork's singing as "someone hitting a bag of cats with a hammer"
Glitterhouse are such a great label!

Yes - the Folklore LP is just rich and deep, each trinkling guitar note really takes on a rippling presence. And yeah - it's really hard to find any 16HP vinyl stuff now. I've got Folklore; Secret South and Olden all on vinyl along with the 3 Woven Hand LPs. The sound is just superbly engineered even on the live Olden album! I love vinyl, so CD sounds inadequate in comparison most of the time...

Yet the tinny CD is probably more to do my my bright Musical Fidelity system - I'm on the NuVista tube amp and it is coming to the end of its life. Buying LPs seem to make up for it but I'm going to have to take up the second tube for it. Now Secret South! The bass and drum thump on that album is really terrific!

I can't tell when rock/modern stuff is recorded well or not. With classical music, I find it much easier. If you're keen to listen to reference standard of classical recording (and playing, then Simon Rattle's Szymanowski series - the Symphonie No.3; No.4, Harnasie; King Roger and the Violin Concerto fall into that category. It's so telling in the violin concerto - the violin piece is very sensuous and fragile, and always at risk of being dwarfed by the large orchestra. Here, Rattle pulls it off superbly with the mics perfectly positioned and the spaciousness of the orchestra opening up warm and invitingly without ever smothering the violin.

What's striking is that Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have pulled off a complete set of the Polish composer's symphonic works - all too the same standards right across his works on a number of cds. That makes it really invaluable for anyone looking for reference recordings of work........

Fabulous composer too .. almost forgot to say

Bjork....oer. Well, 'beautiful' or 'haunting' are not exactly adjectives I'd use to describe her singing style! She does sing on a par with other famous banshees though
post #30 of 43
the ones I can think of off the top of my head.

jordaan mason & the horse museum – divorce lawyers i shaved my head
phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
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