Archive for December, 2012

The Year In Sounds, Words and Liquid

December 31, 2012

Albums of the year

20.    Oren Ambarchi – Audience of One
19.    Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
18.    Hanne Hukkelberg – Featherbrain
17.    Radere – I’ll Make You Quiet
16.    Bill Fay – Life Is People
15.    Anduin – Stolen Years
14.    Pye Corner Audio – Sleep Games
13.    Outer Space – Akashic Record
12.    Raime – Quarter Turns…
11.    Lower Dens – Nootropics
10.    Kleefstra/Bakke/Kleefstra – Griis
9.      Dead Rat Orchestra – The Guga Hunters of Ness
8.      Mount Eerie – Clear Moon
7.      Saffronkeira – A New Life Part I and II
6.      Clark – Iradelphic
5.      Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
4.      Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
3.      Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Self Titled
2.      Bersarin Quartett – II
1.      Swans – The Seer

Tunes of the year

  1.  Fenn O’Berg – Christian Rocks
  2.  GY!BE – We Drift Like Worried Fire
  3.  Swans – Lunacy
  4.  Squarepusher – Angel Integer
  5.  Slugabed – Sex
  6.  Aquadisco – Soft Galaxies
  7.  Raime – The Last Foundry
  8.  Pye Corner Audio – The Mirror Ball Cracked
  9.  PiL – Lollipop Opera
  10.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Driftin’ Back
  11.  Natural Snow Buildings – Bone Diadem
  12.  Mount Eerie – House Shape
  13.  Mogwai – Rano Pano (Tim Hecker remix)
  14.  Lindstrom – No Release
  15.  Lee Noble – Motion Forever
  16.  Frank Ocean – Pyramids
  17.  Emeralds – Adrenochrome (but just for the guitar wank ending)
  18.  Burial – Kindred
  19.  Belbury Poly – Goat Foot
  20.  Ariel Pink – Kinski Assassin

Most frequently listened to this year (not the same as Last FM obv; also not in order)

  • Christian Rocks – Fenn O’Berg
  • If Not I’ll Just Die – Lambchop
  • Dark Steering – Squarepusher
  • The Seer Returns – Swans
  • Leaving The Island – Evan Caminiti
  • The Pining 2 – Clark
  • Glass Walls – ASC
  • All Your Gold – Bat for Lashes
  • 4AM… – Afterhours
  • A Swan Is Born – Can
  • Now Then – Belbury Poly

Other things/comps enjoyed this year

  • Can – The Lost Tapes
  • WITCH – We Intend To Cause Havoc
  • Various Artists – Tomorrow’s Achievements: Parry Music Library 1976-86
  • The covers to the Below The Radar comps the Wire do as the pictures all look like news readers having an orgasm

Books Read This Year (not in order of quality, but consumption)

  1. Andrew Marr – A History of Modern Britain
  2. Lauren Beukes – Zoo City
  3. J.A. Baker – Peregrine
  4. David Toop – Haunted Weather (again)
  5. K.W. Jeter – Infernal Devices
  6. Iain M Banks – The Player of Games
  7. Tim Gatreaux – Waiting for the Evening News
  8. Philip Kerr – Field Grey
  9. Philip Kerr – If The Dead Rise Not
  10. China Mieville – Embassytown
  11. Philip Kerr – If The Dead Rise Not
  12. Alastair Reynolds – Redemption Ark
  13. Franz Kafka – The Complete Stories
  14. Walter Mosley – A Red Death
  15. John Banville – The Newton Letter
  16. Saul Bellow – Him With His Foot In His Mouth
  17. Kim Stanley Robinson – Wild Shore
  18. Martin Amis – London Fields
  19. Paul Auster – Travels in the Scriptorium
  20. Umberto Eco – Baudolino
  21. Thomas Packenham – The Scramble for Africa
  22. Richard Morgan – Broken Angels
  23. Roger Deakin – Wildwood
  24. Don Delillo – The Players
  25. M. John Harrison – The Centauri Device
  26. Jeff Somers – The Electric Church
  27. Robert Silverberg – Shadrach in the Furnace

Pints consumed¹
201

Estimated cost
£623

Top Ten Beers (according to The List [UK unless stated])

10.     Miltons – Nero
9.      Stone (US) – Ruination IPA
8.      Harbour – Double IPA
7.      Highlands – Orkney IPA
6.      The Rat Brewery – Crazy Rat
5.      Brewfist (IT) – Burocracy
4.      Brewsters – Hophead
3.      Dark Horse (US) – Special Black Reserve
2.      Magic Rock – Clown Juice
1.      Brewdog – Growler

Completed intentions 2012 (coloured text = success)

2012: The Pipeline

  1. Lecturing Master’s students on methodologies, very briefly
  2. Conference paper in April
  3. Performances in Leeds (possibly)
  4. Field work: Jan – July
  5. Completing 2 more chapters of thesis: Spatiality and Technology

2012: The Resolutions

  1. Make more than a passing acquaintance with classical music
  2. Listen to the radio (possibly in conjunction with no. 1)
  3. Make more headway with LNT
  4. Return to learning Mandarin

Additional completed intentions (subsequent to post)

  1. Lose weight (21 pounds since September, though some has been regained in Dec)
  2. Go on much delayed honeymoon
  3. Upgrade to full PhD
  4. Send journal article for publishing (Navigating the Archive: Resistance and Memory in Contemporary Avant-garde Practice submitted to Poetics in December)

Intentions for 2013

  1. Finish PhD
  2. Finish Shinje
  3. Record some new/collaborative music
  4. Work out what exactly to do with my life once I have completed No.1

Image that sums up 2012

Hagraven
I’ve clearly wasted a lot of time

Comparisons With Last Year’s Assessment

  • I drank less in 2012, possibly because I had no alcohol during February (see ‘ Additional Complete Intentions’ above).
  • I drink a fair number of beers from the States, possibly own to the influence of Dan P.
  • I have read a lot less this year, possibly owing to being busy and/or playing Skyrim, or the books being long.
  • I haven’t kept details of things I have done on certain days this year, nor offered news headlines or obituaries. My review is very me-centric.

Overall Score
6

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¹ This figure is almost certainly inaccurate. It was obtained by taking my by-now-hilarious beer list, and halving the number of drinks on it; this is because, in most cases, if I am in an establishment with a number of interesting beers, I will drink halves to maximize how many I can try. I am aware of how sad this appears, and I don’t care.

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Festive Noises

December 22, 2012

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Brief festive sounds, from something I dragged out of the archive: Creeping Jaw Society – Be My Baby

The new year will see updates to the WDT/VSTM archive (I’ve been very poor with this recently), some sort of thinking and writing on Robert Silverberg’s Shadrach in the Furnace and, most importantly, a whole host of reviews and end of year/start of the new reflections and foresight from semi-regular contributors to the blog. Much to look out for etc.


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