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Hello to everyone :)

At the start of the month, I had the opportunity to go to Pitchfork Festival in Paris which was really exciting. The building they held the festival in was really cool, they had a cool bar venue for the smaller acts as well as an inbuilt lecture theatre utilised as another smaller space for the niche acts.

The one thing that surprised me was how empty it felt. I'm not sure whether that's a weather issue or the fact the festival was in the outskirts of the city finishing in the early hours of the morning after the metro has stopped. I rather enjoyed being able to move freely but it puzzled me given how cheap the festival was in comparison to most festivals elsewhere.

Weyes Blood
Caroline Polachek - I highly recommend her album
Slowthai - Beat, did you end up listening to his album?
The Comet is Coming
Orville Peck

Flohio - there are an abundance of rappers from UK and she proved she is not one of the strongest ones
Jamila Woods - I love her new album but the mixing on this stage was nothing short of atrocious. It was way too loud and drowned her out.
Belle & Sebastian - This was a weird choice of lesser known songs for a headline set
Most of the French rap artists also sounded just like one another. I didn't know any of them beforehand and I don't care to know about them afterwards.

I thought the Kazu album was terrible for the same reason you've mentioned, Beat. It felt experimental yet incredibly aimless and tuneless.

Also, what the heck happened to Beck? I tried listening to the new album and gave up halfway. It's like a Beck parody album and not a very good one.

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yes, i have checked out slowthai's album "nothing great about britain", and liked it quite a bit. definitely reminds me of the streets, an updated, more nervous and manic version.

what kind of live setting do chromatics have? is it a whole band?
i actually quite enjoyed their latest album :)

oh god, beck … i watched an interview he did with the NME on youtube, and all i could think was how incredibly past his peak this scientologist was, and how dead his eyes looked. :scared:

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did anyone listen to the new mark lanegan album? the few songs i heard so far made me think that there's a real trend this year for singer-songwriters (or whatever you want to call them) like mark, angel olsen or sharon van etten to experiment with vintage synthesizers.
Is that a good or bad thing? :eek:h:

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@Beat Chromatics had a 4 person set up - two guitars, the keyboard/synths and the drummer. They had a large screen backdrop throughout the show as well which seemed to be in theme with their Warholian/B Movie pop art aesthetic, mainly of the lead singer. It was utilised really well and added to the whole vibe. I believe they were the original headliner for the second day given they were billed higher than Belle & Sebastian but B&S were the final act on the main stage for that day and they played slightly longer.

Johnny Jewel has another project band called Desire who played earlier in the day. That band seems very similar in set up to Chromatics given the heavy synths in the exact same location on stage and the video backdrops but the lead singer happens to have black hair instead. I assume Chromatics/Johnny Jewel presented themselves as a package deal with Desire given the current Chromatics tour has Desire as the opening band, which is bizarre in itself given Desire have only ever released one album and it was last decade.

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Did you sent a song of theirs to BSG? It's how I discovered them...

I never knew South-Koreans can be that chatty :lol:
Time Of Extinction yes, but on MTF I won with They Keep Silence. It wouldn't be possible nowadays to win with this though. They always lie to the crowd at the end by saying "We'll come back soon" at every single show. I was lucky enough to see them in a small room with a capacity of maybe 150.

I have a ticket for Guru Guru next week, old Krautrock band from 1968. The leader is still in it and 78 now. I can recommend BaBa ZuLa. This wouldn't do well in BSG, but it's a nice hypnotic/psychedelic live sound. I'm gonna see them for the 3th time within like 8 months in January. Algiers in February (new album in January) for the second time, they are definitely in my top 10 for concerts.

Also the BSG discovery Kikagaku Moyo was really good this year.

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So let me be the first to post in this thread with the new layout.

Beat, are you doing what band albums of the year again? A (new) fantastic discovery that will definitely have a place in my top whatever: Kim Gordon's album :love:

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hi joris

i've been thinking about it but don't know yet. this thread is almost dead, most of the original posters are gone … so i'm not sure there's a point to it. and having kacey musgraves win last year wasn't exactly a motivation booster 😭

but let me know what you guys think.

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I'll be posting my year end lists regardless. I've got the 100 albums unless the last few on my 'to listen' list end up impressing me.

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yeah, let's do that, but maybe everyone on the same day? how about january 6th?
hopefully artur and david post theirs as well.

yeah, the kim gordon album is good. not sure if it'll make my top 20 though.

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I'll try too :)
I honestly haven't started the albums yet, only did the top50 singles because I had to give it to Highclouds too.
I'll try !

Happy holidays :)

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Well ok, let me start then! I've included a single/song for each album so you can have a quick listen if you don't know the album. Oh and, looking at this list, goth is back (at least for me)!

The Crow's Top 20 Albums of 2019

1. Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit
2. Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky - Droneflower
3. Stef Chura - Midnight
4. Panda Bear - Buoys
5. Boy Harsher - Careful
6. VR SEX - Human Traffic Jam
VR SEX "Sacred Limousine" (Official Video)
Jambinai - Sun.Tears.Red (Official Audio)
8. Kim Gordon - No Home Record
Kim Gordon - "Hungry Baby" (Official Video)
The Twilight Sad // I/m Not Here [missing face] (Official Video)
10. Zwangere Guy - Wie is Guy?
Zwangere Guy - Gorik Pt. 1
11. Rainbrother - Island
Rainbrother - The Master
12. Violent Femmes - Hotel Last Resort
Violent Femmes - Adam Was A Man
13. She Past Away - Disko Anksiyete
She Past Away - Durdu Dünya
14. Vagabon - Vagabon
Vagabon - Water Me Down (Official Video)
15. Ritual Howls - Rendered Armor
Ritual Howls - "Alone Together" (Official Video)
16. Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold
Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)
17. DIIV - Deceiver
DIIV // Skin Game (Official Audio)
18. Lower Dens - The Competition
Lower Dens - Young Republicans (Official Video)
19. PJ Harvey - All about Eve
PJ Harvey - "The Moth (Feat. Lily James)" - All About Eve Soundtrack | Lakeshore Records
20. Minuit Machine - Infrarouge
Minuit Machine - DRGS

Good albums that just fell out of top 20: Blankenberge - More, Big Thief - Two Hands, Desperate Journalist - In Search of the Miraculous, Eva De Roovere - La Loba, Girl Band - The Talkies, Mariee Sioux - Grief in Exile, These New Puritans - Inside the Rose, Toro Y Moi - Outer Peace, Westkust - Westkust, Wilco - Ode to Joy

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2019 Favourite Albums

1. Dead Man's Pop - The Replacements
---- Sure it's the 30 year old album Don't Tell A Soul. But it has been un-facelifted. Gone is the shitty late 80s glossy sheen, now sounding like a warts and all Replacements album. And timeless. Mixed as originally started and intended until the record label took it out of their hands and had it "professionally" done. Now, everything sounds better, rawer, realer. Two songs that were skippable (for me) before, are now enjoyable in one case ("I Won't"), with the other being an absolutely essential listen now ("They're Blind.")
2. Future Ruins - Swervedriver
3. Arrival - Fire! Orchestra
4. Sunshine Rock - Bob Mould
5. Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery - The Comet Is Coming
6. The Afterlife - The Comet Is Coming
The Afterlife
7. Abstractions of Reality Past and Incredible Feathers - Binker Golding
I Forgot Santa Monica
8. More - Blankenberge
9. Ancestral Recall - Christian Scott aTunde Ajuah
Her Arrival
10. Come Back World - Joseph Arthur
Pale Fire
11. Anguish - Anguish
Gut Feelings
12. The Highwomen - The Highwomen
Redesigning Women
13. Thanks for the dance - Leonard Cohen
The Night In Santiago
14. Ghosteen - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Bright Horses
15. Chi - Liebman, Rudolph & Drake
CHI, by Adam Rudolph
16. Memory Streams - Portico Quartet
With, Beside, Against
17. There Existed An Addiction To Blood - clipping.
The Show
18. Gold & Grey - Baroness
I'd Do Anything
19. It Rains Love - Lee Fields & The Expressions
Wake Up
20. Absolute Zero - Bruce Hornsby

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I don't know 80% of those bands :eek: I'll have a listen to the youtube vids later. T

he Nick Cave album was a big disappointment for me. Oh, and I've missed the new Portico Quartet release apparently.

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Adam's list for 2019

1. Tyler the Creator - IGOR
2. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
3. (Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar
4. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
5. JPEGMAFIA - All My Heroes Are Cornballs
6. Caroline Polachek - PANG
7. Fennesz - Agora
8. Solange - When I Get Home
9. Floating Points - Crush
10. Duster - Duster
11. The Comet is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
12. Anderson .Paak - Ventura
13. FKA twigs - Magdalene
14. Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
15. American Football - American Football (2019)
16. Charli XCX - Charli
17. Vegyn - Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds
18. Hatchie - Keepsake
19. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell
20. Little Simz - Grey Area
21. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
22. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
23. Danny Brown - unkowhatimsayin
24. Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile
25. Jamila Woods - Legacy! Legacy!
26. Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
27. Big Thief - UFOF / Big Thief - Two Hands
28. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
29. Thom Yorke - ANIMA
30. Galcher Lustwerk - Information
31. Cory Wong - Motivational Music for the Syncopated Soul
32. Resavoir - Resavoir
33. Durand Jones & The Indications - American Love Call
34. Amyl & The Sniffers - Amyl & The Sniffers
35. Erika de Casier - Essentials
36. Jay Som - Anak So
37. Emotional Oranges - The Juice: Vol I
38. Bon Iver - i,i
39. Ana Frango Eletrico - Little Electric Chicken Heart
40. Bat for Lashes - Lost Girls
41. Friendly Fires - Inflorescent
42. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - And Now for the Whatchamacallit
43. Kokoko! - Fongola
44. Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
45. Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
46. Aldous Harding - Designer
47. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
48. Orville Peck - Pony
49. Mavi - Let the Sun Talk
50. Kaytranada - Bubba

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Time for a rockin' list then!

Tool - Fear Inoculum

Rival Sons - Feral Roots

The Black Keys - Let's Rock

Rammstein - Untitled

Bones UK - Bones UK

Tent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Watchmen Volume 1 (Music From The HBO Series)

Tinariwen - Amadjar

The Raconteurs - Help Us Stranger

Beth Hart - War In My Mind

Colour Haze - We Are

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Happy New Year all :)

2019 was a great year music wise for me.
Many of my fave artists made new music. Some disappointing, some ok, and some real gems :)

And discovered many new artists.

And lots of concerts, some highlights:

Blackberry Smoke, Antwerpen
Bob Dylan, Bergen
Elder, Bergen
Elton John, Bergen
Melissa Etheridge, Tillburg
Garbage, Amsterdam
Foo Fighters, Bergen
Louise Lemon, Bergen
Madrugada 3 times Bergen, Stavanger, Antwerp
Meat Puppets, Amsterdam
Metallica, Brussels
Rival Sons 2 times, Bergen, Amsterdam
Slash 2 times, Bangkok, Amsterdam
Solstafir, Bergen
Tinariven, Amsterdam
Tool, Amsterdam
Zeal & Ardor, Bergen

No concert trips this year, saving some money ;)

Will be hard to keep that though, with Rage Against The Machine, Faith No More, The Black Crows and others coming back and touring...…… ;)

I'll be off on my mandatory Asian January holiday tomorrow, so I'll read the rest of the lists when I'm back :)
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