Saturday, 22 December 2007

2007 draws to an end

No Wave
Black Dog Publishing

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Well 2007 has certainly been a eventful year for me. On a personal level; one of the best and one of the worst for family matters. Also, a horrendously long time spent moving and relocating meant that I was more or less cut off from music and my disc collection for almost five months. My collection is still in storage as my new accommodation is far too small. Don't see things getting back to 'normal' in the immediate future but another move is scheduled for Spring 2008
On the music front I managed to pick up and listen to many fine releases.
Those that made their way onto the one2zero turntable include some excellent releases by the ever-prodigiously talented Bonnie 'Prince' Billy as well as three great discs -2 EPs and an album- issued by Battles. Other highlights included a whole host of first-class releases from the 12k, raster-noton and touch labels. Not only electronic music of the finest order but also -as per usual- superb packaging from all three labels. Several releases from these labels are featured elsewhere at one2zero. One of my other favourite labels, ~scape also issued some splendid stuff from Pole, Jan Jelinek and Deadbeat. Not forgetting top stuff from Von Südenfed, Kim Hiorthoy and a couple of reissues from Young Marble Giants and Seefeel.

The years ends with another excellent book from Black Dog Publishing which I highly recommend for fans of No Wave but also to anyone who's at all curious about what went on on the music front in late-seventies, early eighties New York. one2zero

No Wave

No Wave traces the history of this noisy and uncompromising genre, from its most famous names down to its many offshoots and sidetracks. From early pioneers like Suicide and Richard Hell, to forgotten treasures like Red Transistor and Bush Tetras, and descendents like ESG and Sonic Youth, No Wave charts all the cracks and crevices of a surprisingly diverse movement. ( © Black Dog Publishing )

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