Pete Young (peteyoung) wrote,
Pete Young
peteyoung

2008 music

My philosophy to music has long been to just to listen to it regardless – it doesn't matter if you don't like it, at least you've given it a chance. Under the cut is a list of everything I've listened to for the first time this year, not just music I've liked (there's a lot of very forgettable stuff there – Sturgeon's Law again), and a lot of it can be heard for free at Magnatune or Jamendo under a CC license. These days, almost every time I'm on the internet I'm streaming something new. Under the cut, where available I've linked to streaming sources for the more interesting stuff.

Two albums I've particularly enjoyed are Hector Zazou's Songs from the Cold Seas, and there's a guy from Newcastle called Robin Storey who goes under the name Rapoon: his album What Do You Suppose? is certainly the weirdest album I've heard this year (and it features the stunning track 'Waddi Jah'), yet it's also highly listenable and has turned me into a bit of an addict for his stuff. I'll probably write something about these albums early next year.

One note: I have enormous difficulty listening to any C&W. In fact it's the only genre I actively avoid, which is more difficult than you might think in Thailand where there is something called 'country rock', exemplified by the mighty Carabao. If you want to explore the Thai music scene properly you can't avoid it, or them, but thankfully reggae is also huge there.

— ambient / idm —

AntiGuru, Fall Submissions, 2003  ( CANADA )
Paul Avgerinos, Balancing Spheres, 2004  ( USA )
Greg Beaumont, Wood, 2005  ( FRANCE )
Kevin Braheny, Tim Clark, The Spell, 1996  ( USA )
Hans Christian, Surrender, 2003  ( USA )
DAC Crowell, Red-Shifted Harmonies, 2003  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
DAC Crowell, SPCTR, 2003  ( USA )
DAC Crowell, The Mechanisms of Starlight, 2003  ( USA )
DAC Crowell, Sferica, 2006  ( USA )
Jack DeJohnette, Peace Time, 2007  ( USA )
Escape Philosophy, A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty, 2008  ( USA )
Escape Philosophy, Brood XIV, 2008  ( USA )
Etherfysh, Box of Fysh, 2005  ( UK )
Etherfysh, Stasis, 2005  ( UK )
Falling You, Faith, 2008  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Claire Fitch, Ambiencellist, 2004  ( IRELAND )
Claire Fitch, Ambiencellist Part II, 2005  ( IRELAND )
Claire Fitch, Celocity, 2007  ( IRELAND )
Bjorn Fogelberg, Karooshi Porn, 2003  ( SWEDEN )
General Fuzz, Messys Place, 2007  ( USA )
Glissando, With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea, 2008  ( UK )  (thanx pigeonhed)
Hands Upon Black Earth, Hands Upon Black Earth, 2005  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Chris Harvey, The White Sail, 1995  ( UK )
Chris Harvey, Otherwake, 2008  ( UK )
Hoxman, Synthesis of Five, 2006  ( FRANCE )
Ion, Future Forever, 2007  ( USA )
Ishwish, Remember, 2008  ( USA )
Mindthings, Life's Path, 2007  ( FRANCE )
Mystified, Narcotic Basement, 2008  ( USA )
Rapoon, Vernal Crossing, 1993  ( UK )
Rapoon, Cidar, 1994  ( UK )
Rapoon, Fallen Gods, 1994  ( UK )
Rapoon, The Kirghiz Light, 1995  ( UK )
Rapoon, Easterly 6 or 7, 1997  ( UK )
Rapoon, Tin of Drum, 1998  ( UK )  [ STREAM ]
Rapoon, What Do You Suppose?, 1999  ( UK )  [ STREAM ]
Rejuvenescence, Dreamscapes, 2007  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Robert Rich, Below Zero, 1998  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Steve Roach, Arc of Passion, 2008  ( USA )
David Schombert, The Gate of Silence, 2007  ( FRANCE )
Stidiek, Bad City, 2007  ( SPAIN )
Saros, Soundscapes, 2002  ( GERMANY )
Jami Seiber, Lush Mechanique, 1997  ( USA )
Jami Seiber, Second Sight, 1998  ( USA )
Jami Seiber, Hidden Sky, 2004  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Jami Seiber, Unspoken, 2008  ( USA )
SkinMechanix, The Secret Life of Angels, 2002  ( UK )
SoLaRiS, The Dharma Initiative, 2008  ( UK )
Stellamara, Star of the Sea, 1997  ( USA )
Strange Space, Strange Space, 2008  ( POLAND )
Kenji Williams, EPIC, 2003  ( USA )
Kenji Williams, Faces of Epiphany, 2003  ( USA )
Kenji Williams, Tektonik Illusion, 2003  ( USA )
Kenji Williams, Worldspirit Soundtrack, 2005  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]

— blues —

Big Bad Sun, Big Bad Sun, 2005  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Big Bad Sun, Strange Phenomena, 2008  ( USA )
Bluesboy Jag, Four Strings, 2007  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland, Showdown!, 1985  ( USA )
Robert Cray, Who's Been Talkin', 1980  ( USA )
Robert Cray, Bad Influence, 1983  ( USA )
Robert Cray, False Accusations, 1985  ( USA )
Jag, Cypress Grove Blues, 2004  ( USA )
Barbara Leoni, Human Needs, 2003  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]

— jazz —

Bill Douglas, Ty Burhoe, Kai Eckhardt, Steve Smith, Sky, 2005  ( USA )
Jan Garbarek, Aftenland, 1989  ( NORWAY )
Jan Garbarek, Wayfarer, 1983  ( NORWAY )
Jonathan Gee Trio, Your Shining Heart, 1998  ( UK )
George Howard, Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, 1992  ( USA )
Chris Juergensen, Prospects, 2003  ( USA )
Krakatau, Volition, 1992  ( FINLAND )
Revolution Void, Increase the Dosage, 2004  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Revolution Void, Thread Soul, 2006  ( USA )
SMV, Thunder, 2008  ( USA )
Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Live in Hamburg, 2007  ( SWEDEN )
Tomasz Stanko, Balladyna, 1993  ( POLAND )
Thursday Group, First Album, 1982  ( USA )
Thursday Group, Uncle Mean, 1988  ( USA )

— reggae / dub —

Burning Babylon, Knives to the Treble, 2006  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Burning Babylon, Stereo Mash Up, 2006  ( USA )
Dub of Primitive, Dub of Primitive, 2003–2007  ( GERMANY )
garish_cyborg, Echoes, 2008  ( RUSSIA )
iRie TEAM, Besoin d'Aide!, 2007  ( FRANCE )
Mariskada Sound System, Buena Mierda, 2008  ( SPAIN )
Microdub, Hanfplanet, 2008  ( GERMANY )
Bob Marley, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, 2006  ( JAMAICA )

— rock / pop / soul —

The Album Leaf, One Day I'll Be On Time, 2001  ( USA )
The Album Leaf, In a Safe Place, 2004  ( USA )
The Album Leaf, Into the Blue Again, 2006  ( USA )
Amoeba, Pivot, 2000  ( USA )
Amoeba, Watchful, 1997  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
Artemis, Gravity, 2005  ( USA )
Artemis, Orbits, 2006  ( USA )
Blind Divine, Desire to Destroy, 2007  ( USA )  [ STREAM ]
David Bowie, Heathen, 2002  ( UK )
David Bowie, Reality, 2003  ( UK )
Alter Bridge, Blackbird, 2007  ( USA )
J.T. Bruce, Anomalous Material, 2006  ( USA )
Carabao, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, 2006  ( THAILAND )
Cargo Cult, Alchemy, 2003  ( SLOVAKIA )
Cargo Cult, Vibrant, 2004  ( SLOVAKIA )  [ STREAM ]
Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head, 2004  ( UK )
Sheryl Crow, Sheryl Crow, 1996  ( USA )
Curl, Ultimate Station, 1998  ( FRANCE )
Curl, Inner, 2004  ( FRANCE )  [ STREAM ]
Dengue Fever, Venus on Earth, 2008  ( USA / CAMBODIA )
Dodgy, Free Peace Sweet, 1996  ( UK )
En Vogue, Masterpiece Theatre, 2000  ( USA )
Eurythmics, Greatest Hits, 1991  ( UK )
Adam Fielding, Distant Activity, 2008  ( UK )
Gabrielle, Gabrielle, 1996  ( UK )
Hins Cheung, Ardently Love, 2007  ( CHINA )
Led Zeppelin, Mothership, 2007  ( UK )
LVX Nova, LVX Nova, 1997  ( USA )
Maroon 5, Songs About Jane, 2004  ( USA )
Maroon 5, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, 2007  ( USA )
John Mellencamp, Nothing Matters and What if it Did, 1980  ( USA )
John Mellencamp, Human Wheels, 1993  ( USA )
Peppercorn, Free Love, 2001  ( UK )
Joe Satriani, Professor SatchafunkIlus and the Musterion of Rock, 2008  ( USA )
Carlos Saura, Un Viaje a lo Infinito, 2006  ( SPAIN )
Seal, Human Being, 1998  ( UK )
Seal, Seal IV, 2003  ( UK )
Seal, System, 2007  ( UK )
Sigur Rós, Hvarf / Heim, 2007  ( ICELAND )
Silence, Encre, 2005  ( BELGIUM )
Silence, L'Autre Endroit, 2006  ( BELGIUM )  [ STREAM ]
Snow Patrol, Final Straw, 2003  ( UK )
Soul II Soul, Volume 5: Believe, 1995  ( UK )
Justin Timberlake, Futuresex / Lovesounds, 2006  ( USA )
Bill Withers, Lean On Me – The Best of Bill Withers, 2000  ( USA )

— world / roots —

Abdelli, New Moon, 1995  ( ALGERIA )
Ray Barretto, Ancestral Messages, 1993  ( PUERTO RICO )
Daniel Berkman, Calabashmoon, 2005  ( USA / WEST AFRICA )  [ STREAM ]
Александра Бондаренко, Птица, 2008  ( RUSSIA )
Concha Buika, Mi Niña Luna, 2008  ( SPAIN )
Ty Burhoe, Invocation, 2006  ( USA / INDIA )  [ STREAM ]
Céu, Céu, 2008  ( BRAZIL )
Sheila Chandra, Out on My Own, 1984  ( UK / INDIA )
Sheila Chandra, Quiet, 1988  ( UK / INDIA )
Sheila Chandra, Roots and Wings, 1989  ( UK / INDIA )
Johnny Clegg & Savuka, Shadow Man, 1988  ( SOUTH AFRICA )
Electrocutango, Felino, 2004  ( NORWAY )  [ STREAM ]
Falik, Dreams from the Machine, 2005  ( USA )
Gilberto Gil, Parabolic, 1993  ( BRAZIL )
Mor Karbasi, The Beauty and the Sea, 2008  ( ISRAEL )
Daniel Melingo, Maldito Tango, 2008  ( ARGENTINA )
Sonu Niigaam, Classically Mild, 2008  ( INDIA )
Shiva in Exile, Ethnic, 2003  ( GERMANY )
Shiva in Exile, Nour, 2008  ( GERMANY )
Monica Vasconcelos, Hih, 2008  ( BRAZIL )
Hector Zazou, Songs from the Cold Seas, 1994  ( FRANCE )
Kourosh Zolani, Peaceful Planet, 2003  ( IRAN )

— anthologies / collections —

DJ Cary, Eastern Grooves, 2005  ( MAGNATUNE )
DJ Cary, Downtempo Chill, 2005  ( MAGNATUNE )
DJ Cary, Downtempo Chill 2, 2006  ( MAGNATUNE )
African Blend, 2005  ( STARBUCKS )
Ambient Definitions, 1994  ( XXP )
Best of Africa, 1993  ( WORLD DEVELOPMENT MOVEMENT )
The Brit Awards, 1995  ( SBME )
Buddha Bar VIII, 2006  ( WAGRAM )
Directory of World Music, 1991  ( VIRGIN )
Freewheeling, 2003  ( SONY )
Hemisphere No More, 1995  ( EMI )
El Mundial de la Salsa, 1994  ( GLOBO )
Pure Global Chillout, 2002  ( DECADENCE )
The Rough Guide to Tango Nuevo, 2004  ( ROUGH GUIDES )
Selected Signs, 1, 1997  ( ECM )
Sounds of Dissent: The Politics of Music, 2003  ( NEW INTERNATIONALIST )
Spirit of the Eagle: Zimbabwe Frontline, vol. 2, 1990  ( EARTHWORKS )
Still Got the Blues, vols. 1–4, 1994  ( EMPORIO )

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