Your Best of 2004: Reckless Records staff
Brett Grossman 1. Ac Newman “slow wonder” (matador) 2. Vetiver “vetiver” (di cristina) 3. Rogue Wave “out of the shadow” (subpop) 4. Eluvium “an accidental memory in the case of death” (temporary residence) 5. Lullatone “little songs about raindrops” (audio dregs) 6. Sodastream “a minor revival” (microindie) 7. Casino vs. Japan “hitori + kaiso: 1998-2001” (attack nine) 8. Ponys “laced with romance” (in the red) 9. Destroyer “your blues” (merge) 10. M’s “M’s” (brilliante) 11. Will Oldham “seafarers music” (drag city) 12. Clientele “ariadne” (acuarela) 13. Various Artists “Radio India: Eternal Dream of Sound (Sublime Frequencies) 14. Ekkhard Ehlers “Plays” (Staubgold) 15. Walkmen “bows and arrows” (record collection) 16. Auburn Lull “cast from the platform” (darla) 17. Harry Partch “Harry Partch Collection vol.1 and 2” (new world) 18. Iron and Wine “our endless numbered days” (subpop) 19. Papa M “five” and “six” (drag city) 20. Prince Po “slickness” 21. SCTV vol.1 and vol.2 DVDs 22. Arrested Development season 1 DVD 23. Floorbirds “the sea of language around us” (barcode press) 24. Wilco- “ a ghost is born” (nonesuch) 25. Growing- “soul of the rainbow and harmony of light” (kranky) Stephen Sowley 1. Madvillain—Madvillainy//MF Doom—MM…Food 2. Sunn O)))—White 2 3. Growing—Soul Of the Rainbow & Harmony of Light 4. Mastodon—Leviathan 5. TV On The Radio—Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes 6. Melvins—Neither Here Nor There/ Pigs of The Roman Empire 7. 90 Day Men—Panda Park 8. Liars—They Were Wrong So We Drowned 9. Fennesz—Venice 10. Coco Rosie—La Mansion Mon Reverie 11. The EX--Turn 12. Tim Hecker—Mirages 13. Throbbing Gristle—TG + Box 14. Chris Connelly—Night Of Your Life/ Everyoned—Everyoned 15. Tom Waits—Real Gone 16. Albert Ayler—Holy Ghost Box 17. John Fahey—Great Santa Barbra Oil Slick 18. Joanna Newsom—Milk Eyed Mender 19. Beans—Shock City Maverick 20. Sonic Youth—Sonic Nurse 21. Devendra Banhart—Rejoicing In The Hands/ Nino Rojo 22. Jimmy Edgar—Access Rhythm/ Bounce Make Model 23. !!!—Louden Up Now 24. Radian—Juxtaposition 25. Fall—The Real New Fall LP 26. Mission Of Burma--OnOffOn 27. Coachwhips—Bangers Vs. Fuckers 28. V/A—Midwest Funk: Funk 45s from Tornado Alley 29. V/A—Third Unheard: Connecticut Hip-Hop 30. V/A—DFA Records Compilation #2 Finally, The ONE album Pitchfork was completely right about: Dungen—Ta Det Lungt Melissa -dungen "ta det lungt" -hot snakes "audit in progress" -gris gris "s.t." -tom waits "real gone" -rtx "transmaniacon" -madvillain "madvillainy" -mastodon "leviathan" -nick cave "abattoir blues/lyre of orpheus" -tv on the radio "desperate youth, blood thirsty babes" -single minded pros "from now on" -missy elliott/can mash up -disco inferno reissues -pavement "crooked rain" reissue -brian wilson "smile" -ataxia "automatic writing" (well, half of it) -mf doom "mm food" -shawnna "worth tha weight" -liars "they were wrong so we drowned" -sunn o))) "white 2" -espers "s.t." -wire dvd Gar (new releases in order of hearing them) 1. LIARS "THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM ON THE BROOM" 2. PAPA M "HOLE OF BURNING ALMS" 3. TV ON THE RADIO "DESPERATE YOUTH BLOOD THIRSTY BABES" 4. SWEET COBRA "PRAISE" 5. MASTADON "LEVIATHAN" 6. SOVIETTES "SOVIETES II" 7. ATARI STAR "PRAYER & PRETEND" 8. GASOLINE FIGHT "USELESS PIECE OF WEAPONRY" 9. FIERY FURNACES "BLUEBERRY BOAT" 10. CALIFONE "HERON KING BLUES" Emily (People making good music) -Josephine Foster & the Supposed -Plastic Crimewave Sound -Comets on Fire -The Coughs -Panixville -Electralane -John Cale -A-Frames -RTX -Whaler -Born Heller Keith (my top 10. In no particular order) -The Braves "Love and Mercy" -Vee Dee "Further" -Nick Cave "Abattior Blues/Lyre of Orpheus" -Hot Snakes "Audit in Progress" -Ponys "Laced with Romance" -Liars "They Were Wrong So We Drowned" -Soft Pink Truth "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth" -Reigning Sound "Too Much Guitar" -Arrested Development DVD Season 1 -Cheap Trick "Essential Cheap Trick" Dave 1.madvillain - madvilliany 2. deicide - scars of the crucifix 3. cannibal corpse - the wretched spawn 4. kanye west - the college dropout 5. brian wilson - smile6. pig destroyer - terrifyer 7. the killer - better judged by 12 than carried by 6 8. meshuggah - i 9. lamb of god - ashes of the wake 10. mastodon - leviathan 11. necrophagist - epitaph 12. anata - under a stone with no inscription 13. decapitated - the negation 14. single minded pros - from now on 15. tower of rome - all is lost, all is lost, all is yet to be found Mike Johnson -ARCADE FIRE - FUNERAL SONIC YOUTH - SONIC NURSE -KRUNCHIES - INTERROBANG (7") -TOM WAITS - REAL GONE -PONYS - LACED WITH ROMANCE -SONNETS - MYSTERY GIRL (YEAH, I KNOW) -NIRVANA - WITH THE LIGHTS OUT BOX SET Ryan 1. pavement - crooked rain reissue 2. elliott smith - from a basement on the hill 3. iron & wine - our endless numbered days 4. jolie holland - escondida 5. arcade fire - funeral 6. decemberists - the tain 7. wilco - a ghost is born 8. modest mouse - good news for people who love bad news 9. kanye west - the college dropout 10. the narrator - youth city fire 11. animal collective - sung tongs 12. brian wilson - smile 13. jesse sykes & the sweet hereafter - oh, my girl 14. califone - heron king blues 15. where will you be on Christmas day compilation of early music. James In 2004, I listened to: -Walkmen "Bows & Arrows" -Dungen "Ta Det Lungst" -Liars "They Were Wrong so We Drowned" -Gris Gris "Gris Gris" -Animal Collective "Sung Tongs" -Vetiver "Vetiver" -Jon Brion "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" -Growing "Soul of the Rainbow & Harmony of Light" -Arcade Fire "Funeral" -Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" -Wolf Parade "EP 2" -Pavement "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins" -Race "If You Can" -Ted Leo "Shake the Sheets" -Nirvana "With the Lights Out" -Low Skies "I Have Been to Beautiful Places" -Elliott Smith "From a Basement on a Hill" -Wilco "A Ghost is Born" -Iron & Wine "Our Endless Numbered Days" -Xiu Xiu "Fabulous Muscles" Matt Jencik -ariel pink's haunted graffiti "doldrums" -ataxia "automatic writing" -disco infero "d.i. go pop" reissue -dungen "ta det lungt" -enslaved "vikingligr/ hordane's land" reissue -john fahey "great santa barbara oil slick" -gris gris "s/t" -hot snakes "audit in progress" -liars "they were wrong so we drowned" -madvillain "madvillainy" -mastodon "leviathan" -joanna newsom "milk eyed mender" -brian wilson "smile" Dan Worland -DEERHOOF - Milkman -WILCO - A Ghost Is Born -LES SAVY FAV - Inches -DETACHMENT KIT - Of This Blood -CALIFONE - Heron King Blues -ETERNALS - Rawar Style -CLYDE FEDERAL - Sensitive Skin/Please Be Real -HOT SNAKES - Audit In Progress -NEW BLACK - New Black -MADVILLAIN – Madvilainy Jason (here's the top 10 cds I listened to more than twice in 2004) -tortoise "its all around you" (thrill jockey) -bobby Conn "the Homeland" (thrill jockey) -Moog "Motion Picture Soundtrack" (hollywood Records) -Brown Bunny "Motion Picture Sountrack" (Japanese Import) -Battles EP 1, 2, 3, (various labels, dim mak, monitor...) -Nervous Cop "s/t" (5rc Records) -Turing Machine "Zwei" (French Kiss) -Textual "Highsight Sunglasses" (Stiff Slack) -Claudia Quintet "I, Claudia" (cuneiform) -McNeal & Niles "Re-issue" (chocolate Ind.) Steve R. NEW STUFF 1.devendra banhart-rejoicing in hands 2.joanna newsome- milk-eyed mender 3.John Wilkes Booze- Five pillars of Soul 4.liars- they were wrong so we drowned 5.Noxagt- Iron Point 6.Josephine Foster & the Supposed- all the leaves are gone 7.Animal Collective- sung tongs 8.comets on fire- blue cathedral 9.espers-s/t 10. wolf eyes- burned mind OLD STUFF 1. Arthur Russell- World of Arthur Russell 2.henry flynt and the insurrections- I don't wanna 3. Albert Ayler- holy ghost 4.kenneth patchen- reads with jazz in canada 5.pavement crooked rain crooked rain 6. tyrannosaurus rex- reissues 7.john fahey- great san bernadino oil slick 8. arthur russell- world of echo 9.six organs of admittance- for octavio paz 10.ramon sender- worldfood Connelly 1:JOHN CALE AT THE DOUBLE DOOR 2:COUNTRY ON THE CLICK-THE FALL 3:ROBERT WYATT-FREE WILL AND TESTAMENT 4:SCOTT WALKER-VIDEO ANTHOLOGY 5:SYDNEY & JACK BRISTOW 6:"MY MAMA NEVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO COOK"-ANNETTE PEACOCK 7:V/A-"GLITTERBEST-20 PRE PUNK N' TERRACE STOMPERS" 8:ROGER MCGUINN "CARDIFF ROSE" 9:ART BEARS "HOPES & FEARS" 10:DAVID BOWIE LIVE IN MILWAUKEE Mark Yoshi -Adem-Homesongs -Ty-Upwards (domestic) -Branches – Branches -Animal Collective-sung tongs -S-Puking and Crying -Arcade Fire – funeral -Fiery furnaces - blueberry boat -Killers -hot fuss -Sonic Youth- sonic nurse -Iron and Wine - our endless numbered days -Dungen - ta det lugnt -Blonde Redhead - misery is a butterfly -Pinback - summer in abaddon -Low Skies - I Have Been to Beautiful Places -Kanye West - the College Dropout -Vetiver - Vetiver -Phoenix –Alphabetical Domenico + 2 - sincerely hot -Devendra Banhart - rejoicing in the hands -Electrelane - the power out -Joanna Newsom -milk-eyed mender -K-O S - joyful rebellion -Walkmen - bows and arrows -Sondre Lerche - two way monologue -Juana Molina - Tres Cosas -90daymen – panda park -outhud- streetdad My top 10 Clearchannel favorites (also in no particular order): Fabulous - "breathe" Jadakiss - "why" (non-remix version) Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson (co-written by Lauryn Hill) - "all falls down" Ja Rule feat. R. Kelly & Ashanti "wonderful" Coheed and Cambria "A Favor House Atlantic" Interpol "Narc" Christina Milian "Dip it Low" Usher and Alicia Keys "My Boo" N.O.R.E. feat. Daddy Yankee, Nina Sky, Gem Star & Big Mato "oye mi canto" Jo-Jo "Baby It's You" Evan top eight albums i'm taking with me to Iraq when drafted, that are of 2004: #8 Dungen: Ta Det Lught #7 Tracy and the Plastics: Culture for Pigeon #6 Antennas Erupt! : MAgical Energy #5 The Lesser Birds of Paradise : String of Bees #4 Midlake: Bamnan + Slivercork #3 Animal Collective: Sung Tongs #2 The Robot Ate Me: On Vacation #1 Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles *and in that microsecond before my body dissolves into warm nuclear mist, i will wish i had taken "How To dismantle An Atomic Bomb" for reference. Then again, i would rather die w/ pride. Billy -SUNN O))) - WHITE 2 -WRANGLER BRUTES -NIRVANA BOX -GROWING - SOUL OF THE RAINBOW -MASTODON - LEVIATHAN -BOOKS LIE - compilation -SILVER MT ZION - this is our punk rock -HELLA - 2004? i dunno ....and the NIRVANA box again. why not ? -PENTAGRAM - human hurricane Taylor Top 10 Shows i Saw This Year.......(in no particular order) -Animal Collective w/ Black Dice- @ empty bottle -Hit Me Back w/ Reaccion- @ the Needle House -Wrangler Brutes- @ the Albion House -Year Future- @ Fireside -TV on the Radio- @ Metro -Artimus Pyle w/ the Tyrades- @ El Colibri -Fucked Up, Tras de Nada, Punch in the Face- @ El Colibri Skinny Puppy- @ the Vic -Arcade Fire- @ the bottle -Non Fiktion Noise w/ No Slogan- house on 18th & Morgan Top 10 Records That Weren't on That List.....(also in no particular order) -Electrelane "Power Out" -Xiu Xiu "Fabulous Muscles" -Brian Jonestown Massacre "Tepid Peppermint Wonderland" -Dungen "Ta Det Lugnt"Liars " -They Were Wrong So We Drowned" -Modest Mouse "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" -90 Day Men "Panda Park" -Devendra Banhart "Nino Rojo" -Grimble Grumble "Leaves Leader" -Elliot Smith "From a Basement on the Hill" Chris Robert (best of 2004, in no order) -animal collective- sung tongs, but even better live @ empty bottle -tower recordings- the galaxies' incredibly sensual transmission field of the... -ariel pink- the doldrums & house arrest -coughs- fright makes right -michael yonkers- it's only yonkers -aufgehoben- anno fauve -bobby beausoleil- lucifer rising (soundtrack) -gris gris- s/t -liars- they were wrong so we drowned -hall of fame- paradise now -homosexuals- astral glamour -bunnybrains- box the bunny -henry flynt & the insurections- i don't wanna -deerhoof- milkman -urinals- negative capability -wolf eyes & smegma- beast -growing- soul of the rainbow & harmony of light -black dice - 'creature comforts' Mark Lux -Gris Gris s/t -Comets on Fire 'Blue Cathedral' -Rogue Wave 'Out of the Shadow' -tower Recordings 'Galaxies Incredible...' -Hall of Fame 'Paradise Now' -Califone 'Heron King Blues' -Vibracathedral Orchestra (ECLIPSE) -Josephine Foster & the Supposed 'All the Leaves are gone' -Oneida 'Secret Wars' -Samara Lubelski 'Fleeting Skies' -Ghost 'Hypnotic Underworld' -Growing 'Soul of the Rainbow' -No Doctors 'Erp Saints (ep)' Reissues: Fleetwood Mac 'Tusk' & 'Rumours' Bobby Beausoleil 'Lucifer Rising (soundtrack)'