Popshifter‘s Best Of Lists

Published on January 30th, 2009 in: Best Of Lists, Books, Current Faves, Issues, Movies, Music, Retrovirus, Top Five Lists, Top Ten Lists, TV |

JG Thirlwell (Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Venture Bros.)

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Year End List: Music
I listen to a lot of old soundtracks, prog, psych, and C20 classical, so this list may not accurately reflect my listening habits, but here are some contemporary releases I have enjoyed in 2008. . .

Portishead, P3

Quinn Walker, Lion Land

Beirut, Gulag Orkestra

Ratatat, LP3

Boyz Noize, Oi Oi Oi

Larkin Grimm, Parplar

Fennesz, Black Sea

Last Shadow Puppets, Age of the Understatement

Department Of Eagles, In Ear Park

Hanne Hukkelberg, Rykestrasse 68

Marnie Stern, This Is It & I Am It & You Are It & So Is That & He Is It & She Is It & It Is It & That Is That

El Guincho, Alegranza

Michel Chion, Requiem (reissue)

L’Infonie, L’infonie (reissue)

Melvins, Nude With Boots

Amon Tobin, Live in Brussels (download)

Atlas Sound, Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel

With honorable mentions to Extra Life, Z’s, Fleet Foxes, Fuck Buttons, Grails, and Maya.


Top Shows Of 2008
Jan 16—Johnny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver played by Wordless Music Orchestra at St. Paul the Apostle Church

Mar 21—Alarm Will Sound play “Revolution 9” at The Kitchen

May 16—Carsten Nicolai/Raster-Noton evening at The Bunker

May 31—So Percussion play David Lang’s the so called laws of nature, Bang On A Can marathon

Jun 13—Teenage Jesus and the Jerks at the Knitting Factory

Jun 20—La Monte Young, Raga tribute for Pandit Pran Nath at The Dream House

Jun 28 —La Mar Enfortuna at The Stone

July 14—Hawk and a Hacksaw at Le Poisson Rouge

July 18—Deerhoof at Prospect Park

Aug 20—Mahmoud Ahmed, Alèmayèhu Eshèté, Gétatchèw Mèkurya with The Ex, Outside at Lincoln Center

Sept—JG Thirlwell curates The Stone — Loud Objects / Carla Bozulich / Child Abuse / Gibby Haynes / Kayo Dot / Psychic Paramount / Sex Mob / Christopher Tignor / Matmos / Alexandra du Bois / Keith Fullerton Whitman / Boris Salvodelli with Elliot Sharp / Okkyung Lee / Mercury Rev / Hahn Rowe / Brian Chase / John Zorn / Erik Sanko / David Grubbs / International Contemporary Ensemble / Aa / Z’s / Paul Lansky / David Lang / Jacob Kirkegaard / Lary 7 / NOW ensemble / USAisamonster / LEMUR / Tony Conrad / Paola Prestini and Jeffrey Zeigler / Caleb Burhans / Petra Haden and Yuka Honda / Dorit Chrysler / Andrew WK / Captains Sons and Daughters / Elysian Fields / Northampton Wools / Key To Shame / Ted Hearne / Bridget St John / Michael Gira

Oct 18—Buddy Rich Tribute at the Manhattan Centre where Terry Bozzio led the Big Band into the opening and closing themes of The Venture Bros.

Dec 6 – 7—Melvins, Fantomas, Steinberg/Winant/Wolf play Stockhausen’s
Kontakte, Squarepusher, Boss Hog at All Tomorrows Parties, Minehead

Dec 13—CM von Hausswolff at Experimental Intermedia

Dec 28—Elysian Fields at The Stone

. . . and also Manorexia at The Stone, Brainwaves festival, and All Tomorrows Parties.

JG Thirlwell was featured in Popshifter Issue 003.


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4 Responses to “Popshifter‘s Best Of Lists”


  1. Noreen Sobczyk:
    February 7th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    No need to be ashamed about not knowing an album exists – especially since Galas is not exactly mainstream. If you lerned of it via my list I am extremely pleased! You can buy it online or mayspecial order it from your local mom n’ pop shop. I was lucky enough to see her perform two different programs at the Chicago Museum of Modern Art and she was intense and incredible.

    I too have been listening to the Electric Six a lot this year. I haven’t seen Synecdoche, New York and am incredibly interested. I like the music very much. I wonder if Mr Manning ever passes used books along to others. I sure need some self help, but find I can’t help myself. Catnip Dynamite is a gem. I think I will start a band called The Sarah Palin Experience, but not record or play — just stand in close proximity to instruments.

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