• 2006 Year-end Summary

    3 jan. 2007, 11h05m par Dr_A


    Yep, I'm another of these people who can't escape making a musical summary at the end of each year. However mine is rather different from the others as I create not one list but four of them! This is because I could never understand how to compare and rank albums that are totally different from each other in terms of instrumentation, expression, etc. So my list are sorted by genres, but don't take it too seriously, as we all know that the best music transcends genres and what you see here is just an intuitive selection. Making these was fun and I hope that reading can be the same...


    1. Lambchop - Damaged (City Slang)
    2. Joanna Newsom - Ys (Drag City)
    3. Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control (Kill Rock Stars)
    4. TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
    5. Tom Waits - Orphans (Anti)
    6. Guillemots - Through a Window Pane (Polydor)
    7. Cat Power - The Greatest (Matador)
    8. Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse (Universal)
    9. Asobi Seksu - Citrus (Friendly Fire)
  • Free Music Ensemble at Aurora (Warsaw)

    13 oct. 2006, 10h30m par Dr_A

    Do you ever get the feeling that the concert you're going to will be great no matter what? I did this time. And as Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love and Nate McBride were performing together on one stage, this feeling was bound to become reality.

    The place was rather crappy, reminding me of my basement and not much larger either. Of course it was packed with people so my back hurts even now. Fortunately the sound was pretty good and as soon as the music started I could forget all the inconveniences. The trio played two sets, each about 40 minutes long and gave two encores comprising together in almost 2 hours of music.

    The interplay between these musicians is just telepatic. I've been a fan of Ken Vandermark for a long time but I still find his style of playing very fresh and captivating. Paal Nilssen-Love is probably my favourite drummer now. He's got marvelous sense of details and great versatility. Rubing the cymbals with a drumstick or hiting various kinds of bells makes…