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Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Jim Connelly's Favorite Recordings Of 2006

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Jesse Steichen's Favorite Recordings Of 2006

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Lee Templeton's Favorite Recordings Of 2006

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Anthony Carew's 13 Fave Albums Of 2006

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Letter From New Orleans

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Music For Dwindling Days: Max Schaefer's Fave Recordings Of 2005

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Thursday, December 8, 2005
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The SXSW Experience, Part 3: All Together Now

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Report #1: SXSW 2005 And Its Hall Of Mirrors

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David Howie's 'Moments' From The Year 2004

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Monday, January 15, 2007

Jesse Steichen's Favorite Recordings Of 2006

Neumu's Michael Goldberg writes: In case you're wondering why things slowed down to a crawl at Neumu last year, the answer, in a word (and in a web site), is MOG (www.mog.com). I've been spending most of my time working on MOG, the awesome music-focused social networking site, and Neumu has suffered (if you haven't been there yet, check out my MOG: www.mog.com/Michael_Goldberg). Still, with 2006 over, I asked Neumu contributors and friends to share some of the albums that rocked their world. Today, Neumu contributor Jesse Steichen provides us with his faves of last year.

Current 93, Black Ships Ate the Sky (Durtro/Jnana): More than half this album is taken up by an old Protestant hymn and versions of the title track, but this self-limitation is just a ploy, an easy way to lend continuity to what may be Current 93's magnum opus, a dark crawl through all the layers of David Tibet's personal hell. Slow-paced folk fingerpicking underneath haunted vocals, spooked-out and looped acoustic guitar drones, Indian drone moving over Appalachian back-of-the-woods, and repeating feedback assaults ebb and flow, dragging the past 15 years with them, putting it all in place.

Swan Lake, Beast Moans (Jagjaguwar): Three of Canada's best songwriters vying for space, trying to outdo one another and playing by undisclosed rules. It's all held together by a violent haze of a production, where nothing is allowed to stick out for more than a moment or two and everything shimmers with inspiration. You get the feeling that they could do this in their sleep, and maybe that's where this comes from.

Coil, The Ape of Naples (Threshold House): The last Coil album, and one of their most concentrated attempts of the last 10 years. Chaos lurks underneath the surface of this album, which is full of beautiful dread. Undeniably industrial influence is subjected to folk, cabaret and sitcom (?!) forms, while John Balance feels prophetic, especially in the opening: "Does death come alone, or with eager reinforcements?"

The Residents, Tweedles (Mute U.S), The River of Crime (Cordless Recordings): The Residents released a musical triumph and a conceptual triumph this year. Too bad they didn't do both on the same album, but that's just life sometimes. Tweedles sounds fantastic, running the gamut from creeped-out piano balladry to full-on guitars as sexual frustration. But the concept behind it (a vampire that sucks emotions?) is weak, and nothing more than an excuse to record in mother-fuckin' Transylvania. The River of Crime is better, being a five-part, 70-minute serialized radio noir. The idea plays to all of the Residents' better instincts and abilities and comes off as humorous, creepy and surprisingly musical. When the incidental music is called upon to reflect a Southern Baptist church, the scene comes alive in your head, and the gospel of the Residents is powerfully clear.

Liars, Drum's Not Dead (Mute U.S.): Liars continue down the path of total drum domination, moving past the rhythm-as-melodic-surrogate of 2004's They Were Wrong, So We Drowned into an altogether more self-assured sound, almost totally dropping any hint of disco (not that that's a great thing) and claiming a territory of their own. Hidden deep within these monolithic caverns (cavernous monoliths?) is a concept album about claiming that self-assurance from the clutches of self-deception, and the ability to move ahead while standing still to admire the view.

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