Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in Music

I obviously can't claim that the order is precise, but these 50 albums are roughly ranked in terms of how much I enjoyed them over the past year. I'm looking forward to seeing end of year lists from places like Silent Ballet, Boomkat, and Pitchfork to see what I missed. Definitely not enough hip hop or experimental music.

There are some albums that might take more time for me to get. Watch the Throne didn't click, but I'd like to give it more time (I've heard that it became better for people who actually saw the tour, but I didn't have near that much cash to spare). There are also albums by Bjork, Current, 93, Deerhoof, Ryan Adams, Atari Teenage Riot (blast from the '90s past), Shabazz Palaces, Ford & Lopatin, and others that I'd like to listen to a bit more before I decide how I feel about them.

M83 was the definite standout this year. My favorite thing by them since their debut.

1. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
2. True Widow - As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
3. Cults - Cults
4. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
5. The Jezabels - Prisoner
6. Various Artists - Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D
7. ill.Gates - ill.Methodology
8. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
9. Various Artists - For Nihon
10. Machinedrum - Room(s)
11. Wilco - The Whole Love
12. EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints
13. Arkasia - Evolution
14. Somatic Responses - Concrete Glider
15. Real Estate - Days
16. Rustie - Glass Swords
17. Shlohmo - Bad Vibes
18. Talkdemonic - Ruins
19. Black Tusk - Set the Dial
20. David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time
21. Blut aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
22. Kashiwa Daisuke - 88
23. Wormrot - Dirge
24. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
25. Trash Talk - Awake EP
26. Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High EP
27. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen
28. Grinning Death's Head - Black Sun Rising
29. Ygg - Ygg
30. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
31. Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
32. Vatican Shadow - Pakistan Military Academy
33. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
34. I Break Horses - Heart
35. Hauschka - Salon Des Amateurs
36. Marsen Jules - Nostalgia
37. Tank 86 - Rise
38. Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
39. Ghostfunk - Ghostfunk
40. Archnemesis - People's Radio
41. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
42. Atlas Sound - Parallax
43. Kill The Noise - Kill Kill Kill
44. New Look - New Look
45. Deaf Center - Owl Splinters
46. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
47. Necros Christos - Doom of the Occult
48. Adventure - Lesser Known
49. Sensual Harassment - Alpha Draconis
50. Wobbler - Rites at Dawn

Monday, December 19, 2011

Debt and Resistance

Debt by David Graeber

Graeber offers an argument for why debt constitutes society.

He also cites an interesting situation in Madagascar in which people were able to participate in imperialism only to the extent necessary to survive, but remained effectively subtracted from colonial control by refusing to use their money to buy into the narcotic trip of consumer products culture. I'm used to seeing situations in which that kind of gesture makes control more effective by making it livable (for example, the fact that I can buy fair trade coffee allows me to cope with my participation in global capital by calming my liberal guilt, foreclosing any kind of more radical act that would actually threaten the status quo). I'm interested in reading this book to see how that strategy worked and what became of it in the long run.