The Orb - Baghdad Batteries
For me this represents a decent return to form for The Orb, I'm really starting to feel the love that I used to have for them again, and I think it is predominantly because the tracks aren't all filled with guest vocalists. I don't know what it is about my favourite 90s dance bands but most of them turned shit when they started dragging in guest vocalists on every second track (I'm looking at YOU Chemical Brothers). Anyway, this is good stuff.
Wilco - Wilco The Album
Still doesn't eclipse YHF for me but this is a great album.
Andrew Morgan - As Long As We're Together ep, Mine and Mine Alone ep, Victory In Passing ep
I have waited a long, long time for Andrew Morgan to follow-up his genius Misadventures in Radiology album (again, one of those really special ones for me), and not only did he do that with a new album, he then followed it up with 3 brilliant EPs. These are just all phenomenally good and I'm still trying to listen to them all enough.
Okay, gettin' sick of writing descriptions and finding youtubes so here's just a list.
Yagya - Rigning
Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World
Decoder Ring - They Blind the Stars, and the Wild Team
Clint Mansell - Moon (Soundtrack)
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Hunz - Thoughts That Move
Royksopp - Junior
THINGS I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT IN 2009
So many things. This Phoenix album everyone's talking about. The new Air album, even though I have severe hesitations as every successive album since 10000hz Legend has just gotten progressively worse. David Sylvian's new album. HEALTH's debut album. Flaming Lips new album. ARGH so much new music so little time and/or money.
STUFF TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2010
There is so much new stuff coming.. definitely new Underworld, Goldfrapp, !!!, Four Tet, Caribou and Massive Attack all confirmed.
The awesome-awesome-awesome Scenius concerts this year will be released on CD and DVD and I am tremendously thrilled and also scared because if there are any audience shots there is a high likelihood that I will be seen sitting there looking like an absolute mong with my fingers in my mouth as I stare at the stage in blissful awe.
But what has me excited about that is a new Gil Scott-Heron album. Yes that is right, A NEW GIL SCOTT-HERON ALBUM. I am so excited about hearing this that I almost can't sleep at night, especially after it is starting to receive very high praise (The Guardian have already labelled it one of the best of the new decade).
There may be a new Aphex Twin album, too? But then again, those rumours happen all the time. The last we heard was that Warp Records founder Steve Beckett would "go down on his knees and thank him" (ahem) once Afx delivered it. And that was in March.
What probably won't arrive is a new Avalanches album. I'm so sick of waiting for a follow-up album I have given up. People talk so much about Duke Nukem Forever being the vaporware king, FUCK THAT, Avalanches sophomore album has been talked about and hyped by various quotes from the band since fucking 2002 and WHO THE FUCK KNOWS where it is. Dammit. FUCK. Now I'm in a bad mood.