Archive for December, 2011

Best of 2011: Long Play Records

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2011 by theradiantnow

Here are my favorite records of this year.  Again, no links but just use the search bar.  Thank you everyone for continuing to check this site and make it enjoyable to operate, it is much appreciated.  Regular posts will reconvene soon.

Carl

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CANT  Dreams Come True

Warp 219

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Tim Hecker  Ravedeath, 1972

Kranky 154

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Grasshopper  Goodnight Sweet Prince

Baked Tapes 41

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Harmonizer  World Complete

Software 5

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Andrew Chalk  Violin By Night

Faraway Press

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Lawrence English  The Peregrine

Experimedia LP 20

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Isidore Ducasse  Self-Titled

Blackest Rainbow 222

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R/S  USA

PAN 18

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Higuma  Pacific Fog Dreams

Root Strata 73

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Earn  A Following Shadow

Post Present Medium 51

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Lee Noble  Horrorism

Bathetic 50

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Black Eagle Child  Pages On A Plane

Under The Spire 34

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Matt Carlson  Particle Language

DRAFT 12

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Bryter Layter  Two Lenses

Students of Decay 93

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Golden Retriever  Light Cones

Root Strata 75

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Best of 2011: Cassettes

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 by theradiantnow

This list represents my twenty favorite analog releases of the year.  I chose to limit the following to only what I physically own, which makes the task manageable and stays true to the intended medium.  No links are included in this post but most titles can be found using the search bar on this site.  Top long play records will be the next and final post of 2011, thank you for reading.

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Code: Suite 104  Gateway

Tape Drift 45

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Calypso Borealis  Auale Dino Elmi

Housecraft Records 124

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Indian Weapons  Trance

Hooker Vision 84

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Golden Pawn  Workers Lament

Scissor Tail 1

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Spare Death Icon  Survival

Gift Tapes 33

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Pierrot Lunaire  Turning Back the Hands of Time

Hooker Vision 85

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The Aloha Spirit  This Is Water

A Giant Fern 5

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Josephine  You Are Perfect Today

Digitalis Limited 214

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Nite Lite  Marlene

Stunned Records 134

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Bear Bone, Lay Low  Smoked the Whole Thing

Sloow Tapes

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Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier  Discovering Mathematics 2

No Kings 19

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Brainworlds  •••••

Sonic Meditations 28

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Super Minerals  Contacteer

Stunned Records 128

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Mannateas  Banished Hues

Housecraft 127

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Motion Sickness of Time Travel/Nova Scotian Arms  Slow Architecture 

Sweat Lodge Guru 19

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Tom Carter  All Ahead Now

Root Strata 67

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Derek Rogers  Informal Meditations

No Kings 9

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Concessionaires  Mustang

Gift Tapes 39

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Golden Retriever  Emergent Layer

NNA Tapes 29

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Voder Deth Squad  1

Stunned Records 125

TRN 306: Grouper & Ilyas Ahmed

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2011 by theradiantnow

Grouper & Ilyas Ahmed  Visitor EP

2011, 320 kbps

Social Music Subscription Series

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Best of 2011: Artwork

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2011 by theradiantnow

Here are five albums who’s artwork stood out just as much as the tunes they represented.  Lists for best tapes and best long play records are both forthcoming.

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5

Seziki Tetrasheaf / Quiet Evenings   Split

Hooker Vision 100 / Rotifer Cassettes 50

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4

Xiphiidae  Honeyguise

Rotifer Cassettes 43

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3

Plankton Wat / Super Minerals  Split

Stunned Records 137

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2

Jeffry Astin  Grasses Only Green

Housecraft Records 126

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1

The Aloha Spirit  This Is Water

A Giant Fern 5

Note: Along with being one of my favorite cassette releases of the year, This Is Water has some of the most beautiful aesthetics on its chosen medium.  Three, double-sided, full color inserts and a light blue tape with a very Housecraft-esque sticker design are housed in a mindfully crafted wooden case.  And best of all, this release is still available via  A Giant Fern.  Support this amazing artist / label and grip one of these analog treasures.

TRN 305: Xela

Posted in Uncategorized on December 15, 2011 by theradiantnow

Xela  Dunwich Dreams

2011, 320 kbps

Life Like Records

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Note: Okay, the hiatus was a bit shorter than expected, but this will be my last post until later this month.  This 7″ lathe cut, released in September, came out on Life Like as an edition of ten. Both tracks contain absolutely top notch work from Twells and constitute some of his last work as Xela.  They have recently been remastered.  Enjoy this release and take care until next time.

Out

Posted in Uncategorized on December 13, 2011 by theradiantnow

All posts will temporarily be put on hold.  I am finishing up the semester and cannot afford the time to rip tapes for a while.  Until then please check out the ‘Exit’ section for other blogs and good reads.  The next posts will reflect upon this year’s releases and what to look out for in 2012.  Thank you to all readers for giving me motivation to continue to run this site and feel appreciated.  Hope all are well.

Love,

Carl Koopmans

TRN 304: Xela

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2011 by theradiantnow

Xela  Exorcism

2011, 320 kbps

Not On Label

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Notes: Final Xela release.