Category Archives: Lists

FAVORITE ART BOOKS

A couple of months ago I moved the bulk of my art book collection to another room. I decided to keep a small part, favorites, on my regular shelves. I’ve written a bit on each of those 20 titles below – 20 being just a coincidence by the way.

It is very much intended as a book list, not a list of favorite artists, as that would include a lot more names. The titles are mainly from established contemporary artists, with just three older painters – three big ones, yes.

Click on the covers to be taken to the publisher’s website or some other resource – with more extensive text on the book and the artist.

I’ve included images of artworks too: click those to enhance.


KADER ATTIA – The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures
Greenbox, 2014, 176 pages

Kader Attia cover

In 2012, my visit to dOCUMENTA (13) would have been a bit of a disappointment if it weren’t for two artists. One of those is Kader Attia. His installation The Repair From Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures was jaw dropping, the highlight being slides showing repaired African statues and the likes next to the mended faces of mutilated soldiers from the First World War. The book has all slides, and more. A beautiful edition, full of the uncanny.

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2016 FAVORITES

First up: I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has read, liked, linked or commented. Thank you. My best wishes for the new year!

I’ve read 54 titles in 2016, and reviewed 52. Below are the ones I enjoyed most, in no particular order. Click on the covers for the review. After the books, music.

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FAVORITE NON-FICTION BOOKS

My reading of non-fiction books has plummeted the last 2 years. Today, I tend to only read articles. Nevertheless, I think the listed titles will continue to have an appeal in the foreseeable future. This list excludes philosophy books, as those will get a favorite list of its own. 

Books are listed by publication year, youngest first. Click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the books.

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FAVORITE SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS

Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the future. I’ll limit this list to 25, so if I’ll add a book later on, I’ll bump another title out.

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FAVORITE FANTASY BOOKS

Alphabetically on author. Reviewed books are hyperlinked. Non-reviewed books will get a reread & review somewhere in the distant future.

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2015 FAVORITES

First and foremost, let me start with a big thank you to all who read, liked, shared or commented since I started this whole thing in October. My best wishes for 2016!

I’ve read 52 books this year, and reviewed 50. Below are the 10ish best. Click on the covers for the review.

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MUSIC YEAR END LISTS 2005-2014

Below are year-end lists I posted on the great I Hate Music forum. As is the case for a lot of message boards, it isn’t very active anymore, as most of the discussion has moved to Facebook and elsewhere, but its archives are still a treasure-trove for the adventurous music lover…

I’ve edited a bit here and there, but mostly these lists are like I posted them initially, and they serve as snapshots of an evolving taste. As you’ll see there’s lots of Erstwhile Records releases in the lists. The consistency of that label’s output is truly amazing, and probably unique in the world of progressive, experimental music.

The lists focus on experimental – improvisational, “post-Cageian”, abstract, taomud, what have you – music on the one hand, and metal on the other, plus the occasional alternative, jazz or pop album.


2014

albums of the year
Michael Pisaro – Continuum Unbound  (Gravity Wave)
Manfred Weder & Toshiya Tsunoda – Detour  (Erstwhile Records)

top 2
Nicked Drake (Gareth Dickson) – Wraiths  (Scissor Tail)
Utah Kawasaki & Ju Sei – U As In Utah  (Meena)
Laurence Crane – Chamber Works 1992-2009  (Another Timbre)
disc 2 of Jürg Frey & Radu Malfatti – II  (Erstwhile)
Sammath – Godless Arrogance  (Hammerheart)
Intergalactic Lovers – Little Heavy Burdens  (Warner Music)

top 3
Ryoko Akama – Code of Silence  (Melance Edition)
Jürg Frey – Pianist, Alone (performed by R. Andrew Lee)  (Irritable Hedgehog)
Lucio Capece – Factors Of Space Constancy  (Drone Sweet Drone)
Jason Lescalleet – This is what I do vol. 2  (Glistening Examples)
Jason Lescalleet – This is what I do vol. 3  (Glistening Examples)
Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other works 1953-1969 (played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas)  (Another Timbre)
Domains – Sinister Ceremonies  (The Sinister Flame)


2013

record of the year
Lucio Capece – Less is Less: Music for Flying and Pendulating Speakers  (Intonema)

runners-up
Michael Pisaro – Closed Categories in Cartesian Worlds  (Gravity Wave)
Michael Pisaro – The Punishment of the Tribe by its Elders  (Gravity Wave)
Toshiya Tsunoda – ο κόκκος της άνοιξης (Grains of Spring)  (edition.t)
Toshiya Tsunoda – The Temple Recording  (edition.t)
Toshiya Tsunoda & Haco – TramVibration  (Skiti)

metal album of 2013
White Medal – Guthmers Hahl  (Legion Blothan / Aphelion Productions)

other metal
Profanatica – Thy Kingdom Cum  (Hells Headbangers)
Imprecation – Satanae Tenebris Infinita  (Dark Descent)
Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam  (Nuclear Blast)
Fanisk – Insularum  (Darker Than Black)
Vastum – Patricidal Lust  (20 Buck Spin)
Scalpel – Sorrow And Skin  (Sevared)
Prosanctus Inferi – Noctambulous Jaws Within Sempiternal Night  (Nuclear War Now! Productions)
Sacryphix – The Western Front  (Nuclear War Now! Productions)
Zealotry – The Charnel Expanse  (Memento Mori)


2012

top album (without a shadow of a doubt, desert island stuff)
Tsunoda & Michael Pisaro – Crosshatches  (Erstwhile)

runners-up
Propagandhi – Failed States  (Epitaph)
Keith Rowe – September  (Erstwhile)
Michael Pisaro – Fields Have Ears (6)  (Gravity Wave)
Christian Wolfe & Keith Rowe – ErstLive 010  (Erstwhile)

discovery of the year would be the choral work of Schubert, the 7 disc set of his sacred works by Wolfgang Sawallisch is a gem of utter delight  (EMI)

best live performances
Anthony Braxton, alto saxophone solo – AMUZ, Antwerp, 10/2
Agustí Fernández, piano solo – Follow The Sound, De Singel, Antwerp, 10/25
John Zorn, Milford Graves & Bill Laswell – Jazz Middelheim, Antwerp, 8/16
Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio – De Singer, Rijkevorsel, 12/12

favorite metal records, in no order
Krallice – Years Past Matter  (self released)
Demoncy – Enthroned Is The Night  (Forever Plagued)
Profanatica – Sickened By The Holy Ghosts / Grand Masters Session  (Hell’s Headbangers)
Lycus – MMXI  (lp issue of 2011 demo)  (Flenser)
Samothrace – Reverence to stone  (20 Buck Spin)
Master’s Hammer – Vracejte konve na misto  (self released)
Blut Aus Nord – What Once Was… Liber II  (Debemur Morti Productions)
Tukaaria – Raw To the Rapine (reissue of 2011 cassette)  (Profound Lore)
Drawn & Quartered – Feeding Hell’s Furnace  (Nuclear Winter)


2011

metal
Cruciamentum – Engulfed In Desolation  (Nuclear Winter)
Krallice – Diotima  (Profound Lore)
Botanist – I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From The Dead  (tUMULt)
Liturgy – Aesthetica  (Thrill Jockey)
Absu – Abzu  (Candlelight)

greatest pop single
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Niggas in Paris  (Roc-A-Fella)


2010

top 3
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me  (Drag City)
Annette Krebs & Taku Unami – Motubachii  (Erstwhile)
The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter  (Domino)

runners-up
Michael Pisaro & Barry Chabala – Black, White, Red, Green, Blue (Voyelles)  (Winds Measure)
Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart – ricefall (2)  (Gravity Wave)
Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart – A wave and waves  (Cathnor)
Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – Air Supply  (Erstwhile)
Michael Pisaro & Greg Stuart – July Mountain  (Engraved Glass)
Taku Sugimoto – Musical Composition Series 1  (Kid Ailack Enterprise)
Taku Sugimoto – Musical Composition Series 2  (Kid Ailack Enterprise)
John Cage & Terry Jennings (perfomed by John Tilbury & Sebastien Lexer) – Lost Daylight (Another Timbre)
Deathspell Omega – Paracletus  (Norma Evangelium Diaboli)


2009

in no order
Propaghandi – Supporting Caste  (Smallman Records / G7 Welcoming Committee)
Night Control – Death Control  (Kill Shaman)
Drudkh – Microcosmos  (Seasons Of Mist)
Radu Malfati & Klaus Filip – Imaoto  (Erstwhile)
Christof Kurzmann & Burkhard Stangl – Neuschnee  (Erstwhile)
The Jesus Lizard reissues  (Touch And Go)

most listened to in 2009
English (Joe Foster/Bonnie Jones) & Toshimaru Nakamura – One Day  (Erstwhile)

best live show
Oneida –  Ekko, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 8/15


2008

number one
Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull  (Southern Lord)

right behind that
Chris Watson – Cima Verde  (Fondazione Edmund Mach & LoL Productions)
Keith Rowe – ErstLive 007  (Erstwhile)
Keith Rowe & Taku Unami – ErstLive 006  (Erstwhile)
Jason Lescalleet & Graham Lambkin – The Breadwinner (Erstwhile)
English (Joe Foster/Bonnie Jones) & Toshimaru Nakamura – One Day (Erstwhile)
The Magic I.D. – Till my breath gives out  (Erstwhile)
Sebastian Lexer & Seymour Wright – Blasen  (Another Timbre)
Skepticism – Alloy  (Red Stream)

reissue
Faraquet – The View From This Tower (Dischord)

live show
Propagandhi –  Joc de Nartist, Temse, 8/5


2007

Keith Rowe – The Room  (Erstwhile)
Mimeo – Sight  (Cathnor)
Shellac – Excellent Italian Greyhound  (Touch & Go)
Profanatica – Profanatitas de Domonatia  (Hell’s Headbangers)

That would be about it. Not really thrilled (anymore) about anything else.


2006

Joanna Newsom – Ys  (Drag City)
[N:Q] – November Quebec  (Esquilo)
Keith Rowe & Toshimaru Nakamura – Between  (Erstwhile)
Jason Lescalleet – The Pilgrim  (Glistening Examples)
Chris Corsano – The Young Cricketer  (Hot Cars Warp/Family Vineyard)
Christof Kurzmann & Ami Yoshida – a s o  (Erstwhile)
David Tudor & Gordon Mumma – David Tudor & Gordon Mumma  (New World)


2005

Anthony Braxton – Quintet (London) 2004 (Live At The Royal Festival Hall)  (Leo)
Fantômas – Suspended Animation  (Ipecac)
Joëlle Léandre – Concerto Grosso (Live at Gasthof Heidelberg)  (Jazz’Halo)
Nile – Annilation Of The Wicked  (Relapse)
John Coltrane – One Down, One Up (Life At The Half Note)  (Impulse!)