Music for 2017 | Part II

These are the soundtracks for my summer. What will be yours?

Arca
by Arca
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"Arca, it is told, was conceived at a Victorian burial ground. “[O]ne of London’s largest cemeteries, and a famous spot for cruising,” a press kit states. “They became part of the material of the album: it just felt right to be around the dead; and gay men cruising around the dead. There was so much poetry: life. Death. Gayness.” Yes, an icon is born." — Ben Levinson, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Desafío


Everything Is Forgotten
by Methyl Ethel
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"Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your hair?
Why'd you have to go and cut your hair?
Why'd you cut your..."
 — Ubu by Methyl Ethel
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Ubu


Slowdive
by Slowdive
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"Slowdive don’t sound as young as they once did, but they’ve aged in a way that sounds natural." — Joe Davenport, Tiny Mix Tapes
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Sugar For The Pill


No Shape
by Perfume Genius
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"Star-like ripples burst through an operatic crescendo, glistening with glittery, electronic swells and angelic vocals that give the promise of an album that is both tenacious and sensitive." — Sammy Maine, The Quietus
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Slip Away

See also: Part I

Viae Romanae Maiores

A curious map of the Roman roads in 125 AD in subway map style by Sasha Trubetskoy. Click to view LARGER.


Music for 2017 | Part I

Who needs some fresh new tunes on their playlists? This is what I have been listening to:

Nothing Feels Natural
by Priests
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"I thought I was a cowboy 'cause I Smoked Reds. You thought I was disgusting. All the jock frat boys called you a hipster fag and I think you liked it, I think you loved it. I wrote a bunch of songs for you but you never knew and you never deserved them. Who ever deserves anything anyway? What a stupid concept!" — JJ by Priests
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ JJ/Nothing Feels Natural


Forget
by Xiu Xiu
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Too dead to be this dumb
Too dead to be this young
Sing me to sleep
GoGo
Too dead to be a duck
Too bear to be a rug
What have I done
GoGo
 — Jenny GoGo by Xiu Xiu
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ Jenny GoGo


50 Song Memoir
by The Magnetic Fields
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"Following his late-1990s triumph 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt began cannily organizing his Magnetic Fields songs. There was 2004’s alphabetic i, followed by the genre filters of 2008’s Distortion and 2009’s Realism. In 2012, Merritt took on a slightly defeatist project—“the concept is there is no concept!”—with Love at the Bottom of the Sea, an album whose lack of thematic unity resulted in a disappointingly uneven listen. Now, the Magnetic Fields return with a record that, like 69 Love Songs, forces Merritt to get focused and inspired. 50 Song Memoir is easily the best gimmick Merritt’s stumbled upon since the turn of the century. Arranged chronologically with a song for each of the first 50 years of Merritt’s life, 50 Song Memoir is a conceptually satisfying work, spanning five discs and two-and-a-half hours without feeling repetitive or samey." — Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
Anspieltipp: ▶︎ '68: A Cat Called Dionysus

See also: Part II

Meraki


Meraki by Habitants
This is a brand new song (and brand new band founded by members of The Gathering), but this is the kind of music I used to listen to before I became an elitist.

Favourite albums of 2016

#10
Songs For Our Mothers
by The Fat White Family

#9
A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo
by Elza Soares

#8
Jackie Lynn
by Jackie Lynn (Circuit Des Yeux)

#7
Feelin Kinda Free
by The Drones

#6
Preoccupations
by Preoccupations

#5
Black Lights
by Samaris

#4
Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks
by Xiu Xiu

#3
Hopelessness
by Anohni

#2
Blood Bitch
by Jenny Hval

#1
Welt in Klammern
by All diese Gewalt!



Honorable Mentions
by David Bowie (1947-2016)

You Want It Darker
by Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

The complete and updated list can be viewed here.
Happy 2017!