THE DESK OF LARRY "FUZZ-O" DOLMAN:
Hey, so it's been awhile, I've definitely been taking a
break, wondering what it all means, thinking about packing
it in, buying a pickup, heading down to L.A., etc., but
also still working on this thing all the time, trying to
redesign some small but crucial details, so we'll see what
happens with that. Until something does there's always
to tide you over, and that "writer's strike" stuff
is a joke -- although submissions have dried up considerably
(anyone got anything?), "writer's block" is more
like it, and the displeasure is all mine. The blog seems
to be curing it a little bit, though, so check there often
while I/we regroup over here at the domain name. I sincerely
wish you all a great 2008 and thanks for continuing to check
out this site.... I know things aren't the same as they
were back when Blastitude started, when we updated more
often and albums could be mentioned on the internet without
a "download album for free" link expected every
single time.... and speaking of albums, here's the HQ favorites
from 2007. Top 10 is roughly in order of appreciation, and
the rest are alphabetical. I know it's huge already but
things might still be added. Absolutely no "download
for free" links.... hell, I didn't even include the
name of the labels....in this age of "too much information"
we gotta have something left to dig for, right?
Alcorn "And I Await (the Resurrection of the Pedal
Pink Reason "Cleaning the Mirror"
Blues Control "Puff"
Emeralds "Allegory of Allergies"
Grouper "Cover the Windows and the Walls"
Magik Markers "Boss"
Group Doueh "Guitar Music From The Western Sahara"
Group Inerane "Guitars From Agadez"
Mammal "Lonesome Drifter"
Theo Angell and the Tabernacle Hillside Singers "Auraplinth"
Sapat "Mortise & Tenon"
Mouthus "Saw A Halo"
Conditioning "Dead Rails"
Bad Trips s/t
Blues Control s/t
Burning Star Core "Operator Dead, Post Abandoned"
Cadaver in Drag "Raw Child"
Charles Cohen & Ed Wilcox "Those Are Pearls That
Were His Eyes"
Circle "Tower (Featuring Verde)"
Collection of the Late Howell Bend/Warmer Milks split
Daniel Menche "Bleeding Heavens"
Eyes Like Saucers "Still Living In The Desert"
Face Place "Floralor"
Fantastic Magic "Witch Choir"
The Fun Years "Life-Sized Psychoses"
La Otracina "Tonal Ellipse of the One"
Lichens/Lexie Mountain split
Long Legged Woman "The End of False Religion"
Lovely Little Girls "Glamorous Piles & Puffy Saddlebags"
Meg Baird "Dear Companion"
Monotract "Trueno Oscuro"
Monster Island "Children of Mu"
MV & EE with the Bummer Road "Green Blues"
No Doctors "Origins & Tectonics"
Omar Souleyman "Highway to Hassake"
Pocahaunted & Robedoor "Hunted Gathering"
Pulga "Pulga Loves You"
Ricardo Villalobos "Fabric 36"
Sightings "Through The Panama"
Sir Richard Bishop "Polytheistic Fragments"
Son of Earth "Pet"
The Terminals "Last Days of the Sun"
These Are Powers "Terrific Seasons"
The Valerie Project s/t
Various Artists "Post-Asiatic: Lost War Dream Music"
Various Artists "Thai Pop Spectacular"
Violent Students "Towelhead"
"Vole Radio 1"
Warmer Milks "Interiors"
just now hearing something from this year's Charalambides
album Likeness for the first time, the 13-minute
track "Memory Takes Hold," and I'm about to put
the whole album on here too just on the strength of this
free-floating hall-of-mirrors trance-folk kaleidoscope of
a song alone. When will it end?
here's some mostly unknown but very good 2007 albums I was
reminded of by finding 'em in piles under my desk just now:
Zelienople "His/Hers", Kevin Frenette 4 "Connections",
Argumentix/Ghost to Falco "Widow Masters", Owl
Xounds "Stoned & Zoned", Radio Shock "Burn
Down Radio" EP, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores "The
Blind Spot", Totally Dad "Ttwwoo Hearts",
Keijo "Whose Dream We Live In?"
J.D. Emmanuel Wizards LP, Home Blitz CD, Jakob
Olausson Moonlight Farm CD (reissue of 2006 LP,
right?), Roy Montgomery Inroads 2CD, xNoBBQx LP,
probably 50 more
Wooden Shjips "Sol '07 (parts 1 & 2)", Pink
Reason "By A Thread", Brother JT "Sweet Purgatory",
D. Charles Speer "Past or Beyond"/"Canaanite
Builder", The Touched, Eat Skull, These Are Powers,
Clockclean er, Car Commercials, Wicked Poseur, probably
Warmer Milks/Locrian, Blues Control/Number None, These Are
Powers/Head of Femur/Domestica @ Duffy's (Lincoln, NE),
Berg Sans Nipple, Zelienople/Grouper, Sonic Youth/GZA/Slint
@ Pitchfork Festival (Union Park), Nicole Mitchell's Black
Earth Orchestra @ Pritzker Pavilion (not counting Sonic
Youth, best show I saw all year), Om/Circle/Endless Boogie/Ecstatic
Sunshine (second best), Air Conditioning/Mammal/Cadaver
in Drag/Paranoid Time/Bloodyminded @ Flower Shop, These
Are Powers opening for The Black Kids (YAWN) on New Year's
Eve.... that's basically just every show I went to all year,
in order, and they were all good.... (all shows in Chicago
and at the Empty Bottle, except where noted)
Alcorn And I Await, These Are Powers Terrific
Seasons, both gatefold vinyl
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