The Best Reissues/Live Albums/Compilations of 2019, #5 – 1

5. Stereolab, Mars Audiac Quintet (Duophonic) 4. Stereolab, Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Duophonic) 2019 was a glorious time to revisit, rediscover, or be introduced to one of the most important musical acts of the 1990s, as experimental legends Stereolab released lavish reissues of 1993’s Transient Random Noise-Bursts With Announcements, 1994’s Mars Audiac Quintet, 1996’s Emperor Tomato […]

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The Best Albums of 2018, #15

15. Shooting Guns, Another Wolfcop / Nosferatu (Pre-Rock) In the wake of 2017’s album Flavour Country, Shooting Guns spent 2018 working on two special, movie-related releases that turned out to be distinct departures from their usual psychedelic-tinged, instrumental stoner jams. It was only natural that the boys were asked to create the soundtrack for the […]

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The Best Albums of 2018, #19

19. Thom Yorke, Suspiria (Music From the Luca Guadagnino Film) (XL Recordings) This was a case where an artistic project I was initially sceptical about surprised me a great deal, on two levels. As a longtime admirer of Dario Argento’s giallo classic Suspiria and a fervent opponent of Hollywood “reboots”, I was initially appalled by […]

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