Archive for January, 2012

New YearPlaylist for
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
January 6, 2012

Hosted by Greg Lyon on FRIDAYS at 2-5 pm (today 2-7 pm)
on Asheville Free Media (

You can listen to the most recent program by going to the Archives Page at Asheville FM, or by accessing the MP3 stream directly here (available for one week starting early Saturday morning and then gone).

This particular show is also available for streaming here.

Notes: I invited Justin Farrar to come in and bring his favorite jams of 2011 so we could present the year together, discussing and playing what we liked, and musing about general trends in underground music.

My Top 20 new releases (not reissues) of the year were the following:

1. The Field – Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)
2. The Skull Defekts – Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey)
3. Cut Hands – Afro Noise 1 (Very Friendly, Susan Lawly)
4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Vagrant)
5. The Dirtbombs – Party Store (In the Red)
6. The Psychic Paramount – II (No Quarter)
7. Alvarius B. – Baroque Primitiva (Poon Village)
8. Bonnie Prince Billy – Wolfroy Goes to Town (Drag City)
9. Cruddy – Negative World (12XU)
10. Moon Duo – Mazes (Sacred Bones)
11. The Men – Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
12. The People’s Temple – Sons of Stone (HoZac)
13. Omar Souleyman – Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts (Sublime Frequencies)
14. White Hills – H-p1 (Thrill Jockey)
15. Bill Orcutt – How the Thing Sings (Editions Mego)
16. Feist – Metals (Cherrytree/Interscope)
17. Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
18. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams (Sub Pop)
19. Kitchen’s Floor – Look Forward to Nothing (Siltbreeze)
20. Dirty Beaches – Badlands (Zoo Music)

Look back soon for Justin’s list. Justin certainly convinced me that electronic music was where it was at in 2011, and I can tell you that my 2012 list will likely be much heavier in that category than in the post-punk and garage rock that has been the staple of my listening for many years. It’s where things are going. I’ll probably be drawn to some combination of the two, like The Field, who are really a rock band that grooves and loops with electronics. I also think the Cut Hands album is a harbinger for more avant-garde electronic and tape manipulation based on complex African rhythms.We shall see…

Archive note: We lost the recording of about 30 minutes of the show beginning with the Andy Stott track, which is a shame. Just be warned that when you’re listening, there’s going to be a jarring jump in the set at that point.

Artist Title Album Label Comment
Robedoor Parallel Wanderer Too Down to Die Not Not Fun Justin
White Hills Movement H-p1 Thrill Jockey Greg
Moon Duo Scars Mazes Sacred Bones Greg
Tropic of Cancer Be Brave 10" Downwards Justin
The Men () Leave Home Sacred Bones Greg
Happy Jawbone Family Band Now Everybody Rock Like You’ve Got AIDS Family Matters Blueberry Honey Justin
Red Mass Drink My Blood 7" HoZac Greg
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat Rats 7" Load Greg and Justin
Black Pus Beneath the Wheel Primordial Pus Load Justin
Bill Orcutt Til I Get Satisfied How the Thing Sings Editions Mego Greg
Stare Case First Fire Lose Today De Stijl Justin
Hedvig Mollestad Trio For the Air Shoot! Rune Grammofon Greg
Sightings On a Pedestal Future Accidents Our Mouth Justin
The Psychic Paramount N5 II No Quarter Greg
Mark E Belvide Beat Stone Breaker Spectral Sound Justin
Elektro Guzzi Moskito Parquet Macro Justin
Omar-S Strider’s World Just Ask the Lonely FXHE Greg
Container Rattler LP Spectrum Spools Justin
The Dirtbombs Sharevari Party Store In the Red Greg
Kitchen’s Floor Regrets Look Forward to Nothing Siltbreeze Greg
Total Control The Hammer Henge Beat Iron Lung Greg
No UFO’s Flood III Mind Controls The Flood Public Information Justin
Psychic Ills Mind Daze Hazed Dreams Sacred Bones Greg
Mikal Cronin Apathy Mikal Cronin Trouble in Mind Greg
Thee Oh Sees Carrion Crawler Carrion Crawler/The Dream EP In the Red Greg
Veronica Falls Right Side of My Brain Veronica Falls Slumberland Greg
Dum Dum Girls Always Looking Only in Dreams Sub Pop Greg
Andy Stott Passed Me By Passed Me By Modern Love Justin
Shackleton Fireworks, Aussen Vor Remix, by T++ Fireworks Honest Jon’s Justin
Omar Souleyman Mendel [I Don’t Know] Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts Sublime Frequencies Greg
Mark Ernestus Meets BBC Version 1 Version Honest Jon’s Justin
Wolfgang Voigt Kafkatrax 3.2 Kafkatrax Profan Greg
Bryan Black Presents Black Asteroid Engine 2 The Engine EP CLR Justin
Alvarius B. The Dinner Party Baroque Primitiva Poon Village Greg
D. Charles Speer O Sinachis Arghiledes Thrill Jockey Greg
Bonnie Prince Billy We Are Unhappy Wolfroy Goes to Town Drag City Greg
Weyes Blood Romneydale The Outside Room Not Not Fun Justin
PJ Harvey The Words That Maketh Murder Let England Shake Vagrant Greg
Stan Hubbs Seems Like It’s a Rich Man’s World Crystal Companion Greg
Mark Lanegan Band The Gravedigger’s Song Blues Funeral 4AD Greg
Morphosis Too Far What Have We Learned Morphine Justin
The Skull Defekts No More Always Peer Amid Thrill Jockey Greg
Cut Hands Stabbers Conspiracy Afro Noise 1 Very Friendly, Susan Lawly Greg
Shackleton Deadman, Death Dub Remix by King Midas Sound Deadman Honest Jons Justin
The Field Is This Power Looping State of Mind Kompakt Greg and Justin