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LISTS 2012

TOP PHYSICAL RELEASES OF 2012

in NO PARTICULAR ORDEr…. just listing stuff as they come to mind.  in reverse order.

13. GLOOM BEAM / PLEASURE ISLAND ; PLEASURE ISLAND - DECATHEXIS ; OAKEN TOWER - MARCHING THORNS
i actually havent listened to this but it is already the 29th of decemeber so 2012 is running out of time and just last night john pyle handed me a stack of all three of these massive (physically) tape releases.  black and white xerox (mostly black) line nearly every cm of these packages; they are not packaged in a simple cassette case way; two are in basically bags a specimen collector or drug dealer have access to; the third is  about the size of a small booklet of incantations.  i havent heard any of these yet but since its john pyle im sure itll be nothing short of intense, introspective, insane, dark, and evil as fuck.  they are like cryptic relics received in a dark cave in zelda.  (or minecraft) format: CASSETTE

12. DELAWEIRD; SAINT SLOBBER
a lynchian meditation on the spiritual anxiety caused by astralpossession by characters from the realities of several 90’s movies.  FORMAT: CDr

11. CAVE LIFE - EP
precisely the right amount of release, pop, punk, catchy-ness, and uumph.  what is anyone talking about when they say anything.  its a grande album that glows the same way all the best moments of highschoolhood do in retrospective memory.  FORMAT: CDr

10. DINNERS / CON TEX split
the balance of “is this noise.  is this music.  is this musical noise?  is this noisey music?” is brought to the forefront.  when the chocolate becomes almost too bitter, a grand dose of total sweetness blows the shit up and galaxies are born- and eaten. in 12 courses. great job!!! format: CASSETTE

9. BOARS IN DA CITY - Hurricanes of Love
Raw recording of some of the most psychedelic folktasms the EAST COAST DEMONS (the good kind) a travelling magic man of contemporary tao among the TOPPEST SHRIMPS OF DA SHRIMP KINGDOM AKA PARADISE AKA UTOPIA AKA MARGHARITAVILLE.  Format: CDR

8. CONSIDER THE GRACKLES - Buck Gooter
one of the first releases in 2012, the grueling gritty headpounding punches of psychedelic sludge unlike anything in your nightmares. Format: CASSETTE

7. APt421 FULL LENGTH- Essays
transitive temporal plane-shifting with dimensional time and fixed space navigating the relationship bwteen noise and music, with brief lofi intermissions from the dead-world version disney and guitar meditations FORMAT: CASSETTE

6. BOP BOP 7" - Mean Lady
popmusic for the new decade packaged in spacefriendly redmatter packages (not the genitals kind.  or is it) FORMAT: VINYL 

5. NATHAN PASKO / SPENCER WEIDEMAN COLLABORATION
i forget the real name of this one but im sure it had something to do with terminator 2 judgement day.   like listening to a radio while undergoing spiritual psychosis.  or while on acid.  FORMAT: CASSETTE 

4. DELAWEIRD: LIMBO - supermoon
solo efforts from kirby sankus from TROUBLED HIPS / DIRTY HOLE / LARHONDA / ETC.  spacey collisions of textures and warps into (dirty) wormholes DEATHZEN PLANE INITIATION. FORMAT: CDR 

3. DVD #1 - Cloud Destroyer
Demented childhood expressed through sound and video, both manipulated live and recorded to this treasure of a unique delawarean release.  Not a single soul in the rest of delaware is able to say they create visuals and soundscapes using a unified controller setup.  no one else in delaware is on the same level because this is next-level-shit.  FORMAT: DVDR

2. GLEAM- Gleam
The shortest and SWEETEST cassette I own.  Systematic reduction and expansion of singularity; divide by zero and you get non-nonstatements.  Zone=Out and enter a new consciousness with elements of drone / noise / nothing / everything. FORMAT: CASSETTE

1. SMARTPHONE - ZEN IGNORANCE
Imagine being stuck in purgatory with nothing to do and nowhere to go and nothing to have or nothing is anything where nothing is possible and then you get everything that listening to Dead Man’s (oakland CA) front guy ’s solo work is is.  Or isn’t.  You haven;t even heard it yet and technically this is still unreleased. FORMAT: CASSETTE

if youve released something physical this year then you’re still on the list i just forgot for now or i dont know about it yet