Wow it's that time ALREADY? Cool the panic as Naysayer & Gilsun kick off our end of year Recommends series by counting down their 2013 highlights. The duo poll high on our own list with the refined minimal house EP All That Good Work / Blue on Club Mod. Revisit it here.
Luke Neher aka Naysayer
Two thousand and thirteen. A year of musical neogenesis and spiritual regeneration. For many of us the dry scrubland was burnt off to make way for a blossoming new undergrowth. Amongst the soot and charred earth we found not just new sounds, but old ones; re-issues. Five re-issues.
1. Soul Capsule - Overcome
"Like Woo!" Sickeningly smooth. Jackin beat. Probably uses some famous drum machine or something. "Fly that fast"?
2. Kruder/Dorfmeister - G Stoned
Music from the future but produced in 1993. The Simon and Garfunkel cover art is very big.
3. M&M - m+m Theme
Bouncy capricious house music. Reminds me of all the songs you hear before you regret staying out so late.
4. Four Tet - Rounds
Didn't actually buy this but it is a great album and it *was* re-issued this year, technically.
5. Tyree - Nuthin Wrong
"I hope she - If I hit it!" I think this song is about sex. Chicago house.
Sam Gill aka Gilsun
Here are some of the things that didn't fly right over my head in 2013...
#1 Album That Made Me Say Things Like "You've Gotta Hear This Thing. It's, Like, Fuck...I Can't Describe It" All Year
Musically, Holden sounds to me like a wild, bearded explorer hacking his way through the bush. His LP, The Inheritors, is the sparkling, untouched oasis he found beyond the madness.
#1 Film That Left Me Feeling Ill, Ignorant But Completely Blown Away
If you haven't seen Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Act of Killing yet, make sure it gets shifted to the top of your list (though, definitely not after your family lunch at Christmas or something). Go check out all of its hyperbolic sales pitches from Herzog and Errol Morris if you don't believe me.
#1 Book That Ought To Make Everyone's Christmas/Hanukkah Lists
John Safran's Murder in Mississippi is yet another solid dot-point on his application for True Blue National Treasure status. Excellent stuff.
#1 Melbourne Comic That Looks Like A Young, Australian Garry Shandling
I was lucky enough to see Luke McGregor do stand-up at Steele Saunders' night at Public Bar a couple of times this year. If you ever get the chance to see him, just do it. His style is difficult to describe but impossible to forget.
#1 Track By A Band I Love But Have Recently Neglected
I've always been a big fan of YLT, but never quite delved into their discography properly. Having been properly knocked out by their last LP, Fade, it's safe to say I'm back on the wagon.
#1 Podcast Made By A Few Really Great Guys In Melbourne
The Fireside Chat is one of my favourite podcasts. Hosts Matt, Ed and Alex have come up with a potent mix of really engaging conversation with observational and improv comedy. There are also a ton of dick jokes and references to Hitler, too, so everyone's a winner.
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