Similar to the Tortoise and New Year albums, the newest Labradford audio document also heads down the path of re-examining older concepts through current methodology. (And like the New Year, this was also recorded with assistance from Steve Albini in July of 2000 in Chicago.) The trio return to a certain purity of earlier albums with the absence of additional players which colored the last few. 'Fixed::Content' could be the most personal recording a group like Labradford can get while remaining completely instrumental. The album is an exercise in patience, symmetry and impressionistically represents the group as the trio they are.
Premiered first at Sonar 2000, this release could very well be an impressionistic aural painting of a thunderstorm which gets closer and closer, unleashes its wrath and then breaks.
The man known as Thighpaulsandra could very well be the definition of a modern musical mad scientist‚Äîpure genius with a maniacal manifestation of sound. His debut Eskaton full-length release (don't get all semantic on me, this isn't his first full-length nor first Eskaton release) comes as a double CD of all new material featuring contributions from members of Coil, Spiritualized and Julian Cope's band as well as his mum.
From a small label in Holland comes this amazingly priced double CD set, a singles compilation from Scott Engel, John Maus and Gary Leeds, who are most commonly known as Scott, John and Gary Walker. The collection grabs 45 A-sides and popular hits from the trio both together and in solo form, stretching from 1965 through 1981.
This Belgian duo consists of John Sellekaers and C-Drik, whose production and performance has appeared on releases from Torsion, Ambre and Snog. The debut release has taken three forms, but the one in my hands is the German CD edition. It starts off being a rather powerful foray into aggressive modern dark drum and bass.
They say history never repeats but almost unsurprisingly much of the 2000 Brainwashed Readers Poll looks closely identical to the first time we took the poll, 10 years ago. Thanks to everyone who participated in both rounds this year. Now it's time to go to your collections and dig out the music from 1999 for the nomination round (coming shortly)!
Album of the Year
1. godspeed you black emperor!, "Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven"
2. Coil, "Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 2"
3. Radiohead, "Kid A"
4. Sigur Rós, "Ágætis Byrjun" [despite the release being in 1999, the international distribution through Fat-Cat will qualify this release for 2000]
5. Yo La Tengo, "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out"
6. Current 93, "Sleep Has His House"
7. two way tie:
Broadcast, "The Noise Made By People"
Legendary Pink Dots, "A Perfect Mystery"
8. Antony & the Johnsons, "Antony & the Johnsons"
9. two way tie:
Amon Tobin, "Supermodified"
Trans Am, "Red Line
10. two way tie:
Kid 606, "Down with the Scene"
Primal Scam, "Xtrmntr"
1. godspeed you black emperor!
4. Sigur Rós
5. Legendary Pink Dots
6. Current 93
7. Kid 606
9. Yo La Tengo
10. Antony & the Johnsons
1. Coil, "Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)"
2. Boards of Canada, "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"
3. Radiohead, "Idioteque"
4. Antony & the Johnsons, "Cripple and the Starfish"
5. Current 93, "I Have a Special Plan for This World"
1. Outkast, "B.O.B."
2. MDMFK, "Missing Time"
3. Add N to (X), "Plug Me In"
4. Eminem, "Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up"
5. Radiohead - all those little short video clips
1. Antony & the Johnsons
3. A Silver Mt. Zion
4. The Damage Manual
[note: Sigur Rós actually got the most votes but since their first album was released in 1988, they were disqualified. Their current album is their third album.]
1. Legendary Pink Dots/Dead Voices on Air
2. godspeed you black emperor!
3. Nine Inch Nails
4. Coil at the Royal Festival Hall (2nd time)
2. three-way tie:
3. World Serpent
5. two-way tie:
1. John McEntire & Jim O'Rourke
2. Steve Albini
3. Steven Stapleton
4. Christoph Heemann
5. Frank Verschuuren
1. Limp Bizkit
1. Radiohead, "Kid A"
2. Download, "Effector"
3. Coil, "Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil"
4. Chicks on Speed, "Will Save Us All"
5. Badly Drawn Boy, "The Hour of Bewilderbeast"
1. Wild Planet
2. OHM - The Early Gurus of Electronic Music
4. Xen Cuts
5. Chicago 2018
1. Requiem for a Dream
2. Dancer in the Dark
3. Gladiator [??? don't our readers have any taste?]
4. High Fidelity
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
1. The Simpsons
2. South Park
4. The Daily Show
5. The Sopranos
1. Neal Stephenson, "Cryptonomicon"
2. "Apocalypse Culture 2"
3. Dave Eggers, "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius"
4. Naomi Klein, "No Logo"
5. Bill Drummond, "45"
1. Russel Crowe
2. John Cusak
3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
4. Ed Norton
5. Kevin Spacey
2. Ellen Burntsyn
3. Christina Ricci
4. Kate Hudson
5. Angelina Jolie
1. US Presidential Election
2. Y2K and no armageddon
3. lame year for films
4. miserable lives of the readers who think their lives suck
5. Dancer in the Dark
1. Endless US Presidential Election
2. New Year's Day 2000
3. Coil live
1. Ralph Nader
2. assholes who voted for themselves
3. George W. Bush
4. Jon Whitney
5. Dan Rather
1. George W. Bush
2. assholes who voted themselves
4. Al Gore
5. Jon Whitney
2. Rap Rock
3. "Whassssup" greeting (shouting or text messaging)
4. cell phones
5. Who let the dogs out
Barrelling forward with releases, John Hughes' Hefty Records has boldly issued a series of stellar limited edition 12" singles.