Friday, January 2, 2009

Victor Signore: Quick Rundown for 2008

Author: Victor Signore
note: Victor hosts the amazing and eclectic radio program "Tabula Rasa" airing live on every wednesday 530-8 pm (ET) at

Here is my quick rundown for 2008 in no particular order:
1) Nomo / Ghost Rock / Ubiquity Records
2) William Parker / Double Sunrise Over Neptune / Aum Fidelity
3) Grupo Fantasma / Sonidos Gold / Aire sol
4) Kasai Allstars / In the 7th Moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic / Crammed Discs
5) Valerio Cosi / Collected Works / Porter Records

6) Bronx River Parkway / San Sebastian 152 / Truth & Soul Records
7) Misled Children / People's Market / Porter Records
8) Richard Pinhas and Merzbow / Keio Line / Cuneiform
9) Brownout / Homenaje / Freestyle
10) David Hurley / Outer Nebula Inner Nebula / Porter Records
11) Dan Friel / Ghost Town / Important Records
12) Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet / Tabligh / Cuneiform
13) Toumast / Ishumar / Real World
14) Andrew Raffo Dewar / Six Lines of Transformation / Porter Records
15) Mary Halvorson Trio / Dragon's Head / Firehouse 12 (New Haven, CT!)
16) Parts and Labor / Receivers / Jagjaguwar
17) William Parker / Petit Oiseau / Aum Fidelity
18) Chicha Libre / Sonidos Amazonico / Barbes Records
19) Earth / Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull / Southern Lord

20) Black Forest/Black Sea / s/t / Secret Eye
21) Henry Grimes and Rashied Ali / Going to the Ritual / Porter Records
(can you see a trend here)

Some cool comps to check out of 2008:
Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues / Soundway
Juaneco y su Combo / Masters of Chicha Vol. 1 / Barbes Records
(60's Peruvian psych)
The Jewelled Antler Library / Porter Records (4 hours of music: psych, field recordings, psych folk, experimental, etc.)

Both Porter Records and ESP-Disk are "workin' hard for the money" giving new life to some great music through re-issues that both labels are throwing at us left and right! Check them out!

Also keep an eye on the Crammed Discs label (for amazing sounds from around the globe), Secret Eye (for psych, free improvised and electronic music), Soundway and Analog Africa labels for their brilliant compilations.

All the best,


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