Yay! I always look forward to your end-of-year lists.
I thought it was going to be wall-to-wall Shit & Shine, until Keith Berry took over. The Bardo and Part Chimp records are both very good.
Album of the year by a mile IMO: Lankum - Between the Earth and Sky
Also well worth hearing: Forest Swords - Compassion Chastity Belt - I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone Out Lines - Conflats Astrid & Rachel Grimes - Through The Sparkle Blue Aeroplanes - Welcome! Stranger The AMOR singles on Night School Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Bay Head
Band Of Holy Joy have been churning music out at a prodigious rate for the last couple of years, and the last of the five 2CD sets by which they funded the new album sneaks into 2017, so I'll have that as well. I actually prefer the 2CD sets to the 'proper' album, as they're stuffed with a vast amount of music and littered with unexpected gems.
Favourite shows: July Skies, Blue Aeroplanes, Steve Gunn, Lankum (x2), Kraftwerk plus Xylouris White/Ex-Easter Island Head/The Space Lady/Casual Nun - Supersonic
Both July Skies and Ex-EIH sets were hold-your-breath-for-40-mins good.
Some great records last year. If I could pick just one, it would be "Mass VI", though.
Albums (in alphabetical order): * Amenra: Mass VI * Bardo Pond: Under The Pines * Curanderos (Bardo Pond & Kohoutek): s/t * Cyclorama: s/t * Emidio Clementi + Corrado Nuccini: Quattro Quartetti * Empusae (feat. CHVE): Lueur * Gunn-Truscinski Duo: Bay Head * Julie's Haircut: Invocation And Ritual Dance Of My Demon Twin * Mogwai: Every Country's Sun * Part Chimp: IV * Spartiti: Servizio D'Ordine
Concerts (in chronological order): 19.01.2017: Giardini di Mirò + H.-J. Roedelius 26.02.2017: Amenra (acoustic) + CHVE + Syndrome 07.03.2017: Avec Le Soleil Sortant de Sa Bouche + Cyclorama 07.05.2017: Julie's Haircut 23.06.2017: Friends Of Gas 01.08.2017: The KVB + Cyclorama 16.09.2017: Julie's Haircut + L'Ira Del Baccano 18.10.2017: The Ills + Cyclorama 20.10.2017: Mogwai + Sacred Paws 21.10.2017: Mogwai + Sacred Paws 07.11.2017: Steve Gunn + Cian Nugent 15.11.2017: Sophia 16.11.2017: CHVE + Syndrome 15.12.2017: Cyclorama + Komparce