Music 2019

Music 2019

It's true. Spotify has changed things. It is now much, much easier to find new music to listen to, but it seems that fewer tracks make a lasting impression. My annual lists keep getting shorter. Anyway, here are 3 albums that I liked in 2019.  They are all kinda electronic ambient - type stuff, so..... [...]

Music 2018

Music 2018

So here we are again: another year gone, another music list.  Every year, I find that I have less and less to say about them.  The truth is that I don't really know much.  For that, I blame Spotify.  I no longer do much reading or research to find new music.   Instead, Spotify's "Release [...]

2017 Music

2017 Music

I know, I know: everyone else wrapped up their best of 2017 list a month ago.  But here it is.   Also, I know that nobody reads these, and therefore I am shortening the list to the top 3 albums, and the best stand-alone track.   Having just said that, I 'm going to diverge [...]

2016 Music

2016 Music

For anyone that knows me, its been a tumultuous year.   But somethings don't change.  I'm still trying to avoid musical ossification, i.e. listening to the same artists year in and out.  More than half of my picks were new discoveries this year. There are links that you can click to listen to (at least [...]

2015 Music

2015 Music

Its that time of year again: list season.  Continuing past traditions, here are my top albums/EPs and, separately, the top tracks from 2015.   Please have a look.  Everyone's tastes are different, but maybe you'll find something that is "good" for you. There are links that you can click to listen to (at least a [...]

13 in 51

13 in 51

As always, thanks to Heidi for indulging my musical interests.  We had a great time in Knoxville for the Big Ears Festival, seeing 13 performances in a little more than 48 hours. The Bad Plus Kronos Quarter + Wu Man ( + Terry Riley + Laurie Anderson) Loscil A Winged Victory for the Sullen Kronos [...]

2014 Music

2014 Music

It's December, and here's what I've got:  There wasn't anything this year that grabbed me by the neck and shook.  But hey, who am I to criticize?  I can't hum in tune.  Here are the 10 albums that I listened to most.   Each one has its moments, but not sure how well any of [...]

2013 Music

For me, this year was pretty much all about the piano. Poppy Ackroyd – Escapement This is the album of the year, as far as I'm concerned.  Poppy Ackroyd won me over with her intimate miniature creations, built entirely from her own piano and violin performances. Listen to Mechanism Also, here's a cool video that [...]

OWF Returns

OWF Returns

The Oakville Waterfront Festival returned this weekend, after a 3 year hiatus.   Since  a) it happens at the end of our street and b) it is now free, we dropped in with friends and neighbours for several shows over the weekend. We got drenched at Kathleen Edwards' show on Friday, but enjoyed the performance anyway. [...]

By and for introverts

By and for introverts

And then we went to Seattle to check out the Substrata festival of ambient/electronic/experimental music.  More accurately. . . and then I dragged Heidi to Seattle to check out the Substrata festival of ambient/electronic/experimental music. Gotta say thanks to Heidi for indulging me for three straight nights. The performances were mixed, I'd say. I was [...]

Sound of Music

Sound of Music

This week I booked tickets for a bunch of us to go see Harry Manx when he comes to Toronto in the fall.  Then I noticed that he was scheduled to play at Burlington's Sound of Music Festival, today, for free. It was supposed to rain all day. But it didn't, and Heidi and I [...]

Old guy – New music

I don't know why I thought that going to Montreal for the MUTEK Festival would be a good idea. I don't care.  It was worth the trip. Mutek - Montreal 2013 from Stuart Brannan on Vimeo. Technically its the International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music. Actually its a lot of fun.  Warning: you [...]

Meh!

Every week the NY Times mag lists things that they view being neither good nor bad, but "Meh".  Add the Emmylou Harris - Rodney Crowell - Richard Thompson concert last night at Massey Hall to the list. All 3 performers are on my "B" list - i.e. worth listening to from time to time, but [...]