no news – no ads by jochen schwarz, 2018
2018: Ein Scheiß – Jahr geht zu Ende – um noch einmal einen SPEX Titel vom letzten Jahr (oder war es das vorletzte? – Egal, es passt auch für alle der letzten 3 Jahre) zu zitieren, die SPEX, die dieses Jahr mit der letzten regulären Ausgabe im Dezember / Januar neben der INTRO selbst auch Geschichte sein wird.
2018 was a bad year to quote John Fante´s novel “1933 was a bad year”. But let´s not talk about politics – but about beloved music & films.
Sometimes in a world of crisis, the counter – culture is getting better and better, mirroring the society.
ameel brecht / gwenifer Reymond / a hawk & a hacksaw / Caoilfhionn Rose / melody´s echo chamber / feu! chatterton / the saxophones / ghost bag & tine fetz/ thom yorke /onyx collective / nat birchall / camera / lonnie holley / richard swift / the last poets (mala edit) / people skills
2018 full length records
(in no order)
Lonnie Holley – Mith (jagjaguwar)
Maybe the song “I woke up in a fucked up america” is the comment of the year.
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo (night time stories)
Somewhere between easy listening pop, eastern psych – rock and avantgarde, this is their second great LP. The concert at Lido in february was one of the best i´ve seen in 2018.
Wooden Shijps – V (thrill jockey)
It´s all one song (neil young)
J.Mascis – Estastic Days (Sup Pop)
the older, the wiser
the Molochs – Flowers in the spring ( innovative leisure)
Together with J. Mascis, one of the few international interesting rock albums this year.
Sandro Perri – in another life (constellation)
Low – Double Negative (sub pop)
Feu! Chatterton – L’Oiseleur (Barcley)
Not so good like their outstanding first lp, but still extraordinary and the live concert in Bataclan in Paris in april was amazing.
Richard Swift – the Hex (Secretly canadian)
Tragic, magic – his last album before he passed away, r.i.p.
the Saxophones – Songs of the saxophones (Full time hobby) &
Phosphorescent – C´est la vie (dead oceans)
Both lp´s are always at the edge of kitsch – but there is something magic in their voices so I can´t resist listening to the songs over and over again.
Caoilfhionn Rose – Awaken (Gondwana)
Gondwana records is one of the most interesting labels this year – not only for jazz records.
You Never Were Much Of A Dancer – Gwenifer Raymond (Tompkins Square)
America primitive guitar drones at its best
I Need to Start a Garden – Haley Heynderickx (Mama Bird)
Another difficult name – songs are in the line of Alela Diane, rooted deep South.
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage (fat possum)
What a creative tour de force, meandering between indie, club, electro and french house – you want to slow it down permanently – or better listen to it over and over again
Ameel Brecht – Polygraph Heartbeat (Kraak)
Another treasure from KRAAK. Ravens´ Ameel Brecht plays intimate guitar drones. beautiful, maybe in my top 5 this year.
Mount Eerie – Now Only (P.W.Elverum & Son)
The sequel to a crow looked at me. Still sometimes unbearable to listen to the lyrics,
but beautiful like always.
Mint Field – Pasar De Las Luces (innovative leisure)
Mexican youngsters with a stunning kind of post – rock debut
the Necks – body (northern spy)
Incredible eclectic tour de force throughout post – / kraut rock / jazz / ambient
Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (jazzman)
My favorite album of the year actually – simply majestic
Makaya Mc Craven – Universal Beings & where we come from (international anthem)
Eclectic and postmodern jazz. As Breathtaking as Nat Birchall.
Onyx Collective – lower east suite pt. III (big dada)
Thom Yorke – Suspiria (XL)
German Postpunk / Kraut
Since quite a while, angry young men from rich Stuttgart, always in a bad mood, like Karies or die nerven stepped into the Postpunk scene and the 90ies “Hamburger Schule” heritage of Goldene Zitronen or Blumfeld – Stuttgart rules.
die Nerven – Fake (Glitterhouse)
Karies – Alice (this charming man)
Camera – Emotional Detox (Bureau B)
The 4th lp is as good as all the others.
Beloved books, films, 10″, 7″, tapes and reissues still to come…