Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 35

Took a while but I finally managed to lay my hands on the Fungi Girls 12" on Play Pinball!, which is actually a re-issue of a cassette release on Animal Image Search. Three kids from suburban Texas re-imagine JAMC's Darklands as if it had been made in the repressive heat of their hometown. Plenty more releases on the way, with Group Tightener releasing a 7 inch and Psychic Lunch dropping a split 7 inch with Vancouver's own Indian Wars.

SF's Awesome Vistas awakens after a a year long slumber. Past releases by Thee Oh Sees and Sic Alps were sold out damn near instantly, while underrated records by Linda Hagood and Dragging An Ox Through Water went mostly overlooked. I get the feeling that these two newest releases will probably receive the same ignorance, which is really a shame because both LPs sound as good as their hand silkscreened sleeves look. Flower Of Flesh and Blood features labelhead and artist Chris Johanson forming a trio with fellow SF'ers and attempting to ignite a slowcore revival. Is features an all-star cast with Tara Jane O'Neil, Sam Coomes (Quasi), Tom Greenwood (Jackie O Motherfucker), Sara Lund (Unwound), and Nick Bindeman (Acre). Together they create two side-long, slow building, creepy atmospheric pieces that were meant to accompany a Chris Johanson art exhibit. Highly recommened stuff. Check AQ for a copy.

That's all we have time for this week. 

Oh hey, local listeners can catch me playing some of these tracks, plus a ton more, live at the Honey Lounge (1 Alexander Street ) on Honey Lung Thursdays alongside DJ Rundownsun Sound System.  

Fungi Girls "Dystopic Vision" Seafaring Pyramids 12" (Play Pinball!)
Flower Of Flesh and Blood "Let It Die" High Life LP (Awesome Vistas)
Blessure Grave "In The First Place" s/t 7" (Holidays)
Druid Perfume "Weird Wally Wigwam" s/t 7" (M'Lady's/Italy)
Unnatural Helpers "Confidence" split w/Intelligence 7" (Dirty Knobby)
Flight "My Business" s/t 10" (Kill Shaman)
Flight "Feels So Good" s/t 7" (Hozac)
Tee Pee "Oh Mercy" s/t 7 " (Hozac)
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin "High School" Reverse Shark Attack 12" (Kill Shaman)
Tommy Jay Band "Bug Men" Skull Without Borders comp. 10" (Siltbreeze)
Sic Alps "Clarence" Skull Without Borders comp. 10" (Siltbreeze)
Kurt Vile & the Violators "Denial" Skull Without Borders comp. 10" (Siltbreeze)
Topaz Rags "Mindpower" Capricorn Born Again LP (Not Not Fun)
Twinsistermoon "Druid's Sun" Hollow Mountain CD (Blackest Rainbow) *reissue of Dull Knife LP
Is "Side A, untitled" s/t LP (Awesome Vistas)
Rusalka & Burrow Owl "untitled" untitled 3"cdr (self released)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 33 & 34

As expected, missed records from 2009 keep rolling in, with the Meercaz LP on Tic Tac Totally (reissue of Gulcher Records CD from early 2009) currently dominating the stereo. For those that are also late to the game on this one, Meercaz is based outta Portland, Oregon and even shares a member with one of my favorite bands from that city, Meth Teeth. Definitely one of those records that doesn't sound contemporary, but more like some long lost mid-70s proto-punk group hailing from some industrial city in middle America. Heavy riffage, tone deaf vocals and plenty o' weird analog synth bleeps and burps thrown in for serious left tiltage. Songs range from two-minute, fist pumping MC5-styled jams to seven-minute stormy industro-punk excursions. Highly recommended.

Also late on the 2009 chopping block is the sprawling 2LP speaker shredder that is the new Shit & Shine. Over an hour of repetitive riffs that sound spewed through slashed amps and run over with a rusty lawnmower. 229-2299 Girls Against Shit also makes brief dalliances into dub, disco and, uhhm, race car humour(?). Yeah, anyways, fans of the early, damaged end of the Butthole Surfers and even the overkill fuzz-sludge of The Goslings are urged to pay attention.

The painfully limited-run of the Siltbreeze 10 inch compilation Skulls Without Borders dropped in the mail slot last week, and it's an odd mix of folks trying to share the same airspace. Puffy Areolas make a nasty punk-splatter and give high hopes for their forthcoming Siltbreeze debut LP; Chickins, an FNU Ronnies off-shoot, put down a quirky number complete with raygun guitar shots; Dan Melchior plops down another grumpy blast of fuzz riffs and off-kilter guitar solos. The flipside, featuring Kurt Vile, Tommy Jay Band and Sic Alps, will be played next week...

Heading back over to this side of continent, AFCGT (aka A Frames Climax Golden Twins), who have been given much love here on ETMS, drop their vinyl-only (!) release via Sub Pop next week, and I was lucky enough to be able to provide a sneak peek. Not much has changed from the Seattle juggernaut, hell, if anything, the 5 piece have beefed up their sound considerably on the more amped up tracks, and waded even deeper into their more experimental side. Not yr typical Sub Pop release, but we're pleased as all hell they've decided to put this one strictly to wax.

Swimming up the coastline back to our city, Tassles sent over a few intriguing tracks of drifting bedroom electronic pleasantries, kinda reminiscent of Ducktails back porch soundtracks. Tassles is better known in Vancouver as Sean Orr, who helms the shit detector on Beyond Robson's Morning Brew and fronts the recently reunited post-hardcore revisionists Taxes. Tassles sees Orr relaxing his jaw for a few and learning to kickback a little bit. You probably won't see this act open for Taxes anytime soon. Either way, someone out there release something from either of these...asap!

Banana Head (aka Zully Adler, head of Goaty Tapes) also was kind enough to send some new jams my way. Brand new cassette of solo loner jams, absolutely perfect for these bland winter days. Goaty Tapes has come a long way since its inception a few years back; brand new tapes by HNY (awesome cassette on Not Not Fun reviewed here), Russian Tsarlag and Paradise Sisters, who have a forthcoming 12 inch due out soon on De Stijl. In the works are cassettes by El Jesus De Magico, Psychic Reality (split 12" with LA Vampires forthcoming for them on Not Not Fun) and Goaty will also head into LP territory with an Ancestral Diet full length. Get stoked, people.

Hot off the heels of the much-loved seven inch, Brainbombs offshoot No Balls release a full length LP on Sweden's Release The Bats. And, of course, its in a disgustingly small pressing of 300 and sold out before it was even outta the pressing plant. Not far off the Brainbombs aesthetic of violent, hammering repetition, but, this time around with just drums and guitar, plus the occasional sax squlech and distance vocals, which may or may not be appallingly misogynistic. This meager pressing has annoyed me enough to share a ripped version with ya'll (courtesy of Soundeyet).

Episode 34

Tassles "Brother Soft" unreleased mp3, 2010
Indian Wars "Carol Anne" s/t 7" (Bachelor) 2009
The Intelligence "Gettin' Classy" split w/ Unnatural Helpers 7" (Dirty Knobby) 2009
Fair Ohs "Automatic" Obscene & Violent: A Tribute To GG Allin 7" (Italian Beach Babes) 2009
Male Bonding "You Hate Me And I Hate You" Obscene & Violent: A Tribute To GG Allin 7" (Italian Beach Babes) 2009
Chickins "Chickin Den" Skull Without Borders compilation 10" (Siltbreeze) 2009
Dan Melchior "1000 Times" Skulls Without Borders compilation 10" (Siltbreeze) 2009
Puffy Areolas "El Jita" Skulls Without Borders compilation 10" (Siltbreeze) 2009
Meercaz "Unlust" s/t LP (Tic Tac Totally) 2009
Shit & Shine "Have You Really Though About Your Presentation?" 229-2299 Girls Against Shit 2LP (Riot Season) 2009
AFCGT "Black Mark" AFCGT LP (Sub Pop) 2010
No Balls "Come Clean" Come Clean LP (Release The Bats) 2009
Oneohtrix Point Never "Russian Mind" Russian Mind LP (No Fun Productions) 2009
Afternoon Penis "...Jack Of Hearts" split w/ Eskimo King LP (Abandon Ship) 2009
Banana Head "Take It Back" In The Tubs CS (Goaty Tapes) 2009
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer & Nihilist Assault Group "untitled" Planned Obsolescence LP (Gnarled Forest) 2009

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Episode 33

Girls At Dawn "Never Enough" s/t 7" (Hozac) 2009
Sharp Ends "Northern Front" s/t 7" (Hozac) 2009
Plastic Crimewave Sound "Bad Politics" s/t 7" (Hozac) 2009
Reading Rainbow "Restless" s/t 7" (Zoo Music) 2009
The Beaters "White Hate" s/t 7" (Zoo Music) 2009
Indian Wars "If You Want Me" s/t 7" (Bachelor) 2009
Vapid "Take A Walk, Baby" Practically Dead LP (Nominal) 2009
Modern Creatures "Too Serious" split w/Twin Crystals 12" (Nite Prison) 2009
Twin Crystals "Attraction" split w/Modern Creatures 12" (Nite Prison)LP 2009
Wizzard Sleeve "Excavating Heaven" s/t LP (Hozac) 2009
Cold Cave "Death Comes Close 12" (Matador) 2009
Magik Markers " " split with Sic Alps 12" (Yik Yak) 2009
Sic Alps "" split w/Magik Markers (Yik Yak) 2009
Haunted Beard "4000 Parties" 3-way split w/Les Beyond and Shipyards (Vidkid) 2009
Les Beyond "" 3-way split w/Haunted Beard and Shipyards (Vidkid) 2009
Lightning Bolt "Nation Of Boar" Earthly Delights 2LP (Load) 2009
THE RITA "The Voyage of the Decima MAS (excerpt)" The Voyage of the Decima MAS CD (Troniks) 2009

**The episode seems to be lost. Drop a comment if you need an mp3 version of it.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Pop Dr(((O)))nes: Episode 32

One last post of 2009ness, promise. This week's show is dedicated to my favorite tracks from 2009 that appeared on either a 12 inch EP or full length LP. 90 minutes was not quite enough to cover it all, but this week's show here is about as good as I can offer. Not a lot of surprises for those that have been following the Pop Drones show since its inception last May, but its definitely an excellent primer for those just catching up. 

The Bitters "Warrior" Wooden Glove 12" (Captured Tracks)
The Girls At Dawn "It's The Only Time" s/t 12" (Captured Tracks)
Grass Widow "Tattoo" s/t 12" (Captured Tracks)
Ganglians "Into The Void" s/t 12" (Woodsist)
Blank Dogs "Slowing Down" Under and Under 2LP (In The Red)
The Mantles "Don't Lie" s/t LP (Siltbreeze)
Nothing People "It's Not Your Speakers" Late Night LP (S-S)
Dan Melchior Und Das Menace "Blue Tentacles" Thankyou Very Much 2LP (S-S)
Amen Dunes "By The Bridal" D.I.A. LP (Locust)
The Fresh & Onlys "Peacock & Wing" s/t LP (Castleface)
Sonny & The Sunsets "Death Cream" Tomorrow Is Alright LP (Soft Abuse)
Thee Oh Sees "Schwag Rifles" The World Is Lousy With Ideas Vol. 8 LP (Almost Ready)
Eat Skull "Stick To The Formula" Wild & Inside LP (Siltbreeze)
Meth Teeth "Failures Selected By God" Everything Went Wrong LP (Woodsist)
The Hunches "Ate My Teeth" Exit Dreams LP (In The Red)
Mayyors "The Crawl" Deads EP 12" (Hurling Man)
Twin Stumps "Scar" s/t LP (Dais)
Shearing Pinx "I Am Jim O'Rourke" Weaponry LP (Divorce)
Moon Duo "Killing Time" Killing Time EP 12" (Sacred Bones)
Peaking Lights "Silver Tongues Soft Whispers" Imaginary Falcons LP (Night People)

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I couldn't resist a few more lists...

10 favorite cassettes from 2009

Best Coast "Where The Boys Are" (Blackest Rainbow)
Earn "Their Simple Nature" (Ekhein)
Keith Fullerton Whitman "The Dreamhouse Variations" 4xCS (Arbor)
Matrix Metals "Flamingo Breeze" (Not Not Fun)
The Fresh & Onlys "Bomb Wombs" (Fuck It Tapes)
Super Minerals "Clusters" (Stunned)
Natural Snow Buildings "Daughter Of Darkness" 5xCS (Blackest Rainbow)
BT. HN. "Valastro" (Cipher Productions)
Jeans Wilder "Antiques" (Night People)

Favorite Wu-Tang related release of 2009 (aka an instrumental take on classic
Wu tracks is better than 99% of the rest of what's going on in hip hop right now)

El Michel's Affair "Enter The 37th Chamber" (Fat Beats)

Favorite local act/release

Sex Church 7" (Sweet Rot)

Favorite re-issue of a recent release
3-way tie

Silver Pines "Forces" (Light Lodge)

Wildildlife "Peas Feast" (Crucial Blast)

AFCGT "s/t" (Uzu Audio)

Favorite re-issue or collection of classic/long lost albums or groups

Loop "Heaven's End", "Gilded Eternity", "Fade Out" & "The World In Your Eyes" (Reactor)
Now it's time to reissue these on vinyl...

Pisces "A Lovely Sight" (Numero Group)

Beck "One Foot In The Grave" (Geffen)

Bobby Beausoleil "Lucifer Rising Suite" 4LP (The Ajna Offensive)

JT IV "Cosmic Lightning" (Drag City)

Mirrors "Something That Would Never Do" (Violet Times)

Pyramids "Birth/Speed/Merging", "King Of Kings", & "Lalibela" (Ikef)

Faust "IV" (EMI)

Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 Year Ender (is it over yet?)

Okay, so this took me some time to finally get posted, and everyone is already getting stoked on 2010, but this is as definitive as I could possibly get it. Still a ton of records left to hear that got a few others excited (ie. still waiting to hear this Black To Comm LP that everyone's flipping for), so we'll have to round up the missed 2009 records sometime later in 2010...maybe. Sorry, no links in this post, but we all know how to do a Google search, right? Pretty much all of these records have been played on the show at one time or another and have gotten a proper write-up on the blog, so I tried to keep the writing to a brief blurb. Anyways, on with the list...

Garage Rock Lo-Fi and everything in between...

The Fresh & Onlys "s/t"(Castleface) and "Grey Eyed Girls" (Woodsist)
Not much more to say about these guys, especially considering they've had damn near weekly play on the show. Absolutely timeless pop perfection. Not sure why they weren't a lot bigger in 2009. These two full lengths are essential listens of the year, but if you're like me and have played these two LPs to death you can still check out full lengths by the group's many offshoots, including Sonny & The Sunsets (featuring Tim Cohen and Shayde Sartin), The Sandwitches (two former F&O's backup singers), and Tim Cohen's solo joint. 2010 should hopefully see the release of their promised full length on In The Red, another Tim Cohen LP, and, hopefully, another avalanche of singles.

Meth Teeth "Everything Went Wrong" (Woodsist)
Coup number two for the exploding Woodsist label. After over a year of waiting Portland's Meth Teeth finally deliver their debut full length LP. The album is actually a coupla' re-tuned oldies with some newer material tossed in. Excellent review over at Dusted that also contains a brief history of the band.

Hunches "Exit Dreams" (In The Red)
One of two swan songs this year from Portland's defunct Hunches (the other is a limited comp featuring outtakes and a Peel Session) and easily their most potent punch-up to date. Following their two previously brasher full lengths, The Hunches managed to slow things down every so often, though the results are just as wrenching as anything else released before hand. Fans of those first two assaultive records should still be content with the tightly wound garage bombs unleashed here.

Nothing People "Late Night" (S-S)
A major leap from last year's debut LP "Anonymous" and one of this year's most aptly titled albums. "Late Night" is a woozy, jumbled and jangly record perfect for a post-midnight spin on the decks; 2009's best comedown record.

Amen Dunes "D.I.A." (Locust)
Well this one pretty much dropped out of nowhere and disappeared even faster. Amen Dunes is one Damon McMahon, who recorded this record somewhere up in the Catskills (originally from Philly), though he has apparently moved on to China since the release of the record. Little information is floating around about this guy, which fits this mysterious lo-fi stoner-folk record quite well, if you asks me. Listen to a live session at WFMU here (courtesy of the Free Music Archive).

El Jesus De Magico "Scalping The Guru" (Columbus Discount)
Not even sure I wanted to put this in the garage etc. list but there wasn't room anywhere else. Two side long slabs of mystic kraut-psych that manages to be groovy and a little frightening.

Grass Widow "s/t" 12" (Captured Tracks) & "s/t" LP (Make A Mess)
Top notch post-punk revival from San Francisco's underrated Grass Widow. Harmonized vocals, taught and clean guitar lines mark a refreshing, gimmick-free, back-to-basics sound that seemed to get lost in the shuffle.

Dan Melchior Und Das Menace "Thankyou Very Much" (S-S)
Best record yet from this prolific brit, and it's a double LP to boot! Not usually a fan of double records but damn near every track here is catchy and memorable, not to mention pretty damn funny.

Pens "Hey Friend, What You Doing?" (De Stijl)
More brits! This time it's three young ladies clumsily bashing out their sincere idea of DIY punk. One of the many highlights at this past years SMMR BMMR fest.

Eat Skull "Wild and Inside" (Siltbreeze)
"Wild and Inside" could have just contained the ridiculously catchy 'Stick To The Formula' and then just pit farts for the rest of the record and I still would've ranked this rather high. Luckily there are plenty of other amazing tracks to help compliment one of my favorite songs of 2009.

Can't forget about these...

Blank Dogs "Under and Under" (In The Red)
The guy releases his most ambitious, inventive record to date and no one seemed to care. Blank Dogs overload, me thinks.

Little Claw "Human Taste" (Not Not Fun/Ecstatic Peace)
Not quite as good as the debut from a few years back, but still a worthy follow-up.

Mantles "s/t" (Siltbreeze)
Another great west coast garage-pop revivalist. Should've been much bigger in '09.

Thee Oh Sees "Help" (In The Red) & "Dog Poison" (Captured Tracks)
Not nearly as good the perfect "The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In", but both releases- not to mention a non-stop flurry of 7 inches- help keep Thee Oh Sees at the top o' the garage heap.

The Intelligence "Fake Surfers" (In The Red)
After the mediocre "Deuteronomy", The Intelligence strike back with one of their best records.

Noise Rock

Helluva year for super abrasive, feedback riddled, hate rock. So much so that I had to shape an entire list around all this noise.

Mayyors "Deads EP" (Hurling Man)
The elusive Mayyors, who were the best part of the already amazing SMMR BMMR fest, topped those previous two seven inches and raised the bar so high it'll be a serious feat if anyone can topple these guys, themselves included.

Twin Stumps "s/t" (Dais)
Tearing Brooklyn apart one Animal Collective at a time.

Anals "Total Anal" (Permanent)
If Brainbombs weren't still active, you'd think that the band had reformed as France's Anals.

Drunkdriver/Mattin "A List Of Profound Insecurities" (Badmaster)
Billy Bao's Mattin adds a thick later of distorted, electronic squelches to Drunkdriver's pummel-a-thon, which adds up to one of the more assaultive releases on this list.

No Balls "s/t" (Release The Bats)
This one disappeared quicker than anything else on the list, and with good reason. No Balls is apparently 2 members of Brainbombs (though the debut 7 inch from earlier this year was supposedly a single member) and this record plays like a stripped down version of their current band, albeit with a murky layer of noise permeating the whole thing. Oh yeah, and it's also pretty much instrumental.

Pissed Jeans "King Of Jeans" (Sub Pop)
After years of releasing mom-friendly dreck like Fleet Foxes and Band Of Horses, Sub Pop apologize to long-time fans of the label and sign Pissed Jeans for a couple records. Though not as varied as "Hope For Men", "King Of Jeans" is more than enough for the growing throngs re/discovering the AmRep catalog. Hey, Sub Pop, if you really wanna satisfy us re-issue them damn Six Finger Satellite LPs.

TV Ghost "s/t" (In The Red)
Birthday Party-styled organ-driven spook-garage from Lafayette, Indiana.

Six Finger Satellite "Half Control" (Load)
Okay, so it's nowhere near the perfect "Paranormalized" or "Severe Exposure", but it's also hardly the same band as ten-plus years ago. J. Ryan and Rick Pelletier (both original members) and co. manage to scrape up enough demons to make another compelling record, albeit recorded in 2001. A recently recorded new album was released just a few weeks back. Haven't heard it yet, but the reviews haven't been too positive. I'll still give it a shot...

Billy Bao "May 08" (Parts Unknown)
Another fine edition to the growing Billy Bao legacy from Mattin and the crew. Not quite as unforgiving as past releases on S-S or Parts Unknown but still a potent punch to the neck.

And Everything Else...

Oneohtrix Point Never "Zones Without People" (Arbor)
Absolutely mesmerizing analog synth-work from one half of the mighty Infinity Window.

Infinity Window "Artificial Midnight" (Arbor)
Dualing synths from two contemporary virtuosos. See above for more...

Zola Jesus "The Spoils" (Sacred Bones)
Sacred Bones had another amazing year and this lo-fi and industrial-tinged LP clinches the top spot. Zola (aka Nika Roza Danilova) had a busy year, releasing the Former Ghosts LP with Freddie Rupert and Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, plus another full length on Troubleman Unlimited. 2010 will probably be even bigger for the Madison, Wisconsin native.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow "Ashes Grammar" (Mis Ojos Discos)
Not quite as enjoyable as their debut from a few years back, but "Ashes Grammar" works better as a more cohesive album, which is seamlessly stitched together across 2 LPs.

Peaking Lights "Imaginary Falcons" (Night People)
Easily one of the more beautiful records of the year. An Eno-esque descent into decaying ambiance.

Dave Phillips "They Live" (RRR)
Two side-long slabs of creepin' 'n crawly. Foxy Digitalis sums this one up better 'an I ever could.

Sunn O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" (Southern Lord)
Finally, a Sunn O))) record that I'll probably listen to more than once every coupla' years. Best LP package of 2009.

Sun Araw "Heavy Deeds" (Not Not Fun)
Jammed this one more times than I can count. Cameron Stallones peels back the heart of his inner groove and gets down low and skronky for his finest release yet.

True Widow "s/t" (End Sounds)
Much thanks to AQ Records for placing this as one of their records of the week. Anyone who was waiting for the slowcore part of the 90s revival should look no further than True Widow's debut. After hearing this you'll be dusting off your old Seam and Codeine records in no time. One of '09s most overlooked records.

Inca Ore "Silver Sea Surfer School" (Not Not Fun)
An ethereal and dream-like patchwork of lo-fi bliss. Seriously haunting and beyond proper description, as I just proved.

Black Math "s/t" (Permanent)
Goth-y garage in a way too limited run. Released by Chicago's Permanent Records, which has been one of the most consistent new labels of the past year. Keep 'em coming.

Dalek "Gutter Tactics" (Ipecac)
Another dense sonic barrage by hip hop's only visionaries.

Shearing Pinx "Weaponry" (Divorce)
The Pinx deliver Vancouver's best LP release of 2009 and then abruptly announce it as part one of a two LP set. Catch 'em live before they are no more...

Natural Snow Buildings "Shadow Kingdom" (Blackest Rainbow)
France's drone-folk duo make their first huge splash on vinyl--a 3 LP set of sprawling and immersive drone that has little comparison.

Twelve Inches

Dum Dum Girls "Catholicked" (Captured Tracks)

The Girls At Dawn "s/t" (Captured Tracks)

Magik Markers/Sic Alps split (Yik Yak)

Woven Bones "The Minus Touch" (Zoo Music)

Ganglians "s/t" (Captured Tracks)

Little Girls "Thrills" (Mexican Summer)

The Bitters "Wooden Glove" (Captured Tracks)

Wooden Shjips "Contact" (Mexican Summer)

Washed Out "Life Of Leisure" (Mexican Summer)

Records I'm still waiting to hear/are in the mail...

Black To Comm "Alphabet 1968" (Type)
Meercaz "s/t" (Tic Tac Totally)
So Cow "s/t" (Tic Tac Totally)
Shit & Shine "229-2299 Girls Against Shit" (Riot Season)
King Midas Sound "Waiting For You" (Hyperdub)
Grouper/Roy Montgomery split LP (self released)
Emeralds "s/t" (Gneiss Things)

Best shows
Mayyors, Pens, Meth Teeth@SMMR BMMR
Robe & Allied@anywhere they played
My Bloody Valentine@Seattle's WAMU Theatre
Sic Alps w/Magik Markers@The Rickshaw Theatre
Blues Control@Little Mountain Studios
Jonas Reinhardt w/Valet & Sinoia Caves@Little Mountain
Wooden Shjips@ ANZA Club
Kurt Vile & Eat Skull@Holocene, Portland, Ore
Barn Owl@behind the Museum Of Anthropology, UBC
Grouper@St Andrew's-Wesley Cathedral
The Fresh & Onlys@Pat's Pub
Jesus Lizard@Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle
Golden Triangle@Garage Fest, Portland, Ore
The Intelligence@The Biltmore (twice)

(I'm probably forgetting a bunch of stuff from the beginning of the year. Local readers should drop a comment and let me know what I'm forgetting)

Other year enders worth peeping

2010 releases to be juiced up for

AFCGT LP on Sub Pop
Hozac Hookup Klub, year 2
Tim Cohen LP on Captured Tracks
Shearing Pinx LP number two on Divorce
Golden Triangle LP on Hardly Art
US Girls LP on Siltbreeze
Best Coast LP on ???
Dum Dum Girls LP on Sub Pop
Moon Duo on Captured Tracks
Magic Lantern LP on Not Not Fun