A Look Back at

Tom Sekowski
Best Concerts of 2008

Gordon Monahan, Olivia Block & Joda Clement @ The Music Gallery, Toronto (Jun. 26)
part of Suoni per il
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Master Musicians of Jajouka @ The P.hoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto (Jul. 15)
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The Sun Ra Arkestra + Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie @ Palais Royale, Toronto (Oct. 21)
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Frances-Marie Uitti & Sharon Kanach @ Hart House, Toronto (May 28)
Scelsi in Words and Music part of SoundaXis '08
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Neil Young & Wilco @ Air Canada Centre, Toronto ( Dec. 9)

Malcolm Goldstein & AIMToronto Orchestra @ Somewhere There, Toronto (Mar. 9)
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naw / Keith Fullerton Whitman / Klimek @ The Music Gallery, Toronto (Oct. 23)
at the third annual X Avant Festival of New Music
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Christopher Willits & Stars of The Lid @ The Music Gallery • Toronto (Apr. 28)
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Aki Onda, Alan Licht & Michael Snow @ The Music Gallery, Toronto (Dec. 12)
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Les Moineaux D’entendre perform Décagé @ The Music Gallery, Toronto (Feb. 22)
dedicated to Fluxus and John Cage
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KTL & Németh @ The Music Gallery • Toronto (May 18)
part of VTO Eight
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Robin Minard and Jaap Blonk @ Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto (Jun. 4)
part of SoundaXis '08
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Christian Weber | Jesse Kudler + Chandan Narayan | Black Soul + Christian Weber
Joda Clement + Steve McFarland
@ Loft, Toronto (Nov. 11)
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Aidan Baker | Tim Hecker | Pram @ The Music Gallery, Toronto (Oct. 25)
at the third annual X Avant Festival of New Music
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Records that shook my head around

I realize it’s tricky putting these lists together. Often, many records will slip through the cracks, while at other times, I tend to have short-term memory span. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a slew of records that appeared in 2008, while a mountain of records released last year will come to my attention in the next year and onwards. If you ask me why these records made it to my lists, I’ll answer simply. Each one had something unique to offer – something that made me pay more attention to these than to most other stuff that came through my CD player. With that said, here is what I recall from the last twelve months in terms of recorded music:

Lucio Capece & Sergio Merce Casa [Organized Music from Thessaloniki]
Lionel Marchetti – Adèle et Hadrien
Le Livre des Vacances [Optical Sound]
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou
Funk & Sato from Benin’s Obscure Labels [Analog Africa]
Tomasz Krakowiak
La Ciutat Ets Tu [Etude Records]
Fluorescent Grey
Gaseous Opal Orbs [Record Label Records]
Seth Nehil
Amnemonic Site [Alluvial]
The Advisory
Circle Other Channels [Ghost Box]
He Can Jog
Middlemarch [Audiobulb]
His Name is Alive
Firefly Dragonfly [Acuarela]
The Rational Academy
A Heart Against Your Own [Someone Good]
Guy Gelem
Works [Split Femur]
David Grubbs
An Optimist Notes the Dusk [Drag City]
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Music for Ataturk Airport, Istanbul [Auf Abwegen]
Ammasu Akapoma Group
The Music of Ammasu - Brong-Ahafu, Ghana 1976 [Country & Eastern]
Tomasz Bednarczyk
Summer Feelings [Room 40]
Mahlzeit [Hinterzimmer]
Tarek Atoui
Mort aux Vaches [Staalplaat]
Wood Wind Tide [KwanYin Records]
Michael Esposito / FM Einheit
The Sallie House [Firework Edition]
Volkmusik [Zeitkratzer]
Tall Trees EP [Abaton]
Toot – Axel Dörner / Thomas Lehn / Phil Minton
Two [Another Timbre]
Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing [ATP]
Carlos Giffoni
Adult Life [No Fun]
Arsenije Jovanovi_ – Galiola
Works for Radio, 1967-2000 [and/OAR / Alluvial]
Anthony Pateras / David Brown / Sean Baxter
Interference [emd.pl Records]
Insect Factory
Air Traffic Control Sleep [Insect Factory]
FM3 - Buddha Machine II
Brown [FM3]
David Szczesny
Luxated Symmetry [Porter Records]
Lawrence English
Kiri No Oto [Touch]

Favourite compilations of the year

Various Artists Graceful Degradations: Variations [Sourdine]
Various Artists
Dr. Boogie presents Rarities from the Bob Hite Vaults [Sub Rosa]
Various Artists
Born to the Breed – A Tribute to Judy Collins [Wildflower]
Various Artists
Teaism - Music Inspired by The Art and Culture of Tea [Static Caravan]
What Does It All Mean? - 1983 – 2006 Retrospective [Illegal Art]
Various Artists
Favourite Places [Audiobulb]
Various Artists
Doom & Gloom - Early Songs of Angst and Disaster 1927-1945 [Trikont]
Various Artists
Como Now - The Voices of Panola, Co., Mississippi [Daptone Records]
Various Artists
The Best of Polish Smooth Jazz... Ever! [Recycling Records]
Various Artists
Migrating Bird – The Songs of Lal Waterson [Honest Jon’s Records]
Various Artists
Blood, Muscle & Air – The Intimate Voice [Sonic Arts Network]
Various Artists
Peter Grummich Plays Staubgold – Dinner Music for Clubbers [Staubgold]
Various Artists
FabricLive 42 – FreQ Nasty [Fabric]

Most memorable re-issues of the year

Blue Notes The Ogun Collection [Ogun]
William Basinski & Richard Chartier
Untitled 1-3 [Line]
Carl Stone
Woo Lae Oak [Unseen Worlds]
Peter Brötzmann
Die Like a Dog – The Complete FMP Recordings [Jazzwerkstatt]
Yoshi Wada
Lament for the Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile [EM Records]
Fela-Ransome Kuti
Lagos Baby 1963-1969 [Vampisoul]
Various Artists
The Jewelled Antler Library [Porter Records]
Death in June & Boyd Rice
Scorpion Wind [Nerus / Soleilmoon]
Big Dipper – Supercluster
The Big Dipper Anthology [Merge]
Joe McPhee, Lisle Ellis, Paul Plimley
Now What? [hathut]
Sun Ra
Secrets of the Sun [Atavistic]
Sun Ra
Media Dreams / Sleeping Beauty / On Jupiter [Art Yard]
Club 8
The Friend I Once Had [Labrador]
A Handful of Dust
Now Gods, Stand up for Bastards & The Philosophick Mercury [No Fun]
Ayler, Cherry, Tchicai, Rudd, Peacock & Murray
New York Eye and Ear Control [ESP Disk]
The Complete Studio Recordings NYC 1977-1978 [No More Records]
Don ‘Sugar Cane’ Harris
Sugar Cane’s Got the Blues [MPS/Promising Music]
Thomas Feiner & Anywhen
The Opiates – Revised [SamadhiSound]
Zbigniew Namys_owski Quartet
Live at Kosmos, Berlin [Jazzwerkstatt]
Alexander von Schlippenbach
Piano Solo ’77 [FMP]
Marvin Ayres
Cellosphere [Burning Shed]
Orlando Julius
Super Afro Soul [Vampisoul]

Few solid music DVDs

Olivia Block, Sandra Leah Gibson and Luis Recoder DVD (untitled) [SOS Editions]
Wojciech Has
The Saragossa Manuscript (music by Krzysztof Penderecki) [Mr. Bongo]
Bernhard Gal
Installations [Gromoga]
Frances Marie Uitti & Yota Morimoto
(untitled) [13AL]
Various Artists
Inside Out in the Open [ESP Disk]
Dead Boys
Return of the Living Dead Boys – Halloween Night 1986 [MVD]
Lydia Lunch
Video Hysterie: 1978 – 2006 [Atavistic / MVD]
Various Artists
Everything I Own is Broken or Bent [Corleone]
Wyndel Hunt / Thom Heileson
Unit of Selection [Dragon’s Eye]
Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution
[Sexy Intellectual / Chrome Dreams]
Tony Palmer
Fairport Convention [Voiceprint]

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Tom Sekowski
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