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The Canorous Haunt of GothicGuru's list of 2016's best albums purchased.

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Here's the link to my Discogs list of the best albums I bought that were released in 2016.

The Canorous Haunt of GothicGuru's list of 2016's best albums purchased.


Canadian Pop Songstress Cœur de pirate "Roses" from 2015

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So someone I follow on bandcamp bought a copy of "Trauma" which came up on my feed which led me to sample and become enraptured of Coeur de pirate.  I prefer making physical album purchases when possible so I ordered the Roses album on vinyl.  Truth be told I wanted her s/t album but could not find a source for a reasonable price (time for a repressing).


StrangeJuice - Black Honey is yet another work of art by an amazing Australian musician

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Black Honey by Strangejuice

Occasionally I think there just isn't any way that an artist this prolific could produce consistently good music,  Once again I am proved, at least in Mike Anderson's case, this is not true.  Somehow his  creative stores are seemingly vast and still rich with ideas and concepts.


More pictures of KKKMO - Are You Land Or Water

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KKKMO - Are You Land Or Water

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EUROPA by KKKMO

Stunning record package, such a vibrant blue - it appears plastic and synthetic.  The sound of the album is much more personable and grounded.  Only two songs have lyrics, and the rest are more like jams and fantastic ones at that.  I read a lot about caves and band tragedies that you can look up and read, but it doesn't really help enjoy this record more than just listening to it.

Kōban - Abject Obsessions; Qual - Sable; Avant! Records and Tedium House

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I purchased this as well as Qual - Sable as soon as Kōban announced that they had a US distributor for Avant! Records called Tedium House. Tedium House describes Abject Obsessions as "Cold, dark, and catchy post-punk by this Canadian duo from Vancouver. Caustic drum machines, voix féminines en Français and male vox in English, menacing synths and guitars as sharp and dangerous as a rusty blade." I think that is fairly efficient and spot on.

What's been spinning this week

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I've been cleaning and listening to a bunch of Helen Reddy albums.  Yes, I love Helen Reddy.  It may seem out of place with some of my other song habits, but then again, maybe not.  She has an amazing voice and her songs have lots of darker moments and introspection.

 I was privileged to catch her in concert last year in Alma, Arkansas.  Not somewhere I expected to see her, but it was a really nice show.  Her voice is just as amazing now and she is so comfortable in front of an audience the performance felt very personal and intimate.

So a month or two back a friend and I were in Tulsa, Oklahoma crate digging and found many good deals at Gardner's Books and a couple of flea markets.  Some of the records required quite a bit of cleaning, but overall they are in good shape.  I picked up 7 Helen Reddy records, Janis Ian "Between the Lines", Bob Lind "Don't Be Concerned", Brimstone and Treacle Soundtrack (with Sting and The Police), Bobby Vinton "Sin…

Twin Peaks - Original Score LP (Pre-Order)

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Strangejuice - Die Anne is a nice and spooky track for plundering supposedly haunted places

Free Download to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Sýnið tillitssemi, ég er frávik by Æla

Sýnið tillitssemi, ég er frávik by Æla

And while you are poking around their pages you should also get last years release!  This is a wild and crazy band with lots of energy.  Definitely worth your time to check them out and consider a purchase.


Vettlingatök by Æla

Boduf Songs - Stench of Exist

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Stench of Exist by Boduf Songs

I just figured out how to embed from bandcamp!  Check this record out.  I love it.

PWR BTTM - Ugly Cherries

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Happy dance ensues... I had this treat in my mailbox today.  I've been blowing out my speakers with this digital record for months now, but now I have a wonderful excuse to get excited about it again in a physical format.  This is a perfect colored vinyl, cherry red of course, but even better, it sounds amazing!!!

Scattered Clouds - The First Empire

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There are really no sufficient words to describe the absolute rapture I attain while listening to this album.  It seems alchemical and sorcerous in it's ability to manipulate my senses.  I feel completely addicted and subjugated to the magic herein.  I haven't played a record this often back-to-back sense I discovered Yazoo (Yaz) in college.

Mull Historical Society - The Ballad Of Ivor Punch - (Packshot video)

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David Bowie - Space Oddity (Passenger Cover)

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To date this is this best cover/tribute I have heard/seen - simple, honest and true - thank you

IAMX - Metanoia

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Wrap yourself up in the warmth of darkness, turn out the lights, ignite some incense, inflame a candle, pour a glass of absinthe, and sink into the depths of the new IAMX creation, Metanoia.


2015 - The Year in Review

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Asaf Avidan - Gold Shadow

Asaf Avidan wins the top spot! Far and away my favorite album of 2015. This record rocks in the purest sense. 
The rest of the list is ranked from best loved to the still loved, lots of records not on this list I enjoyed but didn't think they were quite up to ranking among the best of the year. This is just a list of what I love and is totally a personal opinion and in no way is trying to judge albums on artistic merit outside my own preferences.

PUNK Attitude documentary

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Half Moon Run - Lawrence, Kansas; Granada Theater 01/25/2016

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I took to the road solo for this show.  It isn't a fun drive (4.5 hours) but Lawrence is a great town.  I love traveling much more in these days of GPS and not getting lost trying to find new places.  My hotel was a Days Inn and I must say it was clean, but rather barren and dreary.  As always lots of good food around town, but I have to single out Ramen Bowls as truly unique and impressive palate teasers.

What a horrible time to be without a computer, but that is what has happened.  I was working on several reviews, some year end wrap comments, etc., when to my dismay my computer crashed.  It spent 5 weeks at a computer repair shop where they finally gave it back declairing themselves unable to identify and solve the problem. Crazy right?  Well, I now have it being looked at by another outfit, the same ones that built it in the first place, so wish me luck.  I am posting this with a Nook tablet which is not easy to type on or read while typing, so please forgive any typos.  I just didn't want it to be any longer before I at least gave a reason for my silence.  Cross your fingers that I may get my computer back soon.  In the meantime don't give up on me, more posts are coming.