Fuck it, here’s a top ten releases of 2010

OK, said I wasn’t going to do it but, fuck it, I’m doing it anyway

10.THE PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL COMMISSION – PATIENT ZERO

An amazing new band, full of imagination and vision. Patient Zero is a dark concerpt record that brings the strangeness of our streets out into plain view.

9.DANNY SAUL – KINISON GOLDTHWAIT

2010 was a good year for Hibernate Recordings who put out such a string of stunning albums that it felt like you could sit and compile a top ten for Hibernate releases this year. However, it was the final pair of releases on the label that created the biggest impression. This one took the final post by the scale of it’s ambition and it’s psychotropic properties.

8.SWANS – MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY

Not a cash on but a natural continuation of Gira’s recent direction with Angels of Light, the new Swans line-up brought back some old hands from their noisey days and kept on mighty percussion & dulcimer basher Thor. The results are a very 2010 album that blazes both an ecstasy of noise and deep, dark ballards.

7.TEETH OF THE SEA – YOUR MERCURY

Probably an album that will be in everyone else’s lists from NME to classic rock magazine to Mojo. Don’t care, it has to be in mine. Endlessly inventive, ambitious and accomplished post-rock explorations. A kaleidoscope of influences reimagined into a dramatic hold. This was something bold and fresh for 2010.

6.MICE PARADE – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LEFT HANDED

Mice Parade have been secretly brilliant for a few years now and this album is one of their best. Fresh, breezy, dreamy rock music with traces of African folk, Sonic Youth, krautrock and post-rock.

5.ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS – SWANLIGHTS

Stunningly beautiful as always, a satisying addition to Antony’s intimidatingly good body of work. Highlights include a duet with Bjork, a couple of orchestral collaborations and the hallucinogenic title track

4.NURSE WITH WOUND – HUFFIN RAG BLUES

It seemed a real shame when this classic Nurse With Wound album came out in 2008 but only on CD. Finally released on vinyl this year in a brand new mix. If the fans who pretend to be albinos down at the Slimelight were outraged by the demented 1950s swing vibe of the original mix, this new, mellower mix must have caused them to faint. This new version is the definite article: like the soundtrack to a film noir Chandler adaptation by Fellini on LSD. Delerious joy from England’s definite musical surrealists.

3.CURRENT 93 – BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA

They may have just celebrated their 25th anniversary but their last three albums (including this) have been the absolute peak of their distinguished career. David Tibet’s vocals may divide like marmite but only an idiot would try to deny the sheer poetry of his visionary lyrics. His backing group are a force to be reckoned with too. Boasting James Blackshaw on guitar, Baby Dee on keyboards and Andrew Liles at the controls, the music could not be anything other than heaven. The essential companion album “Haunted Waves, Moving Graves” turns two tracks from “Baalstorm” into stripped-down, earth-stopping ambient tracks.

2.TWINSISTERMOON – THEN FELL THE ASHES

Oh, how this one has spun and spun and spun endlessly on my turntables this year. Amazing lo-fi folk and drone music. Just spell-binding. Once played nearly all of side 2 in one go in a DJ set..I would have managed it all but a band came on. Twinsistermoon has been a major discovery for me this year, will be watching her closely in 2011 and her main project Natural Snow Buildings.

1.WOODEN WAND – DEATH SEAT

One of those albums that just make you wonder why everybody in the world isn’t listening to it? This man is our Dylan and this album is perfect. Every song on here is a classic and with Gira on production bringing together a huge backing group, this feels like the most full, complete Wooden Wand release yet to date.

That thing I mentioned in the last podcast? The thing I was going to do instead of a top ten? I am still working on it…..

Podcast#7 – it’s on

yeah, I finally finished Podcast#7

here it is as an embedded stream from our Mixcloud page:

If you want to download it, better pop over to the Podomatic Page

Now, as I did forewarn previously, we only use the free option of Podomatic which includes storage restrictions. This does mean, unfortunately, that we have now had to delete the first two podcasts off there. From now on, when one goes up, another must come down.

Of course, the old ones are still available for streaming from Mixcloud at http://www.mixcloud.com/wasistdas/

Perhaps in future we might upgrade to a paid for Podomatic account so you can download all the old ones but no plans for now.

free stickers for exotic people

have you seen the new front page?

that is a Was Ist Das? sticker hanging out in a tree in the National Park at Grand Lake, Colorado, USA.

I’ve made a few Was Ist Das? stickers and would be tickled pink to receive photos of them in distant lands. So, if you don’t live in Yorkshire like me, I would gladly mail you a free sticker on the condition that you send me a photo.

Just e-mail your address to the usual e-mail address and I’ll send you one:

podcast warning


a little storm warning for downloaders of our podcast. We have now used up all our free storage on the site which now hosts our downloads, http://wasistdas.podomatic.com

So, when the next podcast is ready, the first couple of shows will have to be taken down off the Podomatic site. A shame but you got to keep on moving.

Of course, you’ll still be able to stream them from our Mixcloud page http://www.mixcloud.com/wasistdas/, so they are not being wiped from the history books.

Work has not yet started on Podcast#7, although the music is already piling up, so a rough guess would be late October/early November for it’s arrival.