petak, 7. lipnja 2013.

Matthew Revert / Trash Complex (blog) - Favourite Albums of 2012

Revert je otkačeni književnik a na blogu ima i izbor "najboljih" albuma. Uglavnom voli adrenalinsko-dopaminske ekstremiste koji shizofreniju liječe paranojom. Jako korisno za skeniranje prosječne stvarnosti u kojoj živite.

My Favourite Albums of 2012

I had always intended to reignite Trash Complex for the new year with a list of my favourite albums of 2012. Then I started to lose interest in the notion, wondering what the point of such an exercise was. This is extended not only to the seeming redundancy of creating a list such as you will see below, but also to the act of critical writing, which is one I don’t overly enjoy. As a fiction writer, it became disempowering to spend so much time writing about the work of others when there was so much of my own work I wanted to explore. As much as writing a list like this feels superflous and self-congratulatory, the reality is that music with such a small listenership needs lists like this, otherwise that small listenership becomes even smaller. So… if this list can inspire even a single person to explore even a single release, it serves a purpose beyond my ego.
The following are the twenty-one albums that meant the most to me in 2012. It’s twenty-one because I miscounted and couldn’t be arsed removing anything from the list. They haven’t been ranked; rather I’ve decided to order them based on their title. There may be some that are out of print. If that’s the case, I apologise. I know how frustrating that can be. A caveat that should be stated: I haven’t fully absorbed the mass of Kevin Drumm’s self-released CDs yet. As such, none will appear in the below list. I imagine that at least a couple would warrant it though. Where possible, I’ve tried to include audio for each release and a quick guide can be found at the bottom of the post. Let’s get started.

marc baronMarc Baron-∩ (Cathnor)


2005-1Manfred Werder-2005¹ (Winds Measure) (performed by Jason Kahn)

Excerpt can be found here.

endless-stream-bigReed Evan Rosenberg-At The End of An Endless Stream (Accidie)


crosshatchesMichael Pisaro/Toshiya Tsunoda-crosshatches (Erstwhile)


Dancing+in+TomelillaCool Quartet with Lina Nyberg featuring Éric La Casa-Dancing in Tomelilla (Hibari)


developerDeveloper (Copy for Your Records)


draughtMatt Earle/Jason Kahn/Adam Sussmann-Draught (Consumer Waste)

Two excerpts can be found here.

exotic exitVanessa Rossetto-Exotic Exit (Kye)


felurePascal Battus/Alfredo Costa Monteiro-Fêlure (Organized Music From Thessaloniki)

Listen to an excerpt here.

fremde zeitJakob Ullmann-Fremde Zeit – Addendum (ed.RZ)


how to not do itJason Lescalleet-How To Not Do It (Chondritic Sound)


Medroxy Progesterone Acetate – I Am An Empty House Longing To Be Haunted (Black Horizons)

Find a sample here.

Knot+Invariants+Helena+GoughHelena Gough-Knot Invariants (Entr’acte)


messier objectsKlaus Filip/Toshimaru Nakamura/Andrea Neumann/Ivan Palacky-Messier Objects (Meenna)

Excerpts can be found here.

midnight at mary's houseRussian Tsarlag – Midnight at Mary’s House (Not Not Fun)


muneClaire Bergerault/Jean-Luc Guionnet-Mune (Cathnor)


mitesMites-Passing Resemblence (Copy For Your Records)


jin-sangtae-sacrifice-21Jin Sangtae – Sacrifice 2 (Ghost & Son)


keithrowe_septemberKeith Rowe-September (ErstLive)


songs about nothingJason Lescalleet-Songs About Nothing (ErstSolo)


lx sweatLX Sweat-Sweat Sweat Sweat (Not Not Fun)

Here’s a quick reference guide for those (understandably) unwilling to traverse the mess of images and embedded audio:
Marc Baron-∩ (Cathnor)
Manfred Werder-2005¹ (Winds Measure) (performed by Jason Kahn)
Reed Evan Rosenberg-At The End of An Endless Stream (Accidie)
Michael Pisaro/Toshiya Tsunoda-crosshatches (Erstwhile)
Cool Quartet with Lina Nyberg featuring Éric La Casa-Dancing in Tomelilla (Hibari)
Developer (Copy for Your Records)
Matt Earle/Jason Kahn/Adam Sussmann-Draught (Consumer Waste)
Vanessa Rossetto-Exotic Exit (Kye)
Pascal Battus/Alfredo Costa Monteiro-Fêlure (Organized Music From Thessaloniki)
Jakob Ullmann-Fremde Zeit – Addendum (ed.RZ)
Jason Lescalleet-How To Not Do It (Chondritic Sound)
Medroxy Progesterone Acetate – I Am An Empty House Longing To Be Haunted (Black Horizons)
Helena Gough-Knot Invariants (Entr’acte)
Klaus Filip/Toshimaru Nakamura/Andrea Neumann/Ivan Palacky-Messier Objects (Meena)
Russian Tsarlag – Midnight at Mary’s House (Not Not Fun)
Claire Bergerault/Jean-Luc Guionnet-Mune (Cathnor)
Mites-Passing Resemblence (Copy For Your Records)
Jin Sangtae – Sacrifice 2 (Ghost & Son)
Keith Rowe-September (ErstLive)
Jason Lescalleet-Songs About Nothing (ErstSolo)
LX Sweat-Sweat Sweat Sweat (Not Not Fun)

My books to date are as follows:
Basal Ganglia (Forthcoming from Lazy Fascist Press, 2013)
How to Avoid Sex (Copeland Valley Press, 2012 (paperback) Dark Coast Press, 2013 (eVersion))
The Tumours Made Me Interesting (LegumeMan Books, 2011)
A Million Versions of Right (LegumeMan Books, 2009)

Matthew is a very talented writer, as many of you are no doubt aware, and this collection is a delightful showcase of his absurd prowess. Post-modern irony can indeed go fuck itself!
The scourge of sex continues to degrade us, undermining the superior moral fibre of which we are capable. It seems one can’t leave the house without falling prey to orgy gangs or pornographic film shoots. Rather than admonishing prurient genital tendencies, we make a sport of celebrating them. There is a mistaken belief that sexuality is a natural part of the human condition. This fallacy has plunged us into damp-crotched darkness.
This is the story of a superior man unwilling to bend to the will of society’s sex addiction. This is a document detailing the lengths some of us will go to avoid sex, and why sometimes it’s not as easy as one assumes.
Praise for How to Avoid Sex
“Revert’s work is something all readers should experience. Yes, what he writes is weird and funny, but he makes it work because there are universal themes under the strangeness and outstandingly eloquent and beautiful writing throughout the entire narrative. Making people laugh is hard to do, but doing so while being simultaneously smart, bizarre, and different is almost impossible. The fact that this author pulls it off is enough reason to say How to Avoid Sex is a must-read for fans of uncanny literature and anyone who simply enjoys being entertained.”-Verbicide
“Matthew Revert’s How to Avoid Sex offers the best of what explorations of the absurd can yield. It succeeds spectacularly. As a bonus, I laughed so hard in some places that I scared my dog.
I also found myself disturbed, but I don’t necessarily see that as a negative.  The scenarios within the book are extreme. But then so are the scenarios presented in many other works of fiction that are by now considered classic and also provide much food for thought.
It also takes a garganutan amount of creative bravery to create a work of fiction that goes to such extremes.”- Spotty Blog


Here is a quick index of the reviews on Trash Complex.
Reviewing your work
Of late I have been receiving review enquires from various artists. This is an honour and I am certainly not opposed to this. Please note though, that time constraints mean that I’m unable to review everything. With that in mind, if you’d still like me to take a look at your work, email me here: matthewrevert (at) hotmail (dot) com
Click on image to read review
Album Reviews:  
Album Review: Will Guthrie – Sticks, Stones & Breaking Bones (Antboy Music)
Joe Panzner - Clearing, Polluted (2011, Copy For Your Records)
(the) aGitator – Music for Sensitive Teeth (I Had An Accident)
Graham Stephenson – Defiantly Not (Pilgrim Talk)
Jin Sangtae – Sacrifice 2 (Ghost & Son)
Patrick Farmer – Green Rings around the Eyes, this Grass in Vibrant Motion (Nadukeenumono)
Michael Pisaro/Greg Stuart – Hearing Metal 2 (Gravity Wave)
Antoine Beuger – Un Lieu Pour Être Deux (performed by Barry Chabala and Ben Owen) Copy For Your Records
Jèrôme Noetinger/Will Guthrie – Face Off (Erstwhile Records)

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