2009 -> 2019


still figuring out 2019 so i’ll do half

in 2009 i was listening to dublab a lot which led me to leaving records and my hollow drum
so lots of dak and yuk, teebs and ras g

and nite jewel
and butchy fuego satellite projects like icy demons

also followed freshselects when it was a blog and stumbled upon coultrain, blackspade, knxledge, mndsgn, suzi analogue, ahnnu, and devonwho’s early work

and that was a year before nonprojects was officially unveiled but i was listening to ALOT of music from ryan york, nicholas morera, and brian simon

and christian tignor
and austin peralta

and among monome forum heads

among stonesthrow affiliates
dam funk
mayer hawethorn
james pants

and little dragon

and the whole eglo fam at the time
floating points

also i sounded like

majority of the beats were from 09 sessions


I love “red state“, played it 3 days ago.


Looking back I found out that 2009 was a magic year music wise. Wasn’t that the year when cassettes made its total comeback? Or that might have been 2008. Here in Sweden every town (especially Gothenburg) flourished with great acts and releases:

Viking Jews (this is 2010, I can’t find a 2009 release online):


Skeppet released their amazing first cassette (not this one though, this is also 2010 so it’s close enough):

I haven’t been into anything new so far this year. But I was glad to see that the Bonnie “Prince” Billy catalogue is up on Spotify.

This is one of my favorite song made by that man:

Even for myself and my creativity I just discovered that 2009 was a great year. My second daughter was born, three cassettes was released with my stuff and I had songs on a couple of compilations.

Word Wood Salad - The Scuba Tape (Hockey Rawk, 2009)

And hopefully this years will be just as exciting. It’s like people tend to say: Everything goes in ten years cycles…

Word Salad - River Bending (from the upcoming tape “Vintervågor” on Pillowscars, 2019)


This is the best I’ve heard so far this year:


That Noah and The Whale album hit me so hard in 2009. Such a good one. I was bummed they never followed it up with anything as great, but at least it exists.


Sophomore here as well in 09 :zap:.
I (also) got into Radiohead & Thom that year (bought a Kaoss Pad 2 because of EIIRP), so much Portishead, Sufjan Stevens, Mew, Cat Power, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Air, Zero 7, Camille Saint-Saëns, Philip Glass. Also I formed my first band that year (I played drums).

I still listen to all of that music (RH/TY & Portishead heavily), with the additional heavy rotation of Autechre, Muslimgauze, Ólafur Arnalds, Ryoji Ikeda, Arca, Second Woman, Alva Noto (and many others on the former Raster-Noton label), many soundtracks (Jonny Greenwood, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Panos Cosmatos), Beak>, Can, Aphex Twin, Chelsea Wolfe.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot on both lists.

EDIT: How could I forget Grizzly Bear?! The Ready Able music vid from 09!


I need to revisit their earlier albums. I think III is a straight-up masterpiece and while I enjoyed the original albums when they were released (I got the second album in HS) they didn’t age well the last I listened to them.


think this is the closest recorded I have to ten years ago (must be 9 or ten years since this was actually recorded, although the date on soundcloud thinks later), playing bass with these cats:

10 years ago think I was listening to a pretty solid diet of 50s jazz - Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane and Charlie Christian, only occasionally chucking in a bit of Aphex Twin.

These days I am listening more widely again, stuff I couldn’t get into ten years ago like Flying Lotus and finally figured out what the fuss was about with ‘non-western’ scales - hanging about on here exposed me to some of Harry Partch’s music.

Who knows what 2019 holds, but last time I hit record was early 2018 for the aleph compilation. I have started ringing church bells in Oxford once a week and there’s a jam session at my local pub tomorrow night.


Are you change ringing? (Any bell ringing is super cool :slight_smile: )


I worked in a small record store (specialising in used CDs) during 1999 and several of the employees were ardent Muslimgauze fans. It was funny, the “experimental” section (which was limited / small) was comprised almost entirely of Muslimgauze titles. I gradually became a fan, and I have a deeper appreciation for his music nowadays. There’s so much, and it’s so raw and varied (some of it seemingly recycled) – it can be hard (or atmospheric) and satisfying, in its repetition and detail–abrubt edits that can sound tossed-off, but it works. It’s just good-ass sh*t… had to say something. The sheer abundance and breadth of the catalogue, I’d like to celebrate it.


I’m glad you did (say something)! Sufiq in particular comes on weekly for me.


Not ringing changes yet, just about hanging in there to stay in time ringing rounds… But the group who are teaching me are serious change ringers - many of them have been doing it since 2009!


Here was my Best of list I jotted down in 2009:

  1. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Sunn O))) - Monoliths & Dimensions
  3. The xx - The xx
  4. Grizzly Bear - Vectormist
  5. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  6. Fuck Buttons - Tarot Sport
  7. Girls - Album
  8. Jim O’Rourke - The Visitor
  9. Telepathe - Dance Mother
  10. Black Dice - Repo

These were my favorite listens from end of last year (I’ve abandoned the idea that you can rank art years ago):

Autechre NTS Sessions
Aphex Twin - Collapse EP
Low - Double Negative
Jim O’Rourke - Sleep Like it’s Winter
Jim O’Rourke - Steamroom 40
Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood
Jon Hassell - Listening to Pictures



2009: Created a playlist of tracks added to iTunes in Jan 2009, turns out I was importing lots of CD’s/vinyl:

  • Jeff Mills – Waveform Transmission Vol. 1
  • Junior Homrich – The Emerald Forest (Soundtrack)
  • Susumu Yokota – Acid Mt Fuji, Image, Sakura, Grinning Cat, Will, The Boy & The Tree, Laputa
  • Pete Namlook – Air 1+3, Silence I+II+III

Have had an iTunes Match subscription since 2012, so all my music is available everywhere (internet dependent).
Most of these albums are now available on Apple Music…


After remembering that Pete Namlook & Susumu Yokota have both since died (RIP), I turned to the present, this is what has been added to iTunes this month:

  • Murcof – Lost in Time
  • Yoyu – Dream Between
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async Remodels (enjoy Async also)
  • zYklen – Alignment A+B (see below)

What my music sounded like

9 years ago (although these tracks are from at least 20 years ago):

https://zyklen.bandcamp.com/ – released a double album earlier this month (which is also added above as I listened to it for the first time since finishing it):


Thanks, first time I’ve heard this Thom Yorke performance. Interesting use of drone/backdrop to sit behind the piano/vocal.


Yeah, really love the use of the morphagene in this to complement the piano performance. I’m wondering if similar could be accomplished with W/. I’d guess so?


2009 listening included:

  • Agoraphobic Nosebeed
  • Bruce Gilbert
  • Sunn 0)))
  • Tyondai Braxton
  • Husker Du
  • Pere Ubu
  • Glenn Braca
  • Mika Vainio


  • I-LP-O
  • Yoshio Machida
  • Tom Mudd
  • Thumbscrew
  • Lifetones
  • This Heat

2009 in my own music was a quiet year. I was between projects and kind of burnt out… I don’t think I did that much.


What was Tyondai Braxton doing back then? I was in a band called Parlour that played with him in 05 in Providence doing solo stuff, maybe that was early Battles-era Braxton? But wasn’t 09 before his great solo album called Hive1? Was he doing weird guitar stuff? In 05 that’s what he was doing. Kind of like that old band Frontier…just surrounded by pedals, sometimes sitting down, playing pedals like the instrument.


I have an album of his form 09 called Central Market that I remember liking a lot, but honestly haven’t listened to in a long time.


I think he was still in Battles, left a year or two later. Hive1 came out 4 or so years ago.


It’s funny. I’ve never really like Battles, but I like a lot of his solo work.