2008 Highlights – Music Edition

The list is not in any preferential order — Song previews will expire eventually, so don’t be bummed if you get an error message — If you read this off facebook, you may not be able to see the music player.


HIGHLIGHTS IN MUSIC : Live and/or Recorded

Portishead (album: third — for being gently psychadelic and violently catchy at the same time)
(live tour and best b-side ever — for being the best concert I’ve ever been to in my life and giving us the gift of Bangers and Mash)
The Luyas
(album: faker death — for being so delicate you could break them)
(album: parlovr and live shows — for being the catchiest act in town)
(album: Microcastle — for being just great)
Aimee Mann
(album: @!#!@$ Smilers — for being  both compelling and lyrically fascinating)
Sigur Ros
(live tour : despite my general disinterest in their last album, their live show delivered the most emotional 10 minutes I’ve ever experience in my concert-going life)
Benjamin Biolay
(album: Trash YéYé and live tour —  for being so subtle and referential on his new record, and for delivering a surprisingly rocking live performance) (myspace)


ALSO : Non-2008 releases that graced my ears

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Philip Glass – Glassworks , Symphony #3 & Kronos Quarter Performs Philip Glass
Panda Bear – Person Pitch
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
Bob Dylan – Modern Times


A Glass portrait
August 7, 2008, 12:39 pm
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Here I go again with Philip Glass.

I just saw the film Glass: A portrait in 12 parts.
Directed by Scott Hicks, who also directed another piano gem, Shine, back in the days. He shares his interest and fascination with Philip Glass in this rich documentary that follows the composer around for a year, as he writes 3 music scores, one opera, and various other pieces.

Expect discussions about creativity, artistic vision and technique. But also expect to find a window into Glass’s personal life, through a very acute and intimate portrait of the man, his passion, his relationship with his family…. The film is spattered with interviews from key figures of his life as well as collaborators (Woody Allen, Ravi Shenkar, Martin Scorcese, Errol Morris, etc…) The film also adresses his relationship with critics, which have often been too harsh with him, as well as his personal life, that is more complex than it seems.

This is all highly interesting, and Philip Glass comes off as a fascinating, complex and versatile man, who goes beyond the “composer”.

I was totally taken by the film. It inspired me and made me want to be a better musician. I’ve always been one to love structure and order within chaos. that’s what Philip Glass is all about. Strangely enough, that’s also how this film function. It has twelve distinct parts, and they function like a music piece, juggling around a million ideas on an organized, structural canevas.

If you’re lucky enough to have this film screened in a theatre near you, go check it out.

Imdb Page

pieces of Glass
June 19, 2008, 4:29 pm
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Philip glass is a major inflence of mine and I thought I would share a few pieces of his that I love.

Note : These next few ones are all written for strings. not that I don’t enjoy his piano work, but I didn’t want to post pieces from all over his catalog.

1. String Quartet No. 5 – third movement (performed by Kronos Quartet)

2. Symphony #3, movement 2 (performed by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra)

3. Symphony #3, movement 3 (performed by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra)