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Year End 2018

Music: Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

William Fowler Collins

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2018? (Preferably in order 1-5)

I am not into these kinds of lists, but here are some albums that I enjoyed in 2018:

  1. Eliane Radigue Jetsun Mila
  2. Catherine Christer Hennix Central Palace Music from 100 Model Subjects For Hegikan Roku
  3. ZM Dagar Raga Yaman (Rudra Veena // Seattle // 15 March 1986)
  4. Dadawah Peace and Love
  5. Nadah El Shazly Ahwar

Soundtracks: Abigail Mead Full Metal Jacket, Bernard Herrmann Taxi Driver, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis The Road, Angelo Badalamenti Blue Velvet, music from the motion picture Zodiac (various artists), Neil Young Dead Man

2. What band did you discover in 2018 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

Catherine Christer Hennix. I'd known of her work, but had not investigated until recently for some reason. Amazing, long form drone and just intonation pieces. Selected Early Keyboard Works and Central Palace Music from 100 Model Subjects For Hegikan Roku are both on heavy rotation these days.

3. How will you remember 2018? (In terms of music)

The seeds of new collaborative projects were sown. Getting to perform in Berlin with friend/collaborator Raven Chacon in our duo Mesa Ritual and then getting into Berghain where we saw Elysia Crampton play. Performing in New Mexico with local friends and with friends who were touring here.

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2019?

Live performances based on my new Field Music record. West coast USA (San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles) in February. Canada later in the year.

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2019?

I don't know yet.

6. Right now there are two primary types of digital services: subscription streaming and the bandcamp approach that's more individualized. Do you have a preference and what direction do you think future streaming/download services will move toward?

I prefer Bandcamp as artists are paid more fairly through that service.

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Words by Loren on Dec. 22, 2018, 1:54 p.m.

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