Mahmud’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

I’ll go through other people’s list and probably find a bunch more stuff I love, but for now- this is what I think is the best of the best.

Should be no surprises here for people who know me- I tend toward melancholic ugly music made by ugly people for ugly people.

Except for me. I am pretty.

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Mahmud’s Top 10 Albums of 2011

Memories of London, Ontario: U.S. Girls- Island Song

One of the most amazing experiences I have ever had was projecting for Meghan Remy when she came to London Ontario earlier this year.

I had no idea who she was at the time, but I connected to her dirty, super lo-fi beats and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I’ve never felt so in tune with someone I’ve projected for, and never felt so confident that I was really expressing that connection visually. Sadly I was projecting on a less than ideal surface in a semi-lit bar, so I doubt anyone was able to see what I was trying to go for. Still, this track killed me, the tone in her voice, the lonely isolation, the weird off kilter sounds. I’m back to Ottawa now, but I’ve resolved to start projecting again this semester, just to try and get back to that feeling.

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Memories of London, Ontario: U.S. Girls- Island Song

Jazz and Morocco: Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui (track of the week)

I haven’t been blogging on account of all the papering I had to do, but came across something worth posting.

Fusion has been always questionable for me, because the product never ends up being true to either musical tradition and the explicitly political baggage it brings with it. Feel free to reconcile east and west, but most of the time you should just leave the music out of it.

This is a rare occasion where it works. Moroccan vocalist Amina Alaoui’s  voice and the percussion create this momentum and build up. Just listen to it.

Jazz and Morocco: Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui (track of the week)

On Jazz and the end of term

When watching someone improvise a piece of music, I love moments where the audience and the artist share a terrifying, exhilarating realization that the musician has pushed themselves too far- there isn’t any further they can go with a musical idea and no way to transition to something new without it sounding ugly.

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On Jazz and the end of term

Track of the Week: Death- Lack of Comprehension

Death is a band I’ve only recently gotten into, but ‘Human‘ has been high on the rotation this week. This track was one of those that almost ruined the experience of the album- as it ended I wanted more and started over. The killer guitar bits, the tight drumming, death metal vocals done well.

Track of the Week: Death- Lack of Comprehension