Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020

Many thanks to DJ Bleek for including “Stay Safe” on the Urban Mutant Highlights of 2020, aired December 23 and 30 on KHUH LP Seattle (aka Hollow Earth Radio). “Stay Safe” was in Part 2, now on Mixcloud and below. Happy New Year to all and here’s hoping 2021 is an improvement. Until then, stay safe and stay home.

Best ofs: Counterzine, An Earful, Houdini Mansions

First of all, big props to blogs who wait til the actual end of the year to make their year-end lists! I really appreciate being recognized on the following:

anearful Best Of 2019: Electronic: Farewell, Doomed Planet! “I can imagine watching the big blue marble disappear in the porthole while listening to her loopy melodicism and watery textures, which brought both Eno’s Apollo and David Torn’s guitar to mind.”

Houdini Mansions Favorite 100 Albums of 2019: Strategic Tape Reserve’s ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets (including my track, “What Penumbras“) at no. 30

And “What Penumbras” also made it to no. 175 on Counterzine’s Top 200 Tracks of 2019, as listed on Twitter

Tabs Out Top 200 Tapes

Tabs Out named the Strategic Tape Reserve Shopland World tape (which I have a track on) their #2 tape of the year and my Departure 2019 tape their #70! Check out the full list (which also includes music friends Whettman Chelmets, Budokan Boys, Nicholas Langley, moduS ponY, Jordan Reyes, and more) here.

Louder Than War Albums of the Year

So many thanks to Louder Than War for adding Farewell, Doomed Planet! to its top 200 albums of the year! I’m in excellent company with music friends Xqui, Equinox, and Whettman Chelmets, and influences such as Thom Yorke, Lingua Ignota, Mica Levi, Moor Mother, + so many others. See the full list here and keep an eye out for the top 50, which promises to be fantastic!

#M4DMV on An Earful’s Best Of 2018: Electronic

Thank you to An Earful for including Music for the DMV on their Best Electronic Albums of 2018 (along with Eno, the man himself)! An excerpt:

While one would think that relaxing sounds would be the best thing to help survive another license renewal, Kelly uses a variety of shiny textures and bright melodies to instead provide distraction. And there’s plenty of that to be found here, as well as charm, especially in the three tracks classed as Gymnopedies. Best of all, however, is Call My Number, which has an almost comical sense of yearning and absolutely reminds me of that time when the scheduling system crashed at the DMV and I lost my place in line.

Full list here.