This is a long one because I have fallen behind in telling you about all the great new releases. Record Picks is a periodic offering from Guitar Moderne: a listing of recordings brought to my attention that I feel are momentous enough to bring to yours. These are not reviews. Feel free to submit recordings (downloads preferred), but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (subjective, but no blues, classic rock, be-bop, country, etc.—all well covered elsewhere) and on a par with the ones below to rate a mention. Many of these are available from DMG in NYC. If you have sent me a recording, feel free to remind me.
Numbers on the Side is Nick Millevoi’s fourth solo guitar recording. On it, he uses 12-string electric guitar to delve more deeply into feedback, drone, and noise.
Millevoi co-leads the band Many Arms (Tzadik) and Haitian Rail (New Atlantis) and is a member of many bands, including Deveykus (Tzadik) and Form and Mess (Sick Room). Nick has performed extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and has performed at festivals such as Suoni Per Il Popolo/Montreal, Incubate/Netherlands, Gaffer Fest/France, Montreal Jewish Music Festival, New Atlantis Festival/DC, and John Zorn’s Masada Book Three Premiere Concert at New York’s Town Hall.
People love lists; at least the majority of publications seem to think so. They stir up controversy, which attracts attention. Thus I feel almost obligated to offer a year’s best list, for this, our first year of publication.
Keep in mind that the top twelve, listed in no particular order, merely represents the recordings, released this year (ish), that I found myself returning to over the course of time. In the spirit of Guitar Moderne, I list them primarily to incite readers to check them out. They by no means are meant to be an “objective” list of the “best” recordings of the year, but only the ones that I heard and personally responded to—my best, if you will. They very much reflect my own taste and your list will undoubtedly vary. By all means chime in and let me know what you think I missed. Continue reading →