Back in August, inspired by @mayttvw on Twitter, I listed the music I love. The rule was that I would go through the alphabet, one letter per day, and for each letter I would pick my favourite albums or EPs by three artists whose names started with that letter. It gave me a good excuse to spend time thinking about what I appreciate in music and rediscover some albums that I hadn’t listened to much lately. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter (@czrobertson), this is the list I came up with:

  • Autechre: Envane
  • Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do
  • Arab Strap: Monday at the Hug and Pint
  • Bal-Sagoth: Starfire Burning Upon the Ice-Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl: As One Aflame, Laid Bare by Desire
  • Bright Eyes: Fevers and Mirrors
  • C17H19NO3: Terra Damnata
  • Coil: Gold is the Metal with the Broadest Shoulders
  • The Cure: Disintegration
  • David Sylvian: Secrets of the Beehive
  • Depeche Mode: Violator
  • Desiderii Marginis: That Which is Tragic and Timeless
  • Elhaz: The Black Flame
  • Emperor: In the Nightside Eclipse
  • Enduser: Form Without Function
  • Faith No More: Angel Dust
  • Forma Tadre: Navigator
  • Freezepop: Fancy Ultra-Fresh
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor: F♯ A♯ ∞
  • Gridlock: Formless
  • Gescom: Key Nell
  • Haujobb: Solutions for a Small Planet
  • Henry Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
  • Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions: Bavarian Fruit Bread
  • In Slaughter Natives: Enter Now The World
  • Inanna: Day ov Torment
  • Insomnis: various tracks I downloaded from the old mp3.com

For those who want to look it up, the Insomnis I’m referring to is Eric Paul Lyman—not the other band with that name.

  • Joanna Newsom: Ys
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue
  • Joy Division: Closer
  • Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
  • Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine
  • Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch: Lost All Faith
  • Labradford: A Stable Reference
  • Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen
  • Lisa Gerrard: The Mirror Pool
  • Mazzy Star: Among My Swan
  • mind.in.a.box: Crossroads
  • Miranda Sex Garden: Fairytales of Slavery
  • NEWT: 37°C
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part
  • Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral
  • Ordo Equilibrio: Conquest, Love & Self-Perseverance
  • Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio: Apocalips
  • Orplid: Nächtliche Jünger
  • Philip Jeays: October
  • The Protagonist: A Rebours
  • Arvo Pärt: Kanon Pokajanen

I cheated by replacing Q with compilations:

  • The Tyranny Off the Beat, Vol. 2
  • Ambient 4: Isolationism
  • Kompilation (Kranky/Southern, 1998)
  • Raison d’être: The Empty Hollow Unfolds
  • Rome: Confessions d’un voleur d’ames
  • Ryoji Ikeda: Test Pattern
  • Satyricon: Nemesis Divina
  • The Smiths: Meat is Murder
  • Sophia: Sigillum Militum
  • Tarmvred: Subfusc
  • Triarii: Pièce Héroique
  • Twentysixfeet: No Signal
  • Ulver: Nattens Madrigal
  • Ultre: All the Darkness Has Gone to Details
  • Underworld: Second Toughest in the Infants
  • Venetian Snares: My Downfall
  • The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico
  • Von Thronstahl: Sacrificare

I cheated some more by combining W and X:

  • Wumpscut: Böses Junges Fleisch
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem
  • Xanopticon: Liminal Space

And I replaced Y and Z with soundtracks:

  • Yann Tiersen: Amélie
  • Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings
  • Wendy Carlos: A Clockwork Orange


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