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SAM MURDOCK TOP MUSIQUE 2021

TOP ALBUMS 2021:
The 90z – One ep
Djabe & Steve Hackett ‎– Back To Sardinia
Eman – Jefferson Chief
Furia – W śnialni
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!
Honey Pine Dresser – Not Pandora
Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers – Maze of sounds
Nobuhisa Onishi ‎– ヘンゲしよう
The Pattern Forms – The Scenic Route
Pleasure – Saint Albans
Sabled Sun – 2149
Sol Hess – The Missing View
Tetsuya Shinmura / シンムラテツヤ – Broken Soft Cream
Thiquietarmy X Away – The singularity, Phase II

SAM MURDOCK TOP MUSIQUE 2020


TOP ALBUMS 2020:
沙漠鱿鱼 – 上海/香港
Arms and sleepers – Safe Area Earth
Gus Englehorn – Death & Transfiguration
Roger and Brian Eno – Mixing Colours
Voyage Futur – Inner Sphere

Acid Coco – Mucho Gusto
Akhenaton – Astéroïd
Alexandra Lost – Alexandra Lost
Alexandre Astier – Kaamelott – Premier Volet
Canya 2000 – Canya 2000
Clap! Clap! – Liquid Portrait
Custard – Respect All Lifeforms
Daniel Davies – Signals
Dan Deacon – Mystic Familiar
DOG DAY – Present
EMAN – 1036
FACS – Void Moments
Feunkao – DE VI SE
Gran Kino – It Is What It Is
Groupe RTD – The Dancing Devils of Djibouti
Leoš Janáček – Sinfonietta
Noveller – Arrow
Oranssi Pazuzu – Mestarin kynsi
Klô Pelgag – Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs
Polypores – Terrain
Eli Rainsberry – Wilmot’s Warehouse OST
Nick Reinhart – Cellular Music
Rubin Steiner – Fête
Sakuran Zensen ‎– おれは錯乱前戦だ!!
Santrofi – Alewa
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams – Aporia
Thisquietarmy – Kesselhaus
2 Mello – Sounds Of Neo​-​SF – Read Only Memories


SAM MURDOCK TOP MUSIQUE 2019

Grosse année de découverte musicale infinie, surtout grâce à bandcamp. Mon disque préféré et celui que j’ai le plus écouté c’est le troisième de Sweat Like An Ape! – Spells That Rhyme. C’était magique de faire une tournée Euro Oromocto Diamond avec eux au printemps. Merci les amis de faire de la musique importante, ça fait danser dans la nuit et ça m’inspire des chansons.

Amazing year of endless musical discovery, especially thanks to bandcamp. My favorite album and the one I listened to the most is the third from Sweat Like An Ape! – Spells That Rhyme It was magical to do an Oromocto Diamond tour with them in the spring. Thank you friends for making important music, it me you dance at night and it inspires me new songs.

TOP ALBUMS 2019:
Sweat Like An Ape! – Spells That Rhyme

7MAGZ – Dilema
Abbesse – The Surface of your needs
A-Sun Amissa – For Burdened and Bright Light
Ben Prunty – Into the Breach Soundtrack
Carlos Viola – Blasphemous
Drahomira Song Orchestra – Catastrophe Lovers
Duster – Duster
Filmmaker – The Love Market
Gaye Su Akyol – İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir
Gong Gong Gong 工工工 – Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏 (幽霊リズム)
IAM – Yasuke
Ibibio Sound Machine – Doko Mien
Infinity Shred – Forever, A Fast Life
Jason Lytle – NYLONANDJUNO
KOKOROKO – EP
M83 – DVSII
Mdou Moctar – Ilana: The Creator
Navet Confit – Engagement, lutte, clan et respect
Paco Sala – Our love is the gold
Piroshka – Brickbat
Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
Ryuichi Sakamoto – async
Saint Flip – Meeting Patterns
Some Became Hollow Tubes ‎– Keep It To The Ground
Trux – Eleven
YANGA – Libérate Volumen 1 ‎& 2
Izu Kazuhiko – Dômu (童夢)
Zoobombs – Pink & Green
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SAM MURDOCK TOP MUSIQUE 2018

C’est déjà la fin de 2018. 12 mois de bricolage, de découvertes musicales et de grandes idées. Voici mon top albums et top chansons et top top top. There goes another year. 12 months of arts and crafts, musical discoveries and big ideas.  This a list of exciting new music from 2018, but really I spend half the year only listening to Fela Kuti.

TOP ALBUMS 2018:
Altin Gün – On
Alaclair Ensemble – Le sens des paroles
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Drahomira Song Orchestra – Perpendicular Dreams, Volume 1
Drame – Drame 2
Hoshi – Il Suffit D’y Croire
Hubert Lenoir – Darlène
Hot Snakes – Jericho Sirens
Jérôme50 – La hierarchill
Lydia Képinski – Premier juin
Fela Kuti – Kalakuta Show
LORN – Remnant
Koriass – La nuit des longs couteaux
Public Memory – Demolition
Rata Negra – Justicia Cósmica
Saori Kobayashi – Ressurection : Panzer Dragoon Saga
Seth A Smith – The Crescent
Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico
thisquietarmy – The Body and the Earth
Tildaflipers – Muau Muau
Turnstile – Time & Space

ALBUM MENTION HONORABLE:
Astaffort Mods – AK 47
Basa Basa – Homowo
Black Boys On Moped ‎– Love​.​.​.​with A Little Bit Of Noise
Body/Head – The Switch
Cursive – Vitriola
Dengue Dengue Dengue! ‎– Semillero
Daron Malakian – Dictator
DIR EN GREY – The Insulated World
Efrim Manuel Menuck ‎– Pissing Stars
Tim Hecker – Konoyo
Hollywood Burns – Invaders
Javiera Mena – Espejo
JJUUJJUU – Zionic Mud
Khalab ‎– Black Noise 2084
Les Louanges – La nuit est une panthère
Oh Sees – Smote Reverser
Paco Sala – It’s Been A Long Time Since I Cared & It Feels Good
Saez ‎– #Humanité
TEKE::TEKE – Jikaku
Thomas Ragsdale – Self Zero
UN – Sentiment
Victime – La femme taupe
Zero Branco ‎– DIVINO

TOP CHANSONS 2018:
Alaclair Ensemble – FLX
Émilie Clepper – Desert Blanc
Hubert Lenoir – Fille de personne II
Hoshi – Ta Marinière
Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold-Down
Jérôme 50 ‎– La Hiérarchill
Koriass ‎– Éléphant
Les Louanges – Pitou
oh Sees – Sentient Oona
Sloan – Spin Our Wheels
Turnstile – Real Thing

TOP VIDEO 2018? :

P572 + Label Obscura Interview !

Get To Know Your Local Label: P572 Records

January 10, 2018

For the third in our series of interviews with indie labels from across the country and beyond we spoke with Sam Murdock of Quebec City label P572. remember, support local music!


P572 is the work of two friends – Sam Murdock and Sébastien Leduc – how did you two meet and how did you come to form this label together?
We met through a mutual friend in the winter of 2003 after I came back from living in Halifax. Sébastien was managing a band called Purge from his apartment at 572 Horatio-Nelson Street. They were practicing in the basement while he lived there. There were parties all the time and I started sleeping on the couch in the winter. We instantly bonded over music, movies and strange art concepts. We started booking small shows and we would write ‘Productions 572’ at the bottom of posters for the address that was already somehow famous downtown. It got shortened as P572 pretty quick with a simple logo I made on a slow computer. As Purge broke up I recorded 30 songs about death in one month and released some under the name (swedish) Death Polka. That’s when it became a label. It was the first release in our catalogue.

When you stated this 14 years ago, did you think that you would both be at it today? There was no plan at all then, and there’s still no real plan now. Our short bio always says “P572 is two friends who have been releasing music and books since 2004” and that’s exactly what it is. I think the reason it’s still working is exactly that. We did not set business goals or have any expectations. We just improvise and try to make pretty objects.

P572 seems to be as much an ongoing art and culture project as it is a business- how do you strike a balance between these two often contradictory forces? I like songs and I like words and prints, and we put it all together. It’s only a business because we sell records. I might never really feel like a business person. I get really passionate about the aesthetic and the process of putting songs and albums together. When you persist, it’s bound to inspire some people to create something and share that back.

You’re based in Quebec City- as an Anglophone living in Toronto, we don’t hear much about what is going on the French indie scene in Quebec.  Could you enlighten us a bit about how vibrant the scene is right now, what bands and labels we should check out? So, I lived in Anglo Canada for a while. Up in northern BC, in Terrace; south of Winnipeg in Steinbach, which is a Mennonite town; and then a couple of years in Halifax when I was 18. It’s where a lot of my inspiration for independent music, DIY and basement shows came from, with bands like The Plan, The Breakup and Sharp Like Knives. So, I think about this gap between provinces all the time. Every city has its own small scene, but surely the English provinces they connect more through the same media. Even Montréal and Québec City have different movements going on. I have deep admiration for all the bands coming out of Pantoum Records, and my head spins at all the side projects of the wonderful rap band Alaclair Ensemble.

You are members of a good chunk of the bands on your label. Outside of your musical projects, how do you know if a particular artist or release would fit in well with P572?  Is it mainly stylistic or more relationship driven as friendships seem to be a big part of the P572? You start a label to release your own music because no one else will do it and because it’s fun to do so. These days I’m trying to manage four labels and play in eight bands. We’ve had three different houses for the label in the last 13 years. We always work with the bands jamming in the basement and other friends and bands that I think are fun and important. There’s never any contract between the label and the artists. It’s pure friendship and loyalty so I don’t always know how things start. It’s just sparks from a conversation in the kitchen and you end up working for two years on an album. If there’s a project coming up and both me and Seb love it, then we do everything we can to make it happen.

What is the most satisfying thing about running your own label? I get to listen to the music I want to hear and wear the t-shirts I print. I have so many friends with amazing talent and I get to play with them. It’s what I’ve been doing since I was 10 really. I had a small band then and a photocopied zine that I would sell to the neighbours back in 1993.

What’s the hardest thing about releasing your own records?  I think there’s nothing easy really about running a label. The only reason why P572 is still going and that some people care, is because it’s all I think about every day since it started. But hard work is not a bad thing. It’s a fun game.

You’ve managed to release almost 75 albums and put on over 800 shows without any outside funding- how have you guys been so successful at this, when most labels fold after a few releases? Like I said there’s no plan. It’s always functioning in a very punk and experimental way. We improvise and as long as it’s fun we keep going. It’s almost self-sufficient. It’s my life’s art project and playground. The biggest releases, they help the smaller ones exist. Music over marketing, content over profit, ethic over strategy.

Along those line, do you have any advice for someone thinking of starting a label? I don’t know what I am doing really, so it’s hard to give real advice. It was all luck and hard work. I met someone who I still want to work with almost 15 years later. We are always passionate about the craft of it all and we never once fought. So maybe that’s the key. I feel like someone who has been playing guitar for a long time, but cannot give guitar lessons because I just learned it all by myself. But I am always available for a talk and to give advice. I do it for the right reasons and with passion.

How do you see the industry changing over the next few years? I mostly like the creative process. I will always be writing songs and putting them out and imagining images as album art. I don’t feel like I am part of the so-called industry. I do vinyl because I think they are pretty. I write songs because they slowly emerge out of me, and I like the odour of prints. What we do is all micro editions, hand-numbered and in small runs. The impact of it all is outside of a business. The only thing I know is that people will always sing and dance.

You are currently on release 75- can you pick 5 songs/releases that would help introduce readers to P572 and give them a sense of what the label is about?

(swedish) Death Polka – Beginning : https://swedishdeathpolka.bandcamp.com/track/beginning-2
This was the start of a burlesque musical I was working on. It later became Judith Judith, and it’s when (swedish) Death Polka found its sound I believe.

Lesbo Vrouven – Crossfire : https://lesbovrouven.bandcamp.com/track/crossfire-2
The only indie radio hit Lesbo Vrouven’s had was this track from the first album called Crossfire. This is the cover version by Sweat Like an Ape, our friends from Bordeaux.

Headache24 – X-girlfriend : https://headache24.bandcamp.com/track/x-girlfriend
Headache24 was the first band after (swedish) Death Polka on the label. They are like the Sonic Youth of town, a couple living and breathing art together. We put out 9 of their recordings. After one album on their own in 2011, they came back with their best to date. This track is a standout.

Les Goules – Crabe : https://lesgoules.bandcamp.com/track/crabe
One of my favourite songs ever, by any band ever. We did not release it when it came out on CD in 2002. But it’s on the 10th anniversary vinyl. The first song of their first album. As classic and cult-like as can be.

Arthur Comeau – Allergic à la Jinxx : https://arthurcomeau.bandcamp.com/album/allergic-la-jinxx
I was an early fan of Radio Radio. I saw them live countless times and I became friends with the band. When Arthur Comeau went on to pursue his solo career he asked me to get involved. We went to his house in Nova Scotia for the shooting of the video. Great summer memories.

Do you remember what the first record you bought was? The first one that really inspired you? I think the first tape that I bought in a store was Def Leppard – High and Dry. I don’t know about the first one that inspired me. But of the top of my head these gave me a lasting impression:  The Plan – Only These Movements Remain, Converge – You Fail Me, Hefner – Breaking God’s Heart, Los Prisioneros – La voz de los ’80, Drame – Drame, IAM – L’École du Micro d’Argent, Tori Amos – Boys for Pele, Pulp – This is Hardcore, Zoobombs – Let It Bomb, Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs, Thisquietarmy – Hex Mountains and Les Goules – Coma.

Is there a release/band that got away that you regret? No.

If you could put out an ultimate release of any band past and present, what would it be? I feel really lucky. There are four bands that I’ve always wanted to release on vinyl. Alaclair Ensemble, Les Goules, L’Orchestre d’hommes-orchestre and Death From Above. I’ve worked with three of these bands, so I am happy. Maybe a Canadian pressing of Los Prisioneros or a solo project by Jorge Gonzales. I also talked to the Australian band Custard at one point about putting out their comeback album. But it did not happen.

Are you an avid vinyl collector? Do you have any finds you’re especially proud of? I do love a pretty release. Most of the albums I have in my house are for sale on Discogs because I like to share music. But there are a couple of special items that I keep in my collection. Mostly local bands, friends’ bands and records with amazing artwork and packaging.

Have you discovered any hidden treasure troves to buy vinyl that you’ve come across on your travels around the country and globe? There are so many amazing stores. Le Knock Out in Québec City, it’s rather new and it’s already very important in town. The other one I love dearly is Total Heaven in Bordeaux, France. The shop is small and fun and the two owners are lovely and not sarcastic or bitter about anything. With Oromocto Diamond I hold the record for the most instore plays in there ever. I feel grateful.

To wrap up, what’s in store for P572 in 2018? Anything else you’d like to add? I have never worked so hard in my life as I have for the releases this fall. There are 4 intense vinyl projects that I have been working on for years now. Amongst them is the co-release with Label Obscura of Judith Judith by (swedish) Death Polka that I am very excited about. I concentrate on those and then there’s always a dozen releases behind on Punkest Tardo, the P572 sub-label. New albums by Lesbo Vrouven, Oromocto Diamond, (swedish) Death Polka, Arthur Comeau, Fourche and Recyclage.

Copies of our Judith Judith by (swedish) Death Polka are still available over here:  https://www.labelobscura.com/swedish-death-polka-judith-judith/

Tim Lidster started Label Obscura to help rationalize and justify his ever growing collection of records. When he’s not listening, thinking, or writing about music, he enjoys getting out and exploring the city with his family.

SAM MURDOCK TOP 2017

Wow 2017 quelle année musicale magnifique!
What a wonderful musique year it was. Everyone I love came out with an album. It’s hard to digest all this in only 12 months. We are lucky to have a soundtrack like this for the end times. Then it’s the end of the year and you click on all the Best Of lists and you discover 50 more albums to change your life.

ALBUMS:
TOP 6
Keith Kouna – Bonsoir shérif
Bonobo – Migration
Converge – The Dusk In Us
Sweat Like An Ape! – Dance To The Ring In Our Ears
Thisquietarmy – Democracy Of Dust
Rata Negra – Oído Absoluto
Red Velvet – Perfect Velvet

Can Ki – Transmutaciones
HotKid – Late Night Mornings
Eman X Vlooper – La Joie
Tús Nua – Horizons
Spoon ‎– Hot Thoughts
Tough Age – Shame
Custard – The Common Touch
Death From Above – Outrage! Is Now
Shitty Life – S/L
Oktoplut – Le Démon Normal
Jamiroquai – Automaton
Julie Aubé – Joie de Vivre
Exit Someone – Dry Your Eyes
Wear Your Wounds – Dunedevil
Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry
Un Planeta – DES
Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon 1976-1984
Žen – jantar
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Oh Sees – Orc

SONGS:
INVSN – Immer Zu
Wolf Parade – Lazarus Online
Jamiroquai – Automaton
Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass
Spoon – Shotgun
Bérurier Noir – Chat
Annihilator – Twisted Lobotomy
Arcade Fire – Everything Now
Red Velvet – 피카부 (Peek-A-Boo)
Roger Waters – Smell the roses

SAM MURDOCK TOP 2016

2016 was an amazing year of music.

TOP ALBUMS 2016:
Alaclair Ensemble – Les Frères Cueilleurs
Atsuko Chiba – The Memory Empire
Recyclage – Used Mint Génération
Koriass – Love Suprême
Dilly Dally – Sore
Oktoplut – La Sorcière de Roche
Les Goules – Coma
Ohal – Cancelled Faces
Rednext Level – Argent Légal
Public Memory – Wuthering Drum
You Say Party – You Say Party
Cocaine Piss – The Dancer
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
Drame – Drame
David Bowie – Black Star
Sol Hess & the Sympatik’s – The Things We Know
Navet Confit – EP7
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Frikun – Frikun
Thisquietarmy – The New Testament
Zoobombs – Ice Cream & Dirt
Shiro Sagisu – Shin Godzilla Original Soundtrack
Les Hay Babies – La 4ième Dimension
Tomaga – The Shape Of The Dance
Gab Paquet – Santa Barbara
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Tim Hecker – Love Streams
Civil Civic – The Test

TOP CHANSONS 2016:
Juste Daoust – Les premiers ministres morts
Sarah Neufeld – The Ridge
Gazoline – Drogue (shiawaseninaritai)
Ego Death – Troubles
Jeanphilip – Lac Sept-Îles
Les Goules – Coma
Alaclair Ensemble – Bazooka Jokes
Les Hay Babies – Tous les jours de la semaine
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Gab Paquet – Voyage astral
Soda Stereo – Un Misil en mi Placard
Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project – Ostie d’or
Stupeflip – Pour Les Zouzs
Iggy Pop – German Days
Antoine93 – Me And The Sound
Testament – Brotherhood Of The Snake
Anatole – L.A./Tu es des nôtres

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