Artforum Best Of 2019


By Byron Coley

Byron Coley is a music critic, a poet, the editor of the Bull Tongue Review, and a proprietor of Feeding Tube Records in Florence, MA. His most recent books are Defense Against Squares (L’oie De Cravan, 2017) and 1979 Songbook, coauthored with Joanne Robertson (Tenderbooks, 2019).

1 – YOKO ONO
2 – THE FLESH EATERS, I USED TO BE PRETTY (Yep Roc)
3 – KIM GORDON, STEVE GUNN, BILL NACE, AND JOHN TRUSCINSKI, SOUND FOR ANDY WARHOL’S KISS (Andy Warhol Museum)
4 – NEGRO TERROR, “VOICE OF MEMPHIS” (Chicken Ranch)
5 – DESOLATION CENTER (Stuart Swezey)
6 – METTE RASMUSSEN AND CHRIS CORSANO, A VIEW OF THE MOON (FROM THE SUN) (Clean Feed)
Some of the strongest free-jazz duo work lately has been the result of a five-year (and running) partnership between Corsano, by my estimation the best percussionist on the scene, and Danish saxophonist Rasmussen. Her alto is a beacon of twisting invention, and the rumble strips Corsano lays down are a pure sonic blast.

 

7 – NOTS, 3 (Goner)
8 – BILL NACE AND CHIK WHITE, BILL NACE & CHIK WHITE (Open Mouth)
9 – THISTLE GROUP, THISTLE GROUP (Soft Abuse)
10 – MICHAEL HURLEY

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