A decent year for reissues... Nothing on par with Back To Mono or the Nuggets boxes, but decent.
10. Blur “Beetlebum (demo)”
From Blur at 21. Lofi 4-track versions of many of their familiar songs were included. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8id_0cK2s4
9. Smashing Pumpkins “Isolation” (Joy Division cover)
From the Mellon Collie reissue. We hope you'll forgive us for not having the time to listen through all 21 discs of Blur's boxed set, or all 6 discs of the Mellon Collie-era outtakes. We just kinda cherry-picked what looked interesting from the enormous lot. Expanded Mellon Collie could be described as "grossly bloated," similar to Terry Jones in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life seconds before his explosion scene. Although this Joy Division cover isn't bad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hob3WL7QBoU
8. My Bloody Valentine “Good For You”
From EP's & Rarities 1988-1991. Kevin Shields uncovers recording of the pedal that makes it sound like a chainsaw. P.S. Can't believe so many suckers actually fell for that old "hey guys, we just finished the follow-up to Loveless, should be out next week." A+ trolling once again. And would you lookit that, another one just showed up today... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRWyWhIBJ5Y
7. Spontaneous Overthrow “All About Money”
From Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984. Who has time to worry about financial issues while floating around outer space in the UFO of love? Will somebody throw these dudes a few bucks please?
6. Tim Maia “Ela Partiu”
From The Existential Soul of Tim Maia. The Brazilian Bill Withers lays it down for the ladies. We have no idea what words he's singing, but we suspect she came at least twice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syqJAgTQdlU
5. Jerry Green “I Finally Found the Love I Need”
From Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984. Astronomy engineer tries his best to fix a jam in his intricate apparatus while ignoring some immense heartbreak. Funk soul brotha. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCvQi_mSfi0
4. My Bloody Valentine “Angel”
From EP's & Rarities 1988-1991. Formerly titled "Belinda's Song" and likely pulled from the Isn't Anything sessions, the 3 or 4 newly uncovered gems were among the best surprises in this year's MBV reissues since they were previously only available as low bitrate mp3s. The songwriting's clearly not as hot as the officially released songs we've been hearing for years (even though the coda-section on "Angel" approaches incendiary), but it still sounds just as awesome thanks to the long delayed mixing and mastering precision. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdhlWKnzUKY
3. Toro y Moi “Best Around”
From June 2009 EP. We love the possibly-intentional drum fuck-ups placed throughout, and the catchy dope singalong at the end, sounding a lot closer to the analog warmth and not-giving-a-fuck atmosphere of Neon Indian's early tracks than the more recent chillwave directions of dudes like Washed Out.
2. Sleep “Dopesmoker”
From the Dopesmoker reissue. Nothing reissued from Floor this year, although the brutal torturous attack of "Dove" played a big part in preparing us for all 63-minutes of "Dopesmoker." Completely stop caring. Smoke the entire ounce over the course of an hour. Give up, and let the suffering just dig into you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a5SoJi_RWw
1. Can “Graublau”
From Lost Tapes Box Set. We all knew Can secretly had at least one more true epic stored deep into their stash of treats. Arguably, "Graublau" is as good as any of the best garage jams from Tago Mago, playing off rhythm-section attacks and radio-box noises, forming into a drone for the ages. The noises boxes grow their own intelligence and are communicating before its done. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_q5ZS2IeN0