~An article by Jordan Volz



Staff Submissions:

What did TSB staffers listen to all year? Read on to find out...

Alex Bradshaw
1. Foxhole - Push/Pull
2. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
3. Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
4. Mono - You Are Here
5. Rosolina Mar - Before And After Dinner
6. We Vs Death - We Too Are Concerned, We Are Too Concerned
7. Battles - EP C/B EP
8. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop and Echo
9. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
10. Gifts From Enola - Local Eyes Betrayed The Mind

Nick Brandt
1. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
2. Mono - You Are There
3. Grails - Black Tar Prophecies
4. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
5. Del Rey - A Pyramid For The Living
6. Tides - From Silence
7. Unfortunaut - Of Here And Now
8. Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
9. Sparrows Swarm And Sing - O'Shenandoah...Mighty Death Will Find Me
10. Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shows Toward The Red Sun

Jonathan Carter
1. The Ascent Of Everest - How Lonely Sits The City
2. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying To Stop An Echo
3. Mono & World's End Giflriend - Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain
4. Foxhole - Push/Pull
5. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
6. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
7. Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
8. Neil On Impression - The Perfect Tango
9. Gifts From Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind
10. Mt. - Lethologica

Jerome Holeyman
1. The Workhouse - The Flyover
2. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
3. Lis er Stille - The Construction of the AmpTrain
4. The Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City
5. Natsumen - Never Wear Out Your Summer XXX!!!
6. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo
7. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
8. Motionless - The Windmill
9. My Dad vs. Yours - After Winter Must Come Spring
10. Riding Panico - Riding Panico

Kris Ilic
1. Battles - EP B/C EP
2. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
3. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
4. Booka Shade - Movements
5. Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of the Beast
6. Alex Smoke - Paradolia
7. Burial - Burial
8. Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet

Alan Miles
1. Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
2. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
3. Te - If that is what is being thought, liberated sound talks the depth of "musical" world
4. Hammock - Raising your voice…Trying to Stop and Echo
5. Mono - You are there
6. Mogwai - Mr Beast
7. Anoice - Remmings
8. Sickoakes - Seaward
9. Glissandro 70 - s/t
10. Clint Mansell - The Fountain OST

Mac Nguyen
1. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
2. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
3. Triosk- The Headlight Serenade
4. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop and Echo
5. Clogs - Lantern
6. Loscil - Plume
7. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
8. Jakob - Solace
9. Kill the Zodiac - Kill the Zodiac
10. Sickoakes - Seawards

Ian Nicholls
1. Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, a User's Manual
2. Max Richter - Songs From Before
3. The Seven Mile Journey - The Journey Studies
4. The Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits The City
5. Dustin O'Halloran - Piano Solos 2
6. Sumner McKane - Two If By Sea
7. Ours To Alibi - The Kite
8. Anoice - Remmings
9. Monroe Transfer - Electric Old Wire Noise
10. Library Tapes - Feelings For Something Lost

James Ould
1. Gifts From Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind
2. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo
3. These Monsters - These Monsters
4. Russian Circles - Enter
5. Battles - EP B/C EP
6. Mono - You Are There
7. If These Trees Could Talk - If These Trees Could Talk
8. Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
9. The Advantage - Elf-Titled
10. Lite - Filmlets

Joseph Sannicandro
1. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
2. Mono - You Are There
3. Grails - Black Tar Prophecies
4. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
5. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
6. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
7. Mt. - Lethologica
8. Things Falling Apart - We Carry our Fate in Plain Site
9. Amanda Handal and GF Seiler - Ghosts and Giants
10. Triosk - The Headlight Serenade

Marcus Whale
1. Adrian Klumpes - Be Still
2. Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
3. Because of Ghosts - The Tomorrow We Were Promised Yesterday
4. The Necks - Chemist
5. Mountains In The Sky - Accipio
6. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo
7. Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem
8. If These Trees Could Talk - If These Trees Could Talk
9. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
10. The Instant - Notes & Errata

Richard White
1. Yndi Halda - Enjoy Eternal Bliss
2. Mono/World's End Girlfriend - Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain
3. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
4. Max Richter - Songs From Before
5. The Ascent Of Everest - How Lonely Sits The City
6. Mogwai - Mr. Beast
7. Mono - You Are There
8. From The Sky - Like Crystal In A World Of Glass
9. Clint Mansell ft The Kronos Quartet and Mogwai - The Fountain OST
10. EF - Give Me Beauty...Or Give Me Death!

Dan Wotherspoon
1. The Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City
2. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
3. Lebanon - Sunken City
4. Your Ten Mofo - Things Change While Helium Listen to Everyone
5. Johan Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual
6. If These Trees Could Tak - If These Trees Could Talk
7. The Antarcticans - Teach Children: Fear All Teachings of Eternity; The Doom of Self and Nature
8. Sparrows Swarm and Sing - O'Shenandoah...Might Death Will Find Me
9. Mono - You Are There
10. Sickoakes - Seawards

Band/Label Submissions:

To celebrate the end of the year, we at The Silent Ballet asked some band and labels from across the globe to share with us their favorite instrumental albums of the year. The responses we got were varied, and in some cases, quite strange. Many thanks to all who participated!

Philip - Caspian (United States)
1.Keith Fullerton Whitman - Lisbon
2.Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
3.Jack Rose - Kensington Blues
4.Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
5.Eluvium - When I Live By The Garden and The Sea
6.Chihei Hatakeyama - Minima Moralia
7.Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
8.Mogwai - Mr. Beast
9.Jakob - Solace
10.Mono - You Are There

Mark - International Karate (Australia)
1.The Necks - Chemist
2.Burial - Burial
3.The Instant - Notes and Errata
4.Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
5.The Why Because - Musicshapes

Niklas - Ef (Sweden)
1. Mono - You are there
2. Johann Johansson - IBM 1401, a User's Manual
3. Mogwai - Zidane: a 21st Century Potrait
4. Yndi Halda - Enjoy Eternal Bliss
5. Library Tapes - Feelings for Something Lost
6. Mogwai - Mr Beast
7. Sickoakes - Seawards
8. We vs. Death - We Too Are Concerned; We Are Too Concerned
9. Neil On Impression - The Perfect Tango
10. Once We Were - Contra

James - Yndi Halda (England)
1. Damien Jurado - And Now That I'm In Your Shadow
2. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
3. Bonnie Prince Billy - The Letting Go
4. Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
5. Acid Mothers Temple - Starless and Bible Black Sabbath
6. Black Ox Orkestar - Nisht Azoy
7. Vetiver - To Find Me Gone
8. Joanna Newsom - YS
9. Pajo - 1968
10. Micah P Hinson - And The Opera Circuit

Neil on Impression - Neil on Impression (Italy)
1. Magyar Posse - Random Avenger
2. Mogwai - Mr.Beast
3. Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Towards the Red Sun
4. A Hawk and a Hacksaw - The Way the Wind Blows
5. Mono - You Are There
6. Gregor Samsa - 55:12
7. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
8. Clogs - Lantern
9. Grails - The Black Tar Prophecies
10. Sparrows Swarm and Sing - O'Shenandoah...

Nathaniel - Gifts From Enola (United States)
Mogwai - Mr. Beast
Russian Circles - Enter
East of the Wall - East of the Wall
Foxhole - Push/Pull
Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City
Belegost/The Sea Like Lead - Split
Souvenir's Young America - Souvenir's Young America
Mouth of the Architect - The Ties that Blind
Tides - From Silence
ISIS - In the Absence of Truth

Ben - Mt. (England)
1. Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
2. Mogwai - Mr Beast
3. Russian Circles - Enter
4. Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart Shines Toward the Red Sun
5. Capulet - The World Is A Tragic Place, But There Is Grace All Around Us, So Attend To The Grace

Differential Records - Differential Records (United States)
1. JakobSolace
2. Clint Mansell/Kronos Quartet/MogwaiThe Fountain
3. Mt. - Lethologica
4. Jason MoranArtist in Residence
5. Sparrows, Swarm and SingO Shenandoah, Mighty Death Will Find Me
6. Ef Give Me Beauty…or Give Me Death
7. 65daysofstaticRadio Protector
8. Hella - Acoustics
9. Theta NaughtSound Weave
10. Stefano Battaglia - Raccolto

Jean - Carte Postale Records (Belgium)
1.Melodium - Music For Invisible People
2.Spinform - Bryter Tystnaden
3.Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
4.Alog - Minitures
5.Some Tweetlove - Cafard Mondial
6.Amute - The Sea Horse Limbo
7.Pillow - Flowing Seasons
8.Landscape - One
9.Wixel - Heart
10.Liars - Drums Not Dead

Marc - Eclipsed Magazine (Germany)
1. A Lily - Wake:Sleep
2. Jakob - Solace
3. Hammock - Raising Your Voice... Trying To Stop An Echo
4. Mono - You Are There
5. Mandelbrot Set - All Our Actions Are Constantly Repeated
6. Antennas to Heaven - The Line Between Myth and Reality Has Always Been in Finland
7. Laura - Radio Swan is Down
8. Russian Circles - Enter
9. Fago.Sepia - Lâme Sûre Ruse Mal
10. If These Trees Could Talk - If These Trees Could Talk

Seth - WPTS Pittsburgh (United States)
1. Neil on Impression - The Perfect Tango
2. Ratatat - Classics
3. Miaou - Painted EP
4. Don Caballero - World Class Listening Problem
5. Your Ten Mofo - Things Change While Helium Listen To Everyone
6. Toe - New Sentimentality EP
7. Te - If That Is What Is Being Thought...
8. Russian Circles - Enter
9. The Ascent of Everest - How Lonely Sits the City
10. Chevreuil - Capoeira

Adam Roncaglione - Decoy Music (United States)
1.Mogwai - Mr. Beast
2.Mouth of the Architect - The Ties that Blind
3. ISIS - In the Absence of Truth
4. Bossk - .1
5. Moving Mountains - Demos
6. If These Trees Could Talk - If These Trees Could Talk
7. Russian Circles - Enter
8. Souvenirs Young America - Souvenir's Young America
9. Ef - Give Me Beauty...Or Give Me Death!
10. Mono - You Are There

Barry Rogers - Lost Children Netlabel (England)
1. Envy - Insomniac Doze
2. Te' - Naraba....
3. Cult of Luna - Somewhere Along The Highway
4. Russian Circles - Enter
5. Isis - In The Absence Of Truth
6. Mogwai - Zidane OST
7. Mouth of the Architect - The Ties that Blind
8. Mono - You Are There
9. Mogwai - Mr Beast
10. Jesu - Silver

Magyar Posse - Magyar Posse (Finland)
Francis Monkman - Long Good Friday theme
Bob Hund - Bob Hunds 115 dröm
Ennio Morricone - La Cosa Buffa
Circle - Staalo
Michael Rother - Erlkönig
Secret Chiefs 3 - Zulkifar III
Combustible Edison - Spy vs. Spy
Op:l Bastards - Scorpius
Autobahn Commando - Melanholy Playboy
Rintala - Swinger
*Magyar Posse list reflects the collective's top instrumental songs, not necessarily of 2006

Tony - The Leaf Label (US/UK)
AFX – Chosen Lords
Black Pus – Black Pus II
Burial – Burial
Digital Mystikz – Haunted/Anti-War Dub
Jonny Greenwood – Popcorn Superhet Receiver
Arve Henriksen – Chiaroscuro
Kode9 + The Spaceape – Memories Of The Future
Liars – Drums Not Dead
Ryan Teague – Coins & Crosses
Uusitalo – Tulenkantaja

Scott - Burnt Toast Vinyl (United States)
1. a lily - wake:sleep
2. White Rainbow - White Rainbox Box
3. Max Richter - Songs from Before and The Art of Mirros
4. KTL - KTL
5. Johan Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual
6. Mountains - Sewn
7. Loscil - Plume
8. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...Trying to Stop an Echo
9. Sickoackes - Seawards
10. Gregg Kowalsky - Through the Cardial Window
Honorable Mentions
3/4 Had Been Eliminated - A Year of the Aural Gauge Operation
Jack Rose - Kensington Blues
Mono & World's End Girlfriend - Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain
Neil on Impression - The Perfect Tango
Alan Sparhawk - Solo Guitar

Matthew - Saxon Shore (United States)
1. a lily - wake:sleep
2. William Basinski - Variations for Piano and Tape
3. Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual
4. Hammock - Raising Your Voice, Trying To Stop and Echo
5. Max Richter - Songs From Before
6. White Rainbow - Box Set
7. Colleen - Colleen Et Les Boites A Musique 8. Loscil - Plume
9. Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
10. Lustmord - Rising 06.06.06

Francesco - One Starving Day (Italy)
Top 15 (in alphabetical order)
Birchville Cat Motel - Our Love Will Destroy The World
Bruckmann / Dafeldecker / Hauf - Wane
Damsel - Distressed
Flim - Ohne Titel 1916
Gifts From Enola - Loyal Eyes Betrayed The Mind
Laura - Radio Swan Is Down
Olivia Block - Heave To
Romance of Young Tigers - S/T (EP)
Roncatto Braathen - Victory Advancement (EP)
Sunn 0))) and Boris - Altar
Things Falling Apart - We Carry Our Fate In Plain Sight
Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
Unfortunaut - Of Here and Now (EP)
Wolf Eyes & Anthony Braxton - Black Vomit
You.May.Die.In.The.Desert - Bears In The Yukon (EP)

Top Net Label Releases
Scissor Lock & May 5th, 1813 - The upside of silence
The Silent Ballet Compilation Series Volume I: Poetry Without Words
The Silent Ballet Compilation Series Volume II: Acquienscence and Oblivion

Top Italian Releases
Å - Å
Andrea Belfi - Between Neck and Stomach
Neil On Impression - The Perfect Tango



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