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1. Sex Pistols – Never mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) – Anarchy in the UK – 00:00
2. Sex Pistols – Never mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) – Pretty Vacant – 03:30
3. The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials (1979) – No Xmas for John Quays – 06:45
4. The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials (1979) – Mother – Sister! – 11:20
5. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979) – Day of the Lords – 14:39
6. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979) – New Dawn Fades – 19:21
7. Bauhaus – In The Flat Field (1980) – Dark Entries – 24:03
8. Bauhaus – In The Flat Field (1980) – Stigmata Martyr – 27:49
9. Siouxsie and The Banshees – Kaleidoscope (1980) – Trophy – 31:27
10. Siouxsie and The Banshees – Kaleidoscope (1980) – Skin – 34:44
11. This Heat – Deceit (1981) – Paper Hats – 38:27
12. This Heat – Deceit (1981) – Cenotaph – 44:23
13. The Sound – From the Lion’s Mouth (1981) – Winning – 48:57
14. The Sound – From the Lion’s Mouth (1981) – Fatal Flaw – 53:07
15. Cocteau Twins – Garlands (1982) – But I’m Not – 57:37
16. Cocteau Twins – Garlands (1982) – Shallow then Halo – 01:00:08
17. The Southern Death Cult – S/T (1983) – Apache – 01:05:28
18. The Southern Death Cult – S/T (1983) – False Faces – 01:08:06
19. Sex Gang Children – Song and Legend (1983) – Sebastiane – 01:11:44
20. Sex Gang Children – Song and Legend (1983) – Into The Abyss – 01:14:54
21. Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (1984) – The Killing Moon – 01:17:27
22. Echo & The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain (1984) – Seven Seas – 01:23:08
23. The Cure – Concert: The Cure Live (1984) – One Hundred Years – 01:26:26
24. The Cure – Concert: The Cure Live (1984) – A Forest – 01:33:14
25. And Also The Trees – And Also The Trees (1984) – Impulse of Man – 01:39:58
26. And Also The Trees – And Also The Trees (1984) – Shantell – 01:44:40
27. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity (1984) – From Her To Eternity – 01:48:14
28. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity (1984) – Saint Huck – 01:53:44
29. The Sisters Of Mercy – First Last and Always (1985) – Marian (Version) – 02:01:04
30. The Sisters Of Mercy – First Last and Always (1985) – Possession – 02:06:44
31. Killing Joke – Night Time (1985) – Love like Blood – 02:11:19
32. Killing Joke – Night Time (1985) – Eighties – 02:18:03
33. Death in June – The World That Summer (1986) – Blood of Winter – 02:21:50
34. Death in June – The World That Summer (1986) – Torture by Roses – 02:25:52
35. Virgin Prunes – The Moon Looked Down and Laughed (1986) – Heaven – 02:29:18
36. Virgin Prunes – The Moon Looked Down and Laughed (1986) – Sons find Devils – 02:32:51 02:32:51
37. Love & Rockets – Express (1986) – Love Me – 02:37:32
38. Love & Rockets – Express (1986) – An American Dream – 02:41:19
39. The Wolfgang Press – Standing Up Straight (1986) – My Life – 02:47:22
40. The Wolfgang Press – Standing Up Straight (1986) – Hammer The Halo – 02:51:22
01/05/2020
In light of the circumstances, I finally found the necessary time over the course of the first few months of Covid-19, to focus on the right design and format of this website.
After many many years of boasting about building an online journal that would keep a sort of anthology of my favourite music, movies, books and whatever else that are dearest to me, countless efforts to re-imagine a web design formula and sacrificing hours on end towards mutating code, I have finally conceded it was time to post and not roast. I got through the basics of wordpress and managed just enough to make this possible. On my own.
This idea had many iterations, just like a piece of software that is out but continuously tested and changed, many web domains were registered and loaded with content, and news that were news for 1 week until they weren’t while I was playing with the design side and foregoing the publish button. Living in London for nearly 20 years always served as inspiration for this website, engaging with so many like-minded people, getting to know so much about the inner circle of the fashion and art we inhabited. And a blog to document it all was always the idea but the music always took prevalence.
First came Blogger and Livejournal in 1999, and by the time Wordpress CSM was developed in 2003 I was already working on my own website on the ever fluid html. Wordpress was used to create blogs but it was sufficiently flexible that it could be used to create and design any sort of website, so my first website was born. It was called todayistheday.co.uk. And a page from it can be seen to the left of this article.
The website’s name was in honor of the Nashville, Tennessee experimental noise/metal band Today is the Day, fronted by the mercurial Steve Austin, such was the impact the 1997 release ‘Temple of The Morning Start’ had in me.
This collection of tracks was originally put together in December 2001, together with mix #2 – Top 20 Albums of the 80’s (USA), while experimenting with Audacity for a few weeks.
My opinion on the subjects of these foundational Top20’s haven’t changed. These are still the bands and the albums that I consider to be the most significant during these forming years. They are among the very first records I ever owned and became imprinting musical experiences in their own right. They relate to special moments during my growing pains in the 80’s, the parties, gigs, girls, wanting to form a band, to influence others.
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#150 - Experimental - 10.04.24

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1. Zu – Jhator (2017) – Jhator: A Sky Burial (edit) – 00:00
2. Eli Keszler – Stadium (2018) – Was The Singing Bellowing – 13:45
3. Jo Berger Myhre & Olafur Björn Ólafsson – The Third Script (2017) – 1000% – 16:54
4. Oren Ambarchi & Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin – Ghosted (2022) – IV – 23:15
5. 65daysofstatic – Replicr (2019) – Stillstellung – 27:37
6. William Ryan Fritch – Cohesion (2023) – Fallen Into Briney Depths – 31:10
7. Baker, Sotzko, Guion – Trio Not Trio – Letzte (2023) – Funfte – 33:55
8. Ulver – A Quick Fix of Melancholy (2003) – Little Blue Birds – 38:44
9. Robot Koch & Foam and Sand & Hainbach – Full Circle Reworks (2021) – Circle 18 – Hainbach Rework – 45:15
10. Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were The Way She Was (2015) – With The Dark Hug of Time – 48:13
11. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch (2012) – See You Don’t Bump His Head – 53:29
12. Andreas Gerth & Carl Oesterhelt – Music for Unknown Rituals (2023) – The Geometry of Rhythmics – 57:30

Mix Cover: Album cover for Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld album ‘Never Were The Way She Was’ released in April 2015 by Constellation records.
Video Excerpt: Rare bonus interview with Scott Walker from the HMV limited edition of the documentary ’30 Century Man’ directed by Stephen Kijak.

#149 - Ambient / Drone - 06.04.24

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1. Kali Malone – All Life Long (2024) – All Life Long (for Organ) – 00:00
2. Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto – Cendre (2007) – Cendre – 08:33
3. Eluvium – Copia (2007) – Indoor Swimming At The Space Station – 11:40
4. Asmus Tietchens – Nachtstücke (2014) – Falter-Lamento – 21:15
5. Black Swan – Repetition Hymns (2021) – Closer – 27:20
6. James Heather – Modulations: EP1 (2017) – The Conscience Loop – 30:51
7. William Ryan Fritch – Polarity (2023) – A World of Promise and Inaction – 32:53
8. Abstract Aprils – Imagination Carousel (2024) – Forlorn for Long – 37:14
9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (2021) – Our Side Has To Win (for D.H.) – 40:38
10. Robert Fripp & Brian Eno – Evening Star (2019) – Wind On Water – 47:15
11. Arthur Russell – Keep The Lights On OST – Feat. The Music of Arthur Russell (2012) – Instrumentals Vol. 2 – 51:57
12. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994) – #3 – 58:32

Cover: Artwork for Ryuichi Sakamoto and Fennesz album Cendre released in 2007 on Commmons records, a label founded by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Avex Trax label founder, Max Matsuura.

Main Image: Still from ‘Stalker’ 1979. Directed by Andrey Tarkovsky.

“Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.” – The Stalker

#148 - Ominous - 02.04.24

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1. Aphotic – Abyssgazer (2023) – Endzeit + Spectral Degradation – 00:00
2. Knoll – As Spoken (2024) – Portrait – 06:43
3. Turris Eburnea – Turris Eburnea (2021) – Cotard Delusion – 12:15
4. Vesicant – Shadows of Cleansing Iron (2017) – Shadow of Death – 16:37
5. Impetuous Ritual – Iniquitous Barbarik Synthesis (2023) – Sanguinary Abstraction – 21:55
6. Primitive Man – Insurmountable (2022) – Cage Intimacy – 26:00
7. Hissing – Permanent Destitution (2018) – Eulogy in Squalor – 37:00
8. Portal – Avow (2021) – Drain – 43:10
9. Cryptae – Capsule (20222) – Deluge – 48:22
10. Aderlating – Dying of The Light (2010) – Soul Harvest (edit) – 53:16

Cover: Artwork for Portal album ‘Avow’ released on my birthday 28th May 2021 on Profound Lore records.

#147 - Electronic - 28.03.24

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1. Vampillia & The Body – Xoroahbin (2017) – Cold Bark Bite – 00:00
2. SNTS – Across Another Dimension (2017) – Resurgence – 05:08
3. Roll The Dice – Born To Ruin (2017) – The Derailed – 10:35
4. SHXCXCHXCXSH – Kongestion (2022) – Esti – 15:05
5. Rrose – Hymn To Moisture (2020) – Bandage – 19:30
6. Oake – Monad XXIV (2016) – Paysage Dépaysé – 25:35
7. Ancient Methods – The Jericho Records (2018) – Omen’s Duty – 34:50
8. The Soft Moon – Criminal (Instrumentals 2018) – ILL – 39:44
9. JK Flesh – Veneer Of Tolerance Remixes (2024) – Day is Dying (Zadig Remix) – 42:20
10. Flying Lotus – Reset EP (2007) – Spicy Sammich – 48:10
11. Blanck Mass – Calm With Horses OST (2020) – Different Breed – 52:15
12. Postcoïtum – News From Nowhere (2020) – Las Bestia – 56:39
13. Eartheater – Irisiri (2018) – Curtains – 01:01:22

Cover: Artwork for JK Flesh – Veneer Of Tolerance Remixes (2024).
Main Image: Ancient Methods.

#146 - Electronic - 25.03.24

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1. Ulwhednar – Area 08 (2023) – Winter Wasteland – 00:00
2. Demdike Stare – Tryptych (2011) – Forest of Evil (Dawn) – 03:05
3. MMMD – Nomenklatura (2022) – Nomenklatura – 11:50
4. Territoire – Alix (2018) – Sourd – 21:43
5. Par Grindvik – In Death’s Dream Kingdom (2018) – Speaking Their Minds – 26:50
6. Arovane & Porya Hatami – Organism (2017) – Reproduction – 29:50
7. Roly Porter – Kistvaen (2020) – An Open Door – 30:58
8. The House in The Woods & Pye Audio Corner – The Spectral Corridor (2021) – Part. 4 – 36:50
9. Omit – in/Sec (2024) – Segmentor – 44:45

Mix Cover: Artwork variation for Omit “in/Sec” released January 2024 on Siltbreeze Records.
Main Image: Territoire.

#145 - Ominous - 20.03.24

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1. Murmuüre – Murmuüre (2010) – Reincarnate – 00:00
2. Útgarðar – Fire Smoked Upon The Wolf’s Back (2023) – Ymir Awakens – 07:24
3. Lurker Of Chalice – Lurker Of Chalice (2005) – Fastened To The Five Points – 13:28
4. AUN – VII (2013) – Untitled – 21:35
5. Neige Morte – IIII (2020) – Lämna Inga Spår – 30:35
6. Altaar – Dødsønske (2009) – Dødsønske – 35:08
7. Throane – Derrière-nous, La Lumière (2016) – Sortez Vos Lames… – 41:40
8. The Lovecraft Sextet – Miserere (2022) – Misererer – Occulta – Opus I – 45:30
9. Urfaust – Untergang (2023) – Höllenkosmos – 49:31
10. Black Earth – A Cryptic Howl of Morbid Truth (2015) – Unconscious Realities Beyond The Pillars… – 54:45


Mix Cover: A version of Murmuüre’s self-titled album artwork first released in 2010 on cassette by Cold Void Emanations and on LP by Aurora Borealis in 2011
Video Excerpt Excerpt from Murmuüre – Reincarnate (2010)

#144 - Experimental - 15.03.24

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1. Alberich – Quantized Angel (2019) – Upper Mountains – 00:00
2. Alessandro Cortini & Lawrence English – Immediate Horizon (2018) – Immediate Horizon 4 – 03:30
3. Prurient – Through The Window (2013) – Terracotta Spine – 13:10
4. Mount Eerie – Wind’s Poem (2009) – (something) – 16:15
5. Kevin Drumm – Battering Rams (2023) – Dreams Now Major Events – 17:45
6. Operation Cleansweep – Release Now! The Call To Die (2021) – The Call To Die – 29:20
7. Hilary Woods – Birthmarks (2020) – Cleansing Ritual – 33:40
8. Experimental Audio Research – The Köner Experiment (2003) – Ten – 37:20
9. Thee Psionic Assembly – You Will Never Haunt Me Again (2013) – Bury The Ghost – 40:22


Mix Cover: Artwork for Alberich album ‘Quantized Angel’ released in April 2019 by Hospital Productions.

#143 - Ambient / Drones - 11.03.24

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1. (Intro) Rome – Masse Mensch Material (2001) – Der Tote Spielmann – 00:00
2. AUN – Alpha Heaven (2013) – Returna – 01:45
3. Black Swan – The Sentimental Drift (2019) – Die For You – 06:31
4. Dead Voices On Air & Steve Marsh – The Dry River Gods (2022) – Apostate – 11:55
5. James Heather – Reworks: Vol. 2 – Balance – Abul Mogard Rework – 18:20
6. OZmotic & Fennesz – Senzatempo (2023) – Motionless Image of Eternity – 26:17
7. Vanessa Amara – Both Of Us / King Machine (2014) – King Machine – 33:07
8. Secret Pyramid – A Vanishing Touch (2023) – Turning Into Air – 50:20
9. Rafael Anton Irisarri – The Shameless Years (2017) – Bastion – 54:20


Mix Cover: Artwork for Secret Pyramid’s ‘A Vanishing Touch’, a major highlight of 2023 when it comes to Ambient, Drone, Electroacoustic music… released in October 2023 by Ba Da Bing!
Main Image: A ‘The Shameless Years’ LP artwork section.

#142 - Experimental - 06.03.24

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1. Hekla – Xiuxiuejar (2022) – Enn Og Aftur – 00:00
2. Allseits – Chimäre (2016) – October – 01:55
3. Phill Niblock, Kasper T. Toeplitz & Franck Vigroux – BestiaIRE (2021) – Bestia (edit) – 11:43
4. Pan Daijing – Tissues (2022) – Tissues (edit) – 24:18
5. Omit – Interceptor (2008) – Unstable Rotor – 36:20
6. Loke Rahbek – City Of Women (2017) – In Piles of Magazines – 38:59
7. Dead Voices On Air – SONAH (2023) – Sonah 3 –44:45


Mix Cover: Artwork for BestiaIRE, an album of music by Phill Niblock performed by Ensemble IRE trio: Kasper T. Toeplitz (bass), Franck Vigroux (guitar) and Hélène Breschand (harp), released in 2021.

Video Excerpt: Snippets of Phill’s interview, performance and video from ‘The Movement of People Working’, taken from a 2014 interview with Mocad (Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit).


#141 - Electroacoustic - 03.03.24

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1. Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat – An Interlude to The Outermost (2007) – Prelude – 00:00
2. Secret Pyramid – The Silent March (2014) – Her Spirits – 02:30
3. Hala Strana – Fielding (2003) – Villages – 09:20
4. Aranis – Aranis (2005) – Wespengraf – 13:21
5. Sonic Youth – Daydream nation (1988) – Providence – 18:00
6. A Little Night Music: Aural Apparitions From the Geographic North (2020) – Louise Bock – Flummox – 20:23
7. Thisquietarmy – Hiatus (2023) – Hiatus IV – 27:15
8. The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band – Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward (2001) – Could’ve Moved Mountains – 32:14
9. Steven R. Smith – The Loss of What We Keep (2019) – Awake – 42:40
10. This Immortal Coil – The World Ended a Long Time Ago (2022) – Dark River – 45:20
11. Tape Loop Orchestra – Open Tapes Vol. 3 – Liminal Live Pt. 1 (edit) – 49:47

Mix Cover: Artwork for Secret Pyramid ‘The Silent March’, originally released in 2011 on cassette by the Canadian micro-imprint Nice-Up International.

#140 - Experimental - 28.02.24

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1. Carl Abrahamsson & Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge – Coven V/A (2017) – Crossroads – 00:00
2. MV Carbon & Charlemagne Palestine – Liquiddd Changesss (2022) – Mercury Curtains – 03:00
3. Aethenor – Deep in Ocean Sunk the Lamp of Light (2006) – III – 09:15
4. Puce Mary – The Drought (2018) – The Size of Our Desires – 13:27
5. Disco Inferno – The Five EPs (2011) – Lost in Fog – 20:39
6. Ruhail Qaisar – Fatima (2023) – Namgang – 25:35
7. Body Sculptures – A Body Turns to Eden (2016) – Feet Into Soil – 29:05
8. Pyramids w/ Bass Communion – Wvndrkmmer (2010) – Untitled – 33:18
9. Hilary Woods – Birthmarks (2020) – The Mouth – 41:32
10. Electric Sewer Age – Bad White Corpuscle (2014) – Rising Corpuscle – 45:20
11. Ehnahre – Quatrain (2020) – The One I Desire – 53:30

Mix Cover: Photograph of Goldsmith in London, taken sometime in 2008.

#139 - Charged - 23.02.24

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1. The Bastard Noise – A Culture of Monsters (2010) – A Silent Night in the Horrible Garden – 00:00
2. meth. – Shame (2024) – Compulsion – 00:36
3. Full of Hell & Nothing – When No Birds Sang (2023) – Rose Tinted World – 05:16
4. Conjurer – Mire (2018) – Retch – 13:19
5. Downfall of Gaia – Silhouettes of Disgust (2023) – The Whir of Flies – 16:29
6. The Body – Master, We Perish (2013) – The Blessed Lay Down and Writhe in Agony – 21:54
7. Fawn Limbs – Sleeper Vessels (2020) – Metrae – 27:23
8. Portrayal of Guilt – Devil Music (2023) – Burning Hand – 29:32
9. Defacement – Defacement (2021) – Limbo I – 31:38
10. Sumac – The Deal (2015) – Blight’s End Angel – 33:34
11. Thrones – Day Late Dollar Short (2005) – The Suckling – 43:33
12. Bismuth – Unavailing (2015) – Of The Weak Willed – 46:49

Mix Cover: Fawn Limbs – Sleeper Vessels (2020) released on Dark Trail Records.