(Editor’s Note : A panel of exactly one brilliant person was convened to compile the list shown below ; CSTB’s former contributors have all moved on to far bigger and better things — yes, I know, that isn’t saying much — and if I can no longer allow them to do the heavy lifting for no compensation whatsoever, AT LEAST I HAVE THE FOND MEMORIES.

As in past years, projects from labels that either pay the CSTB bandwidth bill or directly contribute to the growing thorough neglect of CSTB are ineligible. A version of this list was previously published elsewhere. If you’re seeing it for the second time today, at least it was free – GC)

Yuzo Iwata – Daylight Moon (Siltbreeze)
Rosali- Trouble Anyway (Scissor Tail / Spinster Sounds)
Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt – Brace Up! (Palilalia Records)
David Nance Group – Peaced & Slightly Pulverized (Trouble In Mind)
Lena Hessels – Billow (Terp)
Deaf Wish – Lithium Zion (Sub Pop)
Uniform – The Long Walk (Sacred Bones)
Marlowe – s/t (Mello Music Group)
Armand Hammer – Paraffin (Backwoodz Studio)
Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death In Meat Space (Joyful Noise)

Heather Leigh – Throne (Editions Mego)
Counter Intuits – “Vietnamese Lighter” (Total Punk)
Obnox – Bang Messiah (Smog Veil)
Rattle – Sequence (Upset The Rhythm)
The Goon Sax – We’re Not Talking (Wichita)
Thalia Zedek – Fighting Season (Thrill Jockey)
Salad Boys – This Is Glue (Trouble In Mind)

Civic – New Vietnam (Anti-Fade)
Jon Spencer – Spencer Sings The Hits (In The Red)
Various Artists – Wound (Carbon)
ISS – s/t EP (Sorry State)
Midnight Mines – Invisible Insurrection Of A Million Minds (Loki)

Charalambides: Tom And Christina Carter (Drawing Room)
Wingtip Sloat – Purge and Swell/Lost Decade (VHF)
Fuck – The Band (Vampire Blues)
Lewsberg – s/t LP
The Kids / The Real Kids – 1974 Demos / 1977/78 Demos/Live (Crypt)
Wet Tuna – Livin The Die (Feeding Tube)
Bad Sports – Constant Stimulation (Dirtnap)
Träden, s/t  (Subliminal Sounds/Gåshud)
Mazoma – Stark Joy (Feeding Tube)
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests (Three Lobed)
F.U.K – “Roadkill” b/w “I Got A Head” 7″ (Hozac)
Heavy Metal EP – (Total Punk)
Wax Chattels – s/t (Captured Tracks)
Kuzu – Hiljaisuus (Astral Spirits)
Eyelids – Maybe More (Jealous Butcher)

Mdou Moctar, PhillyMOCA

Deaf Wish, Slim’s /Hopscotch Fest Raleigh NC, Murphy’s/Goner Fest, Memphis, Barracuda Austin

Vampire Belt, Union Pool, Brooklyn
The Scientists, Beerland, Austin
Wire, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths
This Is Not This Heat, Union Park, Chicago
ExEk, Hotel Vegas, Austin
Matthew Lux’s Communications Arts Quartet, Barracuda, Austin
Xylouris White, Beerland, Austin
S.H.I.T., Mohawk, Austin
Loren Connors, Wonders Of Nature, Brooklyn
too many times / most times : Chronophage, Temple Of Angels

“Milford Graves Full Mantis” (dir – Jake Meginsky)