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miles davis - the new sounds (1951) 209/365 

prokofiev is not the only important musical figure of the 20th century I want to catch up on.

this is davis' debut album as a leader, and it's really great!

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nite - voices of the kronian moon (march 2022) 210/365 

the spotify algorithm suggested this as an addition to my 2022 playlist so I gave it a go. it's cool! black metal vocals over fairly traditional heavy metal, which is not a combo I thought would work, but it's a cool hypnotic vibe, I like it!

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prokofiev - piano concerto no. 3 (1921) 211/365 

piano concertos can be overwhelming for me, because the piano is capable of so much polyphony in addition to the whole orchestra. this applies here too, but I enjoyed the ride even if I'm not following it as well as other pieces

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steely dan - the royal scam (1976) 212/365 

more dan! maybe my favourite album thus far!

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darkened - the black winter (may 2022) 213/365 

excellent death metal album, every track is great. every member kicks ass which makes sense, this is a supergroup, but unlike a lot of supergroup projects this feels like a coherent band. probably my second favourite death metal album of the year

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steely dan - aja (1977) 214/365 

ok, perhaps *this* is my favourite steely dan album so far. longer tracks and I feel like more disco inflected

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hindemith - string quartet no. 3 (1921) 215/365 

I decided to listen to an album or composition for every year from 1920 onward, but I was hoodwinked by wikipedia and this was 1921 and not 1922.

I really enjoyed this, though it's not exactly an easy listen. lots of dissonance, but still flows in a way that I can follow, very interesting

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deathwhite - grey everlasting (june 2022) 216/365 

amazing melodic doom/gothic metal/post-metal album. the band shift through different mixes and timbres of these styles throughout the album. the vocals are strong, delivered plainly for the most part, often tightly harmonised in an interval reminiscent of plainsong almost. the drumming is also a standout, stripped back when needed, technical (sometimes ferociously so) at others. great all around!

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nielsen - fynsk foraar (1922) 217/365 

actually from 1922 this time! this is a cool pastoral choral piece. very melodic, in stark contrast to the hindemith string quartet I listened to earlier, lol

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megan thee stallion - traumazine (aug 2022) 218/365 

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duke ellington - the duke plays ellington (1954) 219/365 

an enjoyable listen, but perhaps not the best place to start with duke ellington, whose work I'm not at all familiar with

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schoenberg - suite for piano, op. 25 (1923) 220/365 

this is schoenberg's first composition entirely in twelve-tone (and so the world's). i've listened to it several times and it's clear that this is an incredibly different way of approaching music. i'm not sure I would say I enjoy it, but there is something compelling about trying to follow the thread of it, a sort of fractured reflection of traditional western music

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steely dan - gaucho (1980) 221/365 

more dan! this is good, but does feel like more of the same to some degree, I'm not surprised they took a long break after it

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consecration - cinis (june 2022) 222/365 

solid slab of death-doom (from norwich)

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thelonious monk - plays duke ellington (1955) 223/365 

this is really great! this would probably have been a better starting point than ellington's own album, lol, it starts with it don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing). monk's playing is really elaborate and interesting and the players with him are great too

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enchantment - cold soul embrace (july 2022) 224/365 

i'm working through a list of recommended 2022 death metal albums from a discord I lurk in, and they really liked british death-doom, because this is great gothic death-doom from blackpool. lots of interesting instrumentation, great riffs and the bass is very present in a great way. it's their second full length, the first was in 1994, lol

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güche - humorous distress (aug 2022) 225/365 

this is a cool, very weird ep of self-described experimental doom/punk/nu-metal/sad girl pop. it works really well! it's a fun combination of all those elements (though I'm not sure I hear much nu metal: the tone is too dirty (non-derogatory) for that, I feel)

thanks to @Aleums for the recommendation!

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copland - symphony for organ and orchestra (1924) 226/365 

I love this. adding an organ to any music is generally a winner for me. there's a lot of cool dissonant passages, copland was beginning to integrate jazz into his compositions and that influence is apparent in the second movement in particular.

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candlemass - ancient dreams (1988) 227/365 

this is a great epic doom album, as you'd expect from candlemass! killer riffs, killer vocals, good stuff!

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the quintet - jazz at massey hall (1953) 229/365 

this is great! all the musicians are excellent, of course, and the crowd are loving it too.

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solstice - new dark age (1998) 228/365 

I love this album. excellent epic doom, ranging from the heavy metal end of the spectrum to the heavier doom end, with definite folk influences both in some of the instrumental lines but most in the really interesting vocal harmony lines. really great!

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conan - evidence of immortality (aug 2022) 230/365 

excellent knuckle dragging doom from conan, a band whose back catalogue I will be exploring. the tone is perfect, the song writing is killer and the last track on the album is a 15 minute instrumental with an organ. chef's kiss

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spirit adrift - 20 centuries gone (aug 2022) 231/365 

this is an ep, two original tracks and six covers. the original tracks are cool: doom-inflected heavy metal. the covers are good, but almost too faithful: there is very little character to them, which leaves me feeling rather flat about the whole record

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russian circles - gnosis (aug 2022) 232/365 

this is my first russian circles album, and it's really cool! I find a lot of post-metal ends up creating soundscapes in which very little happens, which this album mostly avoids, and it feels like quite a doom-y album, which fits with my other recent listening. and it is instrumental and, as with most instrumental metal, I do feel the lack of a vocalist from time to time. but I did really like it! lol

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soilwork - övergivenheten (aug 2022) 233/365 

this is a real mixed bag. a lot of it is really cool melodeath (including a weird violin section, hell yeah) but there are also songs, and sections of otherwise good songs, which are straight-up buttrock. it's a very strange juxtaposition, but there's some great tracks in here

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orator - kallipolis (2018) 234/365 

this is a solid tech death album. gets a bit too technical (drums go drrrrrrrrrr) for me at times, but the drummer is a beast and nails all the different death metal drumming styles on the album

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sedimentum - suppuration morphogénésiaque (july 2022) 234/365 

this is some great knuckle dragging death metal, but keeps it interesting for the whole album. solid!

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duke ellington - ellington at newport (1956) 235/365 

this slaps, *this* is what I should have listened to first, lol. you can tell this is a more cohesive established unit than the quintet, and it's great

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aara - triade i: eos (2021) 236/365 

killer black metal album, very melodic, incredible drumming (I even like the blasting!). triade ii came out this year, and I loved it which is why I went back to this, glad I did!

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morbid evils - supernaturals (aug 2022) 237/365 

great death doom album! the screams are perfect for the atmosphere that the band create, deliberate and swimming in fuzz

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portishead - third (2008) 238/365 

portishead good imo. feels less triphoppy than their first two albums, still great

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ghost - opus eponymous (2010) 239/365 

very catchy songs, cool gothic vibe, this is great!

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prokofiev - symphony no. 2 (1925) 240/365 

this symphony is somewhat unusual in that it consists of only two movements. the first movement is bold and brash and vibrant, the second movement is a series of variations on a theme. both parts are brilliant, but they feel disjointed on a first couple of listens

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candlemass - tales of creation (1989) 241/365 

candlemass are the goats, this album unsurprisingly kicks ass

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solitude aeturnus - beyond the crimson horizon (1992) 242/365 

another killer album, this band has been a real revelation for me!

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blackbraid - blackbraid i (aug 2022) 243/365 

absolutely incredible black metal album from a native american solo artist. brutal and beautiful, one of my albums of the year

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pilori - quand bien même l'enfer et le déluge s'abattraient sur nous (aug 2022) 244/365 

french crust hardcore is not something I expected to enjoy, but this is a good time. pulling from black metal and grindcore, this is very rhythmic, very brutal, but often melodic

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hierophant - death siege (aug 2022) 245/365 

all I can hear is a snare way too high in the mix, drawing attention to the imprecision of the blast beats. no thanks!

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dreadnought - the endless (aug 2022) 246/365 

cool prog metal album! lots of different styles and sounds in here, and notably the band has two female vocalists

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copland - piano concerto (1926) 247/365 

this doesn't particularly move me, it all feels a little disjointed somehow

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