Episode 31 of Philosophy of the World is closing out 2017 with our best albums of the year. Reflecting back, it’s easy to see how diverse and multifaceted the music world has become. There are endless pockets of micro-communities doing their own thing. With the rise of internet music journalism we naively thought it would result in an increased democratization of music consumption with the underground weirdos pushing aural boundaries gaining newfound prominence. Underground culture still remains underground, but that’s not to say it’s not still going strong. We want to embrace, celebrate and invest in the weird, the underground, the do-it-yourselfers, and the outsiders. So, celebrate the phenomenal music of 2017 with us as we listen to a wide array of sounds ranging from a perfect blend of new age and spiritual jazz from Carlos Nino & Friends, to the abstract and tripped-out hip-hop of Milo, to the meditative bliss of Deradoorian, and to the hyper-modern sound design of Visible Cloaks. Let’s dig into the best of 2017.


10. Rose Elinor Dougall – “Colour of Water” from Stellular

9. King Krule – “Dum Surfer” from The OOZ

8. Deradoorian – “Nia in the Dark” from Eternal Recurrence

7. Circuit des Yeux – “Paper Bag” from Reaching for Indigo

6. Visible Cloaks – “Bloodstream” from Reassemblage

5. Julie Byrne – “Natural Blue” from Not Even Happiness

4. Milo – “Magician (Suture)” from Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!?!

3. Carlos Nino & Friends – “Light-Codes” from Going Home

2. The Necks – “Rise” excerpt from Unfold

1. Bitchin Bajas – “Circles on Circles” from Bajas Fresh


Honorable Mentions

Ariel Pink – Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Children of Alice – Children of Alice

Chino Amobi – PARADISO

Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex

Ex Eye – Ex Eye

Greg Fox – The Gradual Progression

Hand Habits – Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)

Chuck Johnson – Balsams

Kiefer – Kickinit Alone

Man Forever – Play What They Want

Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me

Kelly Lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble – Find Me Finding You

X.Y.R. – Labyrinth


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Ariel Pink (Ariel Rosenberg) is the focus of episode 30 of Philosophy of the World. We explore two decades of his outsider pop ranging from the early, blasted and lo-fi home recordings, to the Haunted Graffiti records that earned him a cult following, and up to present day with his slicker, widely renowned records. We begin with the compiled early recording experiments from Thrash & Burn and the early albums under the moniker Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti that partially inspired hypnogogic pop and chillwave in underground music. Some of these records were eventually reissued on Paw Tracks thanks to Animal Collective, vaulting Ariel Pink into newfound prominence and accolades. Since that time he’s released a consistent string of excellent LPs on 4AD and, earlier this year, on Mexican Summer with Dedicated to Bobby Jameson. Tune in to enjoy decades of music from this controversial weirdo outsider.


1. “I Disguise You” from Thrash & Burn

2. “Tractor Man” from Underground

3. “For Kate I Wait” from The Doldrums

4. “Are You Gonna Look After My Boys” from Scared Famous/FF>>

5. “Interesting Results” from House Arrest

6. “Credit” from Lover Boy

7. “Jules Lost His Jewels” from Worn Copy

8. “Round and Round” from Before Today

9. “Menopause Man” from Before Today

10. “Dutch Me” from Ku Klux Glam

11. “Driftwood” from Mature Themes

12. “Put Your Number in my Phone” from Pom Pom

13. “Jell-o” from Pom Pom

14. “Tears on Fire” from Myths 002 EP

15. “Bubblegum Dreams” from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson

16. “Feels Like Heaven” from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Companion Material
Ariel Pink’s Coachella Meltdown
Ariel Pink at Red Bull Music Academy
Ariel Pink’s Lost Media
Ariel’s Rumored, Unreleased Werewolf Movie

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This month on Philosophy of the World, episode 29 is all about the “scene that celebrates itself.” Shoegazing was a relatively short-lived subgenre emerging from the confluence of punk, post-punk, space rock and dream pop in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in the UK. We start by listening to some “proto-shoegaze” including the noise pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain, the wall-of-guitars space rock of Loop and ethereal dream pop of Cocteau Twins. We then focus on the initial wave of shoegaze bands up to about 1993. Not only do we listen to the “big three” including My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Slowdive, but we also spin some of the lesser appreciated groups such as the harder-edged Catherine Wheel, industrial gothisms of Curve, and the hypnotic pop of Pale Saints. Enjoy this primer on a subgenre that, while brief, continues to influence underground music today.


1. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Taste of Cindy” from Psychocandy

2. Loop – “Too Real to Feel” from Heaven’s End

3. Cocteau Twins – “Carolyn’s Fingers” from Blue Bell Knoll

4. My Bloody Valentine – “Lose My Breath” from Isn’t Anything

5. Ride – “Vapour Trail” from Nowhere

6. Pale Saints – “Sea of Sound” from The Comforts of Madness

7. Lush – “Sweetness and Light” from Gala

8. Chapterhouse – “Pearl” from Whirlpool

9. My Bloody Valentine – “Sometimes” from Loveless

10. Curve – “Coast Is Clear” from Pubic Fruit

11. The Boo Radleys – “Skyscraper” from Everything’s Alright Forever

12. Catherine Wheel – “I Want to Touch You” from Ferment

13. Slowdive – “Machine Gun” from Souvlaki

14. The Verve – “Star Sail” from A Storm in Heaven


Companion Material
Beautiful Noise Documentary
Upside Down: The Creation Records Story
Pitchfork Classic: Slowdive – Souvlaki
How Soon Is Now? by Richard King

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Philosophy of the World is back by not-so-popular demand with episode 28! We’re mixing up the format of the show and keeping things themed, but still weird. For our return episode, we’re focusing on the discography of a favorite band of ours, Liars! We cover their music from their early days as a NYC-based dance punk quartet, through their excellent high concept albums, and into their foray incorporating electronics into their sound. In the end we share two new songs off of the newly released TFCF, which is now essentially a solo album by the front man Angus Andrew. Join us and see exactly why Liars is a timeless project of weirdos creating unique sounds.


1. “Mr. Your on Fire Mr.” from They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top

2. “Broken Witch” from They Were Wrong, So We Drowned

3. “It Fit When I Was a Kid” from Drum’s Not Dead

4. “The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack” from Drum’s Not Dead

5. “Plaster Casts of Everything” from Liars

6. “Sailing to Byzantium” from Liars

7. “Scissor” from Sisterworld

8. “Proud Evolution: from Sisterworld

9. “The Exact Colour of Doubt” from WIXIW

10. “Flood to Flood” from WIXIW

11. “Mess on a Mission” from Mess

12. “No Tree No Branch” from TFCF

13. “The Grand Delusional” from TFCF


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