Monday, December 8, 2014
2014 Reader Faves: Pt. 2
Glad to see so much love for the New Pornographers album and Spoon.
I also liked Ty Segall's Manipulator a ton.
I loved Beck's record when it came out but lost the thread with it. Should pick it up again.
A couple 2013 albums that didn't really catch my ear til this year, but now on repeat play: Laura Marling's and Vampire Weekend's.
Haven't heard Ariel Pink's new album yet, but high hopes. TV on the Radio's record sounded terrific on first listen, but need more time with it.
Complete Basement Tapes and CSNY 1974 essential adds to the canon.
One discovery for me this year was Art Garfunkel's Break Away, which I bought a vinyl copy on the street for $1 and turned out to have some terrific pop on it. Would have made me vomit back in the day, but now that I'm old I can appreciate the craft. (One benefit of aging is that my taste has become much more Catholic.)
One look at this list and you'll see why I almost didn't bother. No one will know or care about any of my choices. I'm not trying to be obscure. These are some I played more than twice.
In no particular order:
1-John Luther Adams "Become Ocean"
2-John Zorn "Psychomagia"
3-Jolie Holland "Wine Dark Sea"
4-Actual Water "Call 4 Fun"
5-Zeitkratzer "Metal Machine Music"
6-Boozoo Bajou "4"
7-Shaolin Afronauts "Follow The Path"
8-The Bombay Royale "The Island Of Doctor Electrico"
9-Steve Malkmus/Jicks "Wig Out at Jag Bags"
10-Dusan Jevtovic "Am I Walking Wrong?"
For me there was no clear-cut top album this year, the way Jason Isbell was last year (with Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark not far behind). But there were several very solid records I found myself returning to often. For reasons I can't explain, female artists dominate my list:
(in no particular order:)
Jenny Lewis —"The Voyager"
Chrissie Hynde —"Stockholm"
Lydia Loveless —"Somewhere Else"
Nikki Lane — "All or Nothin'"
The Secret Sisters — "Put Your Needle Down"
ExHex — "Rips"
Tim Easton — "Not Cool"
The Black Keys — "Turn Blue"
(Ed. Note- The Lydia Loveless opened up like gangbusters. But it lost me soon after. I had a problem with her voice, which never really gets out of this small little range, or at least that's what I'm hearing.)
and I guess I'll get grief for this but I'm going to add
Lucinda Williams's record to my list. I look forward to your rebuttal.
I've only heard the Thompson family's album once so I'm not putting it on the list but I expect it'll be a new favorite...
(Ed. Note- There was a period, from "Sweet Old World" through "World Without Tears," where Lucinda Williams could do no wrong. She was never out of my rotation and I even built a long weekend in New Orleans around her House Of Blues show. But then each subsequent release started to sound more like someone trying to be Lucinda, like a comedian's comical impersonation. I really don't like this new one at all.)
Drive by Truckers
Gary Clark Jr