Drivin’ N’ Cryin’,
Articles by Andrew
Amen Dunes, Black Panther, Parquet Courts, Snail Mail, The Beths, Ty Segall, U.S. Girls, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Lucy Dacus, Caroline Rose
Khalid / Rostam / Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile / Spoon / Kevin Morby / (Sandy) Alex G / Fred Thomas / Bleachers / Ty Segall / Moses Sumney /
2017 – What a shitty year for the world and this country. Well at least there was lots of good music, an excellent Twin Peaks reboot, and the German Netflix series – Dark… Oh! and of course my joyous son. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is like nothing I’ve ever experienced and gives some hope to a world that feels lost and in constant turmoil.
Car Seat Headrest – Frank Ocean – Kevin Morby – Chance the Rapper – Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – Andy Shauf – Parquet Courts – Pinegrove – Lucy Dacus – Hiss Golden Messenger
Courtney Barnett – Deerhunter – Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Hamilton OBC – Lin-Manuel Miranda – Sleater-Kinney – Speedy Ortiz – Sufjan Stevens – The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Wilco
1. Ty Segall/Manipulator (Drop the needle, and commence the abuse. This relentless rush of punk rock hits hard, and hammers it home. He digs the power chord; he digs the shimmy-shake. He’s jacked up on the Who, Bowie and T. Rex, but he is his own best bro, and nobody tries harder. Man of the year Ty Segall is pulsing, electric, aflame.)
BEST: 2013 “Time for the comedown.” Buy New or Used via Amazon 1. Kurt Vile / Wakin On a Pretty Daze: A mobius strip of psychedelia blooms up, up and away from this newly-minted guitar icon, who unfurls eighty minutes of magic here, and makes it seem effortless. Wonderful. Buy New or Used via Amazon 2. Mikal Cronin / MCII: Former sidekick kicks down the mike stand, making your eyes widen and your heart pump love. Brendan Benson, take notice: this guy is eating your lunch. Buy New or Used via Amazon 3. Islands / Ski Mask: Another fancy hopscotch…
Buy New or Used via Amazon 1. The Walkmen – Heaven (The evolution continues: gorgeous, dramatic, intimate-yet-epic songs about love and loss. There is a certain kind of magic here, and it’s tough to resist.) Buy New or Used via Amazon 2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist (Far more than the sum of its parts, this is not just a funny, inspiring, exciting R&B album – it feels important; and it rocks. Hear “Thrift Shop,” just try to not smile.) Buy New or Used via Amazon 3. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan (The disparate pieces finally come…
Buy New or Used via amazon 1. Bon Iver / Bon Iver This transcendent, atmospheric folk album defies logic, a shimmering narcotic elegy to loves that never were, and places that don’t exist. High-wire brilliance. Buy New or Used via amazon 2. TV on the Radio / Nine Types of Light TVoTR finally hit their groove, enriching their beats with a warm, soulful sound. Buy New or Used via amazon 3. Middle Brother / Middle Brother The leads from Dawes, Deer Tick and Delta Spirit team up to bust heads and break hearts. Buy New or Used via amazon 4….
Andrew S says: “Not sure if you have seen this, but it struck me immediately as Poopworthy. TV on the Radio’s hour-long “film,” basically a music video of their new album in its entirety. Pretty f*cking cool.” From the blub: “Nine Types of Light is as much an album as it is a movie by TV on the Radio. The movie is meant to be a visual re-imagining of the record, and includes a music video for every song on the album. The band personally asked their friends and the filmmakers they admired to help direct the music videos. Tunde…
Buy New or Used via amazon 1. The Black Keys / Brothers (sounds like: John Lee Hooker + Hendrix + T. Rex). This fuzz-laden, distortion-heavy, heartbroken blues-rock masterpiece hits you like a gut punch. Goddamn. Buy New or Used via amazon 2. The Tallest Man On Earth / The Wild Hunt (sounds like: Dylan + Mississippi John Hurt + Destroyer). Passion, and acoustic psychedelia, via rural Sweden. Truly transformative. (Also a great EP out this year.) Buy New or Used via amazon 3. Spoon / Transference (sounds like: Wire + Pixies). Edgy, punky, percussive alley anthems, self-produced this time with…
Zip’s Ziggurat presents another Huge! Insane! Music Yard Sale 10,000s of LPs , CDs, 45s +12”s rock, pop, hip hop, country, dance, world, folk, reggae, soul, alt.rock, jazz, funk, punk, r+b, metal, classical, techno, new wave, house, old-timey, breaks, spoken, 80’s, electro, blues, promos, DVDs (music + features), tons more Insultingly low prices As low as $0.50 (hey, some are even “cheaper than free”) Listen before you buy Free refreshments too! Memorial Day Weekend Saturday + Sunday + Monday 10am – 5pm May 29 to 31 All covered, so it’s RAIN OR SHINE Osnas Lane Near Rt 212 + Glasco…
We don’t post too many RIPs here, but on trawling the net the other day we came across this oddity from 1996. Alex Chilton, Ben Vaughan and Alan Vega get together for some true spookiness. Hadn’t really occurred to us to post it, but the news of Alex Chilton’s death prompted me to go back to it, It’s a very different sound for him, far removed from the sweet harmonies and jangle we usually associate with him.
Buy New or Used through amazon OR @ eMusic 1. Avett Brothers/I and Love and You: These shaggy bluegrass underdogs make some questionable choices, going for big production and an even bigger sound, and somehow come up with a kind of a masterpiece. Chock full of fantastic songs – epic piano ballads and twangy rockers – this album sounds like they’ve been planted, tended, watered, blossomed, and grown ten feet high. Stunning. Buy New or Used through amazon 2. Wilco/Wilco (The Album): Every hipster critic’s favorite target, this lean, muscular pop-oriented set stands up to anything…
These are a few of my favorite things. Albums of 2002 Fingathing: Superhero Music On their second album, Fingathing make hip-hop fun again by adding cello, long drum interludes and an array of vocal samples. Mum: Finally We Are No One Another sophomore release, this from an Icelandic band whose work recalls Bjork’s “Vespertine.” Music boxes, bells, and crisp layered sounds conjure images of snow and ice-covered lakes. Deadly Avenger: Deep Red An assortment of soundtrack flavors, breakbeats and old school funk, co-starring the Budapest Film Orchestra. The album comes with stickers too! Dom and Roland: Back for the Future…
Buy New or Used from amazon 1) Various Artists Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (Ace/KentRecords) Pricey import that matches the hype. Almost uniformly slow-burning but still the best soul box since Rhino’s 1997 Beg, Scream & Shout!, hands down. Buy through amazon OR @ eMusic 2) Tinariwen Imidiwan: Companions (World Village) After 2007’s comparatively studio-driven Aman Iman: Water is Life, Mali’s masters of desert psych-blues strip it back down to the roots. Heady and addictive. Buy New or Used through amazon 3) Various Artists Where the…
Dissection of the new iTunes “LP” feature. Apparently each can be 500MB in addition to the actual “music”!! http://jayrobinson.org/2009/09/11/some-notes-on-itunes-lp/
HUGE MUSIC YARD SALE! – 10,000 CDs, LPs, 45s, DVDs – Labor Day Weekend Zip’s Ziggurat presents another Insane! Music yard sale 10,000s of LPs , CDs +12”s Rock, pop, hip hop, country, dance, world, folk, reggae, soul, alt.rock, jazz, funk, punk, r+b, metal, classical, techno, new wave, house, old-timey, breaks, spoken, 80’s, electro, blues, DVDs, promos, tons more. At insultingly low prices as low as $0.50 (hey, some are even “cheaper than free”) Listen before you buy Free refreshments! Saturday, Sunday and Monday – September 5, 6 and 7 10am – 5pm All covered, so it’s rain or shine…
Here is an ongoing list of nominees: http://friendfeed.com/eskimo/0c7c46f9/there-are-75-bands-depicted-in-this-picture-let