This spring has been particularly gloomy in more ways than meteorological and the forecast is for more (hopefully merely meteorologically as far as the future is concerned), which has undoubtedly influenced what I’ve been listening to.
People of the Sticks by Besnard Lakes:
Carry On, Carry On by Edwyn Collins:
Lifeforms by Daughter:
Dancing on the Graves of Le Corbusier’s Dreams by Karl Hyde:
Here are the albums I enjoyed most this past year, loosely in order of least favorite to favorite depending on the day and my mood. I could write some justification for including each, but have opted not to once again, because really, who really cares anyway? If you don’t agree, make your own list!
Anyway, I can’t foresee writing anything over the holidays so merry Christmas to everyone and make sure to eat some good food. Enjoy. Oh, and sorry about the formatting issues with these jpegs, wordpress doesn’t allow for too much editing of image size.
The month of December is exciting to me for a couple of reasons, chief among them the fact that I get to check everybody’s “best of the year in music” and discover just how much good stuff I missed during the previous 11 or so months. No sooner did I write last week that I thought 2012 was a weak year in music when I came across the music of four bands the next day whose albums are all really quite good.
So here are some of those artists (with a few others) along with some seasonal music from the past that I’ve been enjoying the last seven or so days:
Maybe it’s because there’s a new baby around the house that’s limited my listening time, but 2012 has not exactly been a stellar year for new music. Nonetheless, there’s always something worthwhile and I have managed to find the time to listen to decent new music in addition to some that is older. I’ve also managed to read quite a few books as well, but that’s neither here or there as far as this post is concerned:
Nothin But Time by Cat Power:
Sad Eyes by Crystal Castles:
Cutty Love by Milo Greene:
King James Rag by Jason Collett:
Nocturne by Wild Nothing:
Ice Age by David Byrne & St. Vincent:
Propagation by Lower Dens:
Lonesome Tonight by New Order:
Silk ‘n’ Satin by Sonny Rollins:
On the Sunny Side of the Street by Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins & Sonny Stitt:
I know I just posted about what I’m listening to a week or so ago, but I’ve stumbled across these as a result of recommendations or by accident:
Brains by Lower Dens:
Wolf Among Men by Mäximo Park
Breathing Underwater by Metric:
Endless Flowers by Crocodiles:
Firewood by Regina Spektor:
And in some truly exciting news, Jim Ruiz is recording a third album (the second and last by Ruiz was the masterpiece Sniff released in 1998). At breakfast this morning we were listening to Sniff so I decided to do a search on The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group and stumbled across this site as well as this interview. The first site allows you to donate money towards producing the 3rd album apparently to be called 1965.
Here are some classics (or as many as I could find) from The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group: