Category Archives: best of year

Best New Music 2018

  Julia Holter / Aviary Honestly, I haven’t even processed all this record yet.  One of the most ambitious things I’ve ever heard.  Ever.  Headphones, time, and patience are required, but the rewards seem endless.     Cardi B / … Continue reading

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Best Reissues 2017

  Neil Young / Hitchhiker Stoned, 70’s-prime Neil just blowing off 10 songs into a recorder.  As an animal this is Neil’s natural habitat, and the ease at which he rattles off classics and unheard songs is incredible.   Can … Continue reading

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Best Reissues 2016

Big Star / Complete Third More mythos undone.  Three versions of everything: demo, rough, finished.  This album has always been portrayed as a sort-of-flung-together album, but hearing these songs in earlier forms really showcases the strength of Chilton’s songwriting.  Does … Continue reading

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Best new music 2016

A Tribe Called Quest / We Got it From Here What a way to go out!  Rap often has the benefit (sometimes hinderance) of currency, but i can’t remember a record that hit so perfectly at the exact right time. … Continue reading

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Best New Music 2015

(No real order, but most of these were played far more than plenty…) Moon Duo / Shadow of the Sun Moon Duo kinda just do one particular thing, but they do it sooooo good. Tame Impala / Currents Gone are … Continue reading

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Best Reissues 2015

(older stuff where they’ve turned the bass up and charged me twice…) Punk 45 / Burn Rubber City, Burn! Man this series is fun!  Half of this stuff you might know and other half is ultra-obscure wackiness.  Micro-blasts that remind … Continue reading

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Best New Music of 2014

(Again, no real order, see last year’s here.) Iceage / Plowing Into the Fields of Love Third album from this most exciting of bands.  They stretch out without losing anything.  The palette is slightly different this time around, but with … Continue reading

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Best Reissues of 2014

(Again, no real order.  See last year’s here.) Various / The Sound of Siam Volume 2 Again, something about this music overpowers me, I know it sounds silly, but I can’t really even rationally talk about it.  You investigate…. Bob … Continue reading

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Best Reissues of 2013

This proves real people are the funkiest of all. Continue reading

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Best New Music of 2013

That’s what Paracosm does, plops you deep into a blissful murk of swelling electro-mush. I suppose drone sounds better than minimally-layered-abstract-hyperconstructions? What you will notice is the ultra-liberal pitch shifting of the soloing keyboard. Continue reading

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