Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Record Scores - Here And Back Edition

Herb Alpert - Beyond 12" (A&M)
Prince Far I & The Arabs - Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV Lp (Trojan)
Prince Far I & The Arabs - Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 Lp (Pressure Sounds)
Tortoise - The Catastrophist Lp (Thrill Jockey)
VA - Left For Dead: A Chumpire Pennsylania Compilation Lp (Chumpire)
Shirley Scott - Scottie Plays The Duke Lp (Prestige)
Nitwits - Great Day 7" (Monitor)
Jimmy McGriff - Red Beans Lp (Lester Radio Corporation)
Masaru Sato - Yojimbo: The Original Soundtrack Recording Lp (MGM)
Fabulous Three - Answer Me Softly 7" (Psycho)
Albinos - Santa Barbara 12" (Astral Soda)
The Buddies - Go Go With The Buddies Lp (Mercury / Wing)
Peter Rugolo - The Sweet Ride OST Lp (20th Century Fox)
Martin Denny - Hawaii Goes A Go-Go! Lp (Liberty)
Topanga Canyon Orchestra - Crimson & Clover Lp (Uni)
V/A - Detroit Electronic Quarterly Vol. 6 Lp (Detroit Electronic Quarterly)
Sound Stream - Bass Affair 12" (Sound Stream)
Dennis Bovell - Dub 4 Daze Lp (Glitterbeat)
Fort Romeau / Nick Hoppner - Split 12" (Cin Cin)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Favorite Films Of 2015

I saw 102 films released in 2015:
3 1/2 Minutes - Ten Bullets / Accidental Love / Addicted To Fresno / Aloha / Anomalisa / Ant-Man / Asthma / Avengers: Age Of Ultron / The Barber / Batman Vs Robin / The Big Short / Black Mass / Bloodsucking Bastards / Bone Tomahawk / Bridge Of Spies / Burying The Ex / Carol / Chappie / Clouds Of Sils Maria / Cooties / Cop Car / Crimson Peak / Welp [Cub] / Cut Bank / The Cutting Room / Dark Places / Dark Star: HR Giger's Welt / Deathgasm / The Death Of Superman Lives / Diary Of A Teenage Girl / Digging For Fire / Digging Up The Marrow / Dope / Entertainment / Ex Machina / Extraordinary Tales / Faults / Final Girl / Final Girls / Focus / Fort Tilden / A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night / Good Dinosaur / Ich Seh, Ich Seh [Goodnight Mommy] / The Green Inferno / Harmontown / The Hateful Eight / Hellions / Hotel Transylvania 2 / Hot Girls Wanted / Hot Pursuit / Hot Tub Time Machine 2 / Housebound / Infinite Polar Bear / Inside Out / I Smile Back / It Follows / Jurassic World / Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis / Knight Of Cups / Knock Knock / Kumiko The Treasue Hunter / Lazarus Effect / Let Us Prey / The Little Death / The Lobster / Love / Mad Max: Fury Road / Man From U.N.C.L.E. / The Martian / Meadowland / Me, Earl, And the Dying Girl / Meet Me There / Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation / Night Owls / The Overnight / Parallels / Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension / Poltergeist / The Revenant / Road Hard / Room / Sicario / Sleeping With Other People / Spectre / Slow Learners / Spring / Spy / Stand By Me Doraemon / Starry Eyes / Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Straight Outta Compton / Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives / The Suicide Theory / Tales Of Halloween / Tomorrowland / Trainwreck / Walter / We Are Still Here / Welcome To Me / Relatos Salvajes [Wild Tales]

01. Mad Max: Fury Road
02. Kumiko The Treasue Hunter
03. Cop Car
04. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
05. Ex Machina
06. The Revenant
07. Diary Of A Teenage Girl
08. The Hateful Eight
09. Stretch & Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives
10. Welp [Cub]
11. Man From U.N.C.L.E.
12. The Lobster
13. Sicario
14. Faults
15. Anomalisa
16. Relatos Salvajes [Wild Tales]
17. The Martian
18. Ich Seh, Ich Seh [Goodnight Mommy]
19. Entertainment
20. It Follows

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Record Scores - C. U. Next Year Edition

Dexter Wansel - What The World Is Coming To Lp (Philadelphia International)
Ray Barretto Orchestra - Latino Lp (Riverside)
Michael Sena - Bali High 2xLp (Kemado / Anthology)
Andrew Kidman - Litmus / Glass Love 2xLp (Anthology)
Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes III Lp (Vapor)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Record Scores - Adults Being Bad At Being Adults Special Edition

Miriam Makeba - The Magic Of Makeba Lp (RCA Victor)
Willis Jackson - Recording Session Lp (Big Chance)
Wes Montgomery - In The Wee Small Hours Lp (Riverside)
K15 - Insecurities 2x12" (Wild Oats)
Renato P - Untitled 12" (Must Have)
Octo Octa - Further Trips (Deepblak)
Theo Parrish - Location Of Lost Colors 12" (Sound Signature)
Craig Peyton - Be Thankful (Reference Mix) 12" (Peyton)
Santiago Salazar - Chicanismo 2xLp (Love What You Feel)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Best Vinyl Albums Of 2015

 This is a list of my favorite full-length vinyl albums of 2015. This list gets to be a weirder and weirder exercise every year as the album as a structure continues to lose ground, and the vinyl format also erodes further into the realm of trophies & tchotchkes. Anyone familiar with me might also notice a marked dialing back of my music consumption this year, evident in the fewer 'Record Scores' posts. The reasons are myriad, but the results is that the number of albums I had to choose from for this best-of list was very limited. I have chosen to limit this list to 10.

10. Lifted - 1 Lp (Pan)
[YouTube Video For "Total Care Zero"]
09. Hauntologists - S/T Lp (Hauntologists)
[YouTube Video For "Sustain"]
08. Joshua Abrams - Magnetoception 2xLp (Eremite)
[YouTube Video For "By Way Of Odessa"]

07. Masayoshi Fujita - Apologues Lp (Erased Tapes)
[YouTube Video For "Tears Of A Unicorn (Vibraphone Version)"]
06. Cheebacabra - Retouched 2xLp (Mackrosoft)
[YouTube Video For "Paisley Garden (Smooth Tutors Remix)"]

05. D'Angelo And The Vanguard - Black Messiah 2xLp (RCA)
[YouTube Video For "Really Love (Live On SNL)"]
(This album came out in 2014, but the vinyl didn't come out until 2015)
04. Cuticle - Mind Holding Pattern Lp (Not Not Fun)
[YouTube Video For "Geometric Narrative"]
(This album came out in 2014, but i picked up the vinyl in 2015, and i really liked it, so deal.)

03. Santiago Salazar - Chicanismo Lp (Love What You Feel)
[YouTube Video For "Vario 2 Vario"]
02. Kamasi Washington - The Epic 3xLp (Brainfeeder)
[YouTube Video For "Re Run Home"]

01. Floating Points - Elaenia Lp (Pluto)
[YouTube Video For "Silhouettes"]

I never get any feedback from these lists, but, as always, I invite your comments. Did you discover something here you love? What was your favorite album of the year?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Record Scores: Paystub Edition

Mos Def - Umi Says 12" (Rawkus)
Dexter Story - Wondem Lp (Soundway)
Quartette Tres Bien - Here It Is! Lp (Decca)
V/A - Crucial Reggae Driven By Sly & Robbie Lp (Mango)
Colorlist - The Fastest Way To Become The Ocean 10" (Serein)
Les Baxter - Jewels Of The Sea Lp (Capitol)
Kenny Burrell - Bluesy Burrell Lp (Moodsville)
Earthen Sea - Ink 12" (Lovers Rock)
Sleeper Cell - Quality Of Life 12" (Lovers Rock)
Floating Points - Elaenia Lp (Pluto)
Colorlist - Sky Song Lp (Serein)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Record Scores - We Can Send A Man To Mars But We Can't Mail A Record... Edition

Mary Lou Williams - Zoning Lp (Mary)
Ui - Droplike 12" (Southern)
Rim Kwaku Obeng - Rim Arrives / International Funk 2xLp (Rising Times/BBE)
Heavy Chevy - Blacklight Lp (Rotating Souls)
Kamasi Washington - The Epic 3xLp (Brainfeeder)
The Gabby Pahinu Hawaiian Band - Vol. 1 Lp (Pahini / Warner Bros)
Karizma - Beats & Bobs 10" (R2)
V/A - Let's Try Something Newer! 10" (CI)
Conjoint - Earprints 2xLp (Source)
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music Lp (High Top Mountain)