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Friday, September 12, 2014

200 favorite songs of 2014, first draft

As of 9/12/14.
  1. .+Elizabeth Morris: “Optimism” (2013)
  2. *+Beatrice Eli: “Girls”
  3. .+Meek Mill: “Lil N*gga Snupe” (2013)
  4. Katy B: “Crying for No Reason” (live on Graham Norton)
  5. Laura Cantrell: “All the Girls Are Complicated”
  6. Jenny Lewis: “Love U Forever”
  7. Old 97’s: “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
  8. The Bombay Royale: “(Bring Me Back) My Bunty Bunty”
  9. John Fullbright: “Happy”
  10. Withered Hand: “Horseshoe”
  11. Childish Gambino: “Telegraph Ave. (Oakland by Lloyd)” (2013)
  12. *Ace Wilder: “Busy Doin’ Nothin’”
  13. *+Sistar: Touch My Body
  14. +YG ft. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan: “My N*gga” (2013)
  15. Paramore: “Ain’t It Fun” (2013)
  16. +Kira Isabella: “Quarterback”
  17. Jenny Scheinman: “The Littlest Prisoner”
  18. Matana Roberts: “Was the Sacred Day” (2013)
  19. .+Mlimani Park: “Mtoto Akililia Wembe” (198x)
  20. BFlecha ft. Arufe: “Mundo Bizarro” (2013)
  21. Corb Lund & Hayes Carll: “Bible on the Dash” (2013)
  22. +Ameriie: “What I Want”
  23. Dierks Bentley: “I Hold On” (2013)
  24. Rosanne Cash: “When the Master Calls the Roll”
  25. Mary Halvorson Septet: “Nairam” (2013)
  26. Juanes: “La Luz”
  27. Lydia Loveless: “The Only Man” (2010)
  28. 2NE1: “Come Back Home”
  29. Tori Amos: “Unrepentant Geraldines”
  30. Shakira: “Empire”
  31. Miranda Lambert: “Bathroom Sink”
  32. Amel Larrieux: “A Million Sapphires” (2013)
  33. Wussy: “Halloween”
  34. Dagens Ungdom: “Aldri vite”
  35. Holly Williams: “Waiting on June” (2013)
  36. MyBaby: “Sida” (Boima & Giku remix) (2013)
  37. .Inaya Day Allstars: “Good Feeling (A Director’s Cut Master)” (2013)
  38. Moreno & L’Orch First Moja-One: “Sisili”
  39. Bob Dylan: “Pretty Saro” (2013)
  40. +Tove Stryke: “Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking to You”
  41. Davido: “Skelewu” (2013)
  42. DJ Snake & Lil Jon: “Turn Down for What”
  43. Tune-Yards: “Water Fountain”
  44. +Lil Wayne & Drake: “Believe Me”
  45. +Lupe Fiasco ft. Ty Dolla Sign: “Next to It”
  46. Revolutionary Ensemble: “My Birds” (2013)
  47. Dada Life: “Born to Rage” (USA version, 2013)
  48. .+Vic Mensa: “Lovely Day” (2013)
  49. Ariana Grande & Mika: “Popular Song” (2013)
  50. *+Junglepussy: “Fuck Texting”
  51. Paramore: “(One of Those) Crazy Girls” (2013)
  52. Akdong Musician: “200%”
  53. Toni Braxton: “I Wish”
  54. Royksopp & Robyn: “Do It Again”
  55. +Young Thug/ASAP Ferg/Freddie Gibbs: “Old English”
  56. +Tessela: “Hackney Parrot” (2013)
  57. +Beyonce: “XO” (2013)
  58. John Fullbright: “Never Cry Again”
  59. Lil Durk: “Dis Ain’t What U Want” (2013)
  60. Nicki Minaj: “Lookin Ass”
  61. +Charli XCX: “Boom Clap”
  62. Paramore: “Anklebiters” (2013)
  63. *+Dal Shabet: “B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)”
  64. +Keyshia Cole: “Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)”
  65. Talib Kweli ft. Rubix & Bajah: “High Life” (2013)
  66. +Bas ft. J Cole: “My N*gga Just Made Bail”
  67. +.Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran: “God Only Knows” (2013)
  68. +Sevyn Streeter: “nEXt”
  69. +Klingande: “Jubel” (2013)
  70. +Indiana: “Solo Dancing”
  71. Kasai Allstars ft. Congotronics vs Rockers: “The Ploughman”
  72. +Pixies: “Snakes”
  73. Built to Spill: “Jokerman”
  74. Tamar Braxton: “All the Way Home” (2013)
  75. *+Allie X: “Catch”
  76. +Calibre 50: “El Inmigrante”
  77. +Wilkinson & Detour City: “Too Close”
  78. .+Khaira Arby: “La Liberte” (2013)
  79. Tune-Yards: “Real Thing”
  80. Claire Chase: “Vermont Counterpoint” (2013)
  81. Jenny Lewis: “Late Bloomer”
  82. Herbert: “It’s Only” (DJ Koze remix, 2012)
  83. *+Young Thug ft. Nicki Minaj: “Danny Glover” (remix)
  84. Tiwa Savage ft. Don Jazzy: “Eminado” (2013)
  85. +Lady Antebellum: “Bartender”
  86. Drive-By Truckers: “The Part of Him”
  87. *+The Saturdays: “What Are You Waiting For?”
  88. James Brandon Lewis: “No Wooden Nickels”
  89. Tori Amos: “Trouble’s Lament”
  90. Angel Haze: “Black Synagogue” (2013)
  91. Grenier & Archie Pelago: “The Cartographer’s Wife”
  92. *+Dizzy Sunfist: “Sulley”
  93. *+Dominique Young Unique: “Show My Ass” (2010)
  94. Hard Working Americans: “Welfare Music”
  95. +The Wonder Years: “Dismantling Summer” (2013)
  96. *+Albert “Tootie” Heath: “The Charleston” (2013)
  97. Parquet Courts: “Black and White”
  98. *+Childbirth: “I Only Fucked You As a Joke”
  99. Old 97’s: “The Disconnect”
  100. Lobi Traore: “Dunuya”
  101. Classixx ft. Nancy Whang: “All You’re Waiting For”
  102. Quraishi: “Wardagi”
  103. Tensnake ft. Nile Rodgers & Fiora: “Love Sublime”
  104. Kiesza: “Hideaway”
  105. .Kiran Ahluwalia: “Mustt Mustt”
  106. Gaby Amarantos: “Xirley”
  107. Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe: Silvestrov: “Two Pieces”
  108. Free Nelson MandoomJazz: “K54”
  109. *Common ft. Ab-Soul: “Made in Black America”
  110. Pokey La Farge: “Kingdom Come”
  111. Dolly Parton: “Home”
  112. *Rich Kidz ft. SD: “Grammy”
  113. *Leikeli47: “Fuck the Summer Up”
  114. Bonnie McKee: “American Girl”
  115. EMA: “Satellites”
  116. Djet-X: “Jive Turkey”
  117. Jenny Scheinman: “My Old Man”
  118. Son Palenque: “Zamba”
  119. J. Cole ft. TLC: “Crooked Smile”
  120. Old Crow Medicine Show: “Marching Through Georgia”
  121. Against Me!: “I Was a Teenage Anarchist”
  122. Prodigy: “Curb Ya Dog”
  123. .Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: “D.I.Y”
  124. Michael Jackson: “Love Never Felt So Good”
  125. Withered Hand: “New Gods”
  126. *Pussy Riot: “Putin Will Teach You How to Love”
  127. Lydia Loveless: “Paid”
  128. Polly Scattergood: “Subsequently Lost”
  129. *Action Bronson & Party Supplies: “Contemporary Man”
  130. deadmau5: “Phantoms Can’t Hang”
  131. *E.L. ft. M.anifest: “Hallelujah”
  132. Caetano Veloso: “Funk Melodico”
  133. *Levis Verckys: “Meca”
  134. Shabazz Palaces: “Forerunner Foray”
  135. St. Vincent: “Birth in Reverse”
  136. *MFBTY: “Sweet Dream”
  137. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z: “Drunk in Love”
  138. Bruce Springsteen: “Harry’s Place”
  139. Miranda Lambert: “Hard Staying Sober”
  140. DJ Fresh vs Diplo ft. Dominique Young Unique: “Earthquake”
  141. Hamell on Trial: “Mom’s Hot”
  142. Adnan Joubran “La Danse De La Veuve”
  143. Anansy Cisse: “Sekou Amadou”
  144. The Oath: “Black Rainbow”
  145. Scorpio Universel: “Ti Lu Lupe”
  146. Skrillex: “Ragga Bomb”
  147. Logos: “Seawolf”
  148. Wussy: “To the Lightning”
  149. Suzanne Vega: “Don’t Uncork What You Can’t Contain”
  150. William Parker AMR Ensemble: “Deep Flower”
  151. *Meridian Dan ft. Big H & JME: “German Whip”
  152. Jenny Lewis: “Head Underwater”
  153. B1A4: “Lonely”
  154. Hebe Tien: “Learning from Drunk”
  155. Kassem Mosse: “Untitled B1”
  156. YG ft. Drake: “Who Do You Love?”
  157. Terakaft: “Awa Adounia”
  158. *Elizabeth Morris: “Young Republic”
  159. Cliff Colnot: Thomas: “Aureole”
  160. Le Youth ft. Dominique Young Unique: “Dance with Me”
  161. Against Me!: “True Trans Soul Rebel”
  162. Usher: “Good Kisser”
  163. Against Me!: “Black Me Out”
  164. Ten Walls: “Gotham”
  165. Betty Who: “Heartbreak Dream”
  166. Jack Quartet: Thomson: “Thaw”
  167. Bob Mould: “I Don’t Know You Anymore”
  168. *J Money ft. Yung LA: “Summer”
  169. Kelly Clarkson: “Underneath the Tree”
  170. Eric Revis’ 11:11: “Split”
  171. Lenny Kravitz: “The Chamber”
  172. *John Walt: “Kemo Walk”
  173. Cloud Nothings: “Psychic Trauma”
  174. Hilary Hahn & Cory Smythe: Bates: “Ford’s Farm”
  175. Future Islands: “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
  176. Trey Songz ft. Justin Bieber: “Foreign” (remix)
  177. *Shlohmo & Jeremih: “No More”
  178. Kingdom & Kelela: “Bank Head”
  179. *BiS: “STUPiG”
  180. Ben Flocks: “Shenandoah”
  181. Petrenko/Royal Liverpool: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4: II
  182. *Starlito: “Funerals and Court Dates”
  183. Lily Allen: “Air Balloon”
  184. Moreno & L’Orch First Moja-One: “Sitaki Mambo”
  185. MyBaby: “Sida” (Dub Snakkr remix)
  186. Samuel Blaser: “No D”
  187. *f(x): “Step”
  188. .Beyonce: “Flawless”
  189. *Drake: “0 to 100”
  190. John Legend: “All of Me”
  191. Jason Derulo: “Marry Me”
  192. Lee Brice: “Parking Lot Party”
  193. Goldfrapp: “Thea”
  194. The Creole Choir of Cuba: “Pou Ki Ayiti Kriye”
  195. Grenier & Archie Pelago: “Octavia”
  196. Brantley Gilbert: “Bottoms Up”
  197. Parris Mitchell Project & Waxmaster: “Ghetto Shout Out!!”
  198. William Parker: “Malachi’s Mode” (Live at Yoshi’s)
  199. *Orange Caramel: “Catallena”
  200. Willie Nelson & Sheryl Crow: “Far Away Places”
+ need to listen to this more
. not on Spotify, I have the MP3
* not on Spotify, don't have the MP3

To add in the next update:
Jeremih ft. YG: “Don’t Tell ’Em”
FKA Twigs: “Two Weeks”
Porter Robinson: “Flicker”
The Roots ft. Dice Raw & Greg Porn: “The Dark (Trinity)”
Kevin Gates: “Stop Lyin’”
.Group Doueh: “Zaya Koum”
Toppdogg: “Arario”
Sofi de la Torre: “Vermillion”
4Minute: “Wait a Minute”
Tinashe ft. Schoolboy Q: “2 On”
Tweens: “Bored in the City”
*Taylor Swift: “Shake It Off”
John Grant: “GMF”
Jacob Latimore ft. T-Pain: “Heartbreak Heard Around the World”
Maria Keohane: Handel: “Tu del ciel ministro eletto”
John Grant: “Pale Green Ghosts”
Simone Kermes: Monteverdi: “Si dolce e il tormento”
Soren Kjaergaard: “Cyrillic Circle (Out)”
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: “North Star”
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: “The Mask of the Red Death”
Rustie ft. Danny Brown: “Attak”
Holy Ghost: “I Will Come Back” (Classixx remix)
Jason Ajemian “Freedom Is a Trail of Tears”
Holy Ghost: “I Know, I Dub” (Eric B remix)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fave albums 2014

updated 9/7/14
  1. Alisa Weilerstein/Daniel Barenboim: Elgar & Carter Cello Concertos (2012)
  2. The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali
  3. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (2013)
  4. William Parker: Wood Flute Songs (2013)
  5. Wussy: Attica!
  6. Withered Hand: New Gods
  7. Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea (2013)
  8. +Grenier Meets Archie Pelago
  9. +Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott: What Have We Become?
  10. +Quraishi: Mountain Melodies
  11. +Jenny Lewis: The Voyager
  12. Jenny Scheinman: The Littlest Prisoner
  13. Old 97’s: Most Messed Up
  14. Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds
  15. Live from Festival au Desert Timbuktu (2013)
  16. Starlito: Funerals and Court Dates (2012)
  17. Paramore (2013)
  18. Tal National: Kaani (2013)
  19. Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack
  20. Ariana Grande: Yours Truly (2013)
  21. Toni Braxton & Babyface: Love, Marriage & Divorce
  22. Angola Soundtrack 2 (2013)
  23. BFlecha: βeta (2013)
  24. Moreno: Vol. 2: More Pili
  25. Dagens Ungdom
  26. Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

+: might go higher

Bubbling under:
John Grant: Pale Green Ghosts (2013)
Young Thug & Bloody Jay: Black Portland
Vasily Petrenko/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 (2013)
Miranda Lambert: Platinum
Neneh Cherry: Blank Project
Angel Haze: Dirty Gold (2013)
Against Me!: Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Revolutionary Ensemble: Counterparts (2013)
Moskus: Mestertyven
Elizabeth Morris: Optimism EP (2013)
Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma (2011)
The Bombay Royale: The Island of Dr Electrico
B1A4: Who Am I
The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara
FKA Twigs: LP1
The Roots: And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
Jason Derulo: Talk Dirty

Friday, April 30, 2010

Left Behind

I'm mostly here now BTW. Farewell post, in the form of a list of course, forthcoming.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Top ten: Lonely hunters

  1. Alicia Keys, "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart" Ewing
  2. Florence + the Machine, "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" TSJ
  3. Digital Primitives, "Love Truth" Derek Taylor
  4. Royksopp ft. Robyn, "The Girl and the Robot" TSJ
  5. Mini Viva, "I Wish" (Cahill remix) Pop Music Notes
  6. Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over" Anna Pickard
  7. Sonic Youth, "Antenna" SF/J
  8. M.I.A., "Space Odyssey" Weiner vs Rosen
  9. Dam-Funk, "Brookside Park" Jesse Serwer
  10. Digital Primitives, "Walkabout" [see #3]


Sunday, February 28, 2010

200 favourite albums, 2000-2009

  1. M.I.A., Kala
  2. Franco, Francophonic Vol. 2
  3. King Sunny Ade, The Best of the Classic Years
  4. James Carter, Chasin' the Gypsy
  5. New York Dolls, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
  6. Franco, Francophonic
  7. Sleater-Kinney, One Beat
  8. Kanye West, Late Registration
  9. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
  10. Taylor Swift, Fearless (Platinum Edition)
  11. Bob Dylan, Love and Theft
  12. Franco, The Very Best of the Rumba Giant of Zaire
  13. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City
  14. Mekons, OOOH!
  15. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
  16. Buck 65, Talkin' Honky Blues
  17. Gogol Bordello, Super Taranta!
  18. Ghostface Killah, Fishscale
  19. Brian Wilson Presents Smile
  20. M.I.A., Arular
  21. Youssou N'Dour, Nothing's in Vain
  22. The Coup, Party Music
  23. DJ Shadow, The Private Press
  24. Lucinda Williams, Essence
  25. K'naan, The Dusty Foot Philosopher
  26. Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar
  27. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
  28. OutKast, Stankonia
  29. Mos Def, The Ecstatic
  30. The Best Best of Fela Kuti
  31. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
  32. Rilo Kiley, More Adventurous
  33. Amy Rigby, Little Fugitive
  34. The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever!
  35. Manu Chao, La Radiolina
  36. The Moldy Peaches
  37. Tabu Ley Rochereau, The Voice of Lightness
  38. OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
  39. Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around
  40. Art Brut, Bang Bang Rock and Roll
  41. Irene Schweizer, Portrait
  42. Daft Punk, Discovery
  43. Kanye West, The College Dropout
  44. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day
  45. Orchestra Baobab, Specialist in All Styles
  46. The Streets, Original Pirate Material
  47. Golden Afrique Vol. 2
  48. Mavis Staples, We'll Never Turn Back
  49. Brad Paisley, American Saturday Night
  50. Papa Wemba, 1977-1997
  51. Liz Phair
  52. The Avalanches, Since I Left You
  53. Lily Allen, It's Not Me It's You
  54. Radiohead, Kid A
  55. Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane, At Carnegie Hall
  56. Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, Vol. 4
  57. Nas, Untitled
  58. Sonic Youth, NYC Ghosts & Flowers
  59. Gogol Bordello, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
  60. Manu Chao, Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
  61. Leonard Cohen, Live in London
  62. The Rough Guide to the Music of the Sahara
  63. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, One Endless Night
  64. Todd Snider, The Devil You Know
  65. Le Tigre, This Island
  66. Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  67. N*E*R*D, In Search of...
  68. Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
  69. Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
  70. Loudon Wainwright III, High Wide & Handsome
  71. William Parker, Raining on the Moon
  72. Wussy
  73. Wussy, Funeral Dress
  74. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark
  75. Youssou N'Dour, Egypt
  76. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
  77. Lil Wayne, Da Drought 3
  78. Sonic Youth, Rather Ripped
  79. Sonny Rollins, This Is What I Do
  80. William Parker Violin Trio, Scrapbook
  81. William Parker, Double Sunrise over Neptune
  82. Randy Newman, Harps and Angels
  83. Pat Metheny & Ornette Coleman, Song X
  84. Amy Rigby, Til the Wheels Fall Off
  85. Sonic Youth, Murray Street
  86. Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra, MTO Vol. 1
  87. Tricky, Blowback
  88. Imperial Teen, On
  89. Steinski, What Does It All Mean?
  90. Sonic Liberation Front, Ashe a Go-Go
  91. Luomo, Vocalcity
  92. Basement Jaxx, Rooty
  93. Imperial Teen, The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band
  94. Ne-Yo, Year of the Gentleman
  95. Powerhouse Sound, Oslo/Chicago Breaks
  96. Public Enemy, Rebirth of a Nation
  97. Bjork, Vespertine
  98. The Klezmatics, Wonder Wheel
  99. Wu-Tang Clan, The W
  100. William Parker Quartet, Sound Unity
  101. Conor Oberst
  102. Sleater-Kinney, The Woods
  103. Warren Zevon, The Wind
  104. Gothic Archies, The Tragic Treasury
  105. Blackalicious, NIA
  106. Lyrics Born, Later That Day
  107. Atmosphere, Lucy Ford
  108. Rachid Taha, Made in Medina
  109. Orlando Cachaito Lopez, Cachaito
  110. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash
  111. Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
  112. The Libertines, Up the Bracket
  113. Serengeti, Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!)
  114. Lupe Fiasco, Food and Liquor
  115. New Order, Waiting for the Sirens' Call
  116. The Coup, Pick a Bigger Weapon
  117. Postal Service, Give Up
  118. The Go! Team, Proof of Youth
  119. Strictly Kev, Raiding the 20th Century
  120. Aimee Mann, Bachelor No. 2
  121. Kimya Dawson, I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean
  122. Mastodon, Crack the Skye
  123. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  124. The Wrens, The Meadowlands
  125. Lifter-Puller, Fiestas + Fiascos
  126. David Murray, Like a Kiss That Never Ends
  127. Kelis, Tasty
  128. Art Pepper, Unreleased Art Vol. 1
  129. Wide Right, Sleeping on the Couch
  130. African Pearls
  131. Cornershop, Handcream for a Generation
  132. Jon Faddis, Teranga
  133. Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
  134. Jon Langford, All the Fame of Lofty Deeds
  135. Jewels and Binoculars, Ships with Tattooed Sails
  136. Willie and the Wheel
  137. Northern State, Dying in Stereo
  138. Old 97's, Satellite Rides
  139. The Go-Betweens, Oceans Apart
  140. The Go-Betweens, The Friends of Rachel Worth
  141. Matthew Shipp, Harmony and Abyss
  142. Les Amazones de Guinee, Wamato
  143. Vijay Iyer, Reimagining
  144. Nellie McKay, Obligatory Villagers
  145. Todd Snider, East Nashville Skyline
  146. Spaceways Inc., Version Soul
  147. The Hives, Veni Vidi Vicious
  148. Lily Allen, Alright Still
  149. Lou Reed, Ecstasy
  150. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  151. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
  152. Pink, I'm Not Dead
  153. King Kapisi, Savage Thoughts
  154. The Apples in Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder
  155. Missy Elliott, Miss E.. So Addictive
  156. The Vandermark 5, Elements of Style, Exercises in Surprise
  157. Tune-Yards, Bird-Brains
  158. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
  159. Holy Modal Rounders, I Make a Wish for a Potato
  160. Mos Def, The New Danger
  161. Golden Afrique Vol. 1
  162. Wussy, Left for Dead
  163. Eminem, Encore
  164. Amadou & Mariam, Dimanche a Bamako
  165. Pink, Try This
  166. Dizzee Rascal, Boy in Da Corner
  167. Festival in the Desert
  168. Marianne Faithfull, Easy Come Easy Go
  169. Common, Finding Forever
  170. Art Brut, Art Brut vs Satan
  171. Primal Scream, XTRMNTR
  172. Missy Elliott, Under Construction
  173. Robyn
  174. Billy Bragg & Wilco, Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2
  175. Leonard Cohen, Ten New Songs
  176. Youssou N'Dour, Rokku Mi Rokka
  177. 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
  178. Craig Harris, Souls within the Veil
  179. Jonatha Brooke, The Works
  180. Rancid, Indestructible
  181. Courtney Love, America's Sweetheart
  182. Nellie McKay, Get Away from Me
  183. The Mountain Goats, Tallahassee
  184. Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne
  185. Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight
  186. Joanna Newsom, Ys
  187. Lil Wayne, The Carter 3: The Mixtape
  188. Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali
  189. Buddy Guy, Sweet Tea
  190. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell
  191. Frank London Klezmer Brass Allstars, Carnival Conspiracy
  192. Franco, Classic Titles
  193. Buck 65, Square
  194. Erykah Badu, Mama's Gun
  195. Britney Spears, My Prerogative
  196. Brakes, The Beatific Visions
  197. The Strokes, Is This It?
  198. Yo La Tengo, Summer Sun
  199. Oumou Sangare, Seya
  200. Barbershop 2: Back in Business


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The decade in Claire Denis

It's obligatory to mention that the career of Denis is difficult to extricate from that of Agnès Godard, her regular cinematographer for two decades (though Godard has worked with other directors); indeed, Beau travail might have the most incisive shots of male bodies ever, and there seems no point in dividing credit between the two of them. But too little attention has been paid to Denis's relationship with the other senses besides sight. Music is part of this – not so much the scores, which are middling, but the use of pop, most famously Corona's "Rhythm of the Night" and Denis Lavant's aberrant dance to it. But Friday Night seems to me to be a pretty straight-up-and-down movie about touch, and this is achieved through sounds – the matching of effects to actions. When we hear masking tape coming off the roll near the beginning we can feel it. Over-amplifying not the background buzz but the personal sounds your brain’s trained to block out – simply being able to hear the characters chew – gives a solidity that’s most notable for allowing the most physical sex I’ve seen on camera. Not sure which sound guy to credit, so I’ll take a stab: Jean-Louis Ughetto, I salute you.

The Intruder is certainly beautiful: most movies don't give us images as warm as Michel Subor drinking with a Pusan local or as vivid as a flashback to a boat's arrival at a French Polynesian island. But from Denis, that's not enough. Subor's character, Louis, is an intruder; various people are intruders in Louis's life (notably Béatrice Dalle); Louis even has an intruder inside his body - his transplanted heart. The heightening of Louis's condition, at first achieved through long looks at his huge chest scar, becomes absurdly literal when we see a bloody organ lying in the snow. All this is meant to make some vague point about rejection, and how communities and their outsiders relate to each other, but except in the Korean section and parts of the Tahitian one, Denis's use of photogenic isolated locations defeats her theme by not giving Louis enough human life to interact with.

35 Shots of Rum is Denis's variation on Ozu's Late Spring, except Ozu never had a chance to hear Lionel Richie. It's approximately as good as Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Ozuist Cafe Lumiere, which is pretty brilliant. Denis has complete confidence in Alex Descas (playing Chishu Ryu), and those of us who hadn't previously noticed he was among the most attentive actors around now wonder how we missed him.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Brad vs classical music: Hits of the seventeen-aughts

Bach, Great Organ Favorites (performed by E. Power Biggs)

Early music is something qualitatively different, and the Baroque, aside from one-hit wonders like Pachelbel and Jeremiah Clarke, wasn't up to much before Bach, so 1700 is a convenient time to declare war on classical music (or art music, if you want to be a dick about it). The pieces on this album are believed to be composed by Bach in his twenties, except for the much later "Wachet Auf" and for the "Jig Fugue", which he probably didn't write and is kind of trite anyway. There's also some scholarship suggesting the horror movie staple "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" isn't his: the "Toccata" sounds pretty different from the rest of his organ work, but on the other hand, nobody over the following 250 years wrote organ music of this quality -- maybe besides Mozart's ditties for mechanical organ, but probably not. There's no shortage of recordings; here, Biggs is lively yet precise, without heaviness for its own sake. If you like this, the logical next step would be Bach's Trio Sonatas in an organ version, or in Biggs's pedal harpsichord version.