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reinholdk
2014-12-18, 12:03
This is the time of the year where many people are looking back and building up lists of favorites of all kind.
So I thought we should have something similar about music here.

Please provide your personal list of favorite albums but keep it related to the past year or at least to the past several months.
If you have a list, you don't need to give a detailed ranking and also a single album is fine. Adding new favorites here every few months would also be nice.


Here is my list for 2014, with Ben Howard's "I Forget Where We Were" as my nominee for the Album Of The Year title.

Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
Robert Plant - Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar
Lars Danielsson - Liberetto II
Lamb - Backspace Unwind
Nighthawks - Rio Bravo
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Samaris - Silkidrangar
Michael Wollny Trio - Weltentraum
Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard - Big In Europe Vol. 2 Amsterdam
Angus and Julia Stone - Angus and Julia Stone

garym
2014-12-18, 13:50
Hmmm, sadly (or maybe not), when I review my album purchases for 2014 (which number over 100, and do NOT count new "vault" releases of any kind (newly released box sets of Velvet Underground, Neil Young, Complete Fillmore of Allman Brothers, Complete Fillmore of Humble Pie, various new vault releases of Grateful Dead, Basement Tapes, Willie Nelson Bear Family Box sets, Freddie King Box sets, CSNY archive concerts, remastered Led Zeppelin, etc. or "new to me" purchases of older, pre 2014 releases, I don't actually have that many actual 2014 "new" releases. I did very much enjoy these (ranked from most to least, although I liked them all).


Lucinda Williams, Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (her best in several years)
Dave & Phil Alvin, Common Ground
Various Artists, This One's for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
Various Artists, Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Our Year
Hard Working Americans, Hard Working Americans
Todd Snider, Time As We Know it: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (2014?)

reinholdk
2014-12-21, 16:43
It's a similar situation for me. I also have more than 100 additions to my library this year but by far less than half of them are original 2014 releases. So I really had to think about what I liked the most.

Interestingly enough, although I'm a long-time fan of both Pink Floyd and U2, I didn't consider their new albums for my favorites list. I do like listening to these, but probably the expectations have been higher, so IMO they are good but not good enough. (Ok, it's debatable whether to account Pink Floyd's album for 2014...)

d6jg
2014-12-22, 05:17
Same boat here too.
Well over 100 CDs bought this year probably over 200 but the "Years" view tells me only 11 are 2014. Of these there are half a dozen or so compilation albums from various places (Magazine freebies and the like), Pink Floyd & U2, Rod Stewart's Live 1976-1998 which leaves the only real 2014 albums as Matt Schofield's Far As I Can See and Bryan Ferry's Avonmore. Both are good but they aren't classics.

get.amped
2014-12-22, 07:15
A few stand-outs:

Various - Beck Song Reader
The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast
Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
Beck - Morning Phase
The Belle Brigade - Just Because
Ben & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home
Benmont Tench - You Should Be So Lucky
The Black Keys - Turn Blue
Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
Broken Bells - After The Disco
Chrissie Hynde - Stockholm
David Crosby - Croz
Devon Allman - Ragged And Dirty
Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans
Ed Sheeran - X
Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Future Islands - Singles
Gary Clark Jr. - Live
Glass Hammer - Ode To Echo
Hozier - Hozier
Imelda May - Tribal
Imogen Heap - Sparks
Ingrid Michaelson - Lights Out
Jack White - Lazaretto
Jenny Lewis - The Voyager
Joe Henry - Invisible Hour
Johnny Winter - Step Back
Joseph Arthur - Lou
Keb' Mo' - Bluesamericana
The Kenny Wayne Shepard Band - Goin' Home
Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits
Lenny Kravitz - Strut
Lily Allen - Sheezus
Little Feat - Live In Holland 1976
Luther Dickinson - Rock 'N Rock Blues
Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man
Minus The Bear - Lost Loves
Natalie Merchant - Natalie Merchant
Neon Trees - Pop Psychology
The New Pornographers - Brill Bruisers
Noah Gundersen - Ledges
Passenger - Whispers
Phillip Sayce - Influence
Phillip Phillips - Behind The Light
Phish - Fuego
The Pineapple Thief - Magnolia
Quilt - Held In Splendor
Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters - Lullabye And... The Ceaseless Roar
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive
Roseanne Cash - The River & The Thread
Royal Southern Brotherhood - Heartsoulblood
Ruthie Foster - Promise Of A Brand New Day
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
The Secret Sisters - Put Your Needle Down
Shakey Graves - And The War Came
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There
Spoon - They Want My Soul
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Wig Out At Jag Bags
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye
Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
Trampled By Turtles - Wild Animals
The War On Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Going Back Home
Yes - Heaven & Earth
You + Me - Rose Ave.
Young The Giant - Mind Over Matter

bakker_be
2014-12-22, 09:19
When looking at it I find that I've added around 80 albums for the year 2014 to my LMS. A couple I particularly like in random order:

Plagues of Babylon - Iced Earth
Acoustic at the Ryman - Band of Horses
Blank Project - Neneh Cherry
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Live From the Boston Opera House - Dream Theater
Broken Crown Halo - Lacuna Coil
Casualties of Cool - Casualties of Cool (a Devin Townsend side project)
Live in Amsterdam - Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
Lullaby and the ceaseless roar - Robert Plant
Yav - Arkona
The Quantum Enigma - Epica

Wombat
2014-12-22, 09:50
"Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy" is just getting better and better. The sound is unfortunately worse as on his earlier cds.

Grumpy Bob
2014-12-22, 12:35
In no particular order:
Neneh Cherry - Blank Project
Goat - Commune
Evil Blizzard - The Dangers of Evil Blizzard
Sleaford Mods - Divide and Exit
Actress - Ghettoville
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused
The Amazing Snakeheads - Amphetamine Ballads

Reissues:
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary reissue
Captain Beefheart - Sun Zoom Spark

Robert

Wombat
2014-12-23, 05:10
Here is my list for 2014, with Ben Howard's "I Forget Where We Were" as my nominee for the Album Of The Year title.

Just wanted to buy as flac but can't find infos on the net if the 24/48 is as loud as the 16/44.1?

reinholdk
2014-12-23, 13:16
Just wanted to buy as flac but can't find infos on the net if the 24/48 is as loud as the 16/44.1?

Can't tell, cause I've ripped from CD.

Wombat
2014-12-23, 16:32
Can't tell, cause I've ripped from CD.
Thanks!
A prime example how to confuse a customer with HiBitrate stuff.
They sell the cd, 16/44.1 downloads, 24/44.1 downloads, 24/48 downloads and a Blu-Ray that i can not find any official specs but different specs at different sellers like HFPA (High Fidelity Pure Audio), 2.0 DTS, Dolby TrueHD, PCM Mixes, 24bit/96kHz.

I'll pass on this one for the moment until maybe the loudness-war database has enough info. Just buying the cheapest only to realize it is broken from additional compression against some other release is not for me.

Pascal Hibon
2014-12-27, 10:02
Interesting exercise...
Up until today, I've added 140 albums in 2014. Only 14 albums are actually dated of 2014. Most of the added albums are from 80’s and 90’s. Several 70’s too.

Here are my 5 most favorite 2014 albums (no particular order):

Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone
Christine And The Queens – Chaleur Humaine
Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Reena Riot – Stop Reverse

RonM
2014-12-30, 08:52
I've acquired a lot of music in 2014, much of it actually released this year. Not at home, so can't do my definitive list until later (such as it will be), but a couple stand out for me.

My favorite from the year is without a doubt Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled album; duet banjos and Washburn's wonderfully idiosyncratic voice make for beautiful music. Not what you'd call traditional banjo music.

On the jazz front (although I'm not quite sure it fully qualifies as jazz), I really like Dr. John's Ske-Dat-De-Dat - The Spirit of Satch, a tribute to Louis Armstrong. I particularly like that he's brought in some elements of Hip Hop (on Mac The Knife). Enjoyable every inch.

More later.

garym
2014-12-30, 08:58
I've acquired a lot of music in 2014, much of it actually released this year. Not at home, so can't do my definitive list until later (such as it will be), but a couple stand out for me.

My favorite from the year is without a doubt Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled album; duet banjos and Washburn's wonderfully idiosyncratic voice make for beautiful music. Not what you'd call traditional banjo music.

On the jazz front (although I'm not quite sure it fully qualifies as jazz), I really like Dr. John's Ske-Dat-De-Dat - The Spirit of Satch, a tribute to Louis Armstrong. I particularly like that he's brought in some elements of Hip Hop (on Mac The Knife). Enjoyable every inch.

More later.

I'm going to pick up the Fleck & Washburn album soon. I saw them at Symphony Space on the upper west side of NYC in November, 2014. What a fantastic show. Bela had a lot of family and friends there (he said he grew up around the corner and "Symphony Space" was a movie theater he often visited during his youth. It was really magical (and I say that having seen Bela Fleck in about every configuration possible).

RonM
2014-12-30, 09:40
I'm going to pick up the Fleck & Washburn album soon. I saw them at Symphony Space on the upper west side of NYC in November, 2014. What a fantastic show. Bela had a lot of family and friends there (he said he grew up around the corner and "Symphony Space" was a movie theater he often visited during his youth. It was really magical (and I say that having seen Bela Fleck in about every configuration possible).

You can buy it for download in flac, a bit pricey (more than a CD from Amazon), but instantaneous. 24/44.

http://store.acousticsounds.com/d/100547/Bela_Fleck-Bela_Fleck__Abigail_Washburn-FLAC_44kHz24bit_Download

R.

d6jg
2014-12-30, 10:11
Interesting exercise...
Up until today, I've added 140 albums in 2014. Only 14 albums are actually dated of 2014. Most of the added albums are from 80’s and 90’s. Several 70’s too.

Here are my 5 most favorite 2014 albums (no particular order):

Angus & Julia Stone - Angus & Julia Stone
Christine And The Queens – Chaleur Humaine
Jill Barber – Fool’s Gold
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
Reena Riot – Stop Reverse

Having been cross with myself at the small number of true 2014 albums I have bought this year I am now listening to Angus & Julia Stone and shall be buying a copy. It's really rather nice. Thanks

RonM
2014-12-30, 19:37
I've acquired a lot of music in 2014, much of it actually released this year. Not at home, so can't do my definitive list until later (such as it will be), but a couple stand out for me.

My favorite from the year is without a doubt Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn's self-titled album; duet banjos and Washburn's wonderfully idiosyncratic voice make for beautiful music. Not what you'd call traditional banjo music.

On the jazz front (although I'm not quite sure it fully qualifies as jazz), I really like Dr. John's Ske-Dat-De-Dat - The Spirit of Satch, a tribute to Louis Armstrong. I particularly like that he's brought in some elements of Hip Hop (on Mac The Knife). Enjoyable every inch.

More later.

It's later now. . .

Turns out that I have quite a bit of music tagged as 2014, and probably more from this year that didn't get tagged at all. Fact is, I do tend to get irrational late at night, and download tracks that I may never listen to. A significant proportion of my 2014 list falls in that category. That said, here are some of my faves from the year.

"Roots music" (including Americana, Folk, Country and assorted similar genres):

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn (self titled, although in some markets called Modern Times) -- as noted above, this is to my ears simply outstanding, a wonderful recording, continuing to give me great pleasure each time I play it.

Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble -- the swan song from a dying folk icon, beautifully recorded, lyrically focussed on a life lived as it comes to a close. I really like it.

Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics -- essentially his solo acoustic show, illustrating his peerless songwriting and guitar playing, and showing that geezers can still PLAY!

Lucinda Williams, Where the Spirit Meets the Bone -- best thing from her in years, really good.



Jazz:

Dr. John, Ske-Dat-De-Dat - The Spirit of Satch -- Great recording with samples of a variety of styles, including hip hop. Several duets with women, something that Mac Rebennack has always done well. Very nice recording, but may not actually fall into everyone's definition of jazz.

Medeski, Scofield Martin and Woods, Juice -- Pure instrumental jazz, replete with energy.

Bryan Ferry Orchestra, The Jazz Age -- Ferry tunes done up in 1920s style jazz. Like nothing else, great music to accompany a dinner party, intimate or otherwise. Not recognizably Roxy Music or Bryan Ferry, but jolly good fun.


Classical:

Ingrid Fliter, Chopin: Piano Concertos -- From Linn, the Scottish label. Fliter's touch is exquisitely light and dynamic, and her support from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is outstanding. The recording quality is phenomenally good, and for those who want the ultimate in audiophile sound, you can get extremely high resolution versions from the Linn website.


Blues:

Molly Johnson, Because of Billie -- Canadian jazz singer Johnson covering the work of Billie Holiday. Very nicely done, using Johnson's characteristic style, without attempting to clone Lady Day

Eric Bibb, Blues People -- one of the great under-appreciated American Blues artists, now over 65 and still producing some of the greatest acoustic blues music around

Keb' Mo', BluesAmericana -- a higher-energy more electric style of Blues from a master.

Jim Byrnes, St. Louis Blues -- Jim Byrnes is an American, living in Canada, an actor and long-time musician who does some of the tastiest rootsy recordings going. On this occasion he is covering the St. Louis blues style, wonderfully supported and produced by Steve Dawson, master of all guitar styles.


Miscellaneous recordings, sometimes hard to classify, but all on my playlist:

First Aid Kit, Stay Gold -- more poppish than my usual likes, but very nice

Jolie Holland, Wine Dark Sea -- another idiosyncratically excellent production from Ms Holland, ex (long ago) of the Be Good Tanyas

Natalia Zukerman, Come Thief Come Fire -- daughter of famous classical violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia inherits huge amounts of instrumental capability, playing many instruments. This recording starts out as acoustic folk (beautifully done) and morphs into more orchestral style pop, with dad and step-mom playing. Very nice indeed.

Kelsey McNulty, excuses for small details -- the lower case is the way she's written it. This is actually one of my favorite recordings of the year, but very hard to classify. Reminds me a bit of Robin Holcomb, in that there are some "composed" instrumental parts, inter-mixed with rootsy/folky songs. A bit of jazz thrown in.

Jenny Scheinman, The Littlest Prisoner -- jazz violinist Scheinman (has several of her own instrumental recordings, and tours and records with Bill Frisell) has produced a second more singer/songwriter album, the last one was several years ago. She has a lovely rich voice, and uses it well. Not as much of her own playing on this as I'd have liked, but in the summer swinging in the hammock was seldom off the playlist.

Steve Dawson, Rattlesnake Cage -- ace guitarist (and related instruments), a pure instrumental recording, thankfully. He's tried singing from time to time, not to good effect. This is a very nice illustration of the range of Dawson's talent on plucked and picked instruments. Perfect for long drives.

Colleen Rennison, See the Sky About to Rain -- another excellent recording from Steve Dawson's studio (he plays guitar on it), but quite different from the others on this list. High energy bluesy production, reminiscent in some ways of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, but more Canadian!


That's it, too much, but I have always sucked at editing.

Philip Meyer
2015-01-13, 15:42
>Tori Amos - Unrepentant Geraldines
This was better than I was expecting. I didn't like the previous few albums too much.

I would include:

Anathema - Distant Satellites
Perge - Green Dessert (like 70's Tangerine Dream)
Pink Floyd - The Endless River

bernt
2015-01-13, 23:53
Opeth: Pale Communion
http://open.spotify.com/album/0DLImjuzdrOBQKtYLlf3C5

Mustasch: Thank You for the Demon
http://open.spotify.com/album/4Fv9nJN20lVteJzJ9iSYVf

bakker_be
2015-01-15, 04:43
>I would include:

Anathema - Distant Satellites



Opeth: Pale Communion
http://open.spotify.com/album/0DLImjuzdrOBQKtYLlf3C5



Those are indeed very good 2014-vintage albums! Kinda forgot about them when making my list earlier ...

cliveb
2015-01-15, 09:53
For me, just one 2014 album stands out as exceptional: Cleopatra by Kayak.

Unfortunately their two lead singers have now left the band, so this is the last Kayak album featuring Cindy Oudshoorn - a spectacularly good singer (and an amazing stage presence, too).

get.amped
2015-01-15, 10:00
For me, just one 2014 album stands out as exceptional: Cleopatra by Kayak.

Unfortunately their two lead singers have now left the band, so this is the last Kayak album featuring Cindy Oudshoorn - a spectacularly good singer (and an amazing stage presence, too).

I only just discovered Kayak last year. A truly exceptional catalog of prog rock, but their line-up has gone through quite a few changes from the original band in the '70s to the reformed one in the '00s.

cliveb
2015-01-16, 01:39
I only just discovered Kayak last year. A truly exceptional catalog of prog rock, but their line-up has gone through quite a few changes from the original band in the '70s to the reformed one in the '00s.
Kayak went up a gear when Cindy Oudshoorn joined around 2005. She's an amazing singer - to me her voice sounds like a rock'n'roll version of Streisand. Unfortunately she left at the end of 2014.

For anyone interested in sampling Kayak and who likes prog rock, I'd avoid the middle-period stuff from 1976-1980, as they went through a fairly pop-based phase then (although there are a few good songs to be found in there).

Their first two albums "See See the Sun" and "Kayak" are great.

All the modern era stuff since 2000 is good, including three outstanding rock operas which IMHO are the pinnacle of their work ("Merlin - Bard of the Unseen", "Nostradamus - The Fate of Man", and "Cleopatra - The Crown of Isis"). Note that these are sort of prog-musical theatre in style.

Of the remaining "normal" albums, I reckon "Coming up for Air" is probably their best.

Wombat
2015-01-23, 18:18
Here is my list for 2014, with Ben Howard's "I Forget Where We Were" as my nominee for the Album Of The Year title.

Finaly got me this one and it is indeed damn good stuff but the Damien Rice i still prefer.

reinholdk
2015-01-25, 07:25
Finaly got me this one and it is indeed damn good stuff but the Damien Rice i still prefer.

For me it's the other way round: I now bought Damien Rice and I really like it, but still prefer Ben Howard. :)

Actually, I've already bought several other CDs based on recommendations here. Guess the best discovery for me up to now was Beck's Morning Phase. But I still have to checkout a lot of the stuff mentioned here. :)

JamesGrin
2015-02-13, 06:43
Cleopatra by Kayak really awesome

bomboloni
2015-02-15, 13:09
I bought nearly 60 2014 releases, here are my top three for the year.

Ought - More Than Any Other Day I'm enjoying this as much as I did Talking Heads '77 and Television's Marquee Moon...and they are obvious influences here. Stand out track: More Than Any Other Day

D'Angelo and The Vanguard - Black Messiah I may only understand 10% of the words he is singing, but I believe this record will end up an R&B classic. Stand out track: Betray My Heart

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots Blur front man has worked on many side projects but this is his first solo effort. Like Beck's release this year it's a quiet one, but it grows on you. Stand out track: Everyday Robots

reinholdk
2015-12-30, 13:27
2015 is nearly over, so it's time for an update on this topic.

I've looked over my list of albums for 2015 - I've got 100 with this year's release date - and here are my top ten with Steven Wilson's album on top:

Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Calexico - Edge of the Sun
Passport - En Route
Eric Clapton - Slowhand At 70 - Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Eric Clapton - Forever Man
Ida Sand - Young At Heart
Wolfgang Haffner - Kind Of Cool
Nils Frahm - Solo
Florence + the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock

w3wilkes
2015-12-30, 13:54
Mark Knopfler - Tracker

gstalnaker
2015-12-30, 14:16
2015 is nearly over, so it's time for an update on this topic.

Nils Frahm - Solo



Second this! I like all of his work and this was no exception!

bomboloni
2015-12-30, 15:39
Here are my top ten-ish favorite releases for 2015

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah (technically released Dec 2014)
Kamasai Washington - The Epic
Jamie XX - In Colour
Shamir - Ratchet
Courtney Barnett - Somtimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol 12 (does this count as a 2015 release?)
Aphex Twin - Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2

garym
2015-12-30, 16:11
Sadly I guess, 2015 was like 2014 for me. I bought several hundred new CDs, but most were rereleases, new vault releases, etc. I seem to be stuck in the past (although I've very much enjoyed the Dylan releases, Velvet Underground stuff, old Manfred Mann, etc.) Some new 2015 highlights of the year (in no particular order):

Jimmy LaFave - The Night Tribe
Ida Sands - Young at Heart
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Ruffian's Misfortune
Robert Earl Keen, - Happy Prisoner, The Bluegrass Sessions
Israel Nash - Silver Seasons

d6jg
2015-12-31, 10:27
Very few 2015 albums here as well. I bought loads this year as well.

Public Service Broadcasting - Race For Space

bomboloni
2015-12-31, 12:01
Maybe we should have two categories,

1. Best music released in 2015
2. Best music purchased this year regardless of release date

Both provide great insight into what people think is great music.

garym
2015-12-31, 15:06
Maybe we should have two categories,

1. Best music released in 2015
2. Best music purchased this year regardless of release date

Both provide great insight into what people think is great music.

Off the top of my head, New purchases but pre2015 I've really enjoyed:

the re-release of the first 5 Lee Michaels albums on CD. Some of these have been out of print for quite a while.
Bob Dylan, 6 CD version of "Cutting Edge" set
Velvet Underground Loaded box set
Velvet Underground Matrix box set
Lee Hazelwood, There's a Dream I've Been Saving, Box Set
Shuggie Otis, Here Comes Shuggie Otis
Kooper Session, Vol 2, with Shuggie Otis
Leon Russell, Hank Wilson's Back
Gil Scot Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
multi CD rerelase of Manfred Mann and another of Mandfred Mann's Earth Band
Mulit-disk rerelease of The Four Seasons early work
and more.....

Pascal Hibon
2016-01-01, 03:02
Same outcome here: added a lot of albums in 2015 but very few who actually are from 2015; seven to be exact.
Out of those I would select these three (in no particular order):

* EL VY - Return To The Moon (http://www.allmusic.com/album/return-to-the-moon-mw0002882715)
* Kovacs - Shades Of Black (http://www.allmusic.com/album/shades-of-black-mw0002837113)
* Sam Vloemans - New Light (http://www.qobuz.com/be-fr/album/new-light-sam-vloemans/8714691031626)

As for albums purchased in 2015 but released pre 2015, I would select these three (again in no particular order):

* Various Artists - This Is Icelandic Indie Music (Vol 1 and 2) (http://recordrecords.com/album/this-is-icelandic-indie-music-vol-2/)
* Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona (http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-real-ramona-mw0000262716)
* Roxy Music - Flesh And Blood (http://www.allmusic.com/album/flesh-blood-mw0000202230)

Always difficult to make lists such as these. Music is an emotion and the lists might be a bit different when asked at different times.

DJanGo
2016-01-01, 07:02
Always difficult to make lists such as these. Music is an emotion and the lists might be a bit different when asked at different times.

Yapp Louane - Chambre 12
(https://itunes.apple.com/de/album/chambre-12/id963093304)

Royksopp - I Had This Thing (Remixes) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-had-this-thing-remixes/id978557489)

Grumpy Bob
2016-01-01, 07:04
Reissues I particularly enjoyed this year were:
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
The Velvet Underground - Loaded (Super Deluxe)
The Harmonia boxed set of 5 LPs
Cubist Blues by Alan Vega, Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn

I very much liked the live album by The Jesus and Mary Chain - they'd been touring playing the whole of debut album Psychocandy and released the live album. I don't think that counts as a reissue!
Nor is the Cutting Edge 1965-1966 6CD set by Bob Dylan, I suppose!
I enjoyed Stara Rzeka's Zamknęły się oczy ziemi
Evil Blizzard's Everybody Come to Church
Sleaford Mods Key Markets
Max Richter's 8 hour epic Sleep

There's more, but these are the things that occurred to me...

Robert

Wombat
2016-01-01, 12:19
This year really didn't have much surprises but some highlights for me are:

IAMX - Metanoia (great already on first listen and even grows on and on!)
Otis Taylor - Hey Joey Opus Red Meat (i saw him life in my hometown)
Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
Blur - The Magic Whip

d6jg
2016-01-01, 12:53
My highlight non 2015 purchase is probably Simple Acoustic Trio - Komeda (1995). It was a SmartMix / Spotify discovery that captured me the moment I heard it. I'd never heard of Krystov Komeda or Marcin Wasilewski!

Wombat
2016-01-02, 16:46
Here are my top ten-ish favorite releases for 2015
...
Courtney Barnett - Somtimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

Indeed a cool one!

RonM
2016-01-02, 19:21
I found that 2015 was a pretty good year, from the point of view of all of finding great new music, discovering older music I really like and getting some remasters of music that has turned my crank in the past. Here's some of each. Probably missed some out that I'll regret.

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Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn -- outstanding album produced by T Bone Burnett. Giddens is a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, which has won a Grammy, and this album is nominated this year in the folk category. She's one of the most interesting of the young performers around, operatically trained, but working in traditional folk forms as well as edging into pop. Up against Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, my top album from last year, for the folk Grammy. The Grammys don't use a Jan to Dec calendar year.

Jayme Stone - Jayme Stone's Lomax Project -- Stone has mined the extremely rich mother lode of Alan Lomax's field recordings, and is not the first (not even in the first hundred) to have done so. He is, however, working with a range of ringers on this effort, bringing wonderful instrumentation and singing, and very novel interpretations, of traditional material. Check out Margaret Glaspy's Shenandoah (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rk4tD5FsrM), for instance. Not nominated for a Grammy (no big label support) but named folk album of the year in the extensive critics poll by Canada's Penguin Eggs magazine (Stone is Canadian, but the award is not limited to Canadians, and anyway he lives in Colorado).

The Punch Brothers - Phosphorescent Blues -- impossible-to-place, in terms of genre, The Punch Brothers have careened into uncharted territory for an ostensibly bluegrass ensemble. This is complex music with elements of classical, jazz and prog rock, albeit with bluegrass string band instrumentation. It's good for many listens, each time providing pleasure. Nominated for a roots Grammy this year, ironic given the un-roots nature of this release.

Those are my three favorites.

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Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned -- the closest thing to a rock album in my 2015 faves, the duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland remain a riveting presence for their great songs, Luke's wonderful rock guitar and Melissa's gritty, not just pretty, vocals.

Moira Smiley and Voco - Laughter Out Of Tears -- one of the ringers mentioned in the Lomax comment above, Moira Smiley is an absolutely wonderful musician and vocalist, and here works with others to present one of the finest vocal music albums you'll hear anywhere. From American and Irish folk through classical to music of eastern Europe, it's a revelation.

Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau - Lead Belly's Gold -- yet another Lead Belly collection, you might say, who needs another? But blues guy Bibb and French harpist Milteau really hit it out of the park. All acoustic, beautifully played and sung.

Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power In The Blood -- Sainte-Marie, the folk icon (Universal Soldier) and Cree woman, has produced an outstanding and powerful album addressing (among other things) the circumstances of aboriginal peoples. It's a very strong rocking performance, with outstanding playing and singing. Might be too strong a drink for some. Winner of Canada's Polaris Prize (big money), awarded to the best musical release by a Canadian in the year, without regard to genre or commercial success.

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Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields -- Schneider is new to me, but has a very large presence in the big band jazz field it turns out. I love this recording, which is lush and melodic, with outstanding ensemble and solo playing. Nominated for a Grammy in big band jazz, and Schneider is also nominated for two other Grammys (including for work on a David Bowie recording).

Katherine Bryan - Silver Bow -- I don't listen to a lot of classical, but I do listen to it with some regularity. This great recording is of Bryan's own transcription of violin music for flute, and is a wonder. She plays with the Scottish Symphony here, and is first flute for that ensemble when she's not doing her own projects. It's a warm and wonderfully recorded outing. From Linn, and is released as an SACD, but can be downloaded from their website in standard flac as well as hi-res.

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Art Pepper - Winter Moon -- I read Art Pepper's autobiography, and his wife's subsequent elaboration, and was inspired to acquire a bunch of the long dead (and seriously addicted) west-coast saxophonist's albums. What a wonderful player! More melodic than the New Yorkers, but all the chops. This is one of his very last recordings, and is way more lush than most, being recorded with strings. He said it was his favorite, the way he'd always heard the music in his head, so it's the one I'll post here as a "new discovery".

Emerson Lake and Palmer - Trilogy -- one of my favorite stoner albums from back in the day has had the full remastering treatment, and I sprang for it. Still a great album, and really took me back. When I was originally listening to this record I easily imagined that the music was coming from all directions, just like it did at the concerts I went to. The acid helped with this perception, I'm sure. But on the 5.1 version of the remixed/mastered edition, it actually DOES!

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse -- I read that some of the 70s Mahavishnu Orchestra albums had been remixed/mastered, so checked it out, looking especially for Birds of Fire. I got that one, and it's still as impenetrably fast as it ever was, but really re-discovered Apocalypse. Lots of fireworks, but way more mellow than Birds, and I found myself really liking it. John McLaughlin is still one of my favorite jazz guitarists. One of the other old albums I listened to for the first time this year was Miles Davis' In A Silent Way, to which McLaughlin contributed excellent guitar. I should probably have included that album in this list, too.

RonM
2016-01-02, 20:06
My highlight non 2015 purchase is probably Simple Acoustic Trio - Komeda (1995). It was a SmartMix / Spotify discovery that captured me the moment I heard it. I'd never heard of Krystov Komeda or Marcin Wasilewski!

Did you know that Komeda did the music for Rosemary's Baby (horror film with Mia Farrow)? I didn't, just found out when I went looking for Simple Acoustic Trio.

reinholdk
2016-12-30, 13:54
It's high time to look back what 2016 has brought us in Music. Not to the sad losses but to the highlights.

And here I'm looking only to the albums released in 2016 that I've added to my library. Kind of a record year in this regard (no pun intended) as I have 130 in this category.

Since it's difficult for me this year to select my top ten, I'm showing an extended version. But selecting my number one album actually was easy: The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness.

Here are my favorite new albums of 2016:

The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
Ray Wilson - Makes Me Think Of Home
Ray Wilson - Song For A Friend
Steven Wilson - 4 ½
Nils Petter Molvær - Buoyancy
Ibrahim Maalouf - 10 ans de Live
GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object
JBBG Jazz Bigband Graz - True Stories
Ólafur Arnalds - Island Songs
Ketil Bjørnstad - Images/Shimmering
Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Anna Ternheim - For The Young
Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
Passport - Doldinger
Nighthawks - 707
Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic - Vol. V: Lost Hero - Tears for Esbjörn
Tangerine Dream - Live At The Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
Marillion - Fuck Everyone And Run
Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

Interestingly, nearly all are European bands/artists (with the exception of Nick Cave and Iamthemorning).

SlimChances
2016-12-30, 19:53
Here a a few I liked

Leonard Cohen You Want it Darker

Gord Downie Secret Path

Steve Kimock Band Last Danger of Frost

Joe Bonamassa Blues of Desperation

Guy Buttery Guy Buttery

d6jg
2016-12-31, 04:22
Only got about 30 from 2016

Highlights

Bowie - Darkstar
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Charles Bradley - Changes
Ferry - Avonmore (Remix)

Pascal Hibon
2016-12-31, 08:26
Added 100 albums in 2016 but only 9 of them are from 2016:

David Bowie - Blackstar
Hooverphonic - In Wonderland
The Liminanas - Malamore
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
The Rhythm Junks - It Takes a While
Soldier's Heart - Night By Night
Sting - 57th & 9th
SX - Alpha
Tony Joe White - Rain Crow

Bowie's latest and last album contains great music but the sound quality is unfortunately terrible - a good example how mastering should not be...
The Liminanas was probably the highlight in terms of new discoveries. It very much reminds me of Gainsbourg.
And happy to see a new album of Tony Joe White. The man still has it...

Grumpy Bob
2016-12-31, 09:01
Added 100 albums in 2016 but only 9 of them are from 2016:

David Bowie - Blackstar
Hooverphonic - In Wonderland
The Liminanas - Malamore
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
The Rhythm Junks - It Takes a While
Soldier's Heart - Night By Night
Sting - 57th & 9th
SX - Alpha
Tony Joe White - Rain Crow

Bowie's latest and last album contains great music but the sound quality is unfortunately terrible - a good example how mastering should not be...
The Liminanas was probably the highlight in terms of new discoveries. It very much reminds me of Gainsbourg.
And happy to see a new album of Tony Joe White. The man still has it...

The Liminanas album is indeed very good indeed. I also liked Nick Cave's new album. I bought a fair few reissues this year. The Super Deluxe edition of PiL's Metal Box was a high point.

Robert

Wombat
2016-12-31, 20:09
The Mission - Another Fall From Grace
Matt Elliot - The Calm Before
Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo - Nerissimo
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orpée
King Dude - Sex
Paul Simon - Stranger To Stranger
David Bowie - Blackstar

Looking over my collection it was a slow 2016 for me, not to many new ones.

The Agnes Obel mentioned is really nice also.
I couldn't arange with the Nick Cave. I guess his mourning didn't allow more.
Cohen did very strong with his goodbye.

reinholdk
2017-12-29, 10:03
Time to look back to this year's music.

I'm considering here only albums released in 2017 (of which I have more than 100). I had to think about it quite some time to build a list of what I liked most this year. There were many good albums but not the one outstanding album.

Here are my top ten (in descending order):

Fink - Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol.1
Lunatic Soul - Fractured
Ray Wilson - Time & Distance
Martin Kolbe & Ralf Illenberger - Essentials
Anna Ternheim - All The Way To Rio
Steven Wilson - To The Bone
Anathema - The Optimist
Markus Stockhausen - Far Into the Stars
Michael Chapman - 50
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice


Wish you all a good and healthy 2018 with plenty of music!

SlimChances
2017-12-29, 17:24
I am still lost in my 70's music but here are a few new releases I bought in 2017 that are quite good

Deeper Understanding --War on Drugs
Slowdive --Slowdive
Here on Earth--Jenny Scheinman
If It's Alright With You-Songs of Gene MacLellan--Catherine MacLellan

w3wilkes
2017-12-31, 10:00
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Nashville Sound
Whitehorse - Panther in the Dollhouse
Iron & Wine - Beast Epic
Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie - Self Titled

To me it was a good year. Not often anymore that entire albums are enjoyable which I found to be the case with these 4.

RonM
2017-12-31, 10:50
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I've not acquired as much new music this year as in the past, but a few records have impinged my musical consciousness. In no particular order:

The Order of Time by Valerie June inhabits a new kind of territory among blues, r&b and mountain music; her wonderful voice and phrasing brings these songs wonderfully to life.

Feist's new album Pleasure is a long way from 1234, but for me is probably her most compelling, maybe her best, yet.

Eric Bibb's Migration Blues addresses one of the important features of the modern world, with a look towards both the past and future. Wonderfully supported by JJ Milteau on harmonica and Michael Jerome Browne on guitar.

Are they retro rockers or millenial posers? I don't know and don't care, I just know that Whitehorse makes really excellent rock and role, and their new album Panther In The Dollhouse is a pleasure.

Jenny Scheinman's Here On Earth is the soundtrack to a documentary about the Piedomont regions of North Carolina in the 30s and 40s. As you might expect, it tilts a bit toward bluegrass, but is so much more. Scheinman's jazz violin stars, and she's ably supported by folks like Bill Frisell.

One of my favorite moments of my live-music year was seeing Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn live in Toronto, and their newest album Echo In The Valley continues my infatuation. These are two banjo experts who can play jazz to mountain and everything in-between. Washburn's claw-hammer chops are almost a match for Fleck and his picks, and that is saying a very great deal. Outstanding.

Rhiannon Giddens continued her tour-de-force sequence with an outstanding new album, delivered with her typical big and robust voice which nonetheless can effortlessly create intimacy. She has had a background in historical black music (via the Carolina Chocolate Drops), as well as in Irish/Scottish music (she speaks Gaelic), and is steeped in traditional American folk and "protest" music. It all comes together seamlessly.

I've been working on liking Mary Halvorson, and although I've only had one listen I think her new album in Quartet form, Paimon, might do the trick. The compositions are by John Zorn and his writing style is a bit warmer than Mary's has been. I think this one's a keeper.

R.

reinholdk
2018-12-27, 04:25
Like in the previous years I have added about 100 albums that have been released in the current year.

Selecting my number one album was easy:
it's Nils Petter Molvær's album Nordub, actually a corporation with Sly & Robbie, Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay.
This project and album greatly combines the Jamaican rhythm section of Sly & Robbie with the Scandinavian Electronic Jazz of Molvær, Aarset and Delay.
It's also a great experience to see these guys live on stage.

Here's my top ten list:

Nils Petter Molvær - Nordub
Tangerine Dream - The Sessions II
Tangerine Dream - The Sessions III
Cowboy Junkies - All that Reckoning
Riverside - Wasteland
Laura Gibson - Goners
Nils Frahm - All Melody
Christian Kjellvander - Wild Hxmans
Ben Howard - Noonday Dream
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores

And here are some more albums of 2018 that I really like. These are in alphabetical order and grouped by genre.
They include the albums from above to give some orientation.
Especially for the Jazz albums I could definitely add more to this list, but since they usually require more attention while listening,
I don't listen to them as much as I do to others. So they typically fall a bit short in my year-end retrospect.

Jazz
Mathias Eick - Ravensburg
Shinya Fukumori Trio - For 2 Akis
Tord Gustavsen - The Other Side
Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvær feat Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay - Nordub
Aaron Parks - Little Big
GoGo Penguin - A Humdrum Star
Nils Wülker - Decade Live

Electronic, Ambient, Avantgarde
Ólafur Arnalds - re:member
Nils Frahm - All Melody
Jon Hassel - Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)
Anna von Hausswolff - Dead Magic
Tangerine Dream - The Sessions II
Tangerine Dream - The Sessions III
Unifony (feat. Mathias Eick) - Unifony

Rock
Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live
Florence + the Machine - High as Hope
Gazpacho - Soyuz
Lunatic Soul - Under The Fragmented Sky
The Pineapple Thief - Dissolution
Riverside - Wasteland
Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses

Singer/Songwriter, Folk, R&B, Soul
17 Hippies - Kirschenzeit
Sarah Blasko - Depth of Field
Cowboy Junkies - All that Reckoning
Tina Dico - Fastland
Laura Gibson - Goners
Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores
Ben Howard - Noonday Dream
Christian Kjellvander - Wild Hxmans
Mark Knopfler - Down The Road Wherever
Ida Sand - My Soul Kitchen


Would love to hear from others what they liked the most.

DJanGo
2018-12-27, 06:06
Would love to hear from others what they liked the most.


Vincent Taurelle, Ludovic Bruni, Nicolas Godin: Au service de la France
ZAZ: Effet miroir
Dimitri from Paris Presents Le CHIC Remix
De-Phazz: Black White Mono

Paul Webster
2018-12-28, 04:12
Playing on Dandelion Radio at some point each day until the end of January (and then up on MixCloud) is the Festive 50 as voted for by you* the listener.
50 tracks released in previous 12 months.
Been doing this since a couple of years after John Peel's death when BBC R1 stopped doing theirs.

https://www.dandelionradio.com

*Probably not you in particular

d6jg
2018-12-28, 16:20
I’ve bought a lot of music this year but very little that was released in 2018.
If I have to choose one it’s John Coltrane. Both Directions at Once, The Lost Album which is really rather good.

mark wollschlager
2018-12-28, 19:14
In no particular order:

Alco Frisbass - Le Bateleur
Nik Bärtsch's Ronin - Awase
Piniol - Bran Coucou
Sonar with David Torn - Vortex
The Messthetics - The Messthetics

garym
2018-12-29, 08:58
In terms of new music, my favorite this year has been, Vanished Gardens by Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, with both Lucinda Williams and Bill Frisell. Fantastic integration of jazz & americana.

Not new, but somehow I never listened to John Mayall's "USA Union" (even though I have over a dozen Mayall releases). Released after "Turning Point" and similar in style (acoustic, no drums). A really nice use of violin too.

(lots of re-releases this year. I have very much enjoyed the Dylan "More Blood, More Tracks" set and the Beatles "White Album" box set.)

dolodobendan
2018-12-29, 13:00
My favorite non-classical album this year is Leaving This Town (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFNo9DaoDeA&list=OLAK5uy_m0J_tB1x0xXVxEVz86oSSoDTqFLWfcp6k) by Jenni Ojibwe.

Wombat
2018-12-29, 18:37
Somehow this year had not so much greats for me.
Some i like looking into my short 2018 list in Media Server.

Noonday Dream - Ben Howard
Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Jóhann Jóhannsson
Great Escape - Crippled Black Phoenix
Dead Magic - Anna Von Hausswolff
Egypt Station - Paul McCartney
Epitaph - God Is An Astronaut

Also imho some shouldn't have tried to turn back the time like Mr. Jarre or Dead can Dance.

garym
2018-12-30, 07:18
My favorite 2018 new release was Charles Lloyd & The Marvels (with Lucinda Williams and Bill Frisell). Very interesting mixture of jazz and americana.

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Also very much enjoyed John Prine's new album, Tree of Forgiveness. I have everything he's ever done and have seen him live many times starting in 1972 or 73. I saw him at the Ryman in Nashville in fall 2018 and the show was as good as any I've ever seen him do. He is clearly having lots of fun.

This year had some excellent re-releases. My favorites have been Bob Dylan's "More Blood, More Tracks" and the Beatles White Album box set. Also very much enjoyed Big Brother & The Holding Company's "Sex, Dope, & Cheap Thrills".

RonM
2018-12-30, 10:08
My favorite 2018 new release was Charles Lloyd & The Marvels (with Lucinda Williams and Bill Frisell). Very interesting mixture of jazz and americana.

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Gary and I seem to have similar tastes! I discovered these albums through a podcast interview that Steve Dawson did with Greg Leisz (http://www.stevedawson.ca/makersandshakers/episode-53-greg-leisz), which was conducted shortly before Vanished Gardens was released. I got both this one and the earlier I Long To See You, and they are together one of the highlights of the year for me musically.

It's notable that Lloyd has Frisell and Leisz playing together -- they match very well, and both fit the jazz context nicely. Frisell obviously, but Leisz as well, who has played steel guitar with Frisell many times before. And Frisell, while a jazz icon, has also worked the Americana/roots context, first notably on his album Nashville. I think Lucinda Williams adds a nice touch to the second album, her vocals work in a similar range to Lloyd's sax, also fitting the jazz context well.

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In the purer folky vein (call it roots if you want), I really like Pharis and Jason Romero's Sweet Old Religion. Handcrafted and sweet without stickiness. And very late in the year we finally got a new album from Kevin Welch, Dust Devil. Well-aged voice, ageless songs.

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The new-but-old category. The Jarrett album was recorded 20 years ago, but just released this year; still state-of-the-art for the jazz piano trio. Kat Edmonson's album is a very nice cabaret-style vocal album in the style of the earlier 20th C.; very very nicely done.

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Listened to a lot of classical, but not a lot from this year. Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan won a Grammy for this one, and even though it's technically from 2017 I'm including it here. A good portion is purely orchestral, it's not wall to wall singing.

R.

garym
2018-12-30, 11:03
trying out Sweet Old Religion right now via Spotify...Thanks.

RobbH
2018-12-30, 11:50
I've got to put in a word for Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys (https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/jonathan-byrd-the-pickup-cowboys), a CD released late in the year. Jonathan is a singer/songwriter/poet based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I don't know if he's best described as roots, American, folk, or what. His web site quotes a review that calls him “...a folk singer with the heart of a rock n roll band,” and that seems about right.


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I first encountered Jonathan about 15 years ago, while working in radio. I've been impressed by every album he's released, but this time it's different. He calls this the record of a lifetime, and I can see why. It's a highly crafted studio album that has the impact of a live performance. And it preserves a moment that is forever lost. Just after the sessions for this album, Paul Ford, the cellist in Jonathan's band, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Jonathan sat on the recordings for more than two years, until he could release them as a proper tribute to Paul. Also present is the amazing multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Waken, who is still very much in the band.

reinholdk
2018-12-30, 14:02
Thanks garym for recommending the Charles Lloyd album. Have some of his earlier albums and some more recent (including 'I long to see you'), but didn't know Vanished Gardens yet. Listened to it and bought it right away. While Country is usually not my style, I like some stuff of Lucinda Williams, esp. when she sings the Blues.

From mark wollschlager's recommendations I also listened to, liked and bought the Sonar album.

Will listen to more of the recommendations of all of you and I'm sure I'll find more that I like as well. Thanks!

garym
2018-12-30, 15:54
I've got to put in a word for Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys (https://jonathanbyrd.bandcamp.com/album/jonathan-byrd-the-pickup-cowboys), a CD released late in the year. Jonathan is a singer/songwriter/poet based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I don't know if he's best described as roots, American, folk, or what. His web site quotes a review that calls him “...a folk singer with the heart of a rock n roll band,” and that seems about right.



I first encountered Jonathan about 15 years ago, while working in radio. I've been impressed by every album he's released, but this time it's different. He calls this the record of a lifetime, and I can see why. It's a highly crafted studio album that has the impact of a live performance. And it preserves a moment that is forever lost. Just after the sessions for this album, Paul Ford, the cellist in Jonathan's band, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Jonathan sat on the recordings for more than two years, until he could release them as a proper tribute to Paul. Also present is the amazing multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Waken, who is still very much in the band.

Love the cover. Cued up on Spotty.....

Fahzz
2018-12-30, 17:46
Really glad I looked at this today. I'm a big Lucinda Williams fan, jazz fan, Coltrane fan, and that Dandelion Radio looks interesting too!

RonM
2019-01-04, 20:21
trying out Sweet Old Religion right now via Spotify...Thanks.

Just got the new Penguin Eggs magazine (https://www.penguineggs.ab.ca/), a long-standing folk music publicaton. Canadian, although the focus is not remotely exclusively on Canada. They had their annual music ranking, which to my mind is more credible than most. Uses a kind of ranking system that involves credible and knowledgeable individuals listing their top 10 albums of the year, unranked, and then tabulates number of nominations. I think universal approval is a better method than a gameable ranking system.

Anyway, Pharis and Jason Romero won best of the year for Sweet Old Religion.

I thought the detailed results, with lists of the nominees from each of the raters, were very interesting. Several placed Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Lucinda Williams in their best-ofs, though to my mind this album is hardly folk. It's jazz with a rootsy singer.

R.

garym
2019-01-05, 07:00
Just got the new Penguin Eggs magazine (https://www.penguineggs.ab.ca/), a long-standing folk music publicaton. Canadian, although the focus is not remotely exclusively on Canada. They had their annual music ranking, which to my mind is more credible than most. Uses a kind of ranking system that involves credible and knowledgeable individuals listing their top 10 albums of the year, unranked, and then tabulates number of nominations. I think universal approval is a better method than a gameable ranking system.

Anyway, Pharis and Jason Romero won best of the year for Sweet Old Religion.

I thought the detailed results, with lists of the nominees from each of the raters, were very interesting. Several placed Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Lucinda Williams in their best-ofs, though to my mind this album is hardly folk. It's jazz with a rootsy singer.

R.

Looks like a cool magazine from the website. never heard of it. (agree Lloyd is NOT folk!)

RonM
2019-01-06, 15:09
I'm pretty much digital, as far as reading goes. E-books, online news from near and far, etc. But I do like my hard copy magazines, and music mags are right up there. I'd not want to do without my periodic hard copy Penguin Eggs fix, especially since they don't exactly have a user friendly website.

And a shout-out to No Depression, which has BOTH a usable website and an excellent hard copy magazine. Virtually no overlap between the print and web versions, and the print version is just excellent in its themes and thoughtful (sometimes long-form) journalism. The web content is current, with reviews, articles and interviews, as well as columnists and a modest amount of subscriber dialogue. Www.nodepression.com.

R.

Pascal Hibon
2019-01-06, 20:54
I've bought quite a bit of music last year but only a few of those are 2018 releases.
I guess this means I'm getting old... Never thought it would come to this but I can't listen to the radio anymore. Most of "today's music" just doesn't excite me.

Anyway, here's my list:

Axelle Red - Exil
The Cramberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (vinyl re-issue)
Hooverphonic - Lokking For The Stars
Mark Knopfler - Down The Road Wherever
Mumford & Sons - Delta
Van Morrison - The Alternate Moondance (RSD release)