Other favorites of 2012!

  1. Deerhoof, Breakup Song
  2. Screen Vinyl Image, Strange Behavior
  3. Wire, The Black Session – Paris, 10 May 2011
  4. Aesop Rock, Skelethon
  5. Mallard, Yes On Blood
  6. Mode Moderne, Strange Bruises
  7. Chromatics, Kill For Love
  8. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
  9. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
  10. Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Fetch
  11. Oren Ambarchi, Audience of One
  12. Talk Normal, Sunshine
  13. Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras, and the Congos, Icon Give Thank
  14. Berangere Maximin, No One Is An Island
  15. Adrian Sherwood, Survival and Resistance
  16. CS Yeh, Transitions
  17. Andy Stott, Luxury Problems
  18. Tame Impala, Lonerism
  19. Christian Loeffler, A Forest
  20. Alog, Unemployed


Another great year! I need 15 spaces for my top ten and could have easily added a few more ….

  1. Krill, Alam No Hris
  2. Autochrome, Separation Realms
  3. Various Artists, Boston & Beyond: SXSW 2012
  4. Future Carnivores, Future Carnivores
  5. Foolish Ida, Book II
  6. Dirty Dishes, Most Tarnished Birds
  7. Hands and Knees, Red Hot Minnow
  8. Milling Gowns, Something Dangerous Loves Me
  9. Novel Ideas, Home
  10. Plumerai, Mondegreen
  11. Avoxblue, A Place Without Time
  12. Mission of Burma, Unsound
  13. Black Fortress of Opium, Stratospherical
  14. Mean Creek, Youth Companion
  15. Exusamwa, Phase IV

Other Favorite Albums of 2011

December 27, 2011

Other favorite records of 2011!

  1. Braids, Native Speaker
  2. Fucked Up, Queen of Hearts
  3. Jamie Jones, Fabric 59
  4. Real Estate, Days
  5. Bvdub, Resistance is Beautiful
  6. The Men, Leave Home
  7. Robag Wruhme, Wuppdeckmischmampflow
  8. Washed Out, Within and Without
  9. Mark E, Stonebreaker
  10. Mark McGuire, A Young Person’s Guide
  11. Lee Scratch Perry, Rise Again
  12. Zodiak Free Arts Club, Floating World
  13. Tim Hecker, Ravedeath 1972
  14. Weekend, Red
  15. Wye Oak, Civilian
  16. Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania
  17. The Field, Looping State of Mind
  18. Atlas Sound, Parallax
  19. Panda Bear, Tomboy
  20. Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto, Summvs

Favorite Local Albums of 2011

December 22, 2011

My favorite local records from 2011!

  1. Various Artists, Deep Heaven Now IV Compilation
  2. Endless Wave, Notes from the Compound
  3. Guillermo Sexo, Secret Wild
  4. Prefab Messiahs, Peace Love & Alienation
  5. Hands and Knees, Wholesome
  6. Plumerai, Your Guilty Prize
  7. Reports, Dinamo Cambridge
  8. Gabe Goodman, Friendly Fires
  9. The Novel Ideas, Summer Demos
  10. Kelsey Jarboe, Magical Realism
  11. To The Wedding, To The Wedding
  12. Bobby, Bobby
  13. The Frost Heaves, Frost Heaves 0 Cones 1
  14. Carter Tanton, Freeclouds
  15. The Hush Now, Memos

I need a list of 20 to keep track of all my other favorites of 2010 …

  1. The Besnard Lakes, Are the Roaring Night
  2. No Age, Everything In Between
  3. Fucked Up, Couple Tracks: Singles 2002 – 2009
  4. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
  5. Abe Vigoda, Crush
  6. Oneohtrix Point Never, Returnal
  7. Emeralds, Does It Looks Like I’m Here?
  8. Thomas Hammann and Gerd Janson, Live at Robert Johnson
  9. Weekend, Sports
  10. Warpaint, The Fool
  11. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Before Today
  12. Four Tet, There is Love in You
  13. LCD Soundsystem, This is Happening
  14. Mount Kimbie, Crooks & Lovers
  15. The Knife, Tomorrow in a Year
  16. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
  17. Avi Buffalo, Avi Buffalo
  18. Shrag, Life! Death! Prizes!
  19. Best Coast, Crazy for You
  20. Pantha Du Prince, Black Noise

My favorite local records from this past year — another great one for Boston rock …

  1. Young Adults, Black Hole
  2. Gabe Goodman, Conundrummer
  3. Ghost Box Orchestra, The Only Light On
  4. 28 Degrees Taurus, All the Stars in Your Eyes
  5. Magic Shoppe, Reverberation
  6. Whitehaus Family Record, Family Record
  7. Andre Obin, Front Runner
  8. Day Sleeper, Wonderland Kid
  9. Guillermo Sexo, Vivid Nights
  10. Kelsey Jarboe, Among Your Kind

Just finished reading the Marcus/Sollors anthology, “A New Literary History of America,” cover to cover.

That sounds a bit crazy, I know, but I learned a lot and was very often entertained.

Here’s a list of my favorite entries, in chronological order:

  1. Francois Furstenberg, Washington’s Farewell Address (1796)
  2. Robert Clark, The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)
  3. James Dawes, The Limits to Violence (1885)
  4. Richard Powers, The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Monument (Memorial Day 1897)
  5. Walter Mosley, Hardboiled (1926)
  6. Paul Muldoon, Carl Sandburg and the American Songbag (1927)
  7. Marybeth Hamilton, Jelly Roll Morton Speaks (May 1938)
  8. Robert O’Meally, Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit (1939)
  9. George Hutchinson, Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)
  10. Anne M. Wagner, Maya Lin’s Wall (1982)

Everyone has their hobbyhorses, though, me included, so I will also say that there should have been more about the last three decades. No entry on David Foster Wallace, despite the fact that he wrote the greatest book of the last quarter century. Nothing about Madonna, either: like it or not, she’s had an enormous influence on American culture over that same period. Her first album was pretty good, too.

Still, it was great in particular to see some American academics and intellectuals writing about stuff that really matters.