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Making Some Sense of 2013.....musically speaking

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Initial post: Feb 5, 2013, 9:40:15 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013, 5:43:34 AM PST
Alexis says:
Just checked my stash....nothing that has been released in the last 6 weeks even though I did hear some yet to be released tracks by Cloud Control who supported Weezer last month.

Happy listening.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013, 5:57:38 AM PST
Val H. says:
I've got the new Nick Cave Push the Sky Away and this one - Golden Age of Song - was only released in December so surely that's close enough.

Posted on Feb 9, 2013, 7:42:18 AM PST
Gena Chereck says:
So far I've bought Terri Clark's 'Classic' (technically a 2012 release, but it didn't come out in a physical format in the US until the end of last month) and Richard Thompson's 'Electric' (excellent!).

I've also heard early streams of 'Cheater's Game' by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison -- I definitely want my own copy of that. (I may wait to order it later this month when I pre-order Emmylou and Rodney's 'Old Yellow Moon,' and TMBG's 'Nanobots'...)

Posted on Feb 9, 2013, 3:38:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2013, 3:40:09 PM PST
E. Dill says:

Will check out Cloud Control....

I'll definitely get the Cave album (I have everything of his going back to Birthday Party and The Bad Seeds. I also give him props for being one of the main instigators for what is now called "southern goth/gothic country" in the US with artists/bands like Johnny Dowd, Trailer Bride (gone but not forgotten), 16 Horsepower, The Triffids, Wovenhand, The Handsome Family, the Volebeats, Those Poor Bastards, and many others.

I'll also eventually get the Thompson album. I follow him religiously and have since I first saw him live in Amsterdam....I've told the story about how Rachel and I met them boarding a train in Hamburg, Germany for Scandanavia and followed them to Copenhagen but didn't go to their show because the guy at the door looked like a skinhead neo-nazi and we left. We caught up with them in Holland and I've been following his work ever since, after I caught up with his solo stuff. I already had all of the stuff Fairport Convention made with and without him. I still remember talking with their road manager on the train about rock n roll....he/they knew more about 50's artists like Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, etc. than the average American did, for sure.

I've always had a "thing" about Kelly Willis' music since the first time I heard her.

BTW, I should mention, again, that one of my favorite albums of ALL TIME is Richard/Linda Thompson's "Shoot out the Lights".


In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2013, 4:20:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2013, 4:42:25 PM PST
Alexis says:
Ed, while you're at it, check out Ball Park Music. They don't qualify for this thread because their latest was released 2012 but they're very interesting and quite sweet and funny on stage.

ps I should clarify 'sweet'. The lead singer, Sam Cromack, felt so humbled and appreciative that people would come early before Weezer was on to check out the support bands. And he publicly thanked Weezer for giving them the opportunity to support them on their Australian tour.

After Cloud Control had finished their set, the bass player sat himself in the seat in front of me. I showed great restraint in not tapping him on the shoulder just to say hi.

After the show, Brian Bell was having a signing of the self-titled album with his other band, 'The Relationship'. Jamie begged me not wait in line with him to which I almost complied. After some time I changed my mind and took my place in the cue, telling him I wasn't in line for him but for myself. He swore me to silence so as I didn't embarass him. When his turn came up, Brian was so sweet and personable. He looked at me a few times expecting me to engage and all I could do was smile like an idiot whilst taking photos.
As we walked away, Jamie said " You could've said something, you know"....

Posted on Apr 11, 2013, 6:40:10 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 8, 2013, 6:10:37 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
And, finally, 2013 begins for me:

It is evident that ATE attemped to bring their previous "big sound" down a bit making it more personal. I like it a lot for that.

This is Gary's 9th album but I think I missed his work until 2010's "Get Off On the Pain", a kind of odd title for a country singer. I remember liking it a lot but this one got to me more because of the songs, especially tracks #2-7. Do they sometimes have a bit of that traditional country melodrama to them. Yes, but it's hard to decide for oneself when the stories of broken hearts go too far. I like these and Gary's voice coupled with tasteful arrangements (ok, #12 had some needless violins). Not a "cutting edge" country record, but a very good one for me. He does the lost love thing quite well. So did Hank.

Wow! So Mr. Ant is back! Let's see. His last "respected" album was probably 1982's "Friend or Foe". Then between 1982-1990 he released 4 albums that were kind of soft and he lost most of his following. 5 years later (1995) he released "Wonderful" which was his rather late take on Beatlemania. Now, another 18 years and we have THIS. What is it? I was reading the allmusic review of it as I listened and got pissed at the reviewer for what I thought was mockery. I was wrong. Here's some language that explains things better than I can ".......much of the appeal of The BlueBlack Hussar is its mess, how the Adam works feverishly to incorporate any idea he's ever had into one album.....At times, there is a conscious evocation of Adam & the Ant's dark, early material but that's often overshadowed by the heavy swing of Boorer, who keeps things lively, swinging, and weird. Adam Ant has never quite flirted with rockabilly or blues here, but this is hardly roots: all these elements are processed, sequenced, and flattened through digital recording, lending a mischievous malevolence and no small sense of artifice to even a simple, three-chord rocker. Honestly, there's nothing quite "simple" here: Adam tells a dirty joke then winks at the audience, he overloads a simple beat with unnecessary accouterments, he laces dread throughout a sweet doo wop "Valentines," joyously salutes old rocker "Vince Taylor," then attempts futuristic industrial on "Hardmentoughblokes." There's too much going on in every individual song and, at 17 cacophonic tracks, Adam Ant Is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter is simply way too much to take in at once...and yet, that's precisely its charm. Adam Ant has never let so much loose, has never attempted so much on one record, has never sounded this ambitious and arty since the days of Dirk Wears White Socks and Kings of the Wild Frontier, and even if not everything works, this is a bizarre, brazen statement of purpose from an artist who has been in the wilderness for far too long. " And I wholeheartedly agree with maybe less criticism for the "overdo". Here's an album where the whole is actually larger than the parts. The excitement of the unexpected pumps up songs that, perhaps in a different setting, might not sound nearly as good. Anyway, great job Adam....nice to see you back....REALLY back....even sounding quite different.

I have collected most of Joan's albums over the years but seldom get blown away by them and that's coming from Mr. Ten here. But I like her voice and her folkiness, even when the melodies sometimes get lost or undefined. Hell, of the dozens of her albums that I DO own, my favorite two songs of hers EVER are from a rather obscure 1979 4 song ep, How Cruel, that contains the title song and "Rosie", a song about a transvestite/transsexual. Anyway, recently I was listening to a blues album she made and reading an accompanying review of how badly she handled that kind of music. I guess, to him, she's made her bed with the folkier stuff and that's that. Now, this one, referred to as a singer/songwriter/folk rock album, is actually quite jazzier because of the rhythm work of the drummer/bassist. So now Joan can be criticized for jazziness instead of the blooze. Like all of her albums, I'm not blown away exactly, but I like it just fine....and the drum and bass work goes well with her vocalese.

This is the 3rd release by this Icelandic singer/songwriter and this time she sings/writes in English. The lyrics tend to be rather simple and her voice is beautiful and natural devoid of artifice. Perhaps, because of a lack of stylistic quirks, the music may have a certain sameness over the length of an entire album but I surely wasn't in need of something new. It IS, after all, folk music, Icelandic style and quite appealing.

Whenever I try to rate a rap album (ok, a few exceptions), I haven't a clue what I'm rating. Is it the sound, the "beats"(?), the rap, I'm more taken by the way the sound is put together, cut to cut, than what's being said. I appreciate clever lyrics and even meaningful lyrics but after years of the "lyrics" in rap, I'm quite tired of the braggadocio which seems like a necessary part of it always. To be fair, rap didn't invent fellow blues fans heard enough of it back when. Somehow, the "I'm a man" stuff didn't offend me, though. But, when all is said and done here and with all the b'ches and nig-ah's having been thrown into the mix, there are thing going on here that I still like. Maybe the fact that it's called alt rap, pop rap and underground rap is a clue. Change that rap to rock and I'd be listening with pleasure at all the stylistic experimentation and freedom. Here, I appreciate the attempt to widen the overall sound even while being saturated with b's and n's. (Having said that, I've just changed my rating to a straight 9...probably still a bit over generous. I should go back to 2012. I actually DID find a couple of rap albums that were truly experimental. Like some recent black metal albums I've embraced, this kind of experimentation with sound and structure may save rap for me afterall. Not that it cares.

This is one of those records where I need to project. I find that with each listen, I like it more. Catchy is a good word for it. And catchy is nothing to be ashamed of. Admittedly, my favorite tune, "Don't Make a Scene" was compared by a critic to Kings of Leon and I didn't get that connection at all but no mind. I've learned to really like this album with a few listens. Initially, I thought it was a bit too "new wavey".

What can I say? I AM a big fan of Radiohead and Thom Yorke. I do agree with one of the critics who referred to this as more of a sound record than a song record. (What I always say about the Beach Boys "Smiley Smile"). Maybe that's why I'm so attracted to experimental music. I like soundscapes.

NOTE: I've decided to list albums by letter and alphabetically. I'll give my rating (0-10) and my ranking within the letter in parenthesis.


Posted on Apr 13, 2013, 1:47:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2013, 9:07:32 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
2013, B's:

This BR's 16th release since their first in 1982 and its still full of chunky guitar, harmonies at the chorus' and lots of lyrical anger with a never ending committment to progressive politics thanks to intellectual vocalist, Greg Graffin and the band, featuring, after some years of semi-retirement from the band, Brett Gurewitz, who runs Epitaph Records. The strength of this records makes me want to do a review of their albums over the years (I almost have them all) and maybe try to get a few of their older classics on cd where I only have them now on cassette. It's hard to be as committed to their politics as they are without sounding strident. I think they do a good job. I keep thinking of all of those prog bands who spew out lyrics that sound so pretentiously heavy when singing about Norse mythology or Ayn Rand's theory of objectivism (you're only responsible for yourself....not others)....let's hear it for a bit of strident progressivism..

DALBY BALDE - INTRODUCING (2005/2013)(Senegalese Music)
I received this as a bonus disc to Rough Guide's 2013 release, Music of Senegal. Since this was originally released separately in 2005, I'll pass on a review for now.

Wow! This is being revealed too many times recently. Back a few years ago, I mentioned to a fellow topic sharer, Mark, that unlike him, I could usually tell by a quick sampling of a song/album, if I liked it and how much. Lately, I've been proven wrong. When I first heard this in small pieces, I was ready to place Barber on the less interesting jazz vocalists, even after I'd collected a good number of her works. I simply didn't remember her much. From the first song here, it's killer. Her voice, her piano, the songs. I'm guessing her voice and lyrics sounded a bit too "educated" for my current feeling about jazz. Kind of like I'd rapped Seeger for sounding more like a college professor than a Gutherie-like hobo riding the rails and searching for America. Dylanesque. Or Baez with her pristine voice trying to give me a sense of the South after the Civil War....anyway, Barber has found her voice and her intellect amidst her choice of jazz as her music. I really like this one!

Quite a change in sound and subject since the last Bragg album I heard (only a couple of days ago!). Much of this has to do with heartbreak instead of politics, although politics can surely bring one heartbreak. Some have, over the years, complained about Billy's heavy English accent. It's seemingly gone here, so I hope you're all happy. This is a nice quiet introspect album for Billy....I must say, though, that Goodbye, Goodbye concerned me a bit. It almost reminded me of something from Warren Zevon's "goodbye" album. Anyone know anything about Billy's health?


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013, 7:04:47 AM PDT
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Gena Chereck says:
Cool. :)

Speaking of Contemporary Country, I was quite pleasantly surprised by Ashley Monroe (of the Pistol Annies) and her solo disc 'Like a Rose,' as well as Kacey Musgraves' 'Same Trailer, Different Park.' I might not have considered getting them had I not been able to stream them (on SoundCloud and NPR, respectively) before buying, so I'm glad I took those chances. :)

Also, I picked up Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' for my mother. It's nice to see a mainstream-country superstar who actually crafts ALBUMS, as opposed to a few potential singles plus a bunch of filler tracks; but while his ambitiousness is admirable and he certainly gives you your money's worth, he could probably learn a thing or two from They Might Be Giants (whose excellent 'Nanobots' boasts "25 unreasonable songs in 45 impossible minutes") about trimming the clutter and fat from individual tracks.

Looking forward to Kim Richey, She & Him and George Strait next...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013, 8:00:52 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2013, 8:03:15 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Gena Chereck:

I'll give Monroe, Musgrave a look see. As for Paisley, I followed him in the beginning but seemed to have begun ignoring his output due to some negative reviews from those who dislike any country artist who becomes a superstar. Maybe I'll give him a listen again. I seem to be more embracing of different kinds of female country voices than I am male. With country male singers, I tend to be drawn to the "roots" artists more. Production can also have a lot to do with my enjoyment of country, even more so than other kinds of music. Even in pop, I like a lot of the music referred to today as "chamber pop", often with orchestral flourishes. In country, if I hear violins in the background (fiddling is ok, of course), I usually cringe.

I don't love Strait but I like him enough to collect him. There is something about his singing that works for me and I haven't a clue what it is. I've always liked Kim Richey.

Speaking of country singers/songwriters, for years my favorite female singer was Lucinda Williams. I first heard her on her second album, Happy Woman Blues. I think it took her 8 years to record her 3rd self titled album. Thank God I'm not someone who gets paralyzed awaiting some favorite's next album. But although I still like her alot, it seems as though she has begun to exaggerate her voice at times. I mean, ok, it's HER voice and she can do what she wants with it. But although I'm often taken by country voices that SOUND country, complete with heavy drawl, etc., I've noticed (or fantasized) that some singers, once popular, begin emphasizing the drawl more and more, suggesting it has become a tool like Michael Jackson's hiccup.

With all my fetishes, it's a wonder I embrace so many types of music.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013, 8:55:04 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
Strait just strikes me as an especially skilled interpreter of song (like a C&W Sinatra), pleasantly warm and understated in his delivery. :)

But yeah, otherwise I've always been more interested in the female artists since I first got into country in the late '80s, early '90s -- they just seemed to have more varied voices and wide-ranging material.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013, 3:49:11 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
E. Dill,

Billy's had a string of bad things happen in his life of late. Divorce and death of a parent in particular. So physically, he's alright, but I'm sure there's no wind in his sails at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013, 6:58:13 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
S. Stalcup:

One thing that DID go well for Billy in his later career is his hook up with Wilco for the two Mermaid Ave. albums featuring unfinished work by Woody Gutherie treated lovingly and respectfully by both without sounding stiff in the process. Hopefully, some of those Wilco fans "discovered" Billy though those albums and gave his earlier work a listen. Of course, I could get it all wrong. Maybe a bunch of Bragg fans decided to find out who in the hell Wilco was.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2013, 7:57:58 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
I'm thinking there's some discrepancy here between my response and your response to it, ed. I was referring to your question about Billy's health since the new album reminded you of Zevon's last one. No, he's not sick but he's had some family issues that are probably having a negative impact on him mentally. Small miracle if they weren't.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2013, 8:45:51 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
S. Stalcup:

No, there was no discrepany. I simply shouldn't have linked my remark to you specificially as if it was meant to be an answer. I was, in fact, kind of changing the subject, once I knew he wasn't suffering from some disease I didn't know about. (That "Goodbye Goodbye" song WAS a tough one to take). I was simply wondering if his work with Wilco on the Gutherie project might have expanded his audience.

Sorry for the confusion.


Posted on Apr 25, 2013, 8:56:48 PM PDT
Best 3 up to now are by-
Ghost BC
Iron Maiden
with albums due out in June by
Black Sabbath
the new real Queensryche(Not the cover band w/Geoff Tate on vocals)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2013, 6:53:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2013, 6:54:29 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
"I was simply wondering if his work with Wilco on the Gutherie project might have expanded his audience."

Probably. Just speaking for myself: I bought the first 'Mermaid Avenue' about a year after it first came out, having just seen Billy perform some of its songs on a PBS show, most likely 'Austin City Limits' -- I especially liked "Christ for President" and "My Flying Saucer" (I even remember being slightly disappointed that the latter wasn't on the disc). I bought the second volume when it came out the following year; and some time after that I picked up Billy's 'Must I Paint You a Picture?' anthology. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2013, 9:08:31 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Ed, Gena
I found this Billy Bragg interview which aired on BBC radio the other day. It's duration is just over 24 minutes. I haven't had a chance to listen to all of it as yet but I intend to.

I can't imagine a Billy Bragg record without the heavy English accent but it sounds interesting.

Posted on May 18, 2013, 7:49:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 11, 2013, 6:46:39 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
Updated artist/album list for 2013 to date:


Yes, while I'm still knee deep in 2012 releases (maybe I am becoming too much of a completist), I wanted to update my 2013 releases to date, this time alphabetically, with a rating number if done yet.

I just want it known that I'm trying to bring in some albums/artists I seldom like just to prove I can rate something less than a 9 or 10. I'm guessing Julie Faulkner's operatic versions of Emily Dickinson's poems may not be QUITE that highly rated....but I couldn't resist anything Emily.....

Adler, Samuel - Cantos - Close Encounters/Five Snapshots (chamber music)(9.9)
Adrenaline Mob - Coverta (Groove Metal/Alt Metal/Heavy Meta)(8.6)
Airborne Toxic Event - Such Hot Blood (indie rock)(9.2)
Alkaline Trio - My Shame is True (alt indie rock)(9)
Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (9.4)
Gary Allen - Set You Free (Contemporary Country) (9.3)
Ellen Allien - Lism (minimal techno)(9.5)
Tandyn Almer - Along Comes Tandyn (sunshine pop/psych pop)(7.1)
Adam Ant - Adam Ant Is the lueblack Hussar....(New Wave)(9.6)
James Darcy Argue/Secret Society - Brooklyn Babylon (Experimental Big Band Jazz)(9.2)
Joan Armatrading - Starlight (contemporary singer/songwriter)(8.5)
Olof Arnalds - Sudden Elevation (alt indie rock/indie folk)(9.7)
Art Brut - Top of the Pops (2)(indie rock/post punk)(9.5)
Joseph Arthur - The Ballad of Boogie Christ (9)
ASAP Rocky - Long Live ASAP (alt rap/pop rap/underground rap)(9.3)
Atlas Genius - When it Was Now (indie rock/indie electronic)(9.4)
Atoms For Peace - Amok (Glitch pop)(9.9)
Autre Ne Veut - Anxiety (contemporary r&b/art pop)(9.2)

Bad Religion - True North (melodic hardcore)(9.1)
Ginger Baker - The African Force (added tracks fr. original 1987 version)jazz rock)(9.1)
The Band Perry - Pioneer (contemporary country)(9)
Devendra Banhart - Mala (indie folk)(9)
Azealia Banks - Fantasea (rap)(9.7)
Patricia Barber - Smash (jazz vocal)(9.5)
Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth (alt/indie rock/indie pop)(9.7)
Bilal - A Love Surreal (alt r&b)(9.6)
The Bills - Yes Please (folk)(8.8)
Iva Bittova - ST (avant folk/modern classical)(9.7)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (alt indie rock)(9.7)
James Blake - Overgrown (electronic/dubstep/indie electronic)(9.4)
Bleeding Rainbow - Yeah Right (alt indie rock)(9.8)
Blue Sky Riders - Finally Home (contemporary country)(8.4)
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (IDM/Ambient Techno)(9.2)
Bombino - Nomad (Nigerian/desert blues/african folk)(9.2)
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At the Vienna Opera House (2 cds)(blues rock)(9.1)
David Bowie - The Next One (art rock)(9)
The Boxtops - Playlist: Very Best of (AM Pop/blue eyed soul)(ordered)
Billy Bragg - Tooth and Nail (singer songwriter)(9.1)
Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio (ambient pop/dream pop)(9.4)
The Bronx - IV (alt metal/punk revival/alt indie rock)(9.1)
Carli Bruni - Little French Songs (french pop)(9)
Tyler Bryant - Wild Child (blues rock)(9.5)
Buckcherry - Confessions (hard rock/post grunge)(8.2)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/Joann Falletta - Black, Brown, Beige (Jazz)(9.3)
Eric Burdon - Til Your River Runs Dry (blues rock)(8.8)
Joe Burgstaller - License to Thrill (classica/jazz)(8.8)
Joseph Byrd - NYC 1960-1963 (modern classical)(9.4)

Camper Van Beethoven - La Costa Perdida (Folk Rock/Indie Rock)(8.8)
Larry Carlton/Robben Ford - Unplugged (Jazz)(9.1)
Terri Lyne Carrington - Money Jungle: Provocation in Blue (Modern Jazz)(9.4)
Nick Cave/Bad Seas - Push the Sky Away (Art Rock/Chamber Pop)(9.6)
Caveman - st (indie pop/indie rock/neo-psych)(9.1)
The Cave Singers - Naomi (alt/indie rock; indie folk)(9.3)
Charli xcx - True Romance (Electropop/synth pop/dance pop)(7.3)
Chelsea Light Moving - ST (alt pop rock/experimental rock)(9.5)
Cissoko, Noumoucounda - Faling (bonus to Rough Guide to Acoustic Africa)(9.2)
Civil Wars/T Bone Burnett - A Place At the Table (pop/rock//soundtrack)(9.1)
Joe Clark's Big Band/Jeff Hamilton - Lush (big Band jazz)(9)
Petula Clark - List in You (pop/rock; adult contemporary)(7.7)
Cloud Cult - Love (alt indie rock)(9.1)
Clutch - Earth Rocker (hard rock/stoner rock)(8.7)
Cohen & Cambria - The Aftermath: Decision (alt metal/prog metal)(8.4)
Cold War Kids - Dear Miss Honelyhearts (alt/indie rock)(9.1)
Paula Cole - Raven (pop)(9.2)
Steve Coleman & the Five Elements - Functional Arrhythmias (avant garde jazz)(9.8)
The Color Morale - Know Hope (heavy metal/alt metal/prog metal)(8.6)
Crystal Fighters - Lost in You (pop.rock; adult comtemporary)(8.3)
Cult of Luna - Vertikal (atmmospheric sludge metal/post rock)(9.0)

Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Europe 1969 Bootleg Series v2 (3 discs)
Nataly Dawn - How I Knew Her (alt singer songwriter/alt indie rock)
Dawes - Stories Don't End (americana/country rock/alt-country)
Deep Purple - Now What? (heavy metal/brit metal/hard rock)
Deerhunter - Monomania (indie rock/noise rock/neo-psych)
Darwin Deez - Songs for Imaginative People (alt/indie rock)
Robert Delong - Just Movement (indie rock/indie electronic)
Delfonics - Adrian Younge Presents (r&b/alt r&b, retro soul)
Brett Bennen - The Definitive Collection (adult alt pop/rock)
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine (alt pop/rock; dance rock/synth pop)
Device - st (heavy metal/industrial metal)
Diamond Youth - Orange (alt pop/rock)
Dido - Girl Who Got Away (adult alt/pop rock)
Dillinger Escape Plan (mathcore/alt metal/post hardcore)
Simone Dinnersteinrock/classical crossover)/Tift Merritt - Night (alt singer songwriter/alt indie
D.J. Koze - Amygdala (minimal techno/indietronica/microhouse/tech house
Casey Donahew - Standoff (americana)
Dropkick Murphys - Singed - Sealed in Blood
Ducktails - The Flower Lane (Indie Rock/psych rock/jangle pop)
Maximillian Dunbar - House of Woo (electronic//indie electronic/left field house)
Dur Dur Band - Volume 5 (afro-funk)

Steve Earle & The Dukes/Duchesses - The Low Highway (alt country)
Tim Easton - Before the Revolution/Best of 1998-2011 (singer songwriter)
Eels - Wonderful Glorious (indie pop)
Ludovico Einaudi - In a Time Lapse (classical crossover/modern classical/new age)
Ramy Essam - Revolution Erupts (Arabic)
Etana - Better Tommorrow (contemporary reggae)
Sara Evans - Playlist: The Very Best (contemporary country)
Eve - Lip Lock (east coast rap/hardcore rap)
Ex-Cops - True Halleucinations (alt indie rock/pop; shoegaze)

Fabulous Thunderbirds - On the Verge (electric texas blues)
Mohammed Fairouz - Native Informast (classical)
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock n Roll (emo pop/alt indie rock)
Fan-Tan - A Strange Game (alt rock/indie rock)
Julie Faulkner - Between the Bliss & Me; Songs to Poems of Emily Dickinson (classical/opera)
Fiction Family - Fiction Family Reunion (alt indie rock)
Fidar - St (garage punk/skate punk/surf punk)
Fifth on the Floor - Ashes and Angels (alt country)
Fitz & the Tantrums - More Than Just a Dream (pop/soul)
Flaming Lips - The Terror (alt indie rock/dance pop/neo-psych)
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (3)(cd-r)(pop/rock) NOTE: Mix between originals/remixes/never released versions/materials)
Foals - Holy Fire (indie rock)
John Fogerty - Write a Song for Everyone (roots rock/country/swamp)
Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (modern electric blues)
Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambasodour's of Peace and Magic (neo psych/noise rock/indie folk)
Free Energy - Love Sign (power pop)
Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse (indie rock)
Bill Frisell - Silent Comedy (avant jazz)
Bill Frisell - Big Sur (jazz)
The Front Bottoms - Talon of the Hawk (indie rock/punk pop/folk punk)

Lisa Germano - No Elephants (alt pop/rock/alt indie rock/dream pop)
Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons to Die (east coast rap/hardcore rap)
Gold Fields - Black Sun (alt dance/alt indie rock/indie electronic)
Adam Green & Binky Shapiro - ST (folk pop)
Colleen Green - Sock it To Me (alt indie rock)
The Growlers - Hung At Heart (alt pop/rock)

Petra Haden - Petra Goes to the Movies (a capella)
Paul Hardcastle - Hardcastle VII (contemp. jazz/crossover/smooth)
Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up (blues rock)
Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon (americana)
Hatebreed - Divinity of Purpose (beatdown hardcore/metalcore)
Hayden - US Alone (singer songwriter)
Helloween - Straight Out of Hell (power metal/heavy metal/prog metal)
Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels (psych rock, blues rock)
Megan Hilty - It Happens All the Time (adult contemporary)
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion (alt dance/alt indie rock)

Posted on May 18, 2013, 9:04:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 22, 2013, 12:34:15 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
And I-R so far:

Iceage - You're Nothing (post punk/art punk/noise)
Iggy & the Stooges - Ready to Die (hard rock/alt indie rock)
Indians - Somewhere Else (alt indie rock/indie electronic)
Ivan & Alyosha - All the Times We Had (indie rock)

Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God
Jose James = No beginning No End (jazz vocals)
Jewel - Greatest Hits (singer songwriter/folk pop)
George Jones - The Complete U.A. solo singles (honky tonk)
Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room (pop)
Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law (alt rock/shoegaze)

Stephane Kerecki Trio - Sound Architects (jazz)
Josh Krajcik - Blindly, Lonely, Loving (adult alt pop/rock; neo-soul)
Fela Kuti - Best of Black President 2 (afro beat/afro pop)

Sean Lennon - Alter Egos (soundtrack)
Jamie Lidell - ST (alt r&B; club/dance)
Charles Lloyd/Jason Moran - Hagar's Song (avant garde jazz/post bop)
Local Native - Hummingbird
Lisa Loeb - No Fairy Tale (singer songwriter)
Lone Bellow - ST (alt country)
Bobby Long - Wishbone (alt singer songwriter/alt/indie rock)
Los Corraleros DeMajagual - st (cumbia)
Joe Lovano - Cross Culture (post bop/avant garde jazz)
Low - The Invisible Way (alt indie rock/sadcore)

Natale Maine - Mother (contemp. pop/rock)
Major Lazer - Free the Universe (Electronic//club dance; dancehall; EDM; Ragga)
Man Overboard - Heart Attack (alt rock/indie rock)
Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle (contemporary folk/folk rock)
Johnny Marr - The Messanger (indie rock)
Billy Martin/Wicked Knee - Heels Over Head (jazz)
Steve Martin/Edie Brickell - Love Has Come For You (prog. bluegrass)
Mavericks - In Time (Americana)
Bobby McFerrin - Spirityouall (vocal jazz/spirituals)
Erin McKeown - Manifestra (alt folk)
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet - Thrum (classical chamber)
Modestep - Evolution Theory (Electronic/club/dance; dubstep)
Mogwai - Les Ravenants (post rock)
Mountains - Centralia (ambient/drone/electronic)
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park (Americana)
Laura Mvula - Sig to the Moon (adult alt pop rock/alt/indie rock)
My Bloody Valentine - mbv (alt pop rock/dream pop/shoegaze)

Kate Nash - Girl Talk (alt indie rock/garage punk)
The National - Trouble Will Find Me (indie rock/chamber pop/post punk)
Aaron Neville - My True Story (doo wop)
New No. 2 - Beautiful Creatures (soundtrack)
Nights - Whisper

Oldfield, Mike - Tubular Beats (art rock/prog electronic_
On an On - Give In (alt/indie rock)
One Republic - Native (pop/rock)
Christopher Owens - Lysandre (indie pop)
Buck Owens - Honky Tonk Man (honky tonk)

Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Lab - Elements of Light (minimal Techno)
Paramore - st (alt pop/rock)
Pelican - Ataraxia/taraxis (ep-r)(metal)
Pere Ubu - Lady From Shanghai (exp rock)
Carl Perkins - Very Best of - Sun Sessions (rockabilly)
Madeleine Peyroux - Blue Room (jazz vocal)
Phoenix - Bankrupt (french alt rock)
Phosphorescent - Muchacho (indie rock/indie folk)
Pistol Annie - Annie Up (
Plumb - Need You Now (adult alt pop/rock)
Port St. Willow - Holiday (alt indie rock)
Postelles - ...And It Shook Me (indie rock/alt indie rock)
Potter, Chris - The Sirens (avant garde jazz)

Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love (cd-r)(indie rock)
Red - Release the Panic (cd-r)(alt CCM/Heavy Metal)
Joshua Redman - Walking Shadows (hard bop)
Dawn Richard - Goldenheart (cd-r)(r&b)
Rilo Kiley - Rkives (indie rock/indie pop)
Molly Ringwald - Except Sometimes (vocal pop)
Riverside - Shrine of New Generation Slaves (alt metal)
Rock Candy Funk - We Want Groove (jazz)
Carrie Rodriguez - Give Me All You Got (americana)
Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In (alt rock)
Maggie Rose - Cut to Impress (Country)
Emmy Rossum - Sentimental Journey (trad pop)
Bobby Rush - Down in Louisiana (electric blues/swing blues)

Posted on May 18, 2013, 9:06:56 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2013, 1:38:21 AM PDT
Alexis says:
My god, Ed! No wonder you're so quiet on the boards lately! Good to see your enthusiasm hasn't waned!

Posted on May 19, 2013, 9:37:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 19, 2013, 9:39:41 AM PDT
E. Dill says:

There IS a fine line between enthusiasm and obsession. Hopefully, at least I've found that middle ground where I am enjoying myself without drooling. (Although, if I don't find a way to beat this gag reflect over wearing my dentures, I will be drooling and it won't be pretty.

Like I said before, I am actually placing a bit more effort on purposefully finding albums I probably WON'T like so I can prove that I CAN grade something less than a 9 or a 10 (out of 10). So far, people think everything I listen to is either great or stupendous to my "uncritical ear". (So far, I've resisted being lured into making my lists of WORST music I've heard)

Yes, I'm having fun but do miss the interchange with others. As you know, when I get into an "interchange" mode, my posts get longer and longer, just like my list of albums do. But even when I don't post here, I do read what people say and mostly what people like listening to. Recommendations and youtube are the godsent of today's musical exploration.

ed (pontificating again)

Posted on May 22, 2013, 8:17:24 PM PDT
Alexis says:
Two albums I need to check out:

The National - "Trouble will find me"

The Black Angels - "Indigo Meadow

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013, 9:17:05 AM PDT
E. Dill says:

Aha! And who says I have everything. (My stepson once said that proudly to his teen friends (many, many years ago) and one of them asked for Styx and the cupboard was bare. NO ONE has EVERYTHING.

Anyway, I'll check them out. I have earlier stuff by both of them.
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