March On, Comrade will be performing with a 12-piece chamber orchestra, January 21st in a one-night-only performance. Hosted at ArtsLab in the Auer Center, 300 E Main st. more information is available at Facebook. Tickets available now!
I felt like I wasn’t too on top of things this year, probably partly because I feel like most of the albums that got the most attention didn’t do much for me (Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, etc.)… But once I gave it some thought, there was some great stuff.
10. Strfkr: Being No One, Going Nowhere
Poppiest guilty pleasure on the list, listened to exclusively this for about 3 weeks.
9. Jim James: Eternally Even
Not the world’s biggest My Morning Jacket fan, but this one grabbed me the day it came out. Can you say “grabbed” anymore?
8. Nels Cline: Lovers
Interesting to hear Nels Cline depart from Wilco and his usual avantgarde jazz to do something comparatively traditional and Blue Note-y.
7. Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster: Constant Stranger
Love this guy! JPKS sings like a baby bird.
6. The Album Leaf: Between Waves
A little more electro than I prefer my sauce, but I can’t not love pretty much anything this guy(s) does.
5. Donny McCaslin: Beyond Now
This is the band from Bowie’s Blackstar album. Jazzier, but same beautiful vibe.
4. Andy Shauf: The Party
I don’t know much about Andy Shauf, but I like this album and have been listening to it all year.
3. The Lemon Twigs: Do Hollywood
A friend of mine insisted I listen to this band, and I love it. I don’t know much about them, but I love the album. MGMT + Queen + Jellyfish + Beach Boys…or something
2. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
I get tired of participating in the anticipation and hype surrounding the release date of the next Radiohead album, so it was a pleasant surprise when this came out. I had no specific expectations, apart from general awesomeness, and I love the vibe of it.
1. David Bowie: Blackstar
I listened to this all weekend when it came out, hoping he’d tour with the band on this record. I’d finally get to see Bowie with an incredible band, including one of my very favorite drummers in the world. And then on Sunday, he died… and that would be the beginning of a year with more than its share of bad news and let downs.