Das Racist, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man - ‘mixtapes’, whatever they are, but funny stuff. barely an exaggeration to say this is the first rap I’ve really enjoyed listening to at length, but even then I can only take so many tracks before I need to go back to rock.
Salem, King Night - contradicting any positive impressions the above may have given of me, I also like this, although in many ways it is considerably dumber. but not necessarily in an artistic sense, because this is an album with an interesting aesthetic (though it’s no Tim Hecker, amirite?) and it’s not OFWGKTA.
Robyn, Body Talk - am I snob for not liking ordinary dance pop? probably yes if you define ‘ordinary’ as non-indie approved, but not if you mean ‘stuff that isn’t as interesting to the non-pop listener’, which just shifts the definition back as to whether this stuff is particularly good in itself. besides, there’s plenty of indie-approved pop and indie in general that I don’t like, and I’ve only listened to parts 1 & 2 of this so far.
Jah Wobble & the Nippon Dub Ensemble, Japanese Dub - well okay, this isn’t really in a genre. or two. as it happened, it was more entertaining as theatre than as dancehall when I saw it live. nevertheless, the music is still powerful, and if the blending of styles has its rough edges it doesn’t obscure the quality of the musicianship or the cultures behind them.
Christian Scott, Yesterday You Said Tomorrow - I haven’t listened to this since much earlier in the year, but I’m sure it’s still a quite excellent album of politically-tinged jazz-rock fusion by a virtuoso trumpeter. Anthem really opened up my ears to those possibilities, and anything preventing further exploration is solely down to laziness on my part. Second track on this is a superb cover of Thom Yorke’s ‘Eraser’ (but that’s not why I like it, honest!).
(*you know, records)
Foals, Total Life Forever - UK post-punk BBC4 remake of Q and not U (i.e., really quite good)
The Gaslight Anthem, American Slang - not as good as Titus Andronicus, but still better than the Hold Steady
Xiu Xiu, Dear God I Hate Myself - shouty, vulnerable artist utilises Nintendo DS in a unusually accessible album. but you know this already
Hoover, The Lurid Traversal of Route 7 (reissue) - everybody knows this one of the best Dischord albums ever made, right? well you should. the 90s emo version of Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, all intense personal issues and eerie night-time driving
Adebisi Shank, This Is The Second Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank - should give this away, since it’s not really my thing. even bought it at their launch gig, but live or on record I can’t stick with their banging tunes
Sinaloa, EP - only four tracks but that’s all you need for good quality, melodic not-actually-screamo. and the etching is indescribably/unphotographably beautiful