ERRATA: 2022 Review: rabbit holes and best ofs
Ten years back NPR invited me on to rant about pagan rituals, before times never sounded so before. Year-end lists dropping in two parts, go nuts.
Triangulum Galaxy Imaged by Herschel, Planck, IRAS, COBE, NASA ID: PIA25165 (nasa.gov)
2022 Review, part I
RABBIT HOLES (let's get lost)
Age brings on a reverence for history that awaits any free moment and often squanders time paradoxically without blinking. Many of us used to look down on the Doors for lack of bass player, or the Grateful Dead for not having a singer. While I still prefer Jerry, the more tapes that emerge, the larger the Dead gets in my mind. I have now succumbed to the larger realm following the links of this specialized blog, Sitting in Mangrove Valley, by a friend, Steve Johnson, which led me to the Internet Archive. I had long known about this archive and its mission without spending a lot of time there. Now I’m a hopeless case. Tips: you can try for Flying Burrito soundboard, but it delivers a bunch of Dead shows since they cover stuff, so dates can work better. Also brand names like King Biscuit 1973 yields both Poco and the Who’s Quadrophenia tour in glorious stereo.
See also: last week's interview with Kim Paris, who runs the FM Radio Archive section.
Sometimes one repetition never works the magic, you need 8, 12 or 33 spins to really get your fix. The digital age equivalent of placing the needle back at the starting groove, or hitting “loop” on your streaming player, finds it ultimate expression at The Eternal Jukebox, where an endless stream of choices can set you up for hours of time dwelling in the jangly guitar glow of the Byrds, My Bloody Valentine, or Eric B. and Rakim. For a resplendent blast of chaotic mastery, click:
And Your Bird Can Sing, the Beatles
My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It), En Vogue
My Back Pages, the Byrds
Down By the Water, pj harvey
Only Tomorrow, My Bloody Valentine
Here Come the Girls, Ernie K-Doe
"Presenter and curator of music and sound cultures." So many worlds. With newsletter. See also: Obsolete Sounds.
The Wayback Machine
(6 episodes, produced by the Banijay Group and Yellow Bird for Netflix)
Follows Swedish techie Daniel Ek and his manic business partner, Martin Lorentzon, as they develop and launch the streaming platform that changed the industry’s pipelines. Based on the book by Sven Carlsson, with Christian Spurrier and Per-Olav Sørensen.
Dogs of Berlin
(2018, 11 episodes by Christian Alvart for Showtime)
Nazis, Turks, Berlin Police, professional football, and the corruption that binds them together.
Nikki Lane: Denim & Diamonds (New West)
Sunny Sweeney, Married Alone (Aunt Daddy)
Tenille Townes, Masquerades (Sony)
Ingrid Andress, Good Person (Warner Music Nashville)Angel Olsen, Big Time (Jagjaguwar)
Callista Clark, Real to Me (Big Machine)
Brooke Eden, Choosing You (This Is Hit) Soccer Mommy, Sometimes Forever (Loma Vista)
Morgan Wade, Wilder Days (Ladylike)
Rosalia, Motomami (Columbia)
Alvvays, Blue Rev (Celsius Girls)
Brei Carter, Brand New Country (no label)Lizzo, Special (Atlantic/Nice Life)Mary J. Blige, Good Morning Gorgeous (300/Mary Jane Productions)Kelsey Ballerini, Subject to Change (Black River)Beyoncé, Renaissance (Parkwood/Columbia)King Princess, Hold On Baby (Zelig/Columbia)Lainey Wilson, Bell Bottom Country (BBR)
Ashley Cooke, Already Drank That Beer (Big Loud)
Built to Spill: When the Wind Forgets Your Name (SUB POP)
AHEM, not to mention:
Ingrid Andress, Good Person (Warner Music Nashville)
Ashley McBryde, Lindeville (Warner Music Nashville)
Elle King, Come and Get Your Wife (RCA)
Amanda Shires, Take It Like a Man (ATO)
Reigning Sound, Memphis in June (Merge)
Willie Nelson:,A Beautiful Time (Legacy)
Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2CD)Miranda Lambert, Palomino (Vanner/RCA Nashville)
Alana Springsteen, History of Breaking Up (Part Two) (Warehouse West Entertainment)
Stephanie Quayle, On the Edge (Big Sky)
Jo Smith, Wyoming (Cherokee Rose)
ROLLOVERS (from last year)
Alison Kraus, Robert Plant, Raise the Roof (Rounder)
Connie Smith, Cry of the Heart (Fat Possum)
Laci Kaye Booth, Laci Kaye Booth (Big Machine Records)
HunterGirl, One Day (Hunter Girl)
Weyes Blood, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow (SUB POP)
Carly Pearce, 29: Written in Stone (Big Machine Records)
Tasty Television cover from Luna: "Marquee Moon"
"Hey Cola: the Strokes called, they want their riffs back."
Next issue: Part II
Books, Classical, Reissues, Compilations
Recoiling from Bob Dylan's reactionary Philosophy of Song in World Literature Today, January 2023
Choice Dylan thoughts:
Geoff Dyer in Unherd
Sasha Frere-Jones in 4Columns
John Carver in PopMatters
Send in the women: say, Patricia Lockwood in the London Review of Books. Overdue.
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