No big changes in the provisional best-of this month. I heard a few records I liked quite a bit, but not much that I loved…the main exception is the new one by Here We Go Magic, not out until May, which I’m going to sneak in at the bottom of the list and maybe it’ll move up. I’m also putting Damien Jurado back into the mix, because that record continues to grow on me…
Shearwater, Animal Joy
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
Dirty Three, Toward a Low Sun
Mark Lanegan, Blues Funeral
Kevn Kinney and the Golden Palominos, A Good Country Mile
Twilight Sad, No One Can Ever Know
Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship
Damien Jurado, Maraqopa
In terms of stuff that I liked that probably won’t make top ten…
Royal Baths, Better Luck Next Life (Kanine)…scuzzy, decadent, VU-tinged r ‘n r…interview coming at some point at Blurt.
Luke Roberts, The Iron Gates at Throop and Newport (Thrill Jockey)…raw, powerful, but a bit more centered than Big Bells and Dime Songs, reviewed a couple weeks ago at Dusted
Alexander Tucker, Third Mouth (Thrill Jockey)…this one might actually get onto the list at some point, depending on how it ages…very trippy, beautiful psych folk
Eric Chenaux, Guitar & Voice (Constellation)…not sure about the record as a whole, but I LOVE “Dull Lights (White or Grey)”, this month’s best approximation of Jeff Buckley.
Anton Barbeau, Three Minute Tease (Pink Hedgehog)…one of America’s best, most overlooked power pop writers, supported by two-thirds of the Soft Boys and Bevis Front.
Jennifer Castle, Castlemusic (Flemish Eye)…very soft beautiful songs at the conjunction of folk, country and experimental electronics.