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Some bests – 2014 & 2013

Seems like I missed posting a music ‘top ten’ last year, so I’ll make up for it now with 2 yearly lists. It’s all a bit arbitrary of course, but these are ones that seemed memorable given all I listened to!

2014 Music

TV on the Radio: Seeds
Wussy: Attica
YOB: Clearing the Path to Ascend
Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal
St. Vincent: St. Vincent
Witch Mountain: Mobile of Angels
Sun Kil Moon: Benji
Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Laura Marling: Once I was an Eagle
Arca: Xen

Best live music this year:
Lots of things at Pickathon at the beginning of August – Son Little, Barr Brothers, X, Parquet Courts & more

2013 Music

Bill Callahan: Dream River
Grant Hart: The Argument
The Knife: Shaking the Habitual
Yo La Tengo: Fade
Nick Cave: Push the Sky Away
Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia
Ceramic Dog: Your Turn
Quasi: Mole City


Mediated in 2009 – Music

Time for the annual list-fest.  Here are some of the CDs released this year that I enjoyed most (links go to earlier posts on these releases).

Best ‘Top Ten” list I found:  Vijay Iyer‘s list in the December Art Forum magazine (unfortunately not online, but I discovered a few of my entries from his list, and had already found some of the others).

Best older recordings I enjoyed:  Wayne Shorter’s 1960’s Blue Notes

Still need to check out:  xx (young UK band)

Some popular CDs that I found to be only OK:

  • Grizzly Bear – “Veckatimest”
  • The Decemberists – “The Hazards of Love”
  • U2 – “No Line on the Horizon”

Best Live Shows of 2009 (all in Portland unless noted):

  • April 9 – X @ Crystal Ballroom – their 31st anniversary tour!
  • May 25 – St Vincent @ the Aladdin
  • June 17 – PJ Harvey & John Parish @ Roseland
  • June 23 – David Byrne @ Schnitzer Hall
  • June 29 – The Monterey Quartet & the October Trio @ The Centre, Vancouver BC
  • July 1 – Kenny Werner Quintet @ The Centre, Vancouver BC
  • July 29 – Sonic Youth @ Roseland
  • August 8 – Devin Phillips Quartet @ Washington Park
  • Sept 4 – Black Joe Lewis @ Mississippi Studios
  • Oct 29 – Britt Daniel, The Robinsons & IOA @ Mississippi Studios
  • Nov 14 – The Dimes @ Mississippi Studios