Posts Tagged ‘music’

Best Albums of 2013

My second annual list. This is mostly personal preference, but with an ear to recommend both popular and obscure (mostly rock and jazz) albums to other music lovers. Top Picks Bombino – Nomad (Tishoumaren, blues rock; April) Charles Bradley – Victim of Love (Soul, April) Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Nu-disco, May) Gregory Porter […]



Best Tracks of 2013

I was invited to play my favorite music of 2013 on The AP Hour, ARTxFM.com radio, 12/26/13. Here are the 13 tracks that I picked, with an additional 74 minutes that I could not fit into the 1-hour show. YouTube, Spotify, and Rdio playlists embedded below.



BEYONCÉ 2013 video album, YouTube previews (in order)

The official Beyoncé YouTube page has posted these 30-second preview tracks (released Friday, December 13, 2013). Here they are in the order they appear on the DVD; the director(s) are listed after each song title. It’s also worth checking out the “Self-Titled” mini art features that followed the release of the album.



A few album ratings – Part 7

********** 10 James Brown – Love Power Peace, Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971 (June 1992, soul) ********* 9 Motor City Drum Ensemble – DJ-Kicks (July 2011, house, soul) ********* 9 Young Galaxy – Ultramarine (April 2013, dream pop) ********* 9 Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline (April 2007, ambient) […]



Kirkeby’s panoramas in von Trier’s *Breaking the Waves*

Per Kirkeby has created unforgettable works of art, some of which were commissioned for three of Lars von Trier’s films. After watching all of von Trier’s theatrical releases over the last three months, I kept returning to Kirkeby’s digitally-altered landscapes in Breaking the Waves (1996) for inspiration. To avoid spoilers, I’m including screenshots only of […]



Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Forecastle 2013

Zepfanman has finally seen (a fourth of) Zeppelin. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters played at 7pm on the final day (Sunday, 7/14/13) of Louisville’s annual Forecastle festival. The performance was the icing on the cake of an epic weekend of music, with a set on the main Mast Stage between Grace Potter & […]