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The Best Music of 2014

The Best Music of 2014

The album I listened to the most this year is the number one album of 2014: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness. The song that first caught my attention was “Hi Five”. After hearing it I immediately went out and bought the album. It has several great songs in styles ranging from pop rock to the very quiet, beautifully sung, intimate rumination, “Windows”, a song Pitchfork wrote off as an “indistinct closer”. I like it, so here’s…

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KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

KEXP 40th Anniversary Top 40 of Past 40 Years

All week during KEXP’s pledge drive, they have been playing the top albums of the past 40 years as voted on by their supporters to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. The list is 650 albums long. Like me, you probably liked a lot of it, and didn’t like some of it. You can read the whole list of 650 albums on the KEXP Top 40 of the Last 40 years here. Here is their top 40: 1 Nirvana Nevermind 2 Radiohead OK Computer 3…

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The Best Music of 2011

The Best Music of 2011

Okay so I am a couple weeks late getting this list posted for several reasons, but mainly because it’s so difficult to choose which twenty of the fifty-six 2011 albums I purchased belong on the list.  The top five are the albums I’ve listened to the most during the year, and two of the top five are by groups that don’t get anywhere near the attention they deserve, especially in the United States. 1. Capsula – In the Land of Silver Souls. …

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Scott H. Biram Show at the Tractor Tavern 2/25/2011

Scott H. Biram Show at the Tractor Tavern 2/25/2011

Zippy and I went to the Scott H. Biram show at the Tractor Tavern Friday night, and we saw the Dirty Old One-Man Band play a raucous set of hard -rockin’ blues inspired tunes to a full house.   The man channels John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters like nobody else. Scott Biram gets all the sound he needs from his guitars, his harmonica, his voice, and his feet.  He makes drums obsolete.  The drum track in his head is far superior to any beats…

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Friday Night Videos – Scott H. Biram, Nick Cave, and Bobby Bare, Jr.

Friday Night Videos – Scott H. Biram, Nick Cave, and Bobby Bare, Jr.

Scott H. Biram is performing at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard tonight. Who? Scott H. Biram!!! From his website: Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t pretty and neither is Scott H. Biram.  The self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal. Biram ain’t no dour ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways.  HELL NO!!!  His singing, yodeling, growling, leering…

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Best Albums of 2009

Best Albums of 2009

It’s New Year’s Eve and KEXP is just about ready to star their countdown of the best albums of 2009.  I’ll be listening and commenting on that later but, for now, here’s what you need to know. The Top 10 Albums of 2009 1. Rising Mountains – Capsula:  I first heard Capsula on KEXP on July 3rd and I was immediately hooked.  They are the most exciting band I’ve heard since discovering The Duke Spirit three years ago.  The band is…

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Friday Night Videos – Kid Congo Powers, Scott H. Biram, and Grinderman

Friday Night Videos – Kid Congo Powers, Scott H. Biram, and Grinderman

I just bought the new album by Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds titled Dracula Boots.  For those of you not familiar with Kid Congo, he’s the guitarist who formed The Gun Club with Jeffrey Lee Peirce way back in 1979, and then left to join The Cramps.  He rejoined The Gun Club to play on four albums from 1984 – 1991, and he also managed to hook up with The Bad Seeds to play on a few Nick…

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