This article can be summed up in one quote: "I will pay someone to shoot you, Walsh."
Spend enough time checking out live music in the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually you’re bound to cross paths with master percussionist and composer Dave Mihaly. A long-time San Francisco resident by way of New Jersey, Dave has been adding his unique take on rhythm
With a sound that combines the hypnotic vibe of Mazzy Star and the drones of John Cale-era Velvet Underground, Annie Girl and The Flight soar like no other.
The Boy With Astronaut Eyes finds The Purrs in a particularly joyful state of mind, and sounding perhaps the most invigorated and pumped up they've ever been.
Rivers is a delicately beautiful perspective of this master musician's artistry, and may even widen the acceptance of avant garde jazz, given the chance.
Psychedelic hero Mark Matos explains the concept of the Family Folk Explosion and details his upcoming boxed set in part two of his Parlour to Parlour interview.
Psych/folk/rock torch-bearer Mark Matos connects his music to a unique vision of "the New Weird West" in the first of a two-part Parlour to Parlour interview.
An all-women's choir playing in the same venues on the same nights as indie rock and folk bands? That's exactly what Conspiracy of Venus is.
Could that new Chicago album that can stand tall with their best material finally be coming?
"They're so talented, I'd just hate them if they weren't so damned nice!"
With my regular Parlour to Parlour series taking a little nap this year (don’t worry, it’s coming back), I’ve had quite a bit more head space to pay attention to new music. And again, as with each year, there’s more than enough good stuff to fill a single column. This is the great advantage to my Popdose colleagues and myself all publishing our own individual year-end ‘best of’ lists – what one of us misses, the others will certainly have those missing pieces covered.
For 2012, I’ve grouped my best-of assessments into six categories. You can use the links below to skip to the parts you think you’ll like best, or, if you’re like me, you’ll want to read the whole thing from beginning to end. Please feel free to leave comments below on your own favorite albums, singles, live shows, and rediscoveries or reissues. I’d be curious to see what else I’ve missed! And while you’re at it, check out the year-end posts and 2012 gift guides by fellow Popdosers Rob Smith, Ken Shane, Chris Holmes, Keith Creighton, and Editor in Chief Jeff Giles.
It is also worth noting that all images in this list are linked to Amazon (except where they’re not) in the event that, at this late date, you are inclined to buy some vinyl for that special someone (and if you and your friends still think that vinyl doesn’t exist anymore, just go on and buy one of these and follow the rest of us down the rabbit hole). Enjoy!
Pitch in to help fund the mastering and pressing of Ash Reiter's new album and you could end up going on a skydiving trip!
Those who have known me personally from my teen years onward will be scratching their heads over the unlikelihood of my name appearing in the byline for a story about a band called Chrystian Rawk. Still others who have heard this band have asked me, “what’s the deal with Chrystian Rawk? Is it a joke? Am I supposed to take it seriously?”