Thursday, February 20, 2020

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2019 (AND ONE FROM 2018)

THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2019 (work-in-progress)

iLe -- Almadura 
VARIOUS ARTISTS -- Nostalgique Porto Rico (Puerto Rican Roots 1940-1960) 
BAD BUNNY -- X100PRE   
BAD BUNNY AND J BALVIN -- Oasis 
LIZZO -- Cuz I Love You 
ARI LENNOX -- Shea Butter Baby 
BRANFORD MARSALIS -- The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul 
SOLANGE -- When I Get Home 
NICK CAVE -- Ghosteen 
ANDY BURROWS AND MATT HAIG -- Reasons To Stay Alive 
DORI FREEMAN -- Every Little Star
TINARIWEN -- Amadjar 
MDOU MOCTAR -- Ileana (The Creator)   
WEYES BLOOD -- Titanic Rising 
CAROLINE SHAW -- Orange 


TANYA TUCKER -- While I'm Living 
JUDY COLLINS -- Winter Stories (w Jonas Fjeld and Chatham County Line)
MANSION HARLOTS -- All Around A Fairground 
TYLER, THE CREATOR -- IGOR 
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS -- Become Desert 
ANDREW NORMAN -- Sustain 
STURGILL SIMPSON -- Sound & Fury 
VARIOUS ARTISTS -- Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood 
MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS -- De Ayer Para Siempre 
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH -- I Love You. It's A Fever Dream 
BILLIE EILISH -- When We All Fall Asleep 
VAMPIRE WEEKEND -- Father Of The Bride 
LAKOU MIZIK -- HaitiNola 
CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH -- Ancestral Blues 


NEIL YOUNG -- Colorado 
ANGELIQUE KIDJO -- Celia 
FRANK TURNER -- No Man's Land  
BECK -- Hyperspace 
MICHAEL KIWANUKA -- Kiwanuka 
ALLISON MOORER -- Blood 
DAVE MALLOY --- Octet (Original Cast Recording) 
THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE -- Aban 
WILCO -- Ode To Joy 
JOE JACKSON -- Fool 
JEFF LYNNE'S ELO -- From Out Of Nowhere
JULIA JACKLIN -- Crushing 
KEVIN MORBY -- Oh My God 
LOS LOBOS -- Lleg√≥ Navidad 

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read/Heard So Far In 2020

Updated as of February 11, 2020

KEY: star rating is on the four star scale
          meaning of "/" or "\"
          *** is three stars out of four
          ***/ is three stars leaning towards  3 1/2
          ***\ is three stars leaning towards 2 1/2


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(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)


1. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo *** 1/2
2. Thank You, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse *** 1/2 (despite the blackface)
3. Walt and Skeezix aka Gasoline Alley Volume Three 1925-1926 by Frank King
4. Bubble In The Sun by Christopher Knowlton ** 1/2
5. A World Without Work by Daniel Susskind **
6. Tightrope by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn ** 1/2
7. Arguing With Zombies by Paul Krugman ***
8. The Complete Terry and the Pirates Vol. 5 1943-1944 by Milton Caniff *** 1/2
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1. Neil Young -- Tonight's The Night (1975) *** 1/2 /
2. Neil Young -- Zuma (1975) *** 1/2
3. Neil Young -- After The Goldrush (1970) *** 1/2 /
4. Neil Young -- American Stars N Bars (1977) ** 1/2
5. Neil Young -- Comes A Time (1978) *** 1/2
6. Neil Young -- Rust Never Sleeps (1979) *** 1/2
7. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto -- Getz/Gilberto #2 (1965) *** 1/2
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(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV -- and TV movies if it comes to that. Mostly I only list TV shows when I've tackled an entire season at once or reappraising an entire series after it's over This doesn't really capture my ongoing watching of current TV.)


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(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)


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Updated as of February 11, 2020