Friday, January 05, 2024

THE MOVIES, BOOKS, THEATER, CONCERTS, ALBUMS I'VE SEEN/HEARD/READ SO FAR IN 2024

 Updated as of February 10, 2024  


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


The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read/Heard So Far In 2024

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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. The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le CarrĂ© (1977) *** 1/2 
2. Smiley's People by John Le CarrĂ© (1979) **** 
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1. Coleman Hawkins -- The Hawk Flies High (1957) **** 
2. Madness -- The Rise & Fall (1982, on vinyl at Andrew's apt as he packed for St. Pete) *** 
3. Television -- Adventure (1978) *** 
4. Grateful Dead -- Live/Dead (1969) ***\ 
5. Anthony Braxton -- For Alto (1971) *** 1/2 
6. Paul Bley -- Time Will Tell (1995) *** 
7. George Jones -- The Grand Tour (1974) *** 

8. Aerosmith -- Pump (2001) *** 
9. Little Walter -- His Best (1997) *** 1/2 
10. The Residents -- Duck Stab/Buster & Glen (1978) *** 
11. Elomar -- Cantoria 2 (1988) **** 
12. Elomar -- Cantoria 3 *** 1/2 
13. Elomar -- Cantoria 1 (1984) *** 1/2 
14. Otis Spann -- The Blues Never Die! (1965) *** 
15. The Velvet Underground -- White Light/White Heat (1968) ** 1/2 
16. Green Day -- Dookie (1994) *** 1/2 
17. Elvis Costello -- Trust (1981) *** 
18. Various Artists -- Shalimar Original Soundtrack (1978) *** 
19. Deep Purple -- Machine Head (1972) ** 1/2 
20. Howard Tate -- Howard Tate (1972) *** 1/2 
21. Z.Z. Top -- Tres Hombres (1973) ** 
22. Marlena Shaw -- The Spice Of Life (1969) ** 1/2 
23. Bob Marley -- Catch A Fire (1973) **** 
24. Howard Tate -- Get It While You Can (1966) *** 1/2 
25. Howard Tate -- Rediscovered (2003) *** 1/2 
26. Howard Tate -- Reaction (1970) *** 
27. Doc Cheatham and Shorty Baker --- Shorty & Doc (1961) *** 1/2 
28. Elvis Costello -- Brutal Youth (1995) *** 
29. Elvis Costello -- Punch The Clock (1983) *** 1/2 
30. Elvis Costello -- Kojak Variety (1994) ** 1/2 
31. Elvis Costello -- All This Useless Beauty (1996) ** 1/2 
32. Sly and the Family Stone -- Stand! (1969) *** 1/2 
33. Sly and the Family Stone -- There's A Riot Goin' On (1971) **** 
34. Sly and the Family Stone -- Greatest Hits (1970) **** 
35. Peter Tosh -- Legalize It (1976) *** 1/2 
36. Blur -- Parklife (1994) *** 1/2 
37. Blind Willie Johnson -- Praise God I'm Satisfied (1989) *** 1/2 
38. Prince --- Originals (2019) *** 
39. Big Star -- #1 Record (1972) **** 
40. Big Star -- Radio City (1974) *** 1/2 
41. Sly and the Family Stone -- Fresh (1973) *** 1/2 
42. Dire Straits -- Love Over Gold (1972) ** 1/2 
43. Marlena Shaw -- Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? (1972) ** 1/2 
44. Elvis Costello -- Goodbye Cruel World (1984) *** 1/2 
45. Raspberries -- Raspberries' Best (1976) **** 
46. The Beach Boys -- Smile (1967, from The Smiles Sessions box, 2011) *** 1/2 /
47. Brian Wilson -- Presents Smile (2004) ****  
48. Lead Belly -- Midnight Special: The Library Of Congress Recordings (1991) *** 1/2 
49. Brian Harnetty -- The Workbench (2023) *** 1/2 
50. Spacemen 3 -- Playing With Fire (1989) *** 
51. The 13th Floor Elevators -- The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators (1966) *** 1/2 
52. Sly and the Family Stone -- Dance To The Music (1968) ** 1/2 
53. Elbow -- The Seldom Seen Kid (2008) ** 1/2 
54. D'Angelo -- Brown Sugar (1995) **** 
55. D'Angelo -- Voodoo (2000) ** 1/2 
56. Brian Harnetty -- Words and Silences (2022) *** (Thomas Merton) 
57. Brian Eno -- Discreet Music (1975) **** 
58. New Order -- Substance 87 (1987) *** 1/2 
59. Brian Eno -- Ambient 1: Music For Airports (1978) **** 
60. Electric Light Orchestra aka ELO -- Zoom (2001) **** 
61. Brian Eno -- Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (1980) (w Harold Budd) **** 
62. Brian Eno -- Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance (w Laraaji) (1980) *** 1/2 
63. Brian Eno -- Ambient 4: On Land (1982) *** 
64. Brian Eno -- Evening Star w Robert Fripp (1975) *** 1/2 
65. Brian Eno -- Apollo aka score For doc For All Mankind (1983) ***/ 
66. Brian Eno -- (No Pussyfooting) (w Robert Fripp) (1973) *** 1/2 
67. Brian Eno -- The Equatorial Stars (w Robert Fripp) (2004) *** 1/2 
68. Peter Tosh -- Equal Rights (1977) *** 1/2 
69. Paul McCartney -- Band On The Run (Underdubbed Mix) (1973) *** 1/2 
70. Japan --- Quiet Life (1979) ***\ 
71. David Bowie -- Aladdin Sane (1973) *** 1/2 
72. Brian Eno -- The Shutov Assembly (1992) *** 1/2 
73. Oxomatli -- Street Signs (2004) ** 1/2 
74. Big Star -- Third (1978) *** 
75. The Conet Project -- Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations/1111 (1995) *** 
76. Volcano -- Jungle (2023) ** 1/2 
77. Aphex Twin -- Selected Ambient Works Vol. II (1994) *** 1/2 \ 
78. The Louvin Brothers -- Tragic Songs Of Life (1956) *** 1/2 
79. Brian Eno -- Music For Films (1978) ** 
80. Robert Fripp -- Exposure (1979) ** 
81. Pharaoh Sanders -- Harvest Time Live 1977 (1977/2023) *** 1/2 
82. Cortijo Y Su Combo w Ismael Rivera -- La Quiniela Del Dia (1976) *** 1/2 
83. Dinosaur Jr. -- You're Livin' All Over Me (1987) *** 1/2 
84. Eddie Condon -- 1927-1943 (1997) *** 1/2 
85. Marvin Gaye -- Here, My Dear (1978) *** 1/2 
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(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV shows -- 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.)

1. Bed and Sofa (1927) *** 1/2 
2. American Fiction ** 1/2 
3. The Zone Of Interest ***/ 
4. Dune (2021) (in IMAX) *** 1/2 
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THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS
(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)

1. A Prairie Home Companion 50th Anniversary at Ryman (w Jesse) *** 
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Updated as of  February 10, 2024