Fave-rave lists from Mochipet, Ben Chasny, Bart Davenport, Richie Unterberger, and more
1. A-Trak, Dirty South Dance (Obey)
2. Dan Deacon, Spiderman of the Rings (Carpark)
3. High on Fire, Death Is This Communion (Relapse)
4. Chris De Luca vs. Phon.o, Shotgun Wedding Vol. 7 (Violent Turd)
5. Ludicra, "In Fever," Sonic Terror Surge 2007 (Alternative Tentacles)
6. Nanos Operetta
7. Larytta, Ya-Ya-Ya (Creaked)
9. Edaboss, "Go Left" (featuring Gift of Gab and Lateef) (Om)
10. edIT, Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup)
1. Sapat, Mortise and Tenon (Siltbreeze)
2. Blues Control, Blues Control (Holy Mountain)
3. Axolotl, Telesma (Important)
4. Loren Connors, As Roses Bow: Collected Airs 19922002 (Family Vineyard)
5. Earth, Hibernaculum (Southern Lord)
6. Om, Pilgrimage (Southern Lord)
7. Daniel Higgs, Ancestral Songs (Holy Mountain)
8. Magik Markers, Boss (Ecstatic Peace)
9. Son of Earth, Pet (Apostasy)
10. Grinderman, Grinderman (Anti-)
1. Sugar and Gold, Crème (Antenna Farm)
2. Nedelle, The Locksmith Cometh (Tangram 7s)
3. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone)
4. Rilo Kiley, Under the Blacklight (Warner Bros.)
5. St. Vincent, Marry Me (Beggars Banquet)
6. Arthur and Yu, In Camera (Hardly Art)
7. The Fiery Furnaces at Fernwood Lodge, Big Sur, Oct. 20
8. Vashti Bunyan at Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas, during South by Southwest, March 15
9. Von Iva at the Uptown, Oakl., Nov. 9
10. Ghostland Observatory at Mezzanine, Nov. 29
1. Pentangle, The Time Has Come: 196773 (Sanctuary/Castle)
2. Fairport Convention, Live at the BBC (Universal)
3. Various artists, Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 19651970 (Rhino)
4. Dusty Springfield, Live at the BBC DVD (Universal)
5. Various Artists, The American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 19631966 DVD (Hip-O)
6. The Blossom Toes, We Are Ever So Clean (Sunbeam)
7. The Zombies, Into the Afterlife (Big Beat)
8. The Incredible String Band, Across the Airwaves: BBC Radio Recordings 19691974 (Hux)
9. Various artists, Stax/Volt Revue: Live in Norway 1967 DVD (Concord)
10.Various artists, The Birth of Surf (Ace)
1. Kanye West and Lifesavas at Quebec City Festival, July 515
2. Jill Scott, "Crown Royal," The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 (Hidden Beach)
3. Talk to Me with Don Cheadle
4. Little Brother, "Step It Up," Getback (ABB)
5. My Brother Marvin musical
6. Prince, Planet Earth (Sony)
7. Nas with Snoop Dogg at Mezzanine, after the Warriors eliminated Dallas, May 3
8. Rolling Stone picks Lifesavas for "Ten Artists to Watch in 2007"
9. Kanye West, "Stronger," Graduation (Roc-A-Fella)
10. Ledisi's 2008 album
1. The Peter Evans Quartet, The Peter Evans Quartet (Firehouse 12)
Peter Evans is one of the few musicians I've ever seen that have made my jaw drop. Trust me on this one.
2. Marnie Stern, In Advance of the Broken Arm (Kill Rock Stars)
She came out of nowhere, playing some unholy mixture of girlie indie pop and Orthrelm, and kicked all of our asses.
3. Mayhem, Ordo ad Chao (Season of Mist)
The gods of Norwegian black metal get weirder and better.
4. The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky DVD box (Starz/Anchor Bay)
Essential metasurrealism from this filmic genius at an insanely low price.
5. Miles Davis, The Complete On the Corner Sessions (Sony Legacy)
Insanely lavish box from Davis's notorious 197274 period, during which rhythm and skronk ruled.
6. The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 DVDs (Fantoma)
Pure eye candy for psychos.
7. The Flying Luttenbachers, Incarcerated by Abstraction (ugEXPLODE)
I would be lying if I didn't tell you this was the best album released this year. It will destroy you with its dissonant structural complexity.
I recently began overdosing on the early output of this mythic ur-metal space-rock juggernaut, particularly when Lemmy was with them.
9. StSanders's Shred videos on YouTube
Honestly, I don't think I've laughed as hard and long this year at anything else. Viva la suck!
10. Zs, Arms (Planaria)
This rigorously intense new music group from New York keeps delivering the rock with staggering precision.