Monday, January 16, 2017

I’d Love To Turn You On At The Movies #157 – Munich (2005, dir. Steven Spielberg)


Controversies surrounding films can swirl up like clouds of dust and debris obscuring a film’s content from its potential audience. Munich, Steven Spielberg’s account of the impact of the terror attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games, prompted a flurry of contradictory reports about the film’s highly incendiary topic. Unfortunately, this storm of confusion and hearsay as well as Steven Spielberg’s avoidance of promotion and interviews stifled Munich’s box office performance and critical reception. Over eleven years later, now that the debates attending its release have subsided, Munich reveals itself as one the most powerful and nuanced films about terrorism since the September 11th attacks, a profound reflection on the consequences of revenge, and Steven Spielberg’s greatest film of the last twenty years.

In the fall of 2005, within the formative years of George W. Bush’s War on Terror, Steven Spielberg adapted a novel about the Israeli government’s alleged covert operation to target and assassinate members of the Palestinian terrorist organization, Black September, responsible for planning the murder of eleven Israeli athletes participating in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Opening the film with the first of four segments documenting the Black September massacre, Spielberg masterfully blends a heart-pounding reconstruction of the ambush on the Israeli dormitory with a montage of people all over the world observing the events unfold on live television. During a meeting among Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and her advisors following the Munich attack, she sanctions a secret retaliation mission by announcing, “Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.” Eric Bana portrays Avner, a member of the Israeli secret service, Mossad, and Meir’s former bodyguard in a performance that should have propelled him into mainstream success. Meir and her advisors select Avner to lead a small group of covert operatives who will carry out assassinations on Black September targets living in Western Europe. Geoffrey Rush plays Ephraim, Avner’s contact within the Israeli government, and tucks a dry, cynical humor into his efficient explanation and analysis of Avner’s task. Spielberg draws out themes of family and community with multiple scenes of meals shared among Avner, his team, and his contacts. The film swells with a warm, delicate intimacy that belies the deadly nature of Avner’s mission. As an audience we face both the calculated brutality of the attack on the Israeli athletes as well as the methodical assassinations of Black September operatives. Through the actions of Avner’s team and the resulting consequences of those actions, we witness the true price of a life lived in the service of revenge.

With Munich, Spielberg confidently tackles a sprawling epic focusing on the geopolitical realities of a pivotal moment in the twentieth century, but enriches his story with a loving and cautious eye for the details that make our families, homes, and values worth living and dying for. A bracing vitality pushes through Munich as Spielberg operates at the top of his game and delivers a film of consequence that manages to be both deeply personal and searingly relevant to the state of the world. A prominent Jewish American director broaching the topic of the Israel/Palestine conflict and framing a story around a very real terrorist attack and an unconfirmed retaliation plot may have been a tough sell for audiences and critics in 2005, but in taking on this project, Spielberg allows us the opportunity to reflect on what happens when we compromise the values that define us as a people.

- John Parsell

Friday, January 13, 2017

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 9

Kalyn
MC/Beats, Wheelchair Sports Camp


Top 10 albums (no order):
Frank Ocean - Blond
Warpaint - Heads Up
Beyonce - Lemonade
James Blake - The Colour in Anything
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Solange - A Seat at the Table
Rihanna - Anti
Anderson Paak - Malibu
Drake - Views
Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Fav shows of the year (no order)
The Other Black @ Syntax
Santigold @ Ogden
Erykah @ Ogden 
Warpaint @ Gothic
Coco Rosie + Milk Blossoms @ Gothic
Nao @ Gothic
Chicharra @ Titwrench
Alabama Shakes in Taos
Gaslamp Killer @ Cervantes
The Librarian @ Cervantes 
Sango @ Cervantes
Drake @ Pepsi Center
Sierra Leon in Tijuana
LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks
Mangchi @ meow wolf




Shane
of The Kissing Party


Here's my top 10 2016 releases I bought:
Planes Mistaken For Stars - "Prey"
Neurosis - "Fires Within Fires"
Mogwai - "Atomic"
Trap Them - "Crown Feral"
Explosions in the Sky - "The Wilderness"
Deftones - "Gore"
Mono - "Requiem For Hell
Batman vs Superman Soundtrack (What? Hans Zimmer is awesome!)
Radiohead - "A Moon Shaped Pool"

Russian Circles - "Guidance"




Michael Bunnell
Executive Director Think Indie

Owner Of The Record Exchange


1105 W Idaho St
Boise, Idaho

Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
Hayes Carll- Lovers & Leavers
David Bowie- Blackstar
Parquet Courts- Human Performance
Alejandro Escovedo- Burn Something Beautiful
Paul Simon- Stranger to Stranger
Rokia Traore- Ne So
Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau- Nearness
Black Mountain- IV
Margaret Glaspy- Emotions and Math

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 8

Orlandez Lewis
Marketing & Promotions, Vintage Vinyl

6610 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130

Orlandez Lewis from Vintage Vinyl here!

Here's my list of favorites from the year!


​1. "Yes Lawd!" - Nxworries
2. "Blackstar" - David Bowie
3. "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" - A Tribe Called Quest
4. "Lemonade" - Beyonce
5. "Malibu" - Anderson Paak
6. "99.9%" - Kaytranada
7. "Untitled. Unmastered" - Kendrick Lamar
8. "A Seat at the Table" - Solange
9. "Heads Up" - Warpaint
10. "Blonde" - Frank Ocean



Storm Gloor
Music Business Professor at CU Denver, Twitter Account


Well, here ya go.. (in no particular order):

Anything But Words - Banks & Steelz
Blackstar - David Bowie
A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
Freetown Sound - Blood Orange
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter - Margo Price
True Sadness - Avett Brothers
Day Breaks - Norah Jones
57th & 9th - Sting
Soundtrack - Suicide Squad

Signs of Light - The Head and the Heart




Adam Baumeister
of Meep Records Denver, CO



Y La Bamba - Ojos Del Sol 
So beautiful my favorite new record this year 
The Breadth of this is mind-blowing collaborative effort on artwork w/ Milton Melvin Croissant III welcome to the future -

Mary Halvorson Octet - Away With You
Not very often and I sucked in at first listen - but with Mary I was. The pedal steel player in the group Susan Alcorn is amazing as well.

A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here... 
So refreshing - So current. Made me feel like I was a 10 year old white kid from the suburbs hearing Public Enemy for the first time.

Esme Patterson - We Were Wild Rocking Esme is my favorite Esme. Miss you boo.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
I can't write about this now - it's been a rough year - just listen.

Beyonce - Lemonade 
It took me awhile to get around to this - but yes everyone was right - it's completely amazing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeonBmeFR8o

Joe Sampson - Chansons de Parade
New EP from one of the best - this - song -  kills - me


Wilco - Schmilco 

New rock record by 20 year old "indie" band usually means I will automatically dismiss it - Wilco always gets me though - especially this one - so weird.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2_P0GI4n5Y

Hippies Wearing Muzzles - Animist Pools
Really Good Modular synth stuff when the world is too heavy and you just want to lay back and read Neuromancer for the 5th time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU9wt12bzKw

Monday, January 9, 2017

I'd Love to Turn You On #170 - Mekons – Fear and Whiskey


Noted rock critic Lester Bangs, who’s prone to hyperbole but also often correct, once called the Mekons “…the most revolutionary group in rock ‘n’ roll.” He may be wrong, but I can’t think of another group that better fits the bill. The Mekons are not a band, not really anyway – they’re more an anarchic collective who’ve now hung around together long enough that you can call them a band whether they like it or not (and really, I don’t think they mind). Luckily, band or no, they have continued to record and release albums from 1979 until now. Well, there was that time around 1982 when they called it quits as a group (or collective, or whatever) but they wisely decided to push through it, rediscovered their roots, and came back strong in ’85 with Fear And Whiskey, probably the best of their many good-to-great albums. And to hear about their legend, hear about the ramshackle nature of their music, hear fans calling Fear and Whiskey a masterpiece, or the album that created alt-country – and there are many people who will say those things – and then to hear the record, well, that’s a different story.

The first half/side makes you understand in just over 20 minutes that the band has little interest in creating “punk” music per se, or “country” either. None of the songs really resemble each other except in their loosely amateurish approach, the sawed violin (“fiddle,” if you prefer) of Susie Honeyman cutting through the clamor regularly to mark them, and perhaps how high the pounding drums are in the mix, leaving the normal rock leads of vocals and guitar considerably further back. But there’s something interesting in this stew, something that keeps bubbling up to the ear in every song – a nagging riff here; some guitar noise over there; the dark resignation of lines like "I was out the other night, fear and whiskey kept me going," or “darkness and doubt just followed me about” or “it’s hard to be human again;” the song that takes over a minute to fall apart at the end; the eccentric spoken-word pieces that seem to wander around an idea rather than tell a story – all of these find their way to the front of the mind and then recede into the album’s mix to be confronted next time ‘round.

The second half, which is more uniform in sound (but not necessarily better and certainly no more professional-sounding) kicks off with the rousing waltz called “Flitcraft,” which makes the country influence more palpable than anywhere in the first half. But rather than trying to sound like the finely-honed American version of country music, they’re more channeling the spirit of its classic practitioners. During their hiatus they began to fully comprehend the class-conscious rootedness of both American country and English folk, connected their directness and simplicity to the punk rock scene they were involved in and voila – out came this album. So when the next one, called “Country,” starts with “We know that for many years there's been no country here, Nothing here but the war” and says “I’m not ready for this, I am not ready for this” and the one after that is about a failed miners’ strike, they marry country music’s working class themes with punk’s bitterness and politics, both filtered through their own weathered, melancholic sensibilities that really go out on the album’s two final tunes. “Last Dance” is perhaps the album’s masterstroke, in which a night at a dance hall ends at last call with hope, resignation, drunkenness, desperation, and beauty all rolled into one perfectly sloppy/loose/ramshackle faux-country punk tune, and then there’s a spot-on cover of “Lost Highway,” which Hank Williams popularized – and he knew all about hope, resignation, drunkenness, desperation and beauty and sang about them all three decades before the Mekons did, which is why they connect to him.

So it’s country punk, sure, but it’s neither country nor punk. Or it’s both country and punk, but not alt-country. Or it’s alt-country, but not like that boring stuff that came later because of the punk connection, because they looked outward toward the problems of the world and not just their own heartaches (though those factor in, of course). Or as singer Tom Greenhalgh said in an interview with Rebel Route Spring in 1998: "We weren't a directly sloganizing, political band because we had a bit of a problem with that whole slogan-type thing. You know, it runs into other problems. It's kind of more like politics in the sense of everyday politics, or everything-is-politics, so sometimes that actually does merge with the bigger picture. A political view of everything rather than Political with a big “P” and party-politics and everything." To me, that’s country and that’s punk as fuck, all at once. They hit that idea throughout their career, lots of times knocking it out of the park, but this was the first time they did it, and still maybe the best.

-Patrick Brown

Monday, January 2, 2017

I’d Love To Turn You On At The Movies #156 – Silent Running (1972, dir. Douglas Trumbull)

I’m going to give you a number of good reasons to watch Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 science fiction epic/environmental cautionary tale Silent Running, and then I’m going to give you one reason to avoid it. The reason to avoid it is easily remedied, so read on. Douglas Trumbull’s name may sound familiar to you, and if so, you may be a fan of either 2001: A Space Odyssey or Star Wars, because Trumbull was one of the main special effects wizards on both those landmark films. Reason one to see this film: many of the special effects Trumbull utilized in Star Wars are seen in Silent Running. Thus if you love Star Wars, Silent Running is essential viewing. Aside from a young and alarmingly handsome Bruce Dern, the main characters in the film are a pair of droids called Huey and Dewey (Louie gets lost in space early on) who bear a remarkable resemblance to R2D2. They are totally humanoid and adorable and would be the subject of intense crossover marketing efforts in today’s world. In addition the general feel of the space ships and the outer space scenes are reminiscent of things we would see five years later in Star Wars (or vice-versa as the case may be).
The plot, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter. It involves a mission in the future (!?) to save the last specimens of flora and fauna that once populated the earth, by sending them into
space in what amounts to gigantic greenhouses. The Earth has become overrun with man’s presence and the only forests left are shot into space with a small crew to care for them. Unfortunately the crew soon get the word that it has been decided to destroy the remaining forests and return the giant spaceships to industrial use. The small crew callously begin the atomic detonation, when the ship’s lone scientist Freeman Lowell, played with chest-thumping idealism by Bruce Dern, decides he cannot allow this to happen. In a moment of clarity he kills his crew mates, hijacks the last forest and heads off to the far side of Saturn. The second great reason to watch Silent Running is the deadly serious environmental warning. It seemed earnest in a “save the whales” kind of way in 1972, but with the reality of Global Warming as we understand it now, as well as the rapid diminution of species from our global roster, the message is painfully relevant and prescient.
Reason three for loving Silent Running is Bruce Dern’s amazing performance. Falling early in his history as a leading man, Dern, who had toiled for over a decade as a bit player in low-budget movies, seems to squirm a bit with the weight of the film squarely on his shoulders, yet he performs admirably within the confines of a script that doesn’t always hold water. We do believe in his love for the environment and in his conflicted feelings at having dispatched his fellow astronauts. In a career that has had many fits and starts, Silent Running is one of the clear highlights for Dern. He is the sole human star, and the camera is rarely off his face. His character shows an interesting arc of growth, from ideologue to self-doubting loner, finally to a man resigned to his own failures, yet slightly optimistic for the future.
Reason Four is the wonderful ending, where Dern, back in contact with humanity, realizes he must send the last forest off into space without him, and we are left with a touching scene of the last remaining droid caring for the last remaining plants and animals as the last remaining dome floats off into space and Joan Baez intones a lovely, environmentally themed ballad which SCREEEEEECH!!!!!! Did I forget to mention Joan Baez? I feel I can’t honestly recommend this movie without mentioning the role Joan Baez plays in the soundtrack. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Joan Baez and think her place in music history is cemented ten times over. However, at three points in this movie she invades the soundtrack with some syrupy, overly-earnest balladry that unfortunately acts as a total nails-on-chalkboard moment in the film. It stops the action and nearly derails the entire thing. It’s hard to imagine what they could have been thinking, but it goes to prove the fragility of cultural temperament. Something that once seemed so righteous and appropriate is capable of literally stopping the forward movement of the plot and dating a movie beyond retribution. That is the one thing that might keep you away from the movie.
Silent Running isn’t one of “the great” movies, or even one of “the great Science Fiction movies.” However, it is without question an important link in the chain of Science Fiction movie history. If you want to fully grasp the link between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Wars you must see Silent Running.

-          Paul Epstein

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 7


Spells
One Of Our Favorite Denver Bands, Spells


Here are a few picks from SPELLS!

Mrs. Magician - Bermuda
Signals Midwest - At This Age
Martha - Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart
Ned Garthe Explosion - Flashlight Tan
Steve Adamyk Band - Graceland
The Hotelier - Goodness
ESP Ohio - Starting Point of the Royal Cyclopean
Tony Molina - Confront The Truth
Mako 1972 - Funeral Music

Sleaford Mods - TCR - EP




Brianna Dolly
Streetlight Records - Graphic & Social Media Director @ briannadolly.com


Top 10 Films Released in 2016:


The Witch - Robert Eggers
Moonlight - Barry Jenkins
Into The Inferno - Werner Herzog
The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos
Handmaiden - Chan-wook Park
Hunt For The Wilder People - Taika Waititi
Swiss Army Man - The Daniels
Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols
Men & Chicken - Anders Thomas Jensen
Kubo & The Two String - Travis Knight





Chad Dryden
The Record Exchange

1105 West Idaho Street

Boise, ID 83702


And, in no particular order:


AFROSONICS - People Meet Your People
ELDOPAMINE - Sounds Like A Reasonable Thing For A Band To Play
MONEY - Suicide Songs
MARISSA NADLER - Strangers
PARQUET COURTS - Human Performance
THOMAS PAUL - Singalongs
SASHA - Scene Delete
SFM-STEVE FULTON MUSIC - Eponym
SLEEPY SEAHORSE - Frienditions
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 6


Ben Desoto
Talent Buyer and Artist Development at Bohemian Nights


Here are 10 records that burned out my turntable this year...

Esmé Patteron - We Were Wild
Margaret Glaspy - Emotions & Math
Fruit Bats - Absolute Loser
Eros & Eschaton - Weight of Matter
Paper Bird - Paper Bird
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here...
Car Seat Head Rest - Teens of Denial
Kevin Morby - Singing Saw



Helen Triesch
WEA Music Group, Account Manager, Independent Sales


In no particular order:


Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Savages - Adore Life
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
David Bowie - Blackstar
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Dinosaur Jr. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Tribe Called Quest We Got it From Here...Thank you 4 Your Service

And Because I can never narrow it down to just one list:

Cool Shows I saw this year: Margo Price, Neil Youjng, Case/Lang/Viers, Black Sabbath, Buzzcocks, LCD Soundsystem, Robert Plant, and The Kills



Kayvan S.T. Khalatbari
Co-founder of Denver Relief Consulting, Sexy Pizza, Sexpot Comedy, and Social Use Advocate


And, in no particular order:


Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
The Devil Makes Three - Redemption & Ruin
Dwight Yoakam - Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars...
Allen Toussaint - American Tunes
De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...
Noname - Mixtape
DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall

Monday, December 26, 2016

I'd Love to Turn You On #169 - Allen Sherman – My Son the Greatest

Allan Sherman - My Son The Greatest (The Best Of)
In this blessed season of light you may have often found yourself asking: “What would it be like to be Jewish during the Christmas season?” An excellent question, and I can answer it for you: it is humbling, interesting, a little isolating, but most of all, it is funny. The Jewish people have a long history of finding humor in all sorts of situations, and being kind of excluded from the biggest national holiday in the American calendar could be the source of weird feelings and bitterness, and yet… most of the great Christmas songs were written by Jews and I personally love Christmas. I like the lights, I like the happiness it brings kids, I like that people try to be nice to their families and neighbors - all good! Growing up in New York, both the beauty and emotional schism of the holiday were even more apparent. Many Jews in America in the 20th century developed their own interesting and funny traditions. Going to a movie and out for Chinese (another group in some ways excluded from Christmas) food is a huge deal. Participating in the gift giving, but not really knowing why - big. Watching Christmas movies and appreciating them for their achievements in cinematography - big! But biggest for our family was Christmas 1962 when Jewish comedian Allan Sherman put out his My Son The Folk Singer album and Jews throughout America went into a spasm of laughter that, for me at least, has not subsided to this day. Sherman perfected the technique that has made Weird Al Yankovic a household name in the modern era. He took famous songs and made up new and hilarious lyrics to them.
I was lucky enough to meet Weird Al many years ago, and I asked him if he listened to Allan Sherman growing up. He actually got down on his knees, à la Wayne’s World, and said “I’m not worthy!” Yes, Allan Sherman was the best at song parodies. He brought a real sense of history, musicianship, and, as mentioned, Semitism to his work. In 1962 there weren’t that many Yiddish accents in mainstream media, yet, when Allan Sherman’s “Sarah Jackman” (a parody of “Frère Jacques”) was released and President John F. Kennedy was overheard singing it, suddenly the inverted clauses and misplaced proper nouns started to become part of American life. Sherman actually reached mega-stardom with his hit song “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!” –which took the classical standard by Ponchielli, “Dance of the Hours, and turned it into a letter from a homesick kid stuck at sleepaway camp. The song was an enormous hit and made Sherman very famous very fast. However, in my estimation it is the least of his accomplishments. My Son The Greatest is filled with hilarious adaptations of popular songs loaded with cultural references of the moment (in the late 50’s and early 60’s). He takes on advertising, fast food, consumerism, T.V., slang, The Beatles, beatniks, history, movie stars, politics, even Christmas itself.
For me, and I suspect for many other Jewish people, the best are his parodies of Jewish family life, where he affects the heavy Yiddish accent and makes merciless fun of the Jewish people’s halting steps into American culture. “Sarah Jackman,” “The Streets Of Miami,” “Shticks Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other,” and most importantly “Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max,” in which he spits out more hilariously rhyming Jewish surnames than seems possible in three minutes, are the songs that really hit home with me. I remember my Dad having his drink come out of his nose the first time he heard these lines delivered:
Merowitz, Berowitz, Handelman, Schandelman
Sperber and Gerber and Steiner and Stone
Boskowitz, Lubowitz, Aaronson, Baronson, 
Kleinman and Feinman and Freidman and Cohen
Smallowitz, Wallowitz, Tidelbaum, Mandelbaum
Levin, Levinsky, Levine and Levi
Brumburger, Schlumburger, Minkus and Pinkus
And Stein with an ‘E-I’ and Styne with a ‘Y’
To hear our heritage yelled out proudly and humorously on a major-label release through our own hi-fi was just too great. It made me feel like I was part of the fabric of America, not an outsider. I liked and identified with being someone who was part of a great tradition of poking fun at ourselves and the world around us.
When I pulled out My Son The Greatest to listen to for this review each song reawakened wonderful feelings of self-awareness, nostalgia and yes, a little of the magic spirit.
Merry Christmas mine friends!
-          Paul Epstein

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 5


Luke Sinclair
Long Time Customer and Good Friend of the Shop


2016
I spent a lot of 2016 digging deeper into old Irish, jazz, and country albums, which at times led me to not notice the new music coming out. I kept up with my favorite bands & artists, but over the past couple of months, I realized everything else I missed over the year. And what a year it was, I'm still trying to catch up!


New Album Favorites (In No Particular Order)

The White Stripes - Complete Peel Sessions
Radiohead - Moon-Shaped Pool
Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels - Born Too Late
KT Tunstall - KIN
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
Various Artists - George Fest
Autolux - Pussy's Dead
Charles Bradley - Changes
Night Moves - Pennied Days
Margo Price -  Midwestern Farmer's Daughter

Reissue Faves from 2016
The Beatles - Hollywood Bowl
Led Zeppelin - Complete BBC Sessions

Oasis - Be Here Now (especially Noel Gallagher's 2016 remix of "D'Ya Know What I Mean?" Holy Crap)



Chris Anderson
Sony Music, Sales Representative


Yes! I love these things.

1) Car Seat Headrest  “Teens Of Denial”
2) Preoccupations  “Preoccupations”
3) DIIV  “Is The Is Are”
4) Parquet Courts  “Human Performance”
5) Ty Segall  “Emotional Mugger”
6) Elza Soares  “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo”
7) Savages  “Adore Life”
8) A Tribe Called Quest  “We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service”
9) David Bowie  “Blackstar”
10) Swans  “The Glowing Man”



Darlene D'Agostino Beck
Director of Marketing. Z2 Entertainment


Iggy Pop, Josh Homme - Post Pop Depression
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Black Mountain - IV
Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Esme Patterson - We Were Wild
Carseat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Flume - Skin
BADBADNOTGOOD - IV
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sea of Noise
Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!
Devendra Banhart - Ape in Pink Marble

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Best ofs from friends of Twist & Shout Part 4

Itchy-O
Denver-based percussion-centered electronic performance band.


1. Church Fire - Pussy Blood
2. David Bowie - Black Star
3. Amanda Palmer - Piano Is Evil
4. SPELLS - Staying In Is The New Going Out
5. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from here... Thank you 4 your service
6. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
7. Savages - Adore Life
8. Horseback - Dead Ringers
9. Archy Marshall - A New Place 2 Drown
10. JG Thrilwell - The Venture Bros. Vol 2




Scott Brand
Manager, Commercial Development, Caroline 



Top Records 2016
·         Nxworries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
·         Blood Incantation – Starspawn (Dark Descent)
·         Haast’s Eagled – II: For Mankind (Holy Roar)
·         Sumac – What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey)
·         Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas – Mariner (Indie)
·         Bhavachakra – Bhavachakra (Translation Loss)
·         Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages (M.O.D. Technologies)
·         Seven Sisters of Sleep – Ezekiel’s Hags (Relapse Records)
·         Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood Recordings)
·         King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)
·         Trap Them – Crown Feral (Prosthetic Records)
·         Träd, Gräs och Stenar - Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Anthology/Mexican Summer)
·         The Avalanches – Wildflower (Astralwerks)
·         Johnny “Hammond” Smith – Gears (Concord)

·         Rotten Sound – Abuse to Suffer (Seasons of Mist)

Top Songs 2016
·         Nxworries – Get Bigger / Do U Luv
·         Seven Sisters of Sleep – War Master
·         Yussef Kamaal – Lowrider
·         Hooded Menace — Elysium of Dripping Death
·         Jan Hammer Group — Don't You Know
·         Primordial — Bloodied Yet Unbowed
·         The Brothers Johnson – In the Way
·         Roger Webb – Flying Objects
·         The Comet is Coming – Channel the Spirits
·         Idris Ackamoor and  the Pyramids – Epiphany
·         Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas- Cygnus
·         Power Trip – Hammer of Doubt

Top Shows 2016
·         At the Drive-In – Palladium, Los Angeles: June 1st, 2016
·         Taake – The Regent Theatre, Los Angeles: June 11, 2016
·         Anderson .Paak – Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Los Angeles: June 27th, 2016
·         Demilich w/ Hooded Menace – Complex, Glendale, CA: October 19th, 2016
·         Dillinger Escape Plan - The Regent Theatre, Los Angeles: October 30th, 2016



Zoe Lanterman
Marketing Director, Soda Jerk Presents



Here’s my choices:
·         Anderson .Paak - Malibu
·         Justice – Woman
·         Parquet Courts – Human Performance
·         Wilco – Schmilco
·         Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
·         Kaytranada – 99.9%
·         Allah-Las – Calico Review
·         Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
·         Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math

·         King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon infinity