Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Twist & Shout Staff Picks: the Best of 2021

Paul Epstein’s list - Did I Dream This? 2021

New Releases
1) Steve Gunn - Other You
2) Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders - Promises
3) Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
4) Robert Plant/Alison Krauss - Raise The Roof
5) Nathaniel Rateliff - Red Rocks 2020
6) Daniel Lanois - Heavy Sun
7) Los Lobos - Native Sons
8) Goose - Shenanigans Nite Club
9) John Hurlbut and Jorma Kaukonen - The River Flows II
10) Chrissie Hynde - Standing In The Doorway
11) Wanda Jackson - Encore
12) Billy Strings - Renewal
13) Lucinda Williams - Runnin’ Down A Dream
14) Sturgill Simpson - Ballad Of Dood & Juanita
15) Valerie June - Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers


Reissues
1) Jefferson Airplane - Acid, Incense And Balloons
2) Can - Doko E: Live In Cologne
3) Neil Young - Way Down In The Rust Bucket
4) Bruce Springsteen - The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concert
5) Tim Buckley - Bear’s Sonic Journals: Merry-Go-Round At The Carousel
6) Grateful Dead - Light Into Ashes
7) Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York 1980-1985
8) Joni Mitchell - Archives Vol. II
9) Rolling Stones - Tattoo You - 40th Anniversary
10) Ali Akbar Khan - Bear’s Sonic Journals: That Which Colors The Mind

Hello, my name is Patrick Brown and these are my top things of 2021.

MUSIC RELEASES:
1. Claire Chase – Density 2036
2. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
3. No-No Boy – 1975
4. Tim Berne / Chris Speed / Reid Anderson / Dave King – Broken Shadows
5. Sons of Kemet – Black To The Future
6. Julius Hemphill – The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (archival)
7. Tune-Yards – Sketchy.
8. Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time
9. Star Feminine Band – Star Feminine Band
10. Henry Threadgill Zooid – Poof
11. Electric Jalaba – El Hal
12. Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life
13. Wild Up – Julius Eastman, Vol. 1: Femenine
14. Todd Snider – First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder
15. Yola – Stand For Myself
16. Goat – Headsoup
17. Sun Ra – Egypt 1971 (archival)
18. Wau Wau Collectif – Yaral Sa Doom
19. Vijay Iyer Trio – Uneasy
20. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & London Symphony Orchestra – Promises


BLU-RAY RELEASES:
1. Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia
2. World of Wong Kar-Wai box set
3. After Life
4. The Signifyin’ Works of Marlon Riggs
5. Satantango
6. Celine and Julie Go Boating
7. Memories of Murder
8. Devi
9. Nightmare Alley
10. Judas and the Black Messiah

Adam Reshotko’s two years of tunes for pandemic times

All Them Witches - Nothing As the Ideal
Belle & Sebastian - What to Look For In Summer
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975
Angel Bat Dawid - Live
Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol. 16: Springtime in New York
Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways
Goat - Headsoup
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead 50th Anniversary
Green Druid - At the Maw of Ruin
The Heliocentrics - Telemetric Sound
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel
King Woman - Celestial Blues
Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Phish - Sigma Oasis
John Prine - Crooked Piece of Time
Sons of Kemet - Black to the Future
Stereolab - Electrically Possessed (Switched On Vol. 4)
Sun Ra - Egypt 1971
The Third Mind - The Third Mind
Fantastic Negrito - Have You Lost Your Mind Yet
Richard & Linda Thompson - Hard Luck Stories 1972-1982
Trees - Trees: 50th Anniversary Edition
Various Artists - Spiritual Jazz 13: NOW! (Parts 1 & 2)
Amy Winehouse - Live at the BBC
Neil Young - Way Down in the Rust Bucket
Frank Zappa - Zappa '88: The Last U.S. Show

Hello, my name is Amy and these are my top things of 2021:

1. Skee Mask - Pool
2. Black Midi - Cavalcade
3. Senyawa - Alkisah
4. Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
5. Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
6. Lingua Ignota - Sinner Get Ready
7. Black Country, New Road - For the First Time
8. Kessler - Ambivalent EP
9. Chris Corsano & Bill Orcutt - Made Out of Sound
10. Iglooghost - Lei Line Eon
11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATES END!
12. Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders - Promises
13. Kučka - Wrestling
14. Ad Nauseum - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse
15. Blanck Mass - In Femeaux
16. Turnstile - Glow On
17. Yu Su - Yellow River Blue
18. Ross From Friends - Tread
19. Rochelle Jordan - Play With the Changes
20. Panopticon - …And Again Into the Light
21. Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
22. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince
23. Andy Stott - Never the Right Time
24. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
25. Yves Tumor - The Asymptomatical World EP
26. Spelling - The Turning Wheel
27. Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés - Clamor
28. Papangu - Holoceno
29. Aesop Rock & Blockhead - Garbology
30. Ka - A Martyr’s Reward

Howdy! My name is Anna Lathem and these (in no particular order but kinda also a lil bit in a particular order) are my top things of 2021:

1. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass 50th Anniversary
2. Kacey Musgraves - star-crossed
3. Durand Jones & the Indications - Private Space
4. Magic Castles - Sun Reign
5. Leon Bridges - Gold-Diggers Sound
6. Yola - Stand For Myself
7. Valerie June - The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers
8. Brittany Howard - Jaime (Reimagined)
9. Curtis Harding - If Words Were Flowers
10. Olivia Rodrigo - Sour
11. Silk Sonic - An Evening With Silk Sonic
12. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
13. The Killers – Pressure Machine
14. Electric Six – Streets of Gold
15. Hiatus Kaiyote – Mood Valiant
16. The Vaccines – Back in Love City
17. Parquet Courts – Sympathy for Life
18. Jose Gonzales – Local Honey
19. The Beatles – Let it Be 50th Anniversary
20. St. Vincent – Daddy’s Home
21. Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
22. Bo Burnham – Inside
23. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3000
24. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (Deluxe Edition)
25. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (Reissue)

Ben's Top Musical Items of 2021

1. Elton John - Regimental Sgt. Zippo (RSD reissue of 1968 album)
2. Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom
3. Bill Fay - Time Of The Last Persecution (UK RSD reissue)
4. El Michels Affair - Yeti Season
5. Tintern Abbey - Beeside - Complete Recordings (CD only)
6. Star Feminine Band - Star Feminine Band
7. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
8. Salah Ragab - Egypt Strut (RSD reissue)
9. Toumani Diabaté - Kôrôlén
10. Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows
11. Makaya McCraven – Deciphering the Message
12. Adele – 30
13. Tony Allen - There Is No End
14. Durand Jones & the Indications - Private Space
15. La Luz - La Luz
16. Imelda May - 11 Past The Hour
17. Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points - Promises
18. James Taylor - Dad Loves His Work (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set with personalized welding gear)

My name is Blake Britton and this is a list of stuff I enjoyed this year.

Vinyl:
1. Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - I Told You So
2. El Michels Affair - Yeti Season
3. Orquesta Akokán - 16 Rayos
4. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
5. The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Expansions
6. Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
7. Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975
8. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
9. Museum of Love - Life of Mammals
10. Faye Webster - I Know I'm Funny haha


CD/digital:
1. Ilyas Ahmed & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - You Can See Your Own Way Out
2. Les Filles de Illighadad - At Pioneer Works
3. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince
4. Tony Allen - There Is No End
5. Skee Mask - Pool
6. Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom
7. St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
8. CHAI - WINK
9. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
10. The Velveteers - Nightmare Daydream


DVD/Blu-ray (not all of these are new, but they were new to me):
1. Rear Window (1954)
2. Touch of Evil (1958)
3. Love & Mercy (The Life, Love, and Genius of Brian Wilson) (2014)
4. Vampyr (1932)
5. タンポポ [Tampopo] (1985)
6. She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
7. El ángel exterminador [The Exterminating Angel] (1962)
8. North by Northwest< (1959)
9. Born in Flames (1983)
10. Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

Hello, my name is Brian Albright and these are my top things of 2021.

New Music:
1. Cheap Trick – In Another World
2. Steve Almaas – Everywhere You’ve Been
3. Los Lobos – Native Sons
4. Legal Matters – Chapter Three
5. Jesse Daniel – Beyond These Walls


Reissues/Collections:
1. Various Artists – Rockets of Love: Power Pop Gems
2. The dB’s – I Thought You Wanted To Know 1978-1981
3. The Beat Farmers – Tales of the New West - Deluxe
4. Tom Petty – Angel Dream
5. KISS – Destroyer 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe

Hello, my name is Brian W and these are my top things of 2021:

Not in any order:
Kikagaku Moyo - live at levitation
Menahan Street Band - exciting sounds
John Dwyer - endless garbage
Sonic Boom - almost nothing is nearly enough
Reining Sound - a little more time with
Magic Castles - sun reign
Night Beats - Outlaw R&B
Link Wray - Sings and Plays guitar
Murlocs - bittersweet demons
Monophonics - it’s only us
Rugged Nuggets - odds and ends
Amyl and the Sniffers - comfort to me
King Gizz - butterfly 3000
Jr. Thomas and the Volcanos - beware
Goat - headsoup
La luz - s/t
Orquesta Akokan - 16 rayos
Various - soul slabs vol. 3
Tony Allen - there is no end
King Woman - celestial blues (that’s for you Squirrel)


Reissues/Collections:
Digital Underground - Sex Packets
Upsetters - return of django
Spiritualized - J. Spaceman reissue series
Digable Planets – reachin’
Frankie & the Witch Fingers - brain telephone
Kashmere Stage Band - our thing
BJM audiophile series continues….


Don’t hurt ‘em Steph.


Hello, my name is Chris Bjork and these are my top things of 2021:

1. Good Morning – Barnyard
2. Fleet Foxes – Shore
3. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – Shyga! The Sunlight Mound
4. Black Midi – Calavcade
5. Meatbodies – 333
6. Let Your Hair Down – Waiting Room
7. Hoovenii – Water For the Frogs
8. Oriens Belte – Villa Amorini
9. Kit Sebastian – Melodi
10. Silver Synthetic – Silver Synthetic
11. Badbadnotgood – Talk Memory
12. Babe Rainbow – Changing Colours
13. Good Morning TV – Small Talk
14. The Murlocs – Bittersweet Dreams
15. Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band
16. Triptides – Alter Echoes
17. Monophonics – It’s Only Us
18. Maston & L’Clair – Souvenir
19. Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band – Music Is Dead
20. Hello, I’m Sorry – Buddy


Hello, my name is Eric Curley and these are my top things of 2021:

1. Menahan Street Band - The Exciting Sounds Of (2/26)
2. Hail the Sun - New Age Filth (4/16)*
*---> Fun Fact: one of our former LA roommates is the bass player. :-)
3. The Black Keys - Delta Kream (5/14)
4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000 (6/11)
5. Steve Gunn - Other You (8/27)
6. The Bronx - VI (8/27)
7. Various Artists - The Daptone Super Soul Revue LIVE at the Apollo (10/1)
8. Between the Buried and Me - Colors II (10/8)
9. Every Time I Die - Radical (10/22)
10. Mastodon - Hushed and Grim (10/29)

Ethan’s Top albums/reissues (alphabetically by artist):

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Expansions
Beatles – Let It Be (Super Deluxe)
dB’s – I Thought You Wanted To Know 1978-1981
El Michels Affair – Yeti Season
Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G-d’s Pee at State’s End
Steve Gunn – Other You
Idles - Crawler
Durand Jones & the Indications – Private Space
La Luz – La Luz
Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds Of Menahan Street Band
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything/Loveless/mbv Remasters
R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi
Remember Sports – Like a Stone
Replacements – Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash
40th Anniversary Remaster Rolling Stones – Tattoo You
(40th Anniversary super deluxe vinyl box, specifically) Spirit of the Beehive – ENTERTAINMENT, DEATH
Stereolab – Electrically Possessed (Switched On Vol. 4)
Various – The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At The Apollo
War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore
Lucinda Williams – Bob’s Back Pages: A Night of Bob Dylan Songs


Movies I saw and liked (alphabetically by title)
Annette (Leos Carax)
Nomadland (Chloé Zhao) RELEASED IN U.S. THEATERS JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2021
Roadrunner: A Film about Anthony Bourdain (Morgan Neville)


BEST SHOW I SAW: ROLLING STONES “NO FILTER” TOUR @ THE DOME AT AMERICA’S CENTER ST. LOUIS, MO on SEPTEMBER 26TH

Extra Kool’s Best of 2021 in no particular order:

Top 10 albums:
1. DJ Muggs – Dies Occidendum (my album of the year)
2. Atmosphere – Word?
3. Hide – Interior Terror
4. Dark Time Sunshine – Lore
5. Atmosphere – God’s Bathroom Floor 7”
6. Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever
7. John Carpenter / Cody Carpenter – Halloween Kills
8. Digital Underground – Sex Packets (vinyl reissue)
9. Aesop Rock & Blockhead – Garbology
10. DJ Abilities – Photograph Phoenix


Top 12 Blu-rays:
1. Witching & Bitching
2. Elvira’s Haunted Hills
3. Scanner Cop 1&2 box set
4. Batman: The Long Halloween Parts 1&2
5. Born For Hell
6. Jakob’s Wife
7. The House on Sorority Row
8. Delirium
9. The Suicide Squad
10. The Day of the Beast
11. Saint Maud
12. Sacrifice

Hello, my name is Harrison Mains and these are my top things of 2021.

Vinyl
1. Backxwash – I Lie Here Buried With My Rings And My Dresses
2. Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz
3. Kero Kero Bonito – Civilisation
4. Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic
5. Space Afrika – Honest Labor
6. Spellling – The Turning Wheel
7. Black Dresses – Forever In Your Heart
8. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
9. Sturgill Simpson – The Ballad of Dood and Juanita
10. Czarface & MF Doom – Super What?
11. Amyl & the Sniffers – Comfort to Me


Hello, my name is Jack Brown and these are my top things of 2021.

1. Porter Ricks – Biokinetics
2. Porter Ricks – Porter Ricks
3. Menahan Street Band – The Exciting Sounds of
4. El Michels Affair – Yeti Season
5. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Expansions
6. DJ Muggs – Dies Occidenium
7. Alan Vega – Mutator
8. Mort Garson – Music From Patch Cord
9. Seefeel – Rupt & Flex 94-96
10. Bug – Fire

Hello, my name is James Mabry and these are my top things of 2021.

CD:
1. Girl In Red – If I Could Make It Go Quiet
2. Paul Weller – Fat Pop
3. Chai – Wink
4. La Luz – La Luz
5. Devlon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So


DVD/Blu-ray:
1. Summer of Soul
2. Sparks Brothers
3. Annette

Hello, my name is Jase Jones and these are my top things of 2021.

1. Shakey Graves – Roll the Bones X
2. Zeal and Ardor – Zeal and Ardor
3. Zero 7 – Shadows EP
4. The Drums – Portamento
5. Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia
6. Various Artists – The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live at the Apollo
7. Madlib – Sound Ancestors
8. Madlib – Bad Neighbor
9. The Velveteers – Nightmare Daydream

Hello, my name is JEagle and I’m an alcoholic…. Er, sorry, wrong meeting. This is my favorite shit from 2021

New Albums
1. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders + the London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
2. Fire! – Defeat
3. Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – Another Day Another Dollar
4. Mike Lust – Demented Wings
5. Chris Corsano + Bill Orcutt – Made Out of Sound
6. The Flatlanders – Treasure of Love
7. Noga Erez – Kids
8. Reigning Sound – A Little More Time with Reigning Sound
9. Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
10. Hayes Carll – You Get It All
11. Electric Boys – Upside Down
12. Flying Lotus – Yasuke
13. Poets of Rhythm – Discern/Define
14. L.A. Guns – Checkered Past
15. Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg
16. El Michels Affair – Yeti Season
17. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage
18. Steve Roach + Serena Gabriel – Temple of the Melting Dawn
19. Whit Dickey, William Parker + Matthew Shipp – Village Mothership
20. Jim O’Rourke + Elliott Sharp – Sakuraza


Films
1. Nobody (Ilya Naishuller)
2. Dune (Denis Villeneuve)
3. No Sudden Move (Steven Soderbergh)
4. The Sparks Brothers (Edgar Wright)
5. Respect (Liesl Tommy)
6. Once Upon a Time in Queens (Nick Davis)
7. Judas and the Black Messiah (Shaka King)
8. The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes)
9. Pig (Michael Sarnoski)
10. Violet (Justine Bateman)


Hello, my name is Kevin McGrellis and these are my top things of 2021

1. Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
2. Snail Mail – Valentine
3. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready
4. Nick Waterhouse – Promenade Blue
5. Buck Meek – Two Saviors
6. Patrick Paige II – If I Fail Are We Still Good?
7. Grouper – Shade
8. Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon
9. Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
10. Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy

Hello, my name is Linden Jackson and these are my top things of 2020.

CD:
1. Turnstile – Glow On
2. Amyl & the Sniffers – Comfort To Me
3. Every Time I Die – Radical
4. Mastodon – Hushed and Grim
5. Poppy – Flux
6. The Bronx – Bronx VI
7. Manchester Orchestra – Million Masks of God
8. Idles – Crawler
9. Architects – For Those That Wish to Exist
10. Vaccines – Back in Love City

Hello, my name is Maggie and these are my top things of 2021.

Vinyl:
1. Nirvana – Nevermind 30th Anniversary Reissue
2. Lorde – Solar Power
3. Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain Reissue
4. PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea Reissue
5. ABBA – Voyage
6. Duran Duran – Future Past
7. Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days
8. Adele – 30
9. Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere

CD:
1. Original Soundtrack – The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes
2. Taylor Swift – Red (Taylor’s Version)

DVD/Blu-Ray:
1. The Night House (d. David Bruckner)
2. Old (d. M. Night Shyamalan)
3. Judas and the Black Messiah (d. Shaka King)
4. Malignant (d. James Wan)
5. The Green Knight (d. David Lowery)
6. Nomadland (d. Chloé Zhao)
7. Zola (d. Janicza Bravo)
8. Saint Maud (d. Rose Glass)
9. Spiral (d. Darren Lynn Bousman)
10. Candyman (d. Nia Da Costa)

Matt Spivack's 2021 Top 10 (in order of release)

CD/Vinyl:
Soen – Imperial – 01/29/21
Transatlantic – The Absolute Universe: Forevermore – 02/05/21
Black Midi – Cavalcade – 05/27/21
Neal Morse Band – Innocence & Danger – 08/27/21 CD – 09/17/21 Vinyl
Iron Maiden – Senjutsu – 09/03/21
Steve Hackett – Surrender of Silence – 09/10/21
Caravan – It's None of Your Business – 10/15/21 CD – 11/19/21 Vinyl
Dream Theater – A View From the Top of The World – 10/22/21
P. F. M. - I Dreamed of Electric Sheep – 10/22/21 CD – 11/12/21 Vinyl
Mastodon – Hushed & Grim – 10/29/21

Honorable Mention for Reissues:
Jethro Tull – A (A La Mode) 40th Anniversary Stereo/5.1 Remix by Steven Wilson
Jethro Tull – Benefit 50th Anniversary Stereo/5.1 Remix by Steven Wilson
Gentle Giant – Free Hand Stereo/5.1 Remix by Steven Wilson

Highly Anticipated 2022 Releases:
Porcupine Tree – Closure/Continuation – 06/24/22
Jethro Tull – The Zealot Gene – 01/28/22

Hello, my name is Max Kaufman and these are my top things of 2021.

Top 3 Albums of 2021 (in no order):
King Woman – Celestial Blues
Black Midi – Cavalcade
Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders – Promise

Other things that came out in 2021 that are amazing (in no order):
Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon
The Armed – Ultrapop
Carcass – Torn Arteries
Converge w/ Chelsea Wolfe & Stephen Brodsky – Bloodmoon:1
La Luz – La Luz
Emma Ruth Rundle – Engine of Hell
Xenia Rubinos – Una Rosa
Wau Wau Collectif – Yaral Sa Doom
Madlib – Sound Ancestors
Mdou Moctar – Afrique Victime
Porter Robinson – Nurture
Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic feat. Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak
Vince Staples – Vince Staples
Injury Reserve – By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Viagra Boys – Welfare Jazz
Squid – Bright Green Field
Turntstile – Glow On
The Descendents – 9th & Walnut
Various Artists – The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live at the Apollo
Jeff Rosenstock – Ska Dream

Reissues:
Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
Bad Brains – Bad Brains & Pay to Cum 7”
KMD – Mr. Hood RSD tri-color vinyl
My Bloody Valentine – catalog The Mars Volta – Deloused in the Creamtorium(VMP version)

Favorite Movie of the Year:
Last Night in Soho – dir. Edgar Wright

Quinn Theis – List 2021

Flaco Jimenez - Los Recuerdos del Troquero
Vivien Goldman - Next is Now
Karen Black - Dreaming of You (1971-76)
Nas - King’s Disease II
Wau Wau Collectif - Yaral Sa Doom
Terravault - Terravault (cassette)
Shirley Collins - Crowlink
Gift of Gab - Finding Inspiration Somehow
Yves Tumor - The Asymptotical World
Carcass - Torn Arteries
Bill Fay/Steve Gunn - Dust Filled Room (single)
Esperanza Spalding - Triangle
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, Live In Seattle
Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
Nubya Garcia - Source ⧺ We Move
Grouper - Shade
Xiu Xiu - Oh No
Georgia Anne Muldrow - VWETO III
William Parker - Migration Of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World
Jane Birkin - O! Pardon tu dormais
Pharoah Sanders/Floating Points/LSO - Promises
Vijay Iyer Trio - Uneasy
Skee Mask - Pool
Kessler - Ambivalent
Roscoe Mitchell and Mike Reed - The Ritual and the Dance
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
St. Vincent - Daddy’s Home
John Prine - John Prine and Friends live at Newport Folk 2017
Can - Live in Stuttgart 1975
Tricky - Lonely Guest

Reggie's top ten 2021

1. Noga Erez – Kids 03/26/21
2. Royal Blood – Typhoons 04/30/21
3. El Michels Affair – Yeti Season 03/26/21
4. Sleigh Bells – Texis 10/08/21
5. Piroshka – Love Drips & Gathers 07/23/21
6. Marina – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land 06/11/21
7. DJ Muggs – Dies Occidendum 03/12/21
8. Garbage – No Gods No Masters 06/11/21
9. Freezepop – Fantasizer 05/14/21
10. St. Vincent – Daddy's Home 05/14/21


* Hide – Interior Terror 06/04/21
* Jane Weaver – Flock 03/05/21
* Space Afrika – Honest Labour 08/27/21
* Anika – Change 07/23/21
* John Grant – Boy From Michigan 06/25/21

Steph’s 2021 Jams

Idles – Crawler
Bia – For Certain
Amyl and The Sniffers – Comfort to Me
The Alchemist – This Thing Of Ours
Mannequin Pussy – Perfect
Doja Cat – Planet Her
Madlib – Sound Ancestors
Kari Faux – Lowkey Superstar
Isaiah Rashad – The House Is Burning
Turnstile – Glow On
BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory
Goat – Headsoup
Japanese Breakfast – Jubilee
Angel Olsen – Aisles
The Velveteers – Nightmare Daydream
MIKE – Disco!
Vince Staples – Vince Staples
Mac Miller – Faces
Nightmares On Wax – Shout Out! To Freedom…
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Thursday, February 11, 2021

2021 - It’s a start.

Hi everybody. I hope you all fare well. Things at Twist And Shout are pretty good. We have stuck with our safety measures and as a result we have gotten through three major national peaks with nobody on our staff getting sick. I’m so pleased with this. It was my most fervent desire that customers and employees remain safe above all else. Happily, business has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels, even with the limited capacity shopping. You, our beloved community of music-lovers, have figured out the rules and just gone about your music-loving ways. We are all so grateful for you patronage and friendship. In spite of the fact that we could be doing much more business if we’d just throw open the doors and damn the torpedoes, that’s not what’s going to happen. We will continue with this course until we as a staff feel that it is safe to do otherwise. Things are starting to look better, locally and nationally, but we have learned that relaxing regulations has resulted in explosive growth. This time it’s a little different, because we (thankfully) have vaccines nipping at the heels of this damn disease. So, the end of this hell is in sight, but we are going to wait a bit longer before we start the party. Maybe this year’s Record Store Day - Saturday June 12th - will signal the return to our old lives - we’ll see. Until then let’s stay safe everybody!

I believe we will all be permanently changed by the events of the last year. I know I will. Here are two reasons. Many customers continue to ask me about ‘Stereo Pete.” Pete Fassoulis, also known as Peter Fast and Stereo Pete, passed away two nights ago. He had been struggling with a terrible disease called PSP for a few years. Pete was one of my best friends and a building block in the Twist And Shout story. Years ago, I did a Fred Neil radio special on KGNU in Boulder. The next day a guy came into the store and said “Are you the guy who did the Fred Neil special?” I was, and it was the beginning of a long friendship. We bonded over music. Pete lived for music. He was such a true believer. He had moved to New Orleans for a number of years so he could be closer to the source. He lived his life without fear or artifice. He didn’t care about being cool, or rich, or with it - he was just Pete, a guy who loved music, fixed stereos and made life more interesting for others. Pete would eventually become the stereo fixit guy for Twist And Shout, building a loyal clientele of old-school hi-fi nuts who trusted Pete to diagnose and fix their sound woes. For me, the important thing was that I got to eat lunch at El Taco De Mexico with a great friend every Saturday for over a decade. Oh man did we laugh. I will miss Pete for the rest of my life.

Hard to believe someone could be even more important to me, but on January 25th I also lost my Mother, Miriam Epstein. She was 99 and succumbed to COVID 19. It was awful. The last year has been so hard. I haven’t been able to hold her hand and comfort her in the last year of her life. I felt so helpless. Any good thing about me came from my Mother. She taught me to not judge people, but find the good in them. She was incredibly proud of Twist And Shout and never wavered in her support of me. Over the years, I’ve seen how debilitating a bad parent can be to people. When I think about my life, the one overriding truth is that a good Mother can set one up for a good life. I had the best Mother. The best! Here’s a picture of my Mother, my wife Jill (right) and my sister-in-law Peggy. Three women I love!

I wish you all the best. Hold on to your favorite records and hold on to those that you love.
Paul Epstein

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Friends of Twist & Shout Pick: the Best Albums of 2020

Andrea Paschal: CIMS/THINKINDIE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

1. Jarv-Is - Beyond the Pale
2. The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
3. Haim - Women in Music Pt. III
4. Yelle - L’ere Du Versau
5. ARCA - KiCk I
6. Washed Out - Purple Noon
7. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Idiot Prayer
8. Caribou - Suddenly
9. Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
10. Disclosure - Energy

Liz Boger: CIMS SALES & MARKETING

1. Haim - Women in Music Pt. III
2. The Strokes - The New Abnormal
3. Sylvan Esso - Free Love
4. Waxahatchee - St. CLoud
5. Glass Animals - Dreamland
6. Beabadoobee - Fake it Flowers
7. Wray - Stream of Youth/ Blank World
8. Washed Out - Purple Noon
9. Finneas - Blood Harmony
10. Purity Ring - WOMB

Blake Wimberly: CIMS/THINKINDIE DO/KNOW-IT-ALL

1. John Carroll Kirby - My Garden
2. Andras - Joyful
3. Matt Karmil - STS371
4. Paradise Cinema - Paradise Cinema
5. Chip Wickham - Blue To Red
6. Turn On The Sunlight - Warm Waves
7. Roman Flügel - Garden Party
8. Anunaku/DJ Plead - 032
9. Ami Dang - Meditations Mixtape Vol. 1
10. WRAY - Stream of Youth/Blank World

Scott Register: THINKINDIE A&R
1. Kathleen Edwards - Total Freedom
2. Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1: The Butcher Shop Sessions & Cuttin’ Grass
3. Whitney Rose - We Still Go To Rodeos
4. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
5. Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas
6. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II
7. Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
8. Paris Jackson - Wilted
9. Nada Surf - Never Not Together
10. HAIM - Women In Music Pt. III

Russell Cothran: THINKINDIE SALES & MARKETING

1. Afghan Whigs - Black Love & Gentlemen
2. Jellyfish - Bellybutton
3. Brian Eno - Ambient 1 Music For Airports
4. John Coltrane - Blue Train
5. Talk Talk - The Spirit Of Eden
6. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
7. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
8. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
9. Steely Dan - Gold
10. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Nick Campbell: THINKINDIE WAREHOUSE MANAGER

1. Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
2. Choir Boy - Gathering Swans
3. Moaning - Uneasy Laughter
4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy
5. Nation of Language - Introduction, Presence
6. Hum - Inlet
7. Bambara - Stray
8. Wray - Stream of Youth / Blank World
9. Holy Wave - Interloper
10. En Attendant Ana - Juillet

Ashley Vaske: CIMS/THINKINDIE ACCOUNTING

1. Poliça - When We Stay Alive
2. Haim - Women in Music Pt. III Monsters
3. Rhye - Home EP
4. Joe Wong - Nite Creatures
5. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
6. Yelle - L’Ère du Verseau
7. Mourn - Self Worth
8. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
9. Khruangbin - Mordechai
10. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Jack Patton-Smith: ACCOUNT REPRESENTATIVE REDEYE

1. Bendrix Littleton - Deep Dark South
2. Rival Consoles - Articulation
3. Wax Machine - Earthsong of Silence
4. Georgia - Seeking Thrills
5. Autechre - SIGN/PLUS
6. Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
7. Osees - Protean Threat
8. Dead Ghosts - Automatic Changer
9. Dirtbike - Country Club Acres
10. Lance Bangs - Whammy

Alex Ramsay: THIRTY TIGERS

1. Osees - Protean Threat
2. Loving - If I Am Only My Thoughts
3. Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto - Quatermass Seven
4. Jyoti - Mama, You Can Bet!
5. North Americans - Roped In
6. Cut Worms - Nobody Lives Here Anymore
7. John Moreland - LP5
8. The Heliocentrics - Telemetric Sounds
9. Hiroshi Yoshimura - Green (2020 Reissue)
10. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammed - Jazz Is Dead 001

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Twist & Shout Staff Picks: The Best of 2020

Paul Epstein
New Releases

1. Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways
2. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
3. Khruangbin - Mordechai
4. Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
5. John Hurlbut & Jorma Kaukonen - The River Flows
6. Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin' Grass
7. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
8. Jason Isbell - Reunions
9. David Bromberg - Big Road
10. X - Alphabetland

Reissues

1. Joni Mitchell - Archives Vol. 1 (1963-1967)
2. Neil Young - Homegrown
3. Tom Petty - Wildflowers and All the Rest
4. King Crimson - Complete 1969 Recordings
5. The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup Super Deluxe
6. Lou Reed - New YorkDeluxe
7. Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah UmMobile Fidelity
8. The Doors - Morrison Hotel
9. Paul Kantner/Grace Slick - Blows Against the Empire
10. Grateful Dead - American Beauty and Workingman's Dead 50th Anniversary Edition

Anna Lathem
1. Ruston Kelly - Shape and Destroy
2. X - Alphabetland
3. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
4. Kacey Musgraves - The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show
5. Elizabeth Cook - Aftermath
6. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
7. The Killers - Imploding the Mirage
8. Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright
9. Fantastic Negrito - Have You Lost Your Mind Yet
10. Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways
11. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
12. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
13. Khruangbin and Leon Bridges - Texas Sun (EP)
14. Prince - Sign O' the Times Reissue
15. Sylvan Esso - Free Love
16. The Chicks - Gaslighter

Ben Sumner
1. Janos Starker - Plays Kodaly Cello Sonata
2. Dead Kennedys - "Nazi Punks Fuck Off"
3. Salah Ragab - Cairo Jazz Band
4. Kylie Minogue - Disco
5. Dariush Dolat-Shahi - Electronic Music, Tar and Sehtar
6. Hedzoleh Soundz - Hedzoleh
7. Nadine Shah - Kitchen Sink
8. Moğollar - Moğollar
9. Sarolta Zalatnay - Álmodj Velem...
10. Ottilie Patterson - 3000 Years With Ottilie
11. Folke Rabe - Was??
12. Kamaal Williams - Wu Hen
13. Mort Garson - Music from Patch Cord Productions
14. Henry Jacobs - Highlights from Vortex
15. Ron Cornelius - Tin Luck
16. Debris' - Static Disposal
17. William Basinski - Lamentations
18. Los Lobos - Colossal Head
19. Joni Mitchell - Archive Vol. 1
20. Bill Evans - Symbiosis
21. Bruce Springsteen - Letter to You
22. Ivor Cutler - Dandruff
23. Dave & Toni Arthur - Hearken To The Witches Rune
24. Khruangbin - Mordechai
25. Jack Adkins - American Sunset

Blake Britton
1. Black Market Brass - Undying Thirst
2. Khruangbin - Mordechai
3. Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Were Sent Here By History
4. The Strokes - The New Abnormal
5. Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
6. Angel Olsen - Whole New Mess
7. Beach Bunny - Honeymoon
8. Tengger - Nomad
9. Sylvan Esso - Free Love
10. Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
11. Laura Marling - Song for Our Daughter
12. Bohren & der Club of Gore - Patchouli Blue
13. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
14. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
15. Fontaines D.C. - A Heroe's Death
16. R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
17. Cold Beat - Mother (DFA Records <3)
18. Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
19. Haim - Women In Music Pt. III
20. Osees - Protean Threat

Brian Albright
New Music

1. Jesse Daniel - Rollin' On
2. The Explorer's Club - The Explorer's Club
3. Young Fresh Fellows - Toxic Youth
4. Old 97's - Twelfth
5. Elizabeth Cook - Aftermath
6. The Lickerish Quartet - Threesome Vol. 1
7. X - Alphabetland
8. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy

Reissues & Collections

1. Everly Brothers - Down in the Bottom: Country Rock Sessions 1966-'68
2. Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - Just Coolin'
3. Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All the Rest
4. Van Duren - Are You Serious?
5. Various Artists - Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-87
6. Redd Kross - Phaseshifter
7. Pylon - Chomp
8. Various Artists - Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present: The Tears of Technology

Bridget Hartman
1. Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
2. Ambrose Akinmusire - On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment
3. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
4. Khruangbin - Mordechai
5. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
6. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel
7. Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
8. Osees - Protean Threat
9. Nubya Garcia - Source
10. Swamp Dogg - Sorry You Couldn’t Make It Reissue

Chris Bjork
1. Nomadic Homes - Indecision
2. Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Monsters Eating People Eating Monsters
3. Bananagun - The True Story of Bananagun
4. Fleet Foxes - Shore
5. Fuzz - III
6. Beans - All Together Now
7. Osees - Protean Threat
8. Dead Ghosts - Automatic Changer
9. Dirtbike - Country Club Acres
10. Lance Bangs - Whammy

Doug Anderson
1. Bill Frisell Trio - Valentine
2. Artemis - Artemis
3. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
4. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
5. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
6. Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
7. Osees - Protean Threat
8. Dead Ghosts - Automatic Changer
9. Dirtbike - Country Club Acres
10. Lance Bangs - Whammy

Ethan Griggs
1. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
2. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
3. Fleet Foxes - Shore
4. Kevin Morby - Sundowner
5. Khruangbin - Mordechai
6. Osees - Protean Threat
7. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy
8. Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
9. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
10. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels

Extra Kool
Vinyl

1. Atmosphere - The Day Before Halloween
2. Nigel - Tantrum
3. Aesop Rock - Spirit World Field Guide
4. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - What It Is
5. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Because Is In Your Mind
6. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
7. Makeup & Vanity Set - The Heart of Batman
8. Run the Jewels - RTJ4

DVD & Blu-ray

1. Friday the 13th Box Set
2. Shivers
3. Psycho 60th Anniversary Edition
4. Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits
5. Solid Metal Nightmares: Shinya Tsukamoto box set
6. Batman - A Death in the Family
7. Daughters of Darkness
8. Joker

Jonathan Eagle
Vinyl

1. Neil Young – Homegrown
2. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full
3. Huey Lewis & the News – Weather
4. Steve Roach – Tomorrow
5. Deerhoof – Love/Lore
6. Blue Öyster Cult – The Symbol Remains
7. Mr. Bungle – The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny
8. Mort Garson – Music from Patch Cord Productions
9. Run the Jewels – RTJ4
10. Hum - Inlet
11. Alicia Keys – Alicia
12. Cirith Ungol – Forever Black
13. Bruce Springsteen – Letter to You
14. Shabaka & the Ancestors – We Are Sent Here by History
15. Elvis Costello – Hey, Clockface
16. Killah Priest – Rocket to Nebula
17. Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders
18. Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
19. Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
20. Autechre – Plus / Sign

Film & TV

1. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
2. The Gentlemen
3. I'm Thinking of Ending Things
4. Bill and Ted Face the Music
5. Daddy and Them
6. Fargo Season 4
7. Dear Mr. Watterson
8. The Sopranos (fifth re-watch)
9. The complete shitshow that was the presidential debates + election
10. The Parks and Rec Reunion

Kevin McGrellis
Vinyl

1. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
2. Lady Gaga - Chromatica
3. Emily A. Sprague - Hill, Flower, Fog
4. Adrianne Lenker - Songs & Instrumentals
5. Moor Mother - Circuit City
6. Touché Amoré - Lament
7. Shamir - Shamir
8. Hilary Woods - Birthmarks
9. Lomelda - Hannah
10. Taylor Swift - folklore.

Linden Jackson
DVD/Blu-ray

1. Color Out of Space
2. Relic
3. Possessor
4. Swallow
5. The Vast of Night
6. The Platform (El Hoyo)
7. His House
8. Beanpole
9. Sea Fever
10. Motel Hell Blu-ray steelbook

(Not) Matt Cobos
Tunes I Jammed in Quar

1. Viagra Boys - all albums & EPs
2. CCR Headcleaner - Tear Down the Wall
3. Emily A. Sprague - Hill, Flower, Fog
4. Sakuran-Zensen - I Am Sakuran-Zensen
5. L.A. Witch - Play With Fire
6. RMFTM - Subversive II(single from upcoming LP)
7. Melvins - I Fuck Around (single from upcoming LP)
8. Osees - Protean Threat

Crap I Watched in Quar

1. Joe’s Apartment
2. Dead Man on Campus
3. Nothing But Trouble
4. My Boyfriend’s Back
5. Multiplicity
6. Hubie Happween
7. Below Deck
8. Below Deck Mediterranean
9. Big Brother UK Season 5
10. The Circle
11. The Circle UK
12. 90 Day Fiance
13. 90 Day Fiance The Other Way
14. The Bachelorette Australia

Max Kaufman
1. Jeff Rosenstock - No Dream
2. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
3. Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist - Alfredo
4. Disheveled Cuss - Disheveled Cuss
5. Mr. Bungle - Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
6. King Buzzo & Trevor Dunn - Gift of Sacrifice
7. Mr. Bungle - The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny
8. Nothing - The Great Dismal
9. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
10. Primitive Man - Immersion
11. Cirith Ungol - Forever Black
12. Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - May Our Chambers Be Full
13. Gorillaz - Song Machine Season 1: Strange Times
14. Imperial Triumphant - Alphaville
15. Open Mike Eagle - Anime, Trauma, & Divorce
16. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
17. Idles - Ultra Mono
18. Metz - Atlas Vending
19. Clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
20. Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - Unlocked
21. Oneohtrix Point Never - Magic Oneohtrix Point Never
22. Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher

Patrick Brown
MUSIC

1. Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels
2. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
3. Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling
4. Serengeti - AJAI
5. Elizabeth Cook - Aftermath
6. Liberty Ellman - Last Desert
7. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
8. X - Alphabetland
9. Tabansi Studio Band - Wakar Alhazai Kano / Mus'en Sofoa
10. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
11. Thumbscrew - The Anthony Braxton Project
12. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - The Fantastic Mrs. 10
13. Old 97’s - Twelfth
14. Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot
15. Rolling Blackouts C.F. - Sideways to New Italy

MOVIES

1. Vitalina Varela
2. Pain & Glory
3. Bacurau
4. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
5. Parasite
6. Young Ahmed
7. The House That Jack Built
8. Sorry We Missed You
7. First Cow
8. The Lighthouse

Blu-ray Reissue

1. The Complete Films of Agnès Varda
2. Maya Deren Collection
3. Paris Is Burning
4. Beau Travail
5. There's Always Tomorrow

Quinn Theis
1. Ron Miles - Rainbow Sign
2. E-40 - Give Me 6'
3. Joni Mitchell - Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967)
4. Wire - Mind Hive
5. Bob Dylan - Rough & Rowdy Ways
6. Sparks - A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip
7. Gooch Palms - III
8. Shabaka and The Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History
9. Deerhoof - Love-Lore
10. Adrianne Lenker - Songs and Instrumentals
11. Autechre - Forever Black
12. Bruce Springsteen - Plus/Sign
13. R.A.P. Ferreira - Purple Moonlight Pages
14. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
15. Tobe Nwigwe - The Pandemic Project
16. Jen Curtis/Tyshawn Sorey - Invisible Ritual
17. Killah Priest - Music from Patch Cord Productions
18. Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
19. Jhene Aiko - Chilombo
20. Natalia Lafourcade - Un Canto por Mexico, Vol. 1

Reggie Jordan
1. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
2. Sofi Tukker - Dancing on the People EP
3. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
4. Yelle - L'ere du Verseau
5. Adult. - Perception is/as/of Deception
6. Garmarna - Forbundet
7. Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now
8. Katie Gately - Loom
9. Lady Gaga - Chromatica
10. Mr. Bungle - Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny

Rory Dumas
1. Khruangbin - Mordechai
2. Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer
3. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
4. Yelle - L'ere du Verseau
5. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
6. Budos Band - Long In the Tooth
7. Fuzz - III
8. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun
9. Lady Gaga - Chromatica
10. Antibalas - Fu Chronicles

Stephanie Rendon
1. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
2. Aminé - Limbo
3. Westside Gunn - Pray for Paris
4. Idles - Ultra Mono
5. Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist - Alfredo
6. Mac Miller - Circles
7. Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
8. Lady Gaga - Chromatica
9. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
10. Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
11. Action Bronson - Only for Dolphins
12. Budos Band - Long In the Tooth
13. Alicia Keys - Alicia
14. Butcher Brown - #KingButch
15. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel
16. Khruangbin - Mordechai

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Rolling Stones


In the early 60’s when The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the main outlets for actually seeing the bands we heard on the radio, I remember seeing both The Beatles and The Stones and getting into a small competition with my brother about who was better. We both loved The Beatles, but my brother was taken aback by The Stones’ scruffy appearance. I loved it, and immediately became a Stones booster. The early singles I remember hearing-Satisfaction, Ruby Tuesday, Paint It Black, Mother’s Little Helper were just magic to my ears. And the way they looked! They weren’t perfect kewpie dolls like The Beatles, they looked like well-dressed street-toughs.


Mick Jagger and Jr. Wells-October -
70-photo by Dick Waterman

Ultra Rare 1st press mono of their 1st album
with the poster

Throughout the 1970’s, they offered up a string of incredible albums that helped create the idea of album-oriented rock. “Sticky Fingers,” “Exile on Main Street,” “It’s Only Rock N Roll,” “Goat’s Head Soup” and “Some Girls” defined the era for me as much as any albums. They also continued to be the most visually stimulating band. Seeing both “Gimme Shelter” and “Ladies And Gentlemen The Rolling Stones” in the theatre was a frequent and moving experience. I remember seeing “Ladies and Gentlemen” at a movie theatre on Evans and Monaco that later became the Rainbow Music Hall. That movie remains one of my favorite rock and roll documentaries. The band is absolutely at their peak-Mick is the master of the universe, counterbalanced by new boy Mick Taylor’s expressionless performance. While barely moving, he sprays out the most incendiary, fluid lead guitar lines you’ve ever heard. He doesn’t get the attention that many other 60’s peers get, perhaps because of his short tenure, but his playing in that movie stands up against any other lead guitar player of the era. Between them stands the greatest rock star of all time-Keith Richards. If you have never understood the appeal of Keith, I’d point you to that movie. Like some protean form of human quicksilver, he oozes around the stage, seemingly barely conscious, except for the fact that the human riff machine is the chugging engine behind every song, providing the chunky rhythm and memorable hooks to every classic, then stepping up to play the heroic leads on songs like Sympathy For The Devil or Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Even today, Keith is still the coolest. Like a modern-day pirate with a guitar instead of a scabbard, he’s on the ship-friggin’ in the riggin’ for all of us.




Live, The Stones are the only band from the 60’s that still offer a reasonable facsimile of what they once were. Their shows are still thrilling spectacles filled with surprises and songs you actually want to hear. They constantly defy expectation. They are the only band I’ll still travel to see, and when I do it’s never a disappointment, because that magic still exists. I’ve had the opportunity to meet them several times, and interestingly they are the opposite in person. Tiny, chalk-white, humble, polite and sweet they were completely disarming in their ordinary courtesy. When my wife leaned into Mick’s ear and said “I’ve loved you since the 60’s and you’re even better looking in person” he got a huge grin on his face “Thank you daaahling, that’s so kind of you.” How many times has he heard that? A billion maybe? He acted like it was the first compliment he’d ever received. Keith slouched around, his handshake like a dead fish, but he had a wink and a backslap for everybody. He knows exactly who he is-so few people can claim that.

Keith reaches nirvana At Folsom Field,
Boulder 1981
Poster from The 1965 Denver Coliseum show,
and photo from that show

Maybe that’s the real magic behind The Rolling Stones-they represent the pinnacle of rock elite, yet they still seem connected to their roots at some very primal level. They ARE the rock and roll dream. Local boys who done very, very good. Here’s some of my favorite stuff.

Paul Epstein