Monday, December 27, 2010

Record Scores - The End Of Another Fucked Up Year Edition

Woima Collective - Tezeta Lp (Kindred Spirits)
Marcus Belgrave - Gemini Lp (Universal Sound)
Carlos Nino & Jesse Peterson - Turn On The Sunlight Lp (Disques Corde)
Sun Ra - Lost Arkestra Vol. 1 10" (Kindred Spirits)
Kenny Barron - Sunset To Dawn Lp (Muse)
Olatunji - Flaming Drums! Lp (Columbia)
Don Patterson - Movin' Up Lp (Muse)
Arild Andersen - Shimri Lp (ECM)
David Pritchard - Light-Year Lp (Inner City)
Jimmy Heath - Triple Threat Lp (Riverside)
Pat Martino - The Visit! Lp (Cobblestone)
V/A - Bacteria Sour Vol. 1 7" (Bacteria Sour)
The Girls - Remote View 7" (Hozac)
The Young - Sweet 7" (Mexican Summer)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Best Albums of 2010

In time for last-minute X-mas shopping this year!
Listed In Reverse Order

20. Pink Noise - Birdland Lp (Sacred Bones)
-Sacred Bones Records label website-

19. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma 2xLp (Warp)
-Warp Records label website-

18. Urban Tribe - Urban Tribe Lp (Mahogani)
-Urban Tribe on MySpace-

17. The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble - Miles Away 2xLp (Stones Throw)
Stones Throw Records label website-

16. Beach House - Teen Dream 2xLp+DVD (Sup Pop)
-Sub Pop Records label website-

15. Callers - Life Of Love Lp (Western Vinyl)
-Western Vinyl Records label website-

14. Wounded Lion - S/T Lp (In The Red)
-In The Red Records label website-

13. Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun 2xLp (Strut)
-Strut Records label website-

12. Balaclavas - Roman Holiday Lp (Dull Knife)
-Dull Knife Records label website-

11. Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong Lp (Ninja Tune)
-Ninja Tune Records label website-

10. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Heritage Lp (Choice Cuts)
-Choice Cuts Records label website-

09. Will Sessions - Kindred Lp (The Few/Community Projects)
-The Few Records label website-

08. Pajo - Scream With Me Lp (Black Tent)
-Black Tent Press label website-

07. Mi Ami - Steal Your Face Lp (Thrill Jockey)
-Thrill Jockey Records label website-

06. Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - OST 2xLp (Strut)
-Strut Records label website-

05. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes 2xLp (Mochilla)
-Mochilla label website-

04. Sex Worker - Waving Goodbye Lp (Not Not Fun)
-Sex Worker on MySpace-

03. Dam Funk - Toeachizown 5xLp Boxset (Stones Throw)
-Stones Throw Records labe website-

02. Blondes - Touched Lp (Merok)
-Merok Records label website-

01. Joshua Abrams - Natural Information Lp (Eremite)
-Eremite Records label website-

Random Notes:
- This list is vinyl-only album releases. Jyoti "Ocotea", the spiritual-jazz album from Georgia Anne Muldrow, with all of its Alice Coltrane intensity, was one of my favorites but unfortunately was never issued on vinyl.
- my favorite piece of vinyl this year: Smooth Tutors 7" on The Harmony Society (
- my favorite record labels this year: 1. Kindred Spirits 2. Not Not Fun 3. KDJ/Mahogani 4. Alala 5. Stones Throw
- Notable EPs:
* Smooth Tutors - S/T 7" (The Harmony Society)
* Theo Parrish - Sketches Part 2 12" (Sound Signature)
* Gangwish - Space Case Vol. 1 7" (Dear Skull)
* Holy Strays - Hyperion Cs (Not Not Fun)
* Invincible & Waajeed - Detroit 7" (Emergence)
* Crystal Stilts - Magnetic Moon 7" (Slumberland)
* Reggie Dokes - House Is My Soul 12" (Ojodeapolo)
* Modey Lemon - Wandering Eye 7" (These Are Not Records)
- to see what titles were considered for this year, just scan the Record Scores posts

Friday, December 10, 2010

Record Scores - Christmas Decorations Edition

Gauntlet Hair - Out, Don't 7" (Mexican Summer)
Dynamic Truths - You Take It all 7" (Merge)
Raw Blow - Purple Haze 7" (Self-Released)
Phil Ranelin - Vibes From The Tribe Lp (Hefty)
Moon Duo - Silver Bells 7" (Holy Mountain)
El Chicano - El Chicano Lp (MCA)
The Soulful Strings - Paint It Black Lp (Cadet)
Sam Lazar - Soul Merchant Lp (Argo)
Harold Vick - Commitment Lp (Muse)
Leroy Vinnegar Quintet - Leroy Walks Again!! Lp (Contemporary)
Jack Wilson - Innovations Lp (Discovery)
J Dilla/ DJ Cam/ DJ Spinna - Blue Note Revisited 12" (Blue Note)
Jesse Boykins III - B4 The Night Is Through 7" (Alala)
Virgil Howe & Malcolm Catto - B-Boy Bounce 7" (Breakin Bread)
Wendell Harrison - Evening With The Devil Lp (Tribe)
Brown Angel - S/T Lp (Thunderhaus)
The Young - 4 Songs 7" (Criminal IQ)