Saturday, December 31, 2011

Record Scores - In Before The Lock Edition

Sapphire Slows - True Breath 12" (Not Not Fun)
Utah Jazz - It's The Real Thing Demo Cs (Drug Party)
NASA Space Universe - Brainrailers 7" (Shogun)
Shoppers - Silver Year Lp (Feeble Minds)
The Mike Mainieri Quartet - Insight Lp (Solid State)
Jeremy Steig & Eddie Gomez - Outlaws Lp (Inner City)
Human Arts Ensemble - Whisper Of Dharma Lp (Arista)
Billy Hart - Enchance Lp (A&M)
Power Of Idea - Hyper Yellow Thrash Lp (Tribal War Asia)
Cypress Hill - Throw Your Set In The Air 12" (Ruff House)
Johnny Lytle - A Groove Lp (Riverside)
Jean-Luc Ponty - Sonata Erotica Lp (Inner City)
Charlie Earland - Smokin' Lp (Muse)
Willis Jackson - Cookin' Sherry Lp (Prestige)
Majeure / Sankt Otten - Split Lp (Denovali)
Kim Phuc - Copsucker Lp (Iron Lung Death)
Warsaw - Warsaw + Bonus Tracks Lp (Vinyl Passion)
The Back-Wash Rhythm Band - Golden Breed OST Lp (Capitol)

2011 - Lock it down.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Record Scores - Playing With The Box Edition

Audio Two - What More Can I Say Lp (First Priority Music)
Nubian Crackers - Do You Wanna Hear It? 12" (Big Beat)
Fantasy - Fantasy Lp (Liberty)
Teengirl Fantasy - Cheaters 12" (Hivern)
Zombi - Slow Oscillations 7" (Static Caravan)
V/A - True Spirit Part II 2xLp (Tresor)
Recloose - Cardiology 2xLp (Planet E)
Napi Hedz - The Blessed And Bliss 12" (Women On Wax)
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - Bulletproof Brass 12" (HBE)
Bill Evans & George Russell Orchestra - Living Time Lp (Columbia)
Albert Dailey Trio - That Old Feeling Lp (Steeplechase)
Galaxy Toobin' - S/T Cs (Not Not Fun)
Octo Octa - Rough, Rugged, And Raw Cs (100% Silk)
Dirg Gerner - Preface EP 12" (Ho Tep)
Mike Huckaby - My Life With The Wave 12" (Synth)
Ricardo Miranda presents Latin Soul Brothas - Peace And Strength EP 12" (Neroli)
V/A - Sub Rosa Vs. Shi-Ra-Nui Lp (Sub Rosa)
Sons Of The Sun - Heavenlamp 12" (Fat Cat)
Washed Out - Life Of Leisure Lp (Mexican Summer)
Maria Minerva - Sacred & Profane Love 12" (100% Silk)
TV Casualty - S/T 7" (Matador)
Oscar D'Leon y Su Salsa Mayor - Con Bajo Y Todo Lp (Indica)
Cult Of Youth - S/T Lp (Sacred Bones)
Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant - The Blues Message Lp (Pacific Jazz)
Jimmy Neeley - Jimmy Neeley Now Lp (Ali Baba East)
Jean-Luc Ponty - Upon The Wings Of Music Lp (Atlantic)
Rob Wasserman - Solo Lp (Rounder)
Ron Carter / Herbie Hancock / Tony Williams - Third Plane Lp (Milestone)
Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction Lp (Columbia)
Peaking Lights / Golden Jooklo - Split Lp (Holidays)
Grap Luva - Neva Done EP 12" (Slice Of Spice)
Dorothy Ashby - The Jazz Harpist Lp (Regent)
The Jimmy Neeley Trio - Misirlou Lp (Tru Sound)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Best Vinyl Albums Of 2011


No. 20 - Psychic Reality - Vibrant New Age Lp (Not Not Fun)
[YouTube Video For "Fruits"]
No. 19 - Cult Of Youth - Cult Of Youth Lp (Sacred Bones)
[YouTube Video For "Casting Thorns"]
No. 18 - The UV Race - Homo Lp (In The Red)
[YouTube Video For Live Performance Of "Girl In My Bed"]
No. 17 - Implodes - Black Earth Lp (Kranky)
[YouTube Video For "Experiential Report"]

No. 16 - Wounded Lion - IVXLCDM Lp (In The Red)
[YouTube Video For "Going Into The Unknown"]
No. 15 - Mi Ami - Dolphins Lp (Thrill Jockey)
[YouTube Video For Live Performance of "Echo"]
No. 14 - The Soft Moon - The Soft Moon Lp (Captured Tracks)
This Album Came Out In November 2010, But I Don't Care
[YouTube Video For "Tiny Spiders"]


No. 13 - Balaclavas - Snake People Lp (Dull Knife)
[YouTube Video For "Down And Loose"]
No. 12 - Zombi - Escape Velocity Lp (Relapse)
[YouTube Video For "Shrunken Heads"]
No. 11 - Jungle By Night - Jungle By Night Lp (Kindred Spirits)
[YouTube Promo Video For Jungle By Night]

No. 10 - KWJAZ - KWJAZ Lp (Not Not Fun)
[YouTube Video For Excerpt From Side-A Of Album]
No. 09 - Little Dragon - Ritual Union Lp (Peacefrog)
[YouTube Video For "Ritual Union"]
No. 08 - Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures 2xLp (Honest Jons)
[YouTube Video For "Structure 4"]

No. 07 - Sao Paulo Underground - Tres Cabecas Loucuras Lp (Cuneiform)
[YouTube Video Of Sao Paulo Underground]
No. 06 - Elzhi - Elmatic 2xLp (Fat Beats)
[YouTube Video For "Ain't Hard To Tell"]
No. 05 - Floating Points - Shadows 2x12" (EGLO)
[YouTube Video For "Myrtle Avenue"]

No. 04 - Various Artists - Vibe 2 2x12" (Future Times)
[YouTube Video For Hunee "Folga"]
No. 03 - Maria Minerva - Cabaret Cixous Lp (Not Not Fun)
[YouTube Video For "Ruff Trade"]
No. 02 - Madeline - Black Velvet Lp (This Will Be Our Summer)
[YouTube Video For Live Performance Of "Dead Moon"]

No. 01 - Peaking Lights - 936 Lp (Not Not Fun)
[YouTube Video For "Key Sparrow"]
[YouTube Video For "All The Sun That Shines"]

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Record Scores - Cookie Touristas Edition

Pittsburgh Track Authority - monongahela Rainforest (White Label) 12" (Pittsburgh Trax)
Shai - The Place Where You Belong 12" (MCA)
Fresh-o-matics - The 10th Plan 7" (Vermiform)
Seein' Red - More Of The Same 7" (Wicked Witch)
Halfmast - Influence 7" (Third Party)
Halfmast - Together 7" (Third Party)
Walter Wanderley - Kee-Ka-Roo Lp (Verve)
Quincy Jones - $ OST Lp (Reprise)
Victor Feldman - With Mallets A Fore Thought Lp (Interlude)
Ron Carter - Third Plane Lp (Victor Music)
Doug Carn - Infant Eyes (Autographed) Lp (Black Jazz)
The Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over Lp (Polydor)
Storm Queen - Look Right Through 12" (Environ)
Storm Queen - It Goes On 12" (Environ)
Reggie Dokes / Eric Johnson - The Golden Years EP (Psychostasia 2001-2006) 12" (Deep Explore)
Amerigo Gazaway - Fela Soul Lp (Fela Soul)
Liquid Crystal Project - A Tribute To De La 7" (Polar Entertainment)
Floating Points - Shadows 2x12" (EGLO)
Protect-U - Protect-U EP 12" (Vibrations)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Record Scores - Get Smoove To Any Groove Edition

Reggie Dokes - Rain Redemptive Love EP 12" (Philpot)
Gary Burton - Alone At Last Lp (Atlantic)
Eddie Henderson - Inside Out Lp (Capricorn)
The Party Of Helicopters - Please Believe It Lp (Bifocal Media)
Michael White - The Land Of Spirit And Light Lp (Impulse)
Bobbye Hall - Body Language For Lovers Lp (20th Century)
Young-Holt Unlimited - Born Again Lp (Cotillion)
Jackie Ivory - Soul Discovery Lp (ATCO)
Jack DeJohnette - Special Edition Lp (ECM)
Gene Ammons - Brasswind Lp (Prestige)
Dam-Funk - Direct to Disc Lp (Stones Throw)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - S/T Lp (ATO)
Wounded Lion - IVXLCDM Lp (In The Red)
Pterodactyl - Spills Out Lp (Brah)
Blondes - Water / Wine 12" (RVNG INTL)
Trust - Candy Walls 7" (Sacred Bones)
Cult Of Youth - The Devil's Coals 7" (Blind Prophet)
Pop. 1280 - Thirteen Steps 7" (Blind Prophet)
Case Studies - The World Is Just A Shape To Fill The Night Lp (Sacred Bones)
Trust - Bulbform 12" (Sacred Bones)
V/A - Todo Muere Volume 1 Lp (Sacred Bones)
Crystal Stilts - Radiant Door (Limited Edition) Lp (Sacred Bones)
Moon Duo - Limited Horror Tour 12" (Souterrain Transmissions)
Lost Tribe - S/T Lp (Blind Prophet)
Ducktails / Dracula Lewis - Split Lp (No Fun Productions)
Marcos Cabral - 24 Hour Flight 12" (L.I.E.S.)
Disco Nihilist - Running (Far Away) 12" (Running Back)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Record Scores: Oddball Out Edition

Four Tet - Locked 12" (Text)
V/A - E 12" (Prime Numbers)
Theo Parrish / Burnt Friedman - Meet Mancingelani & Zinja Hlungwani 12" (Honest Jons)
Bobbi Humphrey - Fancy Dancer Lp (Blue Note)
Echocentrics - Esclavo Y Amo 7" (Ubiquity)
Ocote Soul Sounds - Pirata 7" (ESL)
Richard Groove Holmes - Workin' On A Groovy Thing Lp (World Pacific)
Airto - Promises Of The Sun Lp (Arista)
Hidden Twin - Asleep In The Valley Lp (Enamel)
Ty Segal - Spiders 7" (Drag City)
Trash Talk - Awake 7" (True Panther Sounds)
Labradford - Scenic Recovery 10" (Duophonic)
Andres - Shadow de Bahia 12" (Mahogani Music)
David Liebman - Light'n Up, Please! Lp (A&M)
Mal Waldron - One Entrance, Many Exits Lp (PAJ)
Eddie Harris - That Is Why You're Overweight Lp (Atlantic)
Roundtree - Get On Up (Get On Down) 12" (Island)
Catalyst - The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 2xLp (Porter)
Catalyst - The Complete Recordings Vol. 2 2xLp (Porter)
V/A - I 12" (Prime Numbers)
Skull Defekts - 2013-3012 12" (Thrill Jockey)
East Liberty Quarters - Holiday 7" (ELQ)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Record Scores: Tied Knots Edition

Floating Points - Danger 7" (Eglo)
Floating Points - For You 7" (Eglo)
V/A - Beat Dimensions Vol. 1 12" (Rush Hour)
Urban Tribe - Eastward 12" (Mo Wax)
The Dylan Group - Sandcastles 12" (Bubble Core)
Real Estate - Days Lp (Domino)
Sao Paulo Underground - Tres Cabecas Loucuras Lp (Cuneiform)
Fatima - Mind Travelin' 12" (Eglo)
Fatima - Follow You 12" (Eglo)
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit - Secret Rhythms Remixes 12" (Non-Place)
The Eternals - Heavy International 2xLp (Aesthetics)
Malvoeaux - Broken Anthem 12" (100% Silk)
Rhythm & Sound - Aground 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Rhythm & Sound - Roll Off 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Rhythm & Sound - Trace 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Void - Sessions 1981-1983 Lp (Dischord)
Kalyan - S/T Lp (MCA
The Freedom Sounds - People Get Ready Lp (Atlantic)
The Great Jazz Trio - Direct From L.A. Lp (East Wind)
Chico Hamilton - The Chico Hamilton Special Lp (Columbia)
Bob - The Things That You Do 7" (Rerun)
The Mayfair Set - Already Warm 7" (Capture Tracks)
Balaclavas - Snake People Lp (Dull Knife)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Record Scores: This Moment Going Forward Edition

Pittsburgh Track Authority - Archipelagos 12" (Further)
o1o a.k.a. AYBEE - Futurespective 12" (Further)
Real Estate - It's Real 7" (Domino)
Amp Fiddler - Love And War EP 12" (Genuine)
Amp Dog Knight - I'm Doing Fine 12" (Mahogani Music)
Jerry The Cat - Mating Ritual 12" (Gotcha)
Terry Callier - Sign Of The Times 12" (Elektra)
Gary's Gang - Knock Me Out 12" (Radar)
Coleman Hawkins - Soul Lp (Swingville)
Zola Jesus - Conatus Lp (Sacred Bones)
Altered Gee - European Gees Cs (L'Animaux Tryst)
Chico Hamilton Quintet - Gongs East! Lp (Warner Bros)
Wes Montgomery Quartet - Vibratin' Lp (Riverside)
Lloyd G. Mayers with the Oliver Nelson Orchestra - A Taste Of Honey Lp (United Artsts)
V/A - Vibe 2 2x12" (Future Times)
Oneida / Pterodactyl - The Green Corridor I split 12" (Altin Village)
Little Girls - Cults 12" (Hand Drawn Dracula)
Brain Worms / Dynamite Arrows - Split 7" (Rorschach)
U.V. Pop - Just A Game 7" (Sacred Bones)
Richard Youngs - High Sun Energy 7" (Dull Knife)
V/A - Reproach 7" (Ugly Pop)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Live (At The Tremont Theater) 7" (Tonschacht)
The Ponys - Wicked City 7" (Big Neck)
Kurt Vile / Woods - Summer 2011 Tour Split 7" (Woodsist)
Hidden Twin - Empire Art Gallery Pt.1 10" (Machine Age)
Simon Wickham-Smith & Richard Youngs - Ceaucescu Lp (Forced Exposure)
Jupiter Turning Centre / Boogie Arkestra - Split 12" (Rotating Souls)
Labradford - Mi Media Naraja Lp (Blast First)
Pete Rugolo - The Music From Richard Diamond Lp (Mercury)
Psychic Ills - Hazed Dream Lp (Sacred Bones)
The Pist / Brutally Familiar - Small Town Justice Split 7" (6 Weeks)
The Killers - Voice Of Reason 7" (Chappi)
Brother Jack McDuff - Screamin' Lp (Prestige)
Shirley Scott - Mucho, Mucho Lp (Prestige)
Shirley Scott - Shirley's Sound Lp (Prestige)
Johnny Lytle - Nice And Easy Lp (Jazzland)
Billy Perkins Quintet - Quietly There Lp (Riverside)
J-1 - The Yellow EP 7" (Record Breakin)
Rangers - Pan Am Stories 2xLp (Not Not Fun)
Pharaohs - Uhh Uhh 12" (100% Silk)
The Human Quena Orchestra - A Natural History Of Failure Lp (Handmade Birds)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Record Scores - Eating Out Of Trucks Edition

Will Sessions - The Elmatic Instrumentals 2xLp (Fatbeats)
NCW - Panther Veil EP 12" (Apartment)
Horace Silver Trio - S/T Lp (Blue Note)
Phil Woods - Musique Du Bois Lp (Muse)
Sun Airway - Wild Palms 7" (Deep Oceans)
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost 2xLp (True Panther Sounds)
Chicago Odense Ensemble - S/T Lp (Adluna)
Robert Hood - Hood Music 2 12" (Music Man)
Mark Ernestus - Meets BBC 12" (Honest Jon's)
Anthony 'Shake' Shakir / Oni Ayhun - Meets BBC 12" (Honest Jon's)
Floorplan - Funky Souls 12" (Rush Hour)
Rhythm & Sound - Carrier 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Bullwackie's All Stars / Rhythm & Sound - Mango Walk 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Rhythm & Sound - Smile 12" (Rhythm & Sound)
Quadrant - Q 1.1 12" (Basic Channel)
Quadrant - Infinition 12" (Basic Channel)
Octagon - Octaedre 12" (Basic Channel)
The Eternals - High Anxiety Remix EP 12" (Aesthetics)
Dorothy Ashby - Afro Harping Lp (Cadet)
Dorothy Ashby - The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby Lp (Cadet)
Tony Allen - Ole Remixes 12" (Honest Jon's)
V/A - Fuzz Dance 12" (Sire)
Dizzy Gillespie - Free Ride Lp (Pablo)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Record Scores - Activate Powers Wonder Twin Edition

Wounded Lion - Pointed Sticks 7" (Trouble In Mind)
V/A - Lune Atroce / Soleil Amer 7" (KRAAK)
MIJ (Jim Holmberg) - Yodeling Astrologer Lp (Jackpot)
Graves - Summr Bummr Lp (St. Ives)
Leroy Jenkins - Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival Of America Lp (Tomato)
Darondo - Listen To My Song Lp (Ace)
Area - Youth EP 12" (Kimochi)
Junior Mance - I Believe To My Soul Lp (Atlantic)
Gary McFarland - The In Sound Lp (Verve)
Five Special - Why Leave Us Alone 12" (Elektra)
Toney Lee - Love So Deep 12" (Radar)
Chas Jankel - Glad To Know You 12" (A&M)
Colours - S/T Lp (FLA)
V/A - Macro Dub Infection Vol. 1 3xLp (Virgin)
Elisa Ambrogio & Karl Bauer - S/T 7" (Spirit Of Orr)
Corinne Bailey Rae - I'd Like To 7" (EMI)
Michael Urbaniak with Horace Parlan Trio - Take Good Care Of My Heart Lp (Steeplechase)
Kenny Drew Trio - S/T Lp (Riverside)
Hugh Masekela - Trumpet Africaine Lp (Mercury)
Om - Rautionaha Lp (Japo)
John "Spider" Martin - Absolutely Lp (Improv)
Dave Hubbard - S/T Lp (Mainstream)
Charles Sullivan - Genesis Lp (Inner City)
Monty Alexander - Love And Sunshine Lp (MPS)
Hugh Masekela - Grrr Lp (Mercury)
Kirk Lightsey Quintet Feat. Marcus Belgrave - Kirk 'n Marcus Lp (Criss Cross)
V/A - Live At The Knitting Factory New York City Volume One Lp (A&M)
Johnny Griffin & Matthew Gee - Soul Groove Lp (Atlantic)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Bap-Tizum Lp (Atlantic)
Innergaze - Shadow Disco 12" (100% Silk)
Innergaze - Illusions 12" (Touch Your Life)
KWJAZ - S/T Lp (Not Not Fun)
Faceplant / Bitchin' Bajas - Split Lp (Bathetic)
Octo Octa - Let Me See You 12" (100% Silk)
Rangers / KWJAZ Lite - Split Cs (Brunch Groupe)
Umberto - Welcome To The Chillzone Cs (Solid Melts)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Record Scores: The Start Of Something Beautiful Edition

Deodato - Donato Deodato Lp (Muse)
Denny Zeitlin - Cathexis Lp (Columbia)
Miles Davis - Filles de Kilimanjaro Lp (Columbia)
Victor Feldman - In My Pocket Lp (Cohearent Sound)
Michael Urbaniak Group - The Beginning Lp (Catalyst)
Lockwoods - S/T Lp (America)
Julian Priester & Marine Intrusion - Polarization Lp (ECM)
Janko Nilovic - Funky Tramway Lp (Vadim Music)
Rhythm Based Lovers - Boogie Vision 7" (Future Times)
Jack McDuff - The Fourth Dimension Lp (Cadet)
Final Conflict - Institution 7" (Bacteria Sour)
Shirley Scott - Scottie Lp (Prestige)
Bobby Timmons - This Here Is Bobby Timmons Lp (Riverside)
David Fathead Newman - Keep The Dream Alive Lp (Prestige)
Moon Duo - Catch As Catch Can 7" (Agitated)
Steve Moore - Fever Dream 10" (Mexican Summer)
The Long Lost - S/T Lp (Ninja Tune)
Richard Youngs - I Dream Of Mezzanine / Cloudplanes Lp (The Spring Press)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Record Scores: Long Walks On The Beat Edition

V/A - There Is Music 2xLp (Jet Set)
Julius Lester - Departures Lp (Verve)
Milk Music - Beyond Living Lp (Perennial)
Andrew Black - Mozart Place 7" (Blacks)
Disco Tom - Goldie's Boogie 12" (Whatchawannado)
Elzhi - Elmatic 2xLp (Fat Beats)
Ultra Thin - Glass City 7" (Badmaster)
Pop. 1280 / Hot Guts - Split 7" (Badmaster)
Andres - III Lp (Mahogani)
Moodymann - Analog Live Lp (KDJ)
Dylan Ettinger - Lion Of Judah 7" (Not Not Fun)
Ensemble Economique - Psychical Lp (Not Not Fun)
Innercity - Boy In Forest Trying To Hot Wire The Earth Cs (Not Not Fun)
Bruce Hart - Music For Drawing Cs (Not Not Fun)
Magic Touch - I Can Feel The Heat 12" (100% Silk)
Maria Minerva - Cabaret Cixous Lp (Not Not Fun)
V/A - Timeless: The Composer / Arranger Series (Remixes) 12" (Mochilla)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - S/T Lp (Fat Possum)
Slices - Modern Bride 7" (Kemado)
Jah T. - El Rockers 7" (Rockers Intl.)
John Holt - Again 7" (Moodisc)
Burnt Friedman - Nonplays Love Songs EP 2 (Nonplace)
Burnt Friedman - Nonplays Love Songs EP 3 (Nonplace)
Steve Moore - Zero-Point Field 12" (Long Island Electrical Systems)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Record Scores: Gotham City Crate Digger Action Squad Edition

Lalo Schifrin - Black Widow Lp (CTI)
Gato Barbieri & Don Cherry / Albert Ayler / John Handy - Europa Jazz Lp (Europa Jazz)
Playing - Old And New Dreams Lp (ECM)
Benny Green - The Swingin'est Lp (Vee-Jay)
Chico Hamilton Quintet - Featuring Buddy Collette Lp (World Pacific)
Burial - Ghost Hardware 12" (Hyperdub)
Pictureplane - Thee Physical Lp (Lovepump United)
Pictureplane - Trance Doll 7" (Lovepump United)
Sun Araw - Houston Abstros 7" (Monofonus)
Hadrami Ould Medeh - Kamlat 7" (Mississippi)
Joanna Newsom - What We Have Known 12" (Drag City)
Calexico - Descamino: Blacklight Sketches Remixes 12" (Quarterstick)
Ducktails - Killin The Vibe Lp (New Images)
Little Dragon - Ritual Union Lp (Peacefrog)
Dorothy Ashby - The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby Lp (Atlantic)
The Long Lost - Woebegone 12" (Ninja Tune)
Mr. Scruff - Wobble Control 12" (Ninja Tune)
V/A - Black Whole Styles 2xLp (Big Dada)
Woods - Find Them Empty 7" (Sacred Bones)
Mudboy - Vol. IV: This Is Folk Music Lp (Weird Forest)
Jungle By Night - Jungle By Night Lp (Kindred Spirits)
Widowspeak - Gun Shy 7" (Captured Tracks)
Akira Sakata, Jeff Parker, Nate McBride, & John Herndon - In A Babble 2x12" (Presspop)
V/A - Rockers Soundtrack Lp (Mango)
Willie Bobo & The Bo-Gents - Do What You Want To Do Lp (Vampi Soul)
Nice Rec - It's Not Real (Test Press #2) 7" (The Harmony Society)
Chick Corea / Dave Holland / Hubert Laws / Woody Shaw - Europa Jazz Lp (Europa Jazz)
Lalo Schifrin - There's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin On Lp (DOT)
Cedar Walton Trio - A Night At Bloomers Vol. 2 Lp (Muse)
Jimmy Owens - S/T Lp (A&M)
Chico Hamilton - Chic Chic Chico Lp (Impulse!)
Derobert And The Half-Truths - Beg Me EP 7" (G.E.D. Soul)
Derobert And The Half-Truths - Wake On Up 7 (G.E.D. Soul)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Record Scores - The Kids' Table Edition

Rob Raindorf - Funky Rob Way Lp (Analog Africa)
Ducktails - III: Arcade Dynamics Lp (Woodsist)
Shirley Scott - Mystical Lady Lp (Cadet)
Strafe - Set It Off 12" (Jus Born)
Touch - Without You 12" (Supertronics)
Dizzy Gillespie - Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac Lp (Impulse!)
Wes Montgomery - Willow Weep For Me Lp (Verve)
The 1985 - The Long Weekend 7" (Monoton)
Rachel Jacobs - Friend Overseas 7" (Art Of The Underground)
Hot New Mexicans - It's Called Leaning Back Lp (Salinas)
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo - De Cotonou Dahomey Lp (Analaog Africa)
Black Milk - Brain 7" (Third Man)
Tom Ze - Postmodern Platos 12" (Luka Bop)
Theo Hilton, Ryan Woods, Toby Foster, Clyde Petersen - S/T Lp (Talking Helps)
dos - dos y dos Lp (Clenched)
V/A - Inner City Sounds 2xLp (Luv N' Haight)
Peter King - Shango 2xLp (Afro-Strut)
Ital - Only For Tonight 12" (100% Silk)
Sir Stephen - By Design 12" (100% Silk)
Julianna Barwick & Ikue Mori - FRKWYS Vol. 6 Lp (RVNG Intl.)
Blondes - Business / Pleasure 12" (RVNG Intl.)
DJ Dez - Spills Vol. 1 12" (Spills)
V/A - Music Institute 20th Anniversary 12" Series Part 3 Of 3 12" (NDATL)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Record Scores - To Hell And Back Edition

Barn Owl - Shadowland 12" (Thrill Jockey)
Barn Owl - Ancestral Star Lp (Thrill Jockey)
Jesuit - Discography Lp + 7" (Magic Bullet)
Andrew Black - AB's Original Breaks 7" (Black's)
Ornette Coleman Trio - At The "Golden Circle" Stockholm Vol. 2 Lp (Blue Note)
Alice Coltrane - Transfiguration 2xLp (Warner Bros.)
Eddie Gomez - Down Stretch Lp (Trio)
Nat Adderley - A Little New York Midtown Music Lp (Galaxy)
Lone Ranger - Can't Take The Storm 7" (Black Skin)
Pastorius/Metheny/Ditmas/Bley - S/T Lp (Improvising Artists Inc.)
Sylvia Copeland - The August Child Lp (Mainstream)
Hex Machine - Blueprint To Madness 7" (Relapse)
Pink Razors - First Degree 7" (Rorschach)
Tom Noble - African Bump 12" (PPU)
Horacee Arnold - Tribe Lp (Columbia)
Mr. Khalil - Wages Of Sin 12" (Rawkus)
William Breuker Kollektief - William Breuker Collective Lp (About Time)
Floating Points - Marilyn 12" (Eglo)
Floating Points - Sais Dub 10" (Eglo)
Sloche - Stadacone Lp (RCA)
Sloche - J'un Oeil Lp (RCA)
LA Vampires Goes Ital - Street Wise Lp (Not Not Fun)
Holy Strays - Enlightenment 7" (Not Not Fun)
Cough Cool - Clausen Cs (Not Not Fun)
Xander Harris - Contamination Cs (Complicated Dance Steps)
Olde Scottish - Excursions 12" (Mo Wax)
Pittsburgh Track Authority - The First Four 12" (Uzuri)
Chimp Beams - Lost Nomad 7" (Concent)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Record Scores: Highways & Headaches Edition

Madeline - Black Velvet Lp (This Will Be Our Summer)
Woods - Sun & Shade Lp (Woodsist)
Human Eye - They Came From The Sky Lp (Sacred Bones)
John Lewis - Improvised Meditations & Excursions Lp (Atlantic)
UMC's - Time To Set It Straight 12" (Wild Pitch)
The Monty Alexander 7 - Jamento Lp (Pablo)
V/A - Pay It All Back Vol. 6 Lp (On-U Sound)
D - Untitles Lp (Soul Static Sound)
Q-Tip - Amplified 2xLp (Arista)
DJ Spinna - Remixes 12" (White Label)
Krumbsnatcha - Gettin Closer To God 12" (Mass In Action)
Mass Hysteria / Rhyme Fest - Split 12" (Molemen)
DJ Krush - A Whim 12" (Mo Wax)
Louis Bellson & Walfredo De Los Reyes - Ecue Ritmos Cubano Lp (Pablo)
Eddie Jefferson - There I Go Again 2xLp (Prestige)
Deadline - Down By Law Lp (Celluloid)
Kit Watkins - Labyrinth Lp (Azimuth)
Bahamadia - Kollage 2xLp (Chrysalis)
Hugh Masekela - Techno-Bush Lp (Arista)
Johnny Lytle - Got That Feeling! Lp (Riverside)
Shirley Scott - Hip Soul Lp (Prestige)
The Lively Ones - Bugalu Party Lp (MGM)
Sade - Promise Lp (CBS)
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Disco Reggae Lp (Phonogram)
Pete Rock - Revenge (Muro Remix) 12" (Handcuts)
Walt Harper - At Fallingwater Lp (Birmingham)
Will Sessions - Bobo Breaks Lp (FNR)
Jrod Indigo - Go Home 7" (Alala)
Weldon And The Poets - Embrace The Positive Lp (Nodlew Music)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Record Scores: Conditioned Air Edition

Implodes - Black Earth Lp (Kranky)
Battles - Ice Cream 12" (Warp)
Gap Band - Magician's Holiday Lp (Shelter)
Jupiter Tuning Centre / Boogie Arkestra - Split 12" white label (Rotating Souls)
D-Wyne & The R-Tyme Production - Love In Music 12" (KMS)
Big Freedia - Azz Everywhere 12" (540)
Mazacote - Shukandu! Lp (Wah Wah)
Mikis Theodorakis - Z OST Lp (Columbia)
V/A - Taxi Jive: Songs From The African Bush Lp (Mace)
Gary Burton - Norwegian Wood Lp (RCA)
Shalom - Fire 7" (Rasta Vibes)
King Tubby's - Psalm Of Drums 7" (Black & White)
John Holt - Bad Girls 7" (Reggae Vibes)
Prince Far I - Sharp Knife 7" (Gibbs)
Scare Dem Crew - Nobody 7" (Scare Dem)
Anthony B - Jail House 7" (Slam)
Capleton - Never Do It 7" (M&M Top Secret)
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Rastafari Lp (Top Ranking)
Lightman - Natural Notes Lp (Fat Belt)
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Kibir Am Lak (Glory To God) Lp (Kibir Am Lak)
TmEYE - Exposure 10" (Machine Age)
Nice Rec - Not Real 7" Test Press(Harmony Society)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Record Scores: Movin' On Up Edition

Reggie Dokes - Haiti 12" (Royal Oak)
Reggie Dokes - High Tek Soul 12" (Kuumba)
Robert Hood - Hoodmusic 1 12" (Music Man)
Chimp Beams / Channel U - Echoman 7" (Concent)
Wavelength - Funk Dreams 7" (Glydezone)
Robert Hood - Alpha 12" (M-Plant)
Pterodactyl - Arnold's Park Lp (Deleted Art)
Jonas Reinhardt - Music For The Tactile Dome Lp (Not Not Fun)
Ital - Culture Clubs 12" (Lovers Rock)
Pat Jordache - Future Songs Lp (Constellation)
Mia Doi Todd - Cosmic Ocean Ship Lp (City Zen)
The George Edwards Group - 38:38 Lp (Galactic Zoo Disk/Drag City)
Greg Ashley - One Thin Heroine 7" (Mexican Summer)
Owiny Sigoma Band - Wires (Theo Parrish Remix) 12" (Brownswood)
Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair 12" (Quality/RFC)
Taana Gardner - Work That Body 12" (West End)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio - Another Voyage Lp (Cadet)
Public Enemy - Yo! Bum Rush The Show Lp (Def Jam)
Jack Dejohnette's Directions - Cosmic Chicken Lp (Prestige)
Bugaloos - S/T Lp (Columbia)
The Banana Splits - The Tra La La Song 7" (Decca)
Sun Ra - The Mike Huckaby Reel-To-Reel Edits Vol. 1 Lp (Kindred Spirits)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Record Scores: Taboo Vinyl Record Habit Edition

The Pyramids - Lalibela Lp (Ikef)
Microwaves - Beholder EP 7" (Thunderhaus Ltd.)
The Brother Jack McDuff Quartet With The Big Band Of Benny Golson - The Dynamic Jack McDuff Lp (Prestige)
Clifford Jordan - Starting Time Lp (Jazzland)
Hugh Masekela - The Americanization Of Ooga Booga Lp (MGM)
Don Pullen - Tomorrow's Promises Lp (Atlantic)
Kenny Burrell - Night Song Lp (Verve)
V/A - K48 No.8: Abrak48dabra CD & Book (K48)
Joe Thomas - Masada Lp (Groove Merchant)
Paul Jeffrey - Watershed Lp (Mainstream)
The Fresh & Onlys - Secret Walls 12" (Sacred Bones)
Joe Lally - Why Should I Get Used To It Lp (Dischord)
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion Lp (Slumberland)
Noleian Reusse - The Black Tekno EP 12" (Love What You Feel)
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark Ernestus Mix) 12" (Honest Jons)
Bo$$ - Born Gangstaz Lp (Def Jam)
Cedar Walton & Hank Mobley Quintet - Breakthrough Lp (Muse)
David T. Walker - Going Up! Lp (Revue)
Idris Muhammad - House Of The Rising Sun Lp (Kudu)
Ice Cube - Check Yo Self Remix 12" (Priority)
Young-Holt Unlimited - Mellow Dreamin' Lp (Cotillion)
Pharoah Sanders - Thembi Lp (Impulse!)
Dark City Sisters - Star Time Volume 3 Lp (Odeon)
Marco Di Marco & Chris Woods Sextet - Together In Paris Lp (Modern Jazz)
Gene Ludwig Trio - Organ Out Loud Lp (Mainstream)
The Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra - The Hearinga Suite Lp (Black Saint)
James Blood Ulmer - Tales Of Captain Black Lp (Artists House)
Blue Mitchell - Stratosonic Nuances Lp (RCA)
Gary Burton - A Genuine Tong Funeral Lp (RCA)
Gaunt - Solution 7" (Snap! Crackle! Punk!)
Arnie Lawrence - Look Toward A Dream Lp (Enoch Light)
Gary Burton - Something's Coming Lp (RCA)
Gillette - Untitled 12" (100% Silk)
Xander Harris - I Want More Than Just Blood 12" (100% Silk)
New York Trouble - Light Stakeout Pt 1 & 2 7" (KPM)
Max-B - S/T Lp (Wah Wah)
Zombi - Escape Velocity Lp (Relapse)
The Matthew Shipp Duo - Summertime 7" (Yakuza)
Blank Dogs - Diana (The Herald) Lp (Sacred Bones)
Andrew Hill - Judgment Lp (Blue Note)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Record Scores: D'yuuu Got That Phish Record Edition

Blondes - Lover 12" (RVNG INTL)
La Melodia - Electronic Love Lp (La Melodia)
Basic Channel - Quadrant Dub 12" (Basic Channel)
Visioneers - Shaft In Africa 7" (BBE)
Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Egyptian Jazz Lp (Art Yard / Kindred Spirits)
TmEye - Ecolectro Mix cs (Mind Skull)
Fuck Telecorps - Hard On/Off Hearong cs (Mind Skull)
Gangwish - Space Case Vol. II 7" (Dear Skull)
Majeure - Ben Nevis 7" (Mind Skull)
Skull Defekts - Gospel Of The Skull 7" (Psychic Malmo)
Miriam Makeba - In Concert Lp (Peters Intl)
V/A - Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie 2xLp (Numero Group)
CSC Funk Band - Troll's Soiree 7" (Fat Beats)
Georgia Anne Muldrow / Kev Brown - Split 7" (Insect)
Smerins Anti-Social Club - Doctor Who 7" (Tru Thoughts)
Javelin - Coleridge 7" (Luka Bop)
Javelin - Canyon Candy 10" (Luka Bop)
Daedelus - Tailor-Made 12" (Ninja Tune)
Black Heat - Black Heat Lp (Atlantic)
J Rawls & Middle Child - Rawls & Middle 2Lp (Polar)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Record Scores: Knuckle Sandwiches For Mail Bombers Edition

Nabil Totah - Double Bass Lp (Consolidated Artists Productions)
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix) 12" (White Label)
The Hal Galper Quintet - Speak With A Single Voice Lp (Century)
Michal Urbaniak - Urbaniak Lp (Inner City)
Protect-U - Double Rainbow 12" (Future Times)
Jan Hammer - Make Love Lp (MPS)
James Blood Ulmer - Are You Glad To Be In America Lp (James Blood Ulmer)
Joe Pass & Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen - Northsea Nights Lp (Pablo)
Barre Phillips - Mountainscapes Lp (ECM)
Julian Priester - Keep Swinging Lp (Riverside)
Muhal Richard Abrams - Live At Montreaux 1978 Lp (Novus)
The Gene Harris Trio - Our Love Is Here To Stay Lp (Jubilee)
Jo Jones - The Main Man Lp (Pablo)
V/A - Vibes 1 12" (Future Times)
Misty In Roots - Jah Jah Bless Africa 7" (People Unite)
Toro Y Moi / Cloud Nothings - Split 7" (Carpark)
The UV Race - Homo Lp (In The Red)
Hal Singer & Jef Gilson - Soul Of Africa Lp (Kindred Spirits)
The Chambers Brothers - A New Time, A New Day Lp (Columbia)
Sand Circles - Midnite Crimes Cs (Not Not Fun)
Umberto - Freeze 7" (Not Not Fun)
Xander Harris - Urban Gothic Lp (Not Not Fun)
Jack Arel - Gravure Universelle 2xLp (Virgin)
Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You 12" (Revue)
Gabor Szabo - High Contrast Lp (Blue Thumb)
David Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds Lp (ECM)
Blondie - Parallel Lines Lp (Chrysalis)
Quincy Jones - The Lost Man OST Lp (Uni)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Record Scores: Persistent Ringing In The Ears Edition

Blu - Amnesia 10" (Nature Sounds)
Daily Void - Civilization Dust 7" (Kenrock)
Vermillion Sands - 20 Hours 7" (Trouble In Mind)
Vermillion Sands - S/T Lp (Alien Snatch)
Far Out Monster Disco Orchestra - Freefall 12" (Farout)
OP Swamp 81 - Peau Noir Masques Blancs Lp (Kindred Spirits)
Tom Scott & The California Dreamers - The Honeysuckle Breeze Lp (Impulse!)
Malik Pittman - EP 12" (FXHE)
V/A - The Aphotic Segments Part One 12" (Sistrum)
V/A - Assorted Elements 12" (NDATL)
Theo Parrish - Feel Free To Be Who You Need To Be 12" (Sound Signature)
Omar S - These Complimentary Tracks 12" (FXHE)
Omar S & Kai Alce - Jive Time 12" (FXHE)
Kurtis Scott - If You Feel It Get Up And Dance 7" (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
East Liberty Quarters - EP (White Label) 12" (Rotating Souls)
Beautiful Swimmers - Swimmers Groove 12" (Future Times)
Beautiful Swimmers - Big Coast 12" (Future Times)
Protect-U - World Music 12" (Future Times)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Record Scores - Older Edition

Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Horizontal Structures 2xLp (Honest Jons)
Umberto - From The Grave Lp (Permanent)
Mi Ami - Dolphins Lp (Thrill Jockey)
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Sand City Lp (Three Loved Recordings)
Earthless - Sonic Prayer Lp (Gravity)
Earthless - Sonic Prayer Jam 10" (Gravity)
Dum Dum Girls / Male Bonding - Split 7" (Sup Pop)
Swob - Tragus 7" (Pop Bus)
Khethi - Umqombothi 7" (Alala)
Black Heat - No Time To Burn Lp (Atlantic)
Kenny Burrell - Out Of This World Lp (Prestige)
Lou Donaldson - Sassy Soul Strut Lp (Blue Note)
Son 14 - Son Como Son Lp (Areito)
Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High 12" (Sub Pop)
V/A - Casual Victim Pile II Lp (12XU)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Record Scores - A Year Of Weather In A Day Edition

Cannonball Adderley Quartet - Pyramid Lp (Fantasy)
Mary Watkins - Winds Of Change Lp (Palo Alto Jazz)
Jaga Jazzist - One-Armed Bandit 2xLp (Ninja Tune)
Michal Urbaniak - Fusion Lp (CBS)
Joanne Brackeen - Snooze Lp (Choice)
Pepper Adams - Reflectory Lp (Muse)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Soundtrack Lp (MCA)
Robert Watson - Estimated Time Of Arrival Lp (Roulette)
Wavves - King Of The Beach Lp (Fat Possum)
Archie Shepp - Black Gypsy Lp (Prestige)
Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson - Step In Our Life Lp (Polydor)
Lee Morgan - Cornbread Lp (Blue Note)
Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Restructure 2 12" (Honest Jons)
Curtis Hairston - I Want You (All Tonight) 12" (Pretty Pearl)
Miriam Makeba - The Voice Of Africa Lp (RCA)
Ruthann Friedman - White Dove 7" (Ether)
The Girls At Dawn - Back To You 7" (Tic Tac Totally)
The Soft Moon - Parallels 7" (Captured Tracks)
Dennis Coffey & Luchi De Jesus "Black Belt Jones OST" Lp (Weintraub-Heller)
Ike Quebec - Heavy Soul Lp (Blue Note)
Maria Minerva - Noble Savage 12" (100% Silk)
Cuticle - Merciful Swound 12" (100% Silk)
Maria Minerva - Tallinn At Dawn Cs (Not Not Fun)
Samantha Glass - Celestial Night Queen Cs (Not Not Fun)
K-Holes - S/T Lp (Hozac)
X-Ray Eyeballs - Crystal 7" (Hozac)
Women In Prison - Strange Waves 7" (Hozac)
Spider Fever - Whatcha Gonna Do?! 7" (Hozac)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Record Scores - Indian Summer Edition

Psychic Reality - Brant New Age Lp (Not Not Fun)
Peaking Lights - 936 Lp (Not Not Fun)
Pedro Magina - Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five Cs (Not Not Fun)
Victor Olaiya's All Star Soul International Lp (Vampi Soul)
The UV Race - Acid Trip 7" (Sweet Rot)
Wild Nothing - Cloudbusting 7" (Captured Tracks)
Wiz Khalifa - Black And Yellow 12" (Atlantic)
Little Aida - Confessions Lp (Jazz Fudge)
Westwood/Cash - Psycho For Your Love 12" (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
Minority Band - Tasty Tune 12" (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
Deep Space Orchestra - Inside Out 12" (Winding Road)
V/A - Prime Numbers 02 12" (Prime Numbers)
Bonobo - Eyes Down 12" (Ninja Tune)
Floating Points Ensemble - Post Suite 10" (Ninja Tune)
Louis Bellson & Walfredo De Los Reyes, Sr - Ecué Ritmos Cubanos Lp (Pablo)
Paul Humphrey, Shelly Manne, Willie Bobo, & Louie Bellson - The Drum Session Lp (Inner City)
Creative Construction Company - Creative Construction Company Lp (Muse)
Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel - Reeds 'n Vibes Lp (Improvising Artists)
Marion Brown - Porto Novo Lp (Arista)
Andre Ceccarelli - Ceccarelli Lp (Inner City)
Richard Davis - Harvest Lp (Muse)
Hamiet Bluiett - Nali Kola Lp (Soul Note)
The Gary Burton Quartet - Lofty Fake Anagram Lp (RCA)
Willie Bobo - Tomorrow Is Here Lp (Blue Note)
Urszula Dudziak - Urszula Lp (Arista)
Lalo Schifrin - Flamingo / Quiet Village / Jaws Disco Mix 12" (CTI)
Ray Bryant - In the Cut Lp (Cadet)
Norman Connors - Dark Of Light Lp (Buddah)
Roy Ayers - Center Of The World Lp (Polydor)
Osibisa - Ojah Awake Lp (Island)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Record Scores - Crushing Defeat Edition

Willie Wright - Telling The Truth Lp + 7" (Numero Group)
Toots & The Maytals - Knock Out Lp (Mango)
Puro Instinct - Stilyagi 7" (Mexican Summer)
King Short Shirt - Ghetto Vibes Lp (Charlie's)
Louie Shelton - Touch Me Lp (Warner Brothers Seven Arts)
Miriam Makeba - The World Of Miriam Makeba Lp (RCA)
Electroscope - Journey To The Center Of Electroscope Lp (Bod)
John Tropea - To Touch You Again Lp (Marlin)
Barry Miles' Silverlight - Magic Theater Lp (London)
Dom Um Romao - Spirit Of the Times Lp (Muse)
Dom Um Romao - Hotmosphere Lp (Pablo)
Michael Urbaniak - Fusion III Lp (Columbia)
Charles Bronson / Quill - Split 7" (Nat)
Charles Bronson - S/T 7" (Privileged Cracker)
Charles Bronson / Unanswered - Split 7" (Track Star)
Joe Farrell - Night Dancing Lp (Warner Brothers)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Record Scores - All's Fair Edition

Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Nice Guys Lp (ECM)
Hugh Masekela - The Lasting Impression Of Hugh Masekela Lp (MGM)
Mickey Tucker - The Crawl Lp (Muse)
Urban Dance Squad - Mental Floss For The Globe Lp (Arista)
Eldee Young & Red Holt - Feature Spot Lp (Cadet)
Evel Knievel - S/T Lp (Amherst)
Bernard Herrmann - Taxi Driver OST Lp (Arista)
The Sandals - The Endless Summer OST Lp (World-Pacific)
The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Accent On Africa Lp (Capitol)
Hanoi Janes - Young & Dumb 7" (Hozac)
Dam-Funk - On Your Way To Her Pad 7" (Stones Throw)
3rd Bass - Portrait Of An Artist As A Hood 12" (Def Jam)
Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking Lp (Virgin)
Thomas Clausen 3 - Rain Lp (Matrix)
Victor Feldman - The Venezuala Joropo Lp (Pacific Jazz)
Harvey Mason - Earth Mover Lp (Arista)
Daughters Of The Sun - Ghost With Chains Lp (Not Not Fun)
The Deeep - Mudd 12" (100% Silk)
Ital - Ital's Theme 12" (100% Silk)
Coasting - Same Old Same Old 7" (M'Lady's)
Hogra - Blood Bag 7"(Trust Krusher)
The Soft Moon - Breathe The Fire 7" (Captured Tracks)
The Soft Moon - S/T Lp (Captured Tracks)
Death - Spiritual, Mental, Physical Lp (Drag City)
Arthur Verocai - Timeless 2xLp (Mochilla)
Madlib - Medicine Show #11: Low Budget High-Fi Music 3xLp (Stones Throw)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ocular Optometrical: The Best Films Of 2010

This year was pretty rough for films. Practically nothing of note was released before the late spring and then every hyped blockbuster disappointed terribly. There are theories that we're still suffering from the aftershocks of the 2007-2008 writers' strike, with a lack of quality scripts in the queue, but that would suggest that more than a handful of the good films in a year come through the Hollywood system. In fact, as the waves of 3D Burger King tie-ins floated out of the theaters like the tissue-thin fluff that they were, a pretty solid line-up of indie dramas and foreign imports began to show. 2011 was slow to start, but ended up accumulating a respectable roster of worthwhile movies.

The Movies I Saw, Released (In The U.S.) In 2010 (Total Count: 112):
30 For 30: Straight Outta L.A. / 127 Hours / Alice In Wonderland / All Good Things / The American / Animal Kingdom / A-Team / Black Swan / Burning Bright / Carlos The Jackal / Catfish / Cemetery Junction / Centurion / Clash Of The Titans / Cop Out / Countdown To Zero / The Crazies / Cyrus / Date Night / Daybreakers / Defendor / Despicable Me / Devil / Dinner For Schmucks / Dogtooth / Easy A / Elephant Direct / Enter The Void / Exit Through The Gift Shop / The Experiment / Farewell / The Fighter / Fish Tank / Four Lions / The Freebie / Frozen / Get Him To The Greek / Girl With The Dragon Tattoo / Girl Who Played With Fire / Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest / Green Zone / Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt.1 / Hot Tub Time Machine / How To Train Your Dragon / I Love You Phillip Morris / I'm Still Here / Inception / Iron Man 2 / I Saw The Devil / Jackass 3D / Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work / Jonah Hex / The Joneses / Kick-Ass / The Kids Are All Right / The Killer Inside Me / The Last Exorcism / Leaves Of Grass / Lemmy / Let Me In / The Losers / The Lovely Bones / Love Ranch / MacGruber / Machete / Megamind / Mic Macs / Monsters / Mother / Never Let Me Go / The Next Three Days / The Other Guys / Paranormal Activity 2 / Peacock / Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief / Piranha 3D / Predators / A Prophet / Rabbit Hole / Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale / REC 2 / Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974 / Repo Men / Resident Evil: Afterlife / Restrepo / Saw 3D / Salt / Scott Pilgrim Vs The World / The Secret Of Kells / A Serbian Film / Shank / Shelter / Sherlock Holmes / She's Out Of My League / Shutter Island / Skeleton / Social Network / Somewhere / Soul Boy / Splice / Stone / Survival Of The Dead / The Town / Toy Story 3 / The Tree / True Grit / Unstoppable / Waking Sleeping Beauty / The White Ribbon / The Winning Season / Winter's Bone / The Wolfman / Youth In Revolt

Films I Wanted To See For Consideration But Didn't:
Life During Wartime
Blue Valentine
The King's Speech
Another Year
Tiny Furniture
Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)

These, the worst films of 2010, are based a little on dashed expectations, but mostly on how angry they made me. I saw more amateurish films this year, but these are films that insulted me, ruined my week, & pissed all over my love of movies.
The Worst Films Of 2010:
5. The Experiment (a terrible film based on the Stanford prison experiment as understood by the sympathetically-dimwitted jock)
4. Saw 3D (I'm pretty sure that the producers of this series have completely lost the thread of their obtusely complicated mythology & the only people still onboard are those of us pigheadedly searching for resolution)
3. Alice In Wonderland (Mindnumbingly busy take on an already silly & nonsensical story, but also manages to be duller than Revolutionary Road)
2. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson's wrongheaded attempt at a cathartic heart-tugging story about coming to terms with loss that ends up blaming the victim instead)
1. Green Zone (Some geniuses in Hollywood figured out that we were lied into war in Iraq and they can't wait to tell the unwashed masses all about it, 6 years later. They think we're all idiots too, so they've couched it in a Rambo story where America's beefcake Matt Damon singlehandedly takes on Saddam's forces & Bush's stooges too.)

I saw a lot of films this year. During those cold, desperate months at the beginning, I was willing to pretty much watch anything that could boast stuff wiggling about on the screen. As the year progressed, I got a little more discerning, but I was always willing to give most films a chance to surprise me. So in a decidedly threadbare year, I saw 112 films. Judging my top 25 films, I only really feel secure about my top 2 or 3, the others simply jockied against each other, at the mercy of my fickle moods. Did I like the surprisingly involving backstory of our narcissistic cyber-infantalism in Social Network more than the lighthearted camp of The A-Team? Was the beautiful cinematography of Monsters enough to place it above the incredulous Splice? So while these are ranked, take it all with a grain of salt. Just know that I found something worth taking away from the top 25 and, if you had disregarded them out of hand, maybe give them a second look.

The Best Movies Of 2010:

25. Splice
24. Toy Story 3
23. 127 Hours
22. Four Lions
21. Social Network

20. The Fighter
19. Easy A
18. Cyrus
17. A Prophet
16. Repo Men

15. The Crazies
14. I Saw The Devil
13. Dogtooth
12. REC 2
11. Restrepo

10. Machete
09. True Grit
08. Never Let Me Go
07. Mic Macs
06. How To Train Your Dragon

05. Winter's Bone
04. Mother
03. Enter The Void
02. Animal Kingdom
01. Exit Through The Gift Shop (I was a fan of Banksy before this film, and so i was eagerly awaiting it when it was just being solicited as a straightforward documentary about the man of mystery. As with most Banksy endeavors, it manages to deceptively be so much more. It's 3 great films adeptly folded into one. It's an involving introduction to the world of street art; it's a compelling biography of an eccentric man; and it's a rich and spirited, open dialogue about the nature of capital-A Art. To tie it all together, there is the wonderfully wry question of the substantiality of the whole affair. I ranked this film #1 early in the year, and reconfirmed its place with several more viewings. The highest recommendation.)