Top 10 Albums I Discovered/Apprehended/Finally Clicked With In Jan. 2017

(alphabetical)

Allah Las, Calico Review (Mexican Summer, Sept. 2016)

An Electrifying Evening with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet (Japanese reissue of 1961 Verve LP) [Boy is it a shame I only saw this as fortune-priced LP a few times. Convinced me there was no question that Diz was indeed at his peak in the early ’60s, but it remains a demanding assertion to check out. Best Lalo Schifrin I’ve ever heard.]

The Very Best of the Highwaymen [see this earlier post. ] Must add that I conclude the finest version of “Desperados Waiting for a Train” became the main hit for these guys.

Populous, Night Safari (Bad Panda). Dreamy, but uneasy.

Sxip Shirey, A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees (Via) My review on “Fresh Air” is forthcoming.

Sleater-Kinney Live in Paris (nice imitation-boot packaging)

Systema Solar, Rumbo a Tierra (Nacional). Not afraid to be in-your-earhole raucous. Apt for the times.

Various, The Rough Guide to Hillbilly Blues [Weirdos out in the sticks.]

The XX, I See You (Young Turks). Enveloping, teasing, resistance is futile.

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