For anyone who might actually care, here’s a roughly ordered list of some music I enjoyed from the passing year (click on artist’s name to listen):

1. Blonde Redhead, 23

2. Chicago Underground Trio, Chronicle

3. Humcrush, Hornswoggle

4. PJ Harvey, White Chalk

5. Han Bennink, Amplified Trio

6. James Blackshaw, The Cloud of Unknowing

7. Battles, Mirrored

8. Jandek, Manhattan Tuesday

9. Radiohead, In Rainbows

10. New David Garza tracks on MySpace

Other records I enjoyed this year for the first time: Afghan Whigs, Gentlemen; a Nina Simone compilation a friend made; Atomic, Happy New Ears!; Art Blakey, Moanin’; Boris, Pink; Can, Ege Bamyasi and Tago Mago; Ornette Coleman, Dancing in Your Head; Midlake, The Trials of Von Occupanther (the first half of it, anyway).

And, since I’m in a list mood, my favorite concerts this year were:

1. Instant Composers Pool Orchestra @ the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

2. Borbetomagus (with Lexie Mountain opening) @ some loft in Baltimore, MD

3. Humcrush @ Emo’s, Austin, TX

4. Jandek @ The Rose Marine Theatre, Forth Worth, TX

5. Atomic @ Twins Jazz, Washington, D.C.

6. Lexie Mountain Boys @ SXSW, Austin, TX

7. Bodies of Water @ Pershing Square, Los Angeles, CA

8. Asthmatic Kitty showcase @ Okay Mountain, SXSW, Austin, TX (feat. Red Hunter, Castanets, Weird Weeds)

9. Willie Nelson @ the Backyard, Austin, TX

10. Acid Mother’s Temple @ Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, D.C.

11. Blonde Redhead @ Emo’s, Austin, TX



  1. 1
    wess Says:

    I liked Blonde Redhead a lot as well as Radiohead (as you can tell by my own list), but haven’t heard the other ones – any you think I’d like?

  2. 2
    Chase Says:

    That BOW show was in Pershing Square. MacArthur Park would have been awesome … FOR GETTING MURDERED!!!

  3. 3
    elcaballo Says:

    Thanks Chase.

    Wess, I’d recommend Battles and James Blackshaw. Both are instrumental and sonically overwhelming, though in a good way. But whereas Battles is kind of indie prog-rock, Blackshaw creates waves of sound with a twelve-string acoustic guitar.


  4. 4
    thelooksee Says:

    wow you folks and you favs of the year. i guess ill have to whip mine up shortly as well.

  5. 5
    seth Says:

    why it says i am my wifes blog (thelooksee) above i can only attribute to her using my computer again, that was me the one the only boligrafoe.

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