Tag: 2023

The Mar-Keys / Booker T. and the MGs, Back to Back, 1967 on Stax

The Mar-Keys were the backing band on lots of early Stax records, and had personnel overlap with what became the MGs & The Memphis Horns. Deanie Parker’s liner…

Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour, 2018 on MCA Nashville

Musgrave’s fourth album on MCA Nashville, produced by Musgraves with Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, with songs co-written by Musgraves with folks like Shane McAnally, Natalie Hemby, Luke…

Ray Charles, Ray Charles in Person, 1960 on Atlantic

Recorded live May 28th, 1959 at the WAOK fifth anniversary celebration, Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. Recorded from the audience, reportedly from a single microphone 100 feet from the…

Wednesday, Rat Saw God, 2023 on Dead Oceans

Wednesday is out of Asheville NC, and blends together shoegaze / noisy indie rock with a kind of alt. country / country rock vibe. Expect to see much…

Justin Townes Earle, Live at Grimey’s, September 4th, 2014, on BMG.

Though it was recorded in 2014, and released in 2015 on Vagrant Records, my copy is the 2023 Record Store Day reissue on BMG – two 45rpm records…

Shame, Food for Worms, 2023 on Dead Oceans

My membership in Secretly Society actually introduced me to shame, a post-punk band from the UK (who style their name in lower case). This was their third LP…

Gil Evans, Gil Evans & Ten, 1957 on Prestige

My copy is the 2023 reissue by Craft Recordings for Record Store Day. Players: Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, this was Gil Evan’s fist recording as a pianist….

The Magnetic Fields, i, 2004 on Nonesuch

All the songs on the album start with the letter i, a very Stephin Merritt thing to do. (Is this also related to the “i” in his first…

Wilson Pickett, Hey Jude, 1969 on Atlantic

Recorded at Fame studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama with a band that included Duane Allman as well as Jerry Jemmott and Roger Hawkins. It’s a classic late 60s…

The Suburbs at the Icehouse, November 3rd 2023

While I was in town for my mother’s 80th birthday, I was able to pick up tickets to see The Suburbs at Icehouse. (I guess this is the…

Japandroids, Celebration Rock, 2012 on Polyvinyl

Japandroids are a duo out of Vancouver BC – while this was their second album (the first was 2009’s Post-Nothing), it was their big breakout record and was…

Various Artists, Inside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording), 2013 on Nonesuch

My copy is the 2023 Vinyl Me Please reissue on “Seaglass Wave” vinyl. Wonderful soundtrack from the Coen brothers movie, with lots of star Oscar Isaac but also…

De La Soul, Stakes Is High, 1996 on Tommy Boy

So happy to see De La Soul’s catalog get reissued with quality new pressings. Three Feet High and Rising was one of my favorite hip hop albums of…

Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park, 2013 on Mercury

My copy is the 2023 Vinyl Me Please reissue (in the VMP Essentials, not VMP Country track) on “green galaxy” vinyl. Love Musgraves’ songwriting – this was her…

Thelonious Monk, Paris 1969, 2023 on Blue Note.

This was first released as In Paris on Laserdisc in 1991 (Japan) / 1992 (US), then as Paris 1969 on Blue Note in 2013 (with a CD/DVD as…

Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism, 2003 on Barsuk

Death Cab’s monumental breakout album. My copy is a 20th anniversary 2023 reissue by Vinyl Me Please on red marble vinyl, with listening notes by Sean Nelson (from…

Missy Elliott, Under Construction, 2002 on Elektra / The Goldmind, Inc.

Originally released in 2002 – my copy is a Vinyl Me, Please 20th anniversary reissue from 2023 on “orange crush” vinyl. What a fantastic release – working with…

AIR, Moon Safari, 1998 on Caroline/Source.

The debut album from AIR (labelled as “AIR French Band” on the cover – originally released on Source in France and Caroline in the US. My copy is…