1. Drive-By Truckers - ENGLISH OCEANS
particularly the song "Hanging On" on side 2. It is a simple tune by DBT standards but it chokes me up a little with its frailty.
2. Hot Tuna - HOT TUNA
One in a massive pile purchased from Dylan Bell, mostly for the back cover, but it jangles a note in every corner of the room.
3. Dillard & Clark -THE FANTASTIC EXPEDITION OF DILLARD & CLARK
Drew me dangerously into eBay. The congenial jangle and the laughing idiots on the motorcycle on the cover make me think of those I've had fortune to play music with this year, esp Lance Porter, Lewis Roussel, Leon LeJeune, Jamye St Romain, Anna Byars and Ben Bell.
4. Funkadelic - MAGGOT BRAIN
Back ages ago I realized the vast majority of the music I listened to was by white people and sought out this album to help correct it. Fortunately, Tess Brunet up at Lagniappe Records had it in stock when the condition returned.
5. Elton John - CAPTAIN FANTASTIC & THE BROWN DIRT COWBOY
Seduced by the elaborate package, it was one of the first times I listened to Elton John on my own volition rather than it just being on. He's pretty good, Elton is.
6, Bob Dylan- PLANET WAVES
In high school, I found myself defending Bob Dylan to my dad, who said, "Elton John, now there's a good singer." F Elton John, I thought. I tried to sell my daughter on Bob Dylan and I forget what she said about him, but it was funny. This album and NEW MORNING are my Dylan.
7. Robert Ashley - PRIVATE PARTS (THE RECORD)
So simple. Talking about almost nothing. Piano tinkling. Tablas in a hypnotic telegraph from the universe. It's the best thing I listened to all year, the very year where Ashley left us.
8. Lyres - LYRES
Tremolo, scream, drum break, everything.
9. Sly & the Family Stone - THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON
Purchased and played on the day of the Ferguson verdict. Not on purpose, but it served one anyway. Sly became a gun-toting recluse, girded against The Man, during the recording of this, but didn't lose sight of the shared beauty of humanity that begat "Family Affair" - one of the world's greatest songs. You can be fearful and have a gun even. Just don't kill anyone.
10. David Bowie - SCARY MONSTERS AND SIPER CREEPS
I got to sing in a David Bowie tribute night and it pushed me forward in my singing. My daughter is baking herself in a Bowie-shaped pan pushing herself forward. Push on in 2015. No cocaine necessary on that the 70s took it all for us. Push forward!