They're both girl talk--one's a little fancier, that's all
Kate Nash: Girl Talk (Have 10P)
I'm proud when Kitty wets her undies and Kacey screws Mr. Acceptable, but prouder, frankly, when this likable size 12 lets her voice crack all over the big fat scarewords "feminist" and "sexism" on an album that gets dissed for its simplistic songwriting as if that wasn't the point. There are a few duds, and not everything is in the mode of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre‑-she ends with an a cappella lament finished off with a full orchestra. A lot of it is, however, including one called "Rap for Rejection," and should some jerk claim it's rejection that fuels her militance, she has the balls to leave the cad's gender unstated and write one called "Sister" that opens another possibility. Too bad the grungy "Under-Estimate the Girl" was consigned to YouTube. Check it out. A MINUS
Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
Drums shake her confusion free and burgeoning, 'tho still strummed drone and strainéd syntax drag her down, and ere her sister stun the fragile leaves of their esteem, she'll test her wings and bring the bolewood to the shattered oak that truly needs it. Radio grows big in her imaginings, as she swan dives inside the confines of her car horn house, and sometimes we believe we care, what happens in the tuneful drywall of her shambling dreams. A MINUS
Seems to me, though, that notoriety has been the most salient quality with regards to several of the picks (but kudos for picking Mitchell's Congliptious over Sound). The reasoning behind picking the Coleman Town Hall is understandable, but Ornette! is my fave Coleman of the 60's. I'd also say For Adolphe Sax trumps Machine Gun, and 3 Compositions of New Jazz would be my pick in place of For Alto, if I were to include any Braxton in such a list (he didn't really come into his own until the 70s as far as I'm concerned). And the ESP Sun Ra pick is indeed the wrong one.
That said, Out to Lunch and Spiritual Unity are stone cold classics in my book, and Dolphy's and Ayler's best work respectively (Dolphy's Iron Man, released posthumously in 1969, comes pretty close to OtoL. I'm not counting his tenure with Mingus here, in which case there's Antibes, CM presents Mingus, etc.). The busier Love Cry or the at-times cluttering At the Village Vanguard, though possibly the better of these two, might be the more notorious Ayler choices.
Not sure what "alt" means from all this: the electronica is pretty high-brow, world mostly means French, the jazz is avant but spotty (and more Brit/European than usual, while the rock is less). Six ESP-Disk records, including the wrong Sun Ra.
Off subject (except that it concurs with this post's reviews), Rhapsody Streamnotes is up.
I would replace one of the Usual Supposedly Unusual suspects (like Pearls Before Swine in particularly) with Eric Von Schmidt's *Who Knocked the Brains Out of the Sky?* which is more elaborate than anything else he released (not always to good effect) and boasts a bunch of his peerless art.
#76 - # 100 (part 4 of 4).
Haven't heard a lot from the bottom half of the list of top 100 but here's the list anyway...wish SPIN had made it available to print out in list form.
76. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Gorilla (B+)
77. Back from the Grave Volume One (Crypt 1983) (unheard)
78. Nihilist Spasm Band - No Record (unheard)
79. Tod Dockstader - Eight Electronic Pieces (unheard)
80. Cecil Taylor - Unit Structures (A-)
81. The United States of America - The United States of America (C+)
82. The Electric Prunes - Release of an Oath (C)
83. Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble - Congliptious (unheard)
84. Kim Fowley - Outrageous (E)
85. Joe Cuba Sextet - Wanted Dead or Alive (unheard)
86. Sun Ra - Other Planes of There (A)
87. John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with Lions (C)
88. Ornette Coleman - Town Hall 1962 (B+_
89. Babatunde Olatunji - Drums of Passion (A-)
90. Harry Partch -World of Harry Partch (unheard)
91. Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes (A-)
92. The Monkees- Head (C+)
93. Pearls Before Swine - One Nation Underground (C)
94. Parson Sound - Parson Sound (B)
95. Conlon Nancarrow - Studies for Player Piano (unheard)
96. Alan Watts - OM: The Sound of Hinduism (unheard)
97. Brigitte Fontaine - Comme a la Radio (B+)
98. Mulatu Astatke - Afro-Latin Soul Vol. 1 (A-)
99. Cromagnon - Orgasm
100. Marshall McLuhan - The Medium is the Massage (unheard)
Jacob - thanks for the tip. I have a 1967 vinyl Forever Changes and should get it on CD
John - Jason's right. Black Woman isn't for everyone, but for Sharrock fanatics like myself it's essential listening, as is # 61 below.
# 51 to # 75. (part 3 of 4):
51. Mothers - We're Only In it for $ (A)
52. Scott Walker - Scott 2 (unheard)
53. Incredible String Band - Hangman's Daughter (unheard)
54. AMM- AMMMusic (A-)
55. Perry-Kingsley - The In Sound From Way Out! (unheard)
56. Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples of the Moon (unheard)
57. The Red Crayola - The Parable of Arable Land (unheard)
58. The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - BBC Radiophonic Music (unheard)
59. Pierre Henry - Messe Pour le Temps Present (unheard)
60. Pauline Oliveros - Reverbations : Tape & ELectronic Music 1961-1970 (B+)
61. Pharoah Sanders - Tauhid (A)
62. Dick Hyman - MOOG (unheard)
63. Moondog - Moondog (unheard)
64. David Axelrod - Songs of Innocence (unheard)
65. Spontaneous Music Ensemble - Karyobin (unheard)
66. various artists - The Balinese Gamelan (unheard)
67. Caetano Veloso - Caetano Veloso (unheard)
68. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Gruppen/Carre' (unheard)
69. Roland Kirk Quartet - Rip, Rig & Panic (unheard)
70. Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (unheard)
71. Eric Dolphy - Out to Lunch (A)
72. The Seeds - The Seeds (unheard)
73. Amon Duul II - Phallus Dei (unheard)
74. Pentangle - Basket of Light (unheard)
75. Brigette Bardot et Serge Gainsbourg - Bonnie & Clyde (unheard)
Five bucks for the digital version on Am***n. I'm curious to see how the 69 version differs from the "Blind Willie" that leads off the stellar Guitar from '86, my first exposure to SS all those years ago.
"39. Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman A"
Now that one I gotta hear. Got it on CD Joe?
Also, by the time I remembered the name of the band Pablo Cruise, the bad music 70's discussion had passed. They were the worst. Punk and rap had to happen after that.
My grades on the next 25 on the list (part 2 of 4):
25. Silver Apples - Silver Apples (unheard)
26. Love - Forever Changes A
27. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (unheard)
28. John Fahey - Dance of Death A-
29. Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum B
30. Steve Reich - Early Works (unheard)
31. John Coltrane - Ascension B+
32. The Meters - The Meters A-
33. White Noise -An Electric Storm B+
34. The Sonics - Here are the Sonics (unheard)
35. Fairport Convention -Leige & Lief B-
36. Peter Brotzmann Octet - Machine Gun A-
37. Holy Modal Rounders - Moray Eels B
38. Desmond Dekker - This Is B+
39. Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman A
40. The Godz- Contact High (unheard)
41. Skip Spence - Oar C
42. Anthony Braxton - For Alto B
43. Nico - Chelsea Girl A
44. Townes Van Zandt - For the Sake of the Song (unheard)
45. The Monks - Black Monk Time (unheard)
46. Ray Baretto - Acid (unheard)
47. Terry Riley - Rainbow in Curved Air A-
48. The Watts Prophets - Black Voices (unheard)
49. Rotary Connection - Rotary Connection (unheard)
50. Francoise Hardy - Francoise Hardy (unheard)
Riley's Rainbow in Curved Air did make the list too...further down. I would have liked to have seen Linn County's Proud Flesh Soothseer make the list. That's a pretty great "alternative" record. And where's Zappa's Hot Rats and Swamp Dogg's Total Destruction to Your Mind? I should mention that I held myself to strict standards re the (more like half) 50 albums I never heard: of course, I heard a track or three from many of them, just never heard the entire album.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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