The Freelance Mentalists.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
  Top Tens and some that maybe shoulda been
   Don Allred's P&J 2011 plus:
1(various artists), Dirty Water 2: More Birth of Punk Attitude
Year Zero
Points: 10
2Lydia Loveless, Indestructible Machine
Bloodshot
Points: 10
3David Murray Cuban Ensemble, Play Nat King Cole en Espanol
Motéma
Points: 10
4(various artists), Live From the Old Town School
Old Town School Recordings
Points: 10
5Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Telesterion
Rodriguez Lopez Productions
Points: 10
6tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
4AD
Points: 10
7(various artists), Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon
Out Here
Points: 10
8(various artists), Note of Hope: A Celebration of Woody Guthrie
429
Points: 10
9Emperor X, Western Teleport
Bar/None
Points: 10
10Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
Def Jam/Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation
Points: 10

Singles

1Sonny Rollins (ft Ornette Coleman), "Sonnymoon for Two"
Emarcy
2Buddy Miller (ft. Lee Ann Womack), "Meds"
New West
3John Doe, "Moonbeam"
Yep Roc
4DJ Shadow, "Give Back the Nights"
Roc-a-Fella
5Tom Waits, "Hell Broke Luce"
Anti
6Lady Gaga (ft. Clarence Clemons), "The Edge of Glory"
Interscope
7Wolves in the Throne Room, "Woodland Cathedral"
Southern Lord
8John Doe, "Peggy Sue Got Married"
Hear
9They Might Be Giants, "The Lady and the Tiger"
Idlewild
10Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
Columbia/XL
main comments below, but almost listed Boston Spaceship's Let It Beard: shameless Midwestern Anglophilia from Bob Pollard & crew, frontloaded with a few throat-clearing gob-duds (get 'em out of the way, thanks Bob) and then steadily stirring up a trenchant tempest in ye beardmug, spinning me toward Mott The Hoople's Brain Capers (complement complement complement) Trombone Shorty has been known to imply or me to infer that jazz is just part of his job, and he can handle it, period. But the jazz on For True has more immediately gratifying  purple and gold candy skull brainiac head rush than the pop tracks, as nicely flashy and guest starry as those can be (big deal) Another killer EP in the guise of a good album (sure are a lot of those).
Hey why wasn't this on there? (more than a certain number of  well-known covers makes me uncertain)
 The Jolly Boys, Great Expectation The Jolly Boys are one of the first and last leading bands playing mento, the 50s style sometimes marketed as "Jamaican calypso", and while it does have the sassy, party hearty social commentary of calypso (not always to the liking of politicians, police and thieves), the Jolly Boys' mento rolls the chunky, butt-thumping agility of homely percussion, banjos and guitars (a rougher cousin of the pre-Beatles and their budding generation's early skiffle influences). The social commentary's mostly first person on this album, well-chosen covers provide,explicit and implied narrative, via Albert Minott's eloquent growl. Winehouse's "Rehab" is  the centerpiece, pumping into Iggy Pop's "Nightclubbing","You Can't Always Get What You Want", and increasingly less obvious choices, as "Ring of Fire"," Hanging on the Telephone", "Blue Monday", " Perfect Day" and  "The Passenger" get swept and bounced along. They don't sound so old, but old enough to know themselves, their hopes, fears and appetites pretty well. Hell, even "Riders in the Storm" seems to fit, I think. Some good originals and Jamaican covers too.
 
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