Happy 239th birthday, United States!
I don’t blog much. Not much time. I haven’t even put out my Favorites from 2013 or 2014… well, here goes for my Top 10 of 2015 so far…
Artist – Album (style)
- Failure – The Heart is a Monster (rock)
- Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell (indie rock)
- Faith No More – Sol Invictus (hard rock)
- Steve Taylor & the Perfect Foil – Goliath (rock)
- Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (progressive rock)
- Daniel Johns (of Silverchair) – TALK (pop, dance, rock)
- John Zorn’s The Dreamers with Mike Patton, Sofia Rei & Jesse Harris – The Song Project Live at Le Poisson Rouge (jazz, avant garde, pop)
- Dave Douglas – High Risk (jazz with electronics)
- Nellie McKay – My Weekly Reader (cheeky 70s rock tribute)
- DRKWAV (Skerik, Medeski & Deitch) – The Purge (doom, jazz, electronic, all over)
What’s still to come in 2015…
Ben Folds with yMusic, Holy Fuck (no release date, but they recorded it in late 2014), John Zorn (about every month), Puscifer (teaser on their Instagram?), TOOL (music done, lyrics nearing completion?), Charlie Hunter, and based on kickstarters/pledgemusic that I’ve supported: Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5 has a couple more EPs due, Dweezil Zappa, Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate, Jude Christodal, Dylan Carlson of Earth, and Fleming & John.
Will I continue with blogs in the future? I don’t know. :P
Dan – np: Critters Buggin – Stampede
Ken Andrews is a songwriting, producing, mixing genius. He is a now a blogger… ya know… now that blogging has been out for 10+ years. The “crazy old man” quote is from him…
I hope this new burst of info means something is coming soon from him. Perhaps the Digital Noise Academy release that was rumored of 4-5 years ago? Perhaps more from ON? Perhaps another Year of the Rabbit? Perhaps another Ken solo album?
What? You don’t know who Ken Andrews is? He’s the front-man for 90s rock group Failure, he’s done other side-projects (noted above), he produces & mixes (NIN, Beck, Tenacious D, Charlotte Martin, etc). He’s friends with the Tool gents (has done videos and toured with them). He’s married to the aforementioned singer-songwriter Charlotte Martin. His music is rad. Failure’s Fantastic Planet is one of the few perfect modern rock concept albums.
A picture story of utter failure. If you happen to have a car and three crane-mounted trucks… don’t try this at home.
Ah, gravity — a cruel 9.81m/s² mistress…