We’re wrapping up PODs for 2017 with one detailing some favorite releases from the year. A good many here are repeat offenders, but front loaded into the mix are a number of musics new to the ear, or new in general. Sudan Archives, Bottle Tree, Chaz Bundick Meets the Matson 2, and Jaimie Branch all put out debuts that set the vibe dial to ‘undeniable’ and damn if the future doesn’t seem bright.
Hurray For the Riff Raff‘s Alynda Seggara penned one heck of a relevant and visceral record. The Navigator is a true long player, a lasting testimony to the power of exerting one’s heritage and individual voice as a weapon against a homogenizing culture that cares nothing for the past, is often violent, and only ever seeks the bottom line.
Baby, you can take my life /
But don’t take my home /
It’s a solid price,
it comes with my bones
Making it all the more cutting — it’s catchy.
The personal highlight though was one featuring music outside of 2017. Acetone‘s 1992 – 2001, a jewel of a retrospective put out by Light In the Attic Records, radiates with a warmth and humility seldom heard in a ‘rock’ setting. To fully listen and take in Acetone’s music is to internalize a type of grace that feels hard earned and vulnerable, yet at the same time open and generous towards the world. Essential sounds to resetting the equilibrium.
Songs for Peace!
1. Sudan Archives ~ Goldencity
2. Hurray For the Riff Raff ~ Rican Beach
3. Chaz Bundick Meets the Matson 2 ~ Disco Kid
4. Jaimie Branch ~ Theme 002
5. Bottle Tree ~ Another One
6. The Heliocentrics ~ Oh Brother
7. Matthew Shipp Trio ~ Microwave
8. King Crimson ~ Meltdown
9. Six Organs of Admittance ~ St. Eustace
10. Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker ~ I Heard Them Singing
11. Acetone ~ All The Time
12. Chuck Johnson ~ Riga Black
13. Juana Molina ~ Los pies helados
14. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah ~ Encryption
15. Nubya Garcia ~ Lost Kingdoms