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Executive director of the Bardavon and UPAC
Bob Dylan is the one artist I am constantly turned on to, especially his albums of the last 10 years, Time Out of Mind, Love & Theft, Modern Times, and Tempest (1997-2012, all Columbia Records). He developed Modern Times at the Bardavon and I got to listen in while it was happening. I really don't think anyone can come close to him these days, or maybe ever. Locally, I love the Lindsey Webster Band. [Webster is] soulful in the extreme and she writes great songs and her band is just amazing. I don't know why she's not a big star. My wife just turned me on to Lorde, who is very cool, hip, and now. That's the thing about music today: It comes and goes so quickly that a "new release" is almost an oxymoron. New today, old tomorrow.
Editor of RogovoyReport.com, author of Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet
A few things got a lot of airplay on my home station (and in my car) this year. One old and terribly overlooked album, I think, is Elvis Costello's Get Happy!! (1980, Columbia Records). New stuff I dug this year: Yo La Tengo's Fade (Matador Records), Atoms for Peace's Amok (XL Recordings), David Bowie's The Next Day (Columbia), Kanye West's Yeezus (Def Jam Recordings), Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird's Bad Old Songs (Oriente Music), and Michael Winograd's Storm Game (Golden Horn Records). And Bob Dylan's Another Self Portrait (Columbia), although not exactly "new," was revelatory. Barely Alive is a terrific young EDM duo based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, churning out original tracks and remixes at a frantic pace. They're definitely ones to watch.
Booking agent at BSP Lounge in Kingston; musician with Lovesick and Shana Falana
The records I've listened to most the past year are Mac DeMarco's 2 (Captured Tracks Records), Naomi Punk's The Feeling (Captured Tracks), Thee Oh Sees' Floating Coffin (Castleface Records) and Putrifiers II (In the Red Records), all of Kurt Vile's stuff (Matador Records), Crystal Stilts' Nature Noir (Sacred Bones) is great, Dirty Beaches' Badlands (Zoo Music), Angel Olsen's Halfway Home (Bathetic Records). My favorite locals artists are No Valley (formerly Vacation from Beacon), Dirty River, Alexander Turnquist, Wave Sleep Wave, and Emily Sprague's new project, Florist. For 2014, I'm looking forward to Breakfast in Fur's first proper record (I feel like I know all the songs already!), the new Cibo Matto record (their first in 15 years; they'll be at BSP on February 9), and Future Islands' new record, which they recorded at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock. Mostly, I'm looking forward to two of my own releases! My band, Lovesick, is releasing our first EP in March, and Shana Falana, who I play drums with, is set to release her first LP in 2014.
Owner of Jack's Rhythms music store in New Paltz
Hardly a week goes by that I don't listen to old favorites Tall Dwarfs and the Mekons. Tall Dwarfs were endlessly inventive with limited resources and the Mekons mix the political and personal while still maintaining a sense of humor. Releases in 2013: The Ex and Brass Unbound's Enormous Door (In the Fishtank Records) and the Bevis Frond's White Numbers (Woronzow Records). Much of the newer stuff I've been listening to is pretty retro: Thee Oh Sees, Fuzz, King Khan, Barrence Whitfield. Neko Case's The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (ANTI) and Richard Buckner's Surrounded (Merge) have been getting a lot of spins. I don't get out too often, locally, but Breakfast in Fur and Shana Falana are always great. For 2014, I'm watching for new releases by OOIOO, Carla Bozulich, Holly Golightly, the Ettes, Tinariwen, and Tara Jane O'Neil.