Chuck P hosted “Dead Air” on the late and great Indie 103.1; now he has an eponymous program on KCRW Sunday nights at midnight devoted to a blend of indie rock/pop and world curiosity. He was kind enough to share his top albums of the year with us and give us some insight as to why they appear on his list.
WILD FLAG – WILD FLAG
One of the mot satisfying rock records of the year from this indie rock supergroup.
BEIRUT – THE RIP TIDE
Zach Condon returns with another brilliant album of soulful gypsy styles.
EMA – PAST LIFE MARTYRED SAINTS
Erika Anderson is one of my favorite new artists of the year. An excellent
array of styles and moods on the debut LP.
TAMIKREST – TOUMASTIC
Another band in the vein of Tinariwen and Terakaft (who both also had excellent new albums this year).
BRAVE IRENE – BRAVE IRENE
The new album from Rose Melberg (of Tiger Trap and Softies fame) went under most peoples radars this year. Should have been on other folks top tens of the year because it’s pop perfection.
ALVARIUS B. – BAROQUE PRIMATIVA
One third of the legendary and sadly now defunct Sun City Girls, Alan Bishop released one of the most hard to find LPs of the year… luckily, it’s also been issued on CD for those who slept on the wax.
GOOGOOSH – GOOGOOSH
An amazing reissue of music from the Persian pop princess from Iran circa 1970.
THESE TRAILS – THESE TRAILS
Hawaiian psych folk from 1973. I’ve had this album for nearly 15 years waiting for it to be reissued and Drag City granted my wish.
VARIOUS ARTISTS – THE AMAZING ZIGZAG CONCERT
This compilation features 4 hours of music on 5 CDs from the 1974 live
event for the 5 year anniversary of Zigzag Magazine. A limited one
time run of 2000 copies of this never before released music. No
videos, but here’s what Rolling Stone’s David Fricke had to say about
JOHN CARTER/BOBBY BRADFORD- THE COMPLETE REVELATION
In my search for free jazz from Los Angeles, I stumbled across John
Carter a couple of years ago. An amazing artist that influenced many
LA jazz musicians, this compilation featuring long time performing
partner Bobby Bradford is an excellent place to start.
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