Michael Crockett’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012

Horizontes, Music of Latin America:

Ruben Blades & Cheo Feliciano – Eba Say Aha
Two salsa music icons, Ruben Blades from Panama, and Cheo Feliciano from Puerto Rico, sing each others hits.

Chicha Libre – Canibalismo
Brooklyn-based group has revived ‘70s Andean cumbia music call “chicha” and taken it to a new level. A great party record.

Seu Jorge – Musicas Para Churrasco Vol. 1
Brazilian master of samba and funk with a distinctive voice releases best CD yet with nice elements of jazz as well.

Various Artists – Putumayo Presents Brazilian Beat
Very nice compilation of mostly up and coming Brazilian artists. Includes songs by Tita Lima and Roge, both known to Austin audiences through their SXSW performances.

Various Artists – Havana Cultura – The Search Continues
British DJ, Gilles Peterson, known for his Latin and Brazilian dance compilations, went to Cuba to make a compilation of new Cuban artists and and put together an all-star band as well. 2 great CDs.

Global Grooves:

Amadou& Mariam – Folila 
Blind guitarist and singer from Mali collaborate with international pop artists Santigold, TV on the Radio, Theophilous London, and Bertrand Cantat while still remaining true to their African blues roots.

Anoushka Shankar – Traveller
Indian sitarist, daughter of Ravi, travels to Spain to explore the connections between Indian music and the gypsy flamenco music of Spain with singers Duquende and Cocha Buika among others.

Baloji – Kinshasa Succursale
Belgium-raised, Congo-born rapper returns home to record with musicians from his native land. The result is beautiful mix of hip-hop mixed with Congolese folk and popular music.

Canteca De Macao – Nunca Es Tarde
Spanish band mixes flamenco with cumbia, Cuban music, rock and jazz. Our favorite band at SXSW 2012.

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to Caribbean Café
An excellent compilation of popular music from all of the Caribbean islands and the countries on its coast.


Susan Castle’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012

(Listed alphabetically)

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Beach House – Bloom

Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Django Django – Self-Titled

Jack White – Blunderbuss

Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran

The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Purity Ring – Shrines

Shovels And Rope – O’ Be Joyful


David Brown’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

1. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

2. The Sword – Apocryphon

3. Flatlanders – Odessa Tapes

4. These Mad Dogs of Glory – Sweet Appalachia

5. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs

6. Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal

7. Amy Cook – Summer Skin

8. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

9. Killers – Battle Born

10. Band of Horses – Mirage Rock


Jay Trachtenberg’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

(Listed alphabetically)

alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Brownout – Oozy

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth

Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station

Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio

Elias Haslanger – Church On Monday

Shearwater – Animal Joy

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

White Rabbits – Milk Famous


Jody Denberg’s Top 10

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012

(Listed alphabetically)

Alejandro Escovedo– Big Station

Dana Falconberry- Leelanau

Gary Clark Jr.– Blak And Blu

Jack White- Blunderbuss

Jonsi– We Bought A Zoo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Loudon Wainwright III– Older Than My Old Man Now

Patti Smith– Banga

Ray Wylie Hubbard– The Grifter’s Hymnal

Robert Glasper Experiment– Black Radio

The xx– Coexist