Here’s what I’ve been listening to, with brief annotations:
Bass by Keller Williams: I’m working on a feature about Keller, set to publish in time for his Dec. 28 gig here in Cleveland. The focus leans heavily on his latest album, Funk, and his work with Virginia soul band More Than A Little, which is all really great. And all of his albums are totally worth checking out. But Bass just hits the spot. “The Sun and Moon’s Vagenda” is such a nice opening track.
T.E.T.I.O.S. by Papadosio: For a sprawling double-disc album, this one is mighty cohesive. When I’m in the mood for electronic stuff, Papadosio nails it.
March 16-20, 1992 by Uncle Tupelo: Probably my favorite Tupelo album, though I most often find myself sifting through their catalog for those short-but-sweet Tweedy tunes (“Wait Up,” “Screen Door,” “Acuff-Rose”).
A Love Supreme by John Coltrane: My personal, if random?, follow-up to Miles’ Kind of Blue in my search to know jazz music.
Return to Cookie Mountain by TV on the Radio: A seminal college selection for me. “I Was A Lover” refracts memories of Athens every time I listen.
Tin Cans and Car Tires by moe.: Still relatively new to moe., even after all these years. I’ve got a lot of their shows on hand, but their studio stuff is really great and keeps pulling me in.