Top of ‘08 (In order….cuz I got ballz)
1- John Baker Tapes Volume 1 & 2 (Trunk)
2- Bill Dixon w/the Exploding Star Orchestra (Thrill Jockey)
3- Flying Lotus -
4- Arabian Prince - Innovative Life (Stones Throw)
5- Soulja Boy - Unsigned and Still Major Da Album Before Da Album (not trying to be cute or funny, this is some of the most original music made this year; he is only 17 years old too!!) (Self released)
6- William Parker - Double
7- George Mitchell Collection Vol. 1-45 (Fat Possum)
8- 78s From The EMI Archive (Honest Jon’s)
9- Blank dogs - On Two Sides (Troubleman Unlimited)
10- Peter Brötzmann/Uuskyla – Born Broke (Atavistic)
*I did not include any full length reissues or else Lula Cortes and Orchestre Regional De Kayes would have been in the top 2 positions.
Top 5 Musical Experiences (In order)
1- Digging in Mexico D.F. and bringing back a suitcase full of records.
2- Seeing Pharaoh Sanders in LA perform two shows, getting my copy of Black Unity signed, and, OMG, shaking his hand!!
3- Seeing Cecil Taylor live at Grace Cathedral (which has 7 secs of natural reverb) in SF
4- Driving back home for the holidays while trippin ballz and listening to Barry White’s album “The Icon is Love” twice in a row.....blowing my fucking mind
5- Finding one of my most desired lps in Amoeba SF (Celly Cel’s Killa Kali in mint condition mind you)
Biggest Disappointment of ‘08
Gang Gang Dance - Saint Dymphna