It should be no secret by now that I’m quite the music fan, so when Vicky asked me to participate in this year’s Top 10 list, it felt like a no-brainer. The truth is though, I’m simply not as exposed to all the new releases in quite the same way as our amazing DJs. So, we came up with a compromise: two albums that pulled me in and refused to let go, and eight other stuffs that caught my attention.
G.T.'S TOP TEN RELEASES, AND RE-RELEASES OF 2013(in no particular order, off the top of what's left of my head. So many fine choices, so little time...or space!)
1)WINGS OVER AMERICA-WINGS (CAPITOL/MPL) (1976)A re-mastered, elongated re-issue of Macca's triumphant '76 tour, sounding better, and more surprisingly "rockier" than I remembered. By way of but one example, check out the late lil' Jimmy McCullough's sizzling guitar work on his ironically-entitled composition "Medicine Jar".
This is the third single Beck has released this summer. In June he released the woozy, chopped-up cut "Defriended." He followed in July with the lush and hazy "I Won't Be Long." His third and final single in the trilogy is called "Gimme." None of the singles will be on Beck's next, and as yet unnamed, full-length record, due out sometime before the end of the year.
Hear it this morning on the Music Mix with Vicky Gregor.
There's been a bit of buzz around Valerie June at NPR Music, but all of our beautiful and intelligent listeners know we've been blessing your ears with June for a number of years now. Take a moment to revisit June in the KRCC studio: