DAVID RAWLINGS Poor David’s Almanack (Acony) A good almanack has tales of recent pasts and some predictions for the future, summaries of the latest information and estimates built on such knowledge, the good news and the bad, wisdoms from the familiar and humour from the natural. It serves as a resource for any and all members of the household in some way, available for the year ahead to be dipped into when appropriate. It tells you something of the world in which it exists.
Gillian Welch BOOTS No. 1 (Acony) This is a foundation document, verging on Rosetta Stone status, for understanding what would come next in a good swathe of contemporary – as distinct from “modern” - music. Americana, which now has its own awards, its own category at the major awards, a history and a generation of fans who assume it’s always been there, can be traced to this. If that sounds grandiose, which in truth it is a bit of course, it is not without solid grounds. List
Checked out the first batch of best albums of the year? Good. Here's the concluding half, with ten more excellent releases. Buy them all. Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul The instrumental Stark’s Reality, with its marimba flirting across a ‘70s crime film atmosphere (leaning bass, strings for emphasis rather than tension, shaker percussion more than drums) may be over in not much more than two minutes but its connection to a similar modern film noir soundtrack you