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Above: John Lee Hooker wondering where all these guys with beards came from WAS SUPER DOWN: John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat – Hooker ‘n Heat (1971) Leather Rats – No Live ‘Til Leather ‘98 (2021) Lorde – Solar Power (2021) Pendant – To All Sides They Will Stretch Out Their Hands (2021) review The Radio Dept. – Pet Grief (2006) Nala Sinephro – Space 1.8 (2021) WAS DOWN: —-__—___ – The Heart Pumps Kool-Aid (2021) Baby Dee – Regifted Light (2010) Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man (1988) Coil – The Ape of Naples (2005) Coil – Love’s Secret…

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Above: Bonnie “Prince” Billy. I was introduced to Will Oldham more than 10 years ago live at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, where he strutted about the stage with one hand under his overalls as if itching some Napoleonic skin-rash. My high-school buddies were stupefied, and so was I, but having been initially unimpressed by I See A Darkness I held off on exploring the rest of his work until a few weeks ago. Like Biggie and Yellowman, he’s a supremely weird dude who gets a lot of ass, and while his sexual non-sequiturs are my least favorite part of his work,…

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Above: Sparks, whose unwholesome, Moroder-assisted disco masterpiece No. 1 in Heaven blew my mind this month BLEW MY MIND Sparks – No. 1 in Heaven (1979) LOVED Alice Coltrane – Kirtan: Turiya Sings (2021) review More Eaze – Towards a Plane (2021) Parannoul – To See The Next Part of the Dream (2021) Rắn Cạp Đuôi – Ngủ Ngày Ngay Ngày Tận Thế (2021) ENJOYED John Lee Hooker – Endless Boogie (1971) CFCF – Memoryland (2021) More Eaze & Claire Rousay – An Afternoon Whine (2021) review More Eaze & Claire Rousay / Wind Tide – Split (2020) Oval – Systemisch…

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Above: Nick Cave, whose Boatman’s Call was one of the albums I heard for the first time that I enjoyed most in June LOVED 3MB – 3MB Featuring Magic Juan Atkins (1992) Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince (2021) Beach House – 7 (2018) Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For the Young Soul Rebels (1980) Dntel – Life is Full of Possibilities (2001) Haji K. – Black Against an Orange Line (2020) Lisa Lerkenfeldt – Collagen (2020) Lost Girls – Menneskekollektivet (2021) Mister Water Wet – Bought the Farm (2019) More Eaze & Claire Rousay – If I Don’t Let Myself Be Happy…

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Above: “Blue” Gene Tyranny, whose dazzlingly empathetic and spiritual Out of the Blue is the best album I heard for the first time this month. LOVED: Erika de Casier – Essentials (2020) India Jordan – For You (2020) “Blue” Gene Tyranny – Out of the Blue (1978) Julian Lynch – Rat’s Spit (2019) ENJOYED: Marisa Anderson – Into the Light (2016) Chet Atkins & Les Paul – Chester & Lester (1976) Erika de Casier – Sensational (2021) Celer & Forest Management – Landmarks (2018) Guided by Voices – Propeller (1992) Will Long – Long Trax 3 (2020) Loscil – Clara…

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Above: Julian Lynch. LOVED Bohren & der Club of Gore – Sunset Mission (2000) Celer – Alcoves (2017) Dirty Beaches – Stateless (2016) Julian Lynch – Orange You Glad (2009) Plastikman – Musik (1994) Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages (1991) ENJOYED R.L. Burnside – A Ass Pocket of Whiskey (1996) Celer – Vamps (2019) Vladislav Delay – Rakka II (2021) Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg (2021) Field Medic – Plunge Deep Golden Knife (2021) Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END (2021) Anne Guthrie – Gyropédie (2021) Françoise Hardy – Ma jeunesse fout le camp…

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Above: Bunny Wailer, whose Blackheart Man is one of those albums I want the whole world to feel what I’m feeling when I listen to. BLEW MY MIND Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man (1976) LOVED Björk – Vespertine (2001) Buckethead – Colma (1998) Buckethead – Electric Tears (2002) Lana Del Rey – Chemtrails Over the Country Club (2021) F.U.S.E. – Dimension Intrusion (1993) Nick Lowe – Labour of Lust (1979) Plastikman – Sheet One (1993) Max Romeo – War Ina Babylon (1976) Arthur Russell – Corn (2015) Wolfgang Voigt – Gas (2008) Bunny Wailer – Sings the Wailers (1981) ENJOYED Arca  –…

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Above: Portland punk legends Team Dresch This month I mostly listened to Loren Connors, Larry Heard, and Sade. One development is that I began appreciating Sade’s Love Deluxe even in spite of “Feel No Pain” and “Pearls,” the daft attempts at social commentary that sunk Sade’s most suave and sonically rich album when I first heard it back in 2016 or 2017. They’re still a thorn in the album’s side, but the seven songs that surround it are undeniable. LOVED: Loren Connors – 9th Avenue (1994) Team Dresch – Personal Best (1995) Larry Heard – Genesis (1998) ENJOYED: The Band –…

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Above: Playboi Carti I didn’t listen to much music this month. What I enjoyed was mostly crude and noisy. LOVED: Playboi Carti – Whole Lotta Red (2021) The Reatards – Teenage Hate (1998) Sunroof – Bliss! (2001) ENJOYED: Frank Bretschneider & Taylor Deupree – Balance (2002) The Caretaker – Everywhere at the End of Time Pt. 3 (2017) John Coltrane – Last Performance Newport 1966 (1966) Joel Shanahan – Frozen Clock Hovering (2020) Buffy Sainte-Marie – I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again (1968) Frank Sinatra & Hollywood String Quartet – Close to You (1957) Stars of the Lid &…

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Above: Nobukazu Takemura, the Japanese composer behind two of the albums I enjoyed most this month. LOVED 2 8 1 4 – Voyage/Embrace (2020) Bohren & der Club of Gore – Midnight Radio (1995). I’ve fallen asleep to this album many times in the last few years, but never have I sat down and listened to its two-and-a-half-hour entirety. It’s equally enjoyable both ways, and being conscious doesn’t necessarily reward this dark-jazz marvel from 1995, built around sparse plumes of bass and piano and a hi-hat tick that doesn’t keep the beat so much as remind us the music is…

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