Albums of the year

If I were to choose an album of the year it would be Texas, Texas by Deltaphonic (my other recommendations below). Robert Fontenot as usual gets it (first quote) as does Kevin Quinet (second quote):

[T]hese 11 tracks work just fine as road trip music for problem drinkers who like to think of themselves as one step ahead of the law, but there’s a real humanity here, not to mention the kind of regret you can only feel once opportunities and not just dive bars start closing.

This band covers every genre with finesse. But you can tell the roots of Louisiana are entrenched. Deltaphonic is a quilt, pieced together with the fabric of America and musicianship that you could never fathom in a full album, top to bottom, these days.


I think that Meschiya Lake’s latest is her strongest yet — she’s moved on from her trademark Victor-Victrola sound to Patsy Cline like maturity. Great original songs by Jason Jurzak underpin her.


Next up is Going! Going! Gone by The Jazz Vipers: trad jazz lives and is in really good and young hands:


Honorable mentions are:

Tank & The Bangas – Think Tank (strictly speaking from last year):


Jon Cleary: Go Go Juice


Junko Beat Jamtronica