1. George Glass - George Glass (self release)
2. The Books - The Way Out (Temporary Residence)
3. Birds and Batteries - Panorama (Velvet Blue Music)
4. Lord Huron - Mighty EP (self release)
5. Pepper Rabbit - Beauregard (Kanine Records)
6. Tommy Santee Klaws - Rakes (self release)
7. Obi Best - Sentimental Education EP (self release)
8. Lord Huron - Into the Sun EP (self release)
9. Three Mile Pilot - The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (Temporary Residence)
10. Everest - On Approach (Vapor Records)
George Glass EP assumed it's rightful position as number one, as this has got to be one of the major local releases this year. George Glass have simply fulfilled what everyone who has seen them over the last few months had already known. Maybe the best new band around.
Seeing The Books live was a revelatory experience that left me numb for days. Such performance artistry coupled with a multi-media presentation that was almost overwhelming left one's brain splattered all over the walls of the Henry Fonda Theatre. Thereafter the CD was enjoyed to re-live the visceral expreience of the concert.
Birds and Batteries performance at Origami on Nov. 26, and they were every bit as good as I expected based on this recording. A hugely personable band and with an easy stage manner that sing really solid music in the Southwestern American indie rock style. Think Calexico or Telegraph Canyon.
And the CD's that just don't let go are Lord Huron, who really intrigue me, Pepper Rabbit that just gets better over time, Tommy Santee Klaws' Rakes may be their breakthrough disc, and Three Mile Pilot and Everest are permanent. Obi Best played at one of our Radio Free Silver Lake show and her CD is a refreshing, lilting and serious piece of work, reminding me a little of St. Vincent.
I'll catch up and publish the rest of the year this week while I have time off from work. And the Ten Best lists are coming.