Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

RebelutionCount Me In [Easy Star 2014]

Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top Mountain Records 2014]

JoMersa – Comfortable [Ghetto Youths International 2014]

Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain [Nonesuch Records 2014]

SeeedSeeed [Seeed Records 2014]

SOJAI Believe [ATO Records 2014]

Dub Thompson9 Songs [Dead Oceans 2014]

Tune-Yards Nikki Nack [4AD 2014]

Kelly Willis and Bruce Willis Our Year [Premium Records 2014]

EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett [PIAS America 2014]

Thievery CorporationSaudade [ESL Music 2014]

BugleAnointed [Zojack World Wide 2014]

Various ArtistsPeace and Love Riddim [TJ Records 2014]

DubmatixIn Dub [Echo Beach 2014]

Various ArtistsKing Size Dub Dub Visionist Special [Echo Beach 2014]

Ziggi Recado Therapeutic [Zion High 2014]

Anthony Cruz Inna Di Dance [Shan Shan Music 2014]

Ivan and the ParazolMode Bizarre [Gold Record Music 2014]

Ana TijouxVengo [Nacional Records 2014]

Rodney CrowellTarpaper Sky [New West 2014]

PressureThe Sound [I Grade Records 2014]

SizzlaRadical [VP Records 2014]

SizzlaNuh Worry Unu Self [John John Records 2014]

SizzlaBorn A King [Muti Music 2014]

FutureHonest [Epic 2014]

The Secret SistersPut Your Needle Down [Universal Records 2014]

G. Love and Special SauceSugar [Brushfire Records 2014]

Johnny CashOut Among the Stars [Columbia 2014]

KelisFood [Ninja Tune 2014]

The Roots…and then you shoot your cousin [Def Jam 2014]

CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume Three [Bad Taste Records 2014]

Various ArtistsA Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1 [ATO Records 2014]

Ernest RanglinBless up [Avilla Street Records 2014]

Danilo PerezPanama 500 [Mack Avenue Records 2014]

Duck SauceQuack [Fool’s Gold 2014]

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodPhosphorescent Harvest [Silver Arrow Records 2014]

Young MoneyRise of an Empire [Cash Money Records 2014]

Mikey SpiceI Am I Said [Joe Fraser Records 2014]

Joan OsborneLove and Hate [eOne Music 2014]

Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2014 [VP Records 2014]

Eliza GilkinsonNocturne Diaries [Red House Records 2014]

Mykal RoseCrucial World [John John Records 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

The Best of April 2009!!!

The Best of April 2009!!!

1. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground TownshipYearbook [Township Records 2009]
2. K’NaanTroubadour [Octone Records 2009]
3. Buju BantonRasta Got Soul [Gargamel 2009]
4. Bob Dylan Together Through Life [Columbia 2009]
5. CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume One [QNS 2009]
6. J.J. Cale Roll On [Rounder 2009]
7. B RealSmoke and Mirrors [Duck Down 2009]
8. Jah CureThe Universal Cure [SoBe 2009]
9. Souls of Mischief Tour Stories [Hieroglyphics Imporium 2009]
10. JahmaliEl Shaddai [Penthouse 2009]
11. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 1: The Origin of the Species [Greensleeves 2009]
12. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 2: The Great Leap Forward [Greensleeves 2009]
13. SizzlaGhetto Youthology [Greensleeves 2009]
14. Bitty McLeanMovin On [Taxi 2009]
15. John Brown’s BodyRe-Amplify [Easy Star Records 2009]

Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township released a new album on Township Records, Yearbook, this month that brings the best of Texas roots music to the fore. Graham Wilkinson has proven himself not only as a songwriter but also as an arranger. Some of the songs on this album come from earlier albums but here they are arranged in new and lovely ways. On the track “Ragamuffin,” Hayes Carll lends his voice and Lloyd Maines plays his pedal-steel guitar. “Let It Go” stands out as an americana roots jam and “La Briza” casts an easy groovy spell. “Boys and Girls” is a reggafied track that has a ska sound.  On the strings laden “Ghosts,” a previously unreleased track,  Alejandro Esovedo adds his voice to this rock n’ roll piece of art. Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township and the boys at Township Records, including producer and bassist Wayne Dalchau, have done it again. And this time the album artwork and concept of the Yearbook make it worth getting the hard copy of this album. Get the digital album if need be but the artwork and music make this album a tangible item one needs to hold, see, listen, and appreciate. Like the old days before the digital single this album harkens back to the good old days of the concept album. This album, Yearbook, captures a year of creativity, music, and Austin vibes.

K’Naan the Somalian rapper dropped sweltering rhymes over fat beats on his new album Troubadour. The track “I Come Prepared” with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley stands out as a powerful song and the track “ABC’s” with Chubb Rock is slamming. Chali 2Na Fish, Mos Def, and Adam Levine also co-star on this album. But K’Naan shines on solo tracks too. The track “T.I.A.,” which stand for “This Is Africa,” samples Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Simmer Down” with heavy bass drops chopping the old rhythm into a new dancehall beat. The Somalian rapper shows his softer side on ballads like “Wavin’ Flag” and “Take A Minute.” I am looking forward to seeing the live show.

The Best of April 2009!!!