Irv Rosen  
PoOPlist '04

What I Listened To In 2004

A year off is invigorating. I think. Well, I’ll give it a go one more time:

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Tinariwen – Amassakoul

A picture of the hopes of the Tuareg people in the Western Sahara. A mix of slinky, raw blues and primal rock’n’roll that stirs the senses (and moves the feet).

brian wilson - smile
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Brian Wilson – Smile

OK, so it cannot live up to 30 years of hype. Much better than expected yet much less than earth-shattering. As much as I like it, might it not have simply have been better to let it live as legend and bootleg?

marah - 20,000 streets
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Marah – 20,000 Streets Under the Sky

Philly phaves phind phormer phorm. A return to the promise of albums 1 “& 2.

the roots - tipping point
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The Roots – The Tipping Point

Muscular hip hop for us older farts.

steve earle - revolution
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Steve Earle – The Revolution Starts Now

Unfortunately, the revolution ended in November. Not Steve’s fault in this not too subtle set. “Condi Condi” is a lustful hoot.

songs of warren zevon - enjoy every sandwich
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The Songs of Warren Zevon – Enjoy Every Sandwich

Sad, what a song writing (and performing loss). Never thought I could listen to a non-Chanukah Adam Sandler performance but…. Just the right mix of sadness and joy. Does anyone have a copy of the Zevon farewell performance on Letterman – I need to see it.

ben harper / blind boys
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Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama – There Will Be a Light

Righteous and rocking. Mostly Harper originals which I though would be a negative but is not. Great pairing. Purest form of soul music.

iris dement - lifeline
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Iris Dement - Lifeline

A-twangin’ and a prayin’. The ultimate modern hillbilly singer does her favorite gospel tunes.

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Elvis Costello – The Delivery Man

By far the best Elvis in years (faint praise). Touches down on gospel and soul, sweet ballads and rollicking rock.

abayaduya - jewish uganda
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Abayudaya – Music from the Jewish People of Uganda

Bet you did not know there were Jews in the land of Idi Amin. They are descendents of Ugandans who were exposed to the music in 1919 after one of their leaders became disillusioned with the Anglican church (quite a leap!). Some familiar melodies with strange accents. These people remain practicing Jews to this day. Go figure.

loretta lynn - van lear rose
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Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose

It’s the singer, not the song. She cannot write that well but the performances are great.

black keys - rubber factory
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The Black Keys – Rubber Factory

Blues for the 21st century. A touch of Cream in some tunes.

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James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards – Live in Aught Three

A live best of. Always liked his writing and monotone singing.

And then there were:

Tony Joe White – The Heroine       Buy from amazon

Robyn Hitchcock – Spooked       Buy from amazon

Prince – Musicology       Buy from amazon

Tom Waits – Real Gone       Buy from amazon

Wilco – A Ghost is Born       Buy from amazon

Patty Scialfa – 23rd Street Lullaby       Buy from amazon

Drive By Truckers – The Dirty South       Buy from amazon

Dr. John – N’Awlinz: Dis, Dat or D’udda       Buy from amazon

Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Funeral for a Friend       Buy from amazon

One last question: Why does U2 still get raves?

Irv Rosen


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