Top 30 records of 2017


Royal Trux Platinum Tips + Ice Cream DC647

1Royal TruxPlatinum Tips and Ice CreamDrag City

2Moon MenAmazing Science Fiction StoriesHand made Products

3Roscoe MitchellBells for the South SideECM

4Damaged BugBunker FunkCastle Face

5Kendrick LamarDamnTop Dawg Entertainment

6Toro y MoiBoo BooCarpark Records

7Roger WatersIs this the life we really want?Columbia

8FredFrith Hans KochYou Are HereIntakt

9Satoko FujiiAspirationLibra records

10MastaDoomDblMaskMasta DblG

11Kikagaku MoyoStone GardenGuruguru Brain

12The PeacersIntroducing the Crimson MenDrag City

13Thee Oh SeesOrcCastle Face

14Rhiannon GiddensFreedom HighwayNonesuch

15Matt MitchellFictionPi records

16Intergalactic LoversExhaleUnday Records/Verycords

17Dirty SongsPlay Dirty SongsAudika

18New Cicada TrioLive in BeaconTerra Nova Music

19Oiseaux-Tempête-AL-‘AN!-Sub Rosa

20Joe McPhee, Damon Smith, Alvin FielderSix SituationsNot Two Records


22King Ayisoba1000 can dieGlitterbeat

23faUSTFresh AirBureau B

24Louis SclavisFrontieresJMS

25The Entrance BandBook of ChangesThrill Jockey

26Pere Ubu20 years in a Montana missile siloCherry Red

27Bruce RussellMetallic OkGlass Redux

28Godspeed You! Black EmperorLuciferian TowersConstellation

29G. YamazawaShouts to DurhamYamazawa/Othaz


Top 20 recordings of 2015

Thundercat The Beyond/Where Giants Roam

Thundercat The Beyond/Where Giants Roam

1. ThundercatThe Beyond/Where Giants RoamBrainfeeder Records
2. McPhee/Saft/Morris/DownsTiconderogaClean Feed
3. Uneven ElevenLive at Café OTOSub Rosa
4. Steve Coleman and the Council of BalanceSynovial JointsPi Recordings
5. Henry Threadgill’s ZooidIn for a penny, in for a pound– Pi Recordings
6. Kendrick LamarTo pimp a butterflyTop Dawg Entertainment
7. Cécile Mclorin SalvantFor one to loveMack Avenue Records
8. Raheem DeVaughnLove, Sex and PassionEntertainment One Music
9. Alan JenkinsThe Kettering Vampires perform The Velvet Underground and NicoCordelia Records
10. Ikue MoriLight in the shadowTzadic
11. Kamasi WashingtonThe EpicBrainfeeder
12. The ThingShakeThe Thing Records
13. Tim Berne’s SnakeoilYou’ve been watching meECM Records
14. The NecksVertigoRecommended Records
15. FiliaMotsaLike it isAagoo records
16. Dominique PifarelyTime Before and AfterECM
17. Ben NeillHorizonalAudiokult Records
18. Stephen Haynes QuintetPomegranateNew Atlantis Records
19. Prince BujuWe are in the warMakkum Records
20. The AndThe AndTractor Notown

Strangeblood’s Best of 2013
This year had some surprises and alas I decided to make a list of the top 15 records of the year.  Maybe I still left  a few great ones off but I believe there’s some great artists on here that help me want to get up, get dressed and start my 50 minute commute (where I listen to alot of the records I end up hearing). Enjoy, and bring on 2014.

1. Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano-The Raw and the cooked – Palilalia records

2. The Thing- Boot- The thing records

3. Electrophonic User’s Guide- Bits and Pieces- Electrophonic Users Guide records

4. Red, Hot, and Fela- Various Artists- Knitting Factory

5. The Dead C/ Rangda- Split 12″- Ba Da Bing Records

6. The Men- New Moon- Sacred bones records

7. The Strokes- Comedown Machine- RCA records

8. Sister Iodine – Blame- Premier Sang records

9. Kurt Vile- Wakin on a Pretty Daze- Matador records

10. Magik Markers – Surrender to the Fantasy- Drag City records

11. Bilal- A Love Sureal- eOne records

12. Robert Glasper Eperiment- Black Radio Vol. 2- Blue Note Records

13. Ty Segall- Sleeper- Drag City Records

14. Henry Kaiser Requia and Other Imrovisations for Guitar-Tzadik records

15.Bl’ast- Blood- Southern Lord Records