best-of list Archive

Best of 2011: New Music

This was easily the most difficult category for me. So many amazing albums came out that it’s pure folly to limit myself to only five. So I haven’t (but six was still tough). DC Fontana – La Contessa — For me, this group had the hands-down best album of 2011. The near-perfect La Contessa brings

Two Years of Musoscribe: Paul Revere & the Raiders

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. I love Paul Revere & the Raiders; at its best, their music is emblematic of the

Two Years of Musoscribe: Essays

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Every now and then I take a break from interviews and reviews, instead penning various-degrees-of-idiosyncratic little

Two Years of Musoscribe: The Beatles

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Like many people of my generation, The Beatles are my favorite group. Here’s a collection of

Two Years of Musoscribe: Steven Wilson

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. I’ve written a great deal about Steven Wilson and his myriad projects, and I’ve been fortunate

Two Years of Musoscribe: Modern Prog

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of this blog, I’m taking the opportunity to look back over some of the more than five hundred blog entries I’ve posted. I’ve conducted interviews, written essays and reviewed new albums, reissues and DVDs. Here’s a look at some modern progressive rock that has caught my attention. Knight Area –

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: New Releases

While it’s true that a staggering amount of music crosses my desk each year, a large percentage of it tends to be reissues, archival releases and the like. Those are my area of specialty and interest. But I am a keen follower of new music as well. My tastes rarely coincide with anything like the

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: Live Shows

I was lucky enough to attend nearly two dozen concerts in 2010. Most of the shows were at small, intimate clubs; a couple were in large halls or arenas. I primarily went to local shows in Asheville NC, but occasionally traveled out of town, and for a couple, nearly halfway across the country. With few

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: Reissues

Concord merits mention yet again, this time for being responsible for two of the best reissued CDs of 2010. They’re also the two (of these five) by artists you’ll likely recognize. Ray Charles’ Genius + Soul = Jazz gets the deluxe treatment via superb sound, relevant bonus tracks galore and scholarly liner notes from Will Friedwald.

Musoscribe’s Best of 2010: Compilations

Some amazing compilations albums came out in 2010. From my standpoint, five of these are especially noteworthy. A highly-regarded DJ and champion of the Northern Soul movement, Scottish-born Keb Darge has curated a long line of compilations. These collections balance the cratedigger/archivist aesthetic with the goal of providing just plain great music. One of Darge’s