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Prem's Faves for 2010
{no particular order}
KUSF San Francisco, 90.3 FM
Band/Artist Release Record Label Prem's Spew
Debashish Bhattacharya O Shakuntala! Riverboat [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2009 release]
Faun Fables Light of a Vaster Dark Drag City [Prem's Spew coming soon]
The Fuxedos The Fuxedos Glazed Yams, Inc. [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2009 release]
jónsi Go XL Recordings [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Khi Darag Khi Darag Zorastor [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2009 release]
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba I Speak Fula Last Ambiance/Sub Pop [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Ava Mendoza Shadow Stories Resipiscent stories told by means not of the human voice but of the electric guitar in its many manifestations and moods, from the conversational pace of "The Tennessee Waltz" that also appears on "The Furious Harpy..." but then mutates into far less friendly shrieks and moans later on in the very same tune; whether through the use of standard blues riffs (think Skip James, Leadbelly), echoing feedback and/or cataclysmic distortion, looping sound collages, or darkly glowering sonic utterances of tough love, Mendoza reaches out to you, the listener, and keeps you keenly attentive to the turn of each page of every story told
Mermen In God We Trust KMA [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2009 release]
Mi Ami Steal Your Face Thrill Jockey [Prem's Spew coming soon]
The Pleasure Kills Dancing on My Bed EP Polypore Records a quirky garage rock/pop offering from a band headed by the peppy vocalist who calls herself Lydiot and featuring a retro feel with a heavy dose of Farfisa organ; playfully edgy but not belligerent (even featuring a 1974 Arrows cover penned by the famed pop team of Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn; Joan Jett covered another Arrows tune we all know as "I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), the tunes on this EP latch on to your innermost pop cravings and don't let go
The Pleasure Kills Bring Me a Match Polypore Records [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Jack Rose Luck in the Valley Thrill Jockey [Prem's Spew coming soon]
The Sandwitches Duck Duck Goose! EP Empty Cellar Records [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté Ali and Toumani Nonesuch/World Circuit [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Uz Jsme Doma Caves Cuneiform [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Vacuum Tree Head Thirteen! Pest Colors Music [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2009 release]
Ralph White The Mongrel's Hoard Monofonus Press [Prem's Spew coming soon]
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