December 3, 2013

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Wooden Shjips' Ripley Johnson
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Top 10 Albums of 2013 by Wooden Shjips' Ripley Johnson

For every day of December, we're going to be bringing out the Top 10 albums or films of the year, chosen by someone who we think has excellent taste to show off.

Today it's the turn of San Francisco space rockers Wooden Shjips and their frontman Ripley Johnson. Let's see what he picks....


Kurt Vile and the Violators - Wakin' On A Pretty Daze 

''This album was the soundtrack to my Spring. Typically great stuff from Kurt and the boys. Classic rock for the new century."


Hellshovel - Hated By The Sun 

''I discovered these guys when they opened for King Khan and the Shrines in Portland. Great show, great vibes, great songs." 


Steve Gunn - Time Off 

''And I discovered Steve Gunn when he opened for Kurt Vile in Portland. This album kind of reminds me of old Hot Tuna, or something in that vein. Killer guitar playing of course, but the whole band is really fantastic together." 



Bill Orcutt - A History of Every One 

''Bill Orcutt, ex-Harry Pussy guitarist, takes on a number of folk songs and standards, transforming them, subverting them, destroying them with his sputtering acoustic blues style. I love all of his albums." 


Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin 

''Everybody knows Thee Oh Sees are a great band, especially live. This album, to me, is heavier, richer, lusher than their previous ones. Their best yet." 

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Kurt Vile
Kurt Vile
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Cave - Threace 

''We just did a run of shows in the US with Cave and they killed it every night, playing the entirety of this new album -- Neil Young style. Threace indeed." 


Mammane Sani -  Et Son Orgue (Reissue)

''Recorded in Niger in 1978, these organ jams, backed only by primitive electronic beats, are completely entrancing. Wonderful in the morning with a strong cup of coffee."  


William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Reissue)

''William Onyeabor records are rarer than hen's teeth, so hat's off to Luaka Bop for this beautiful compilation. Now we need someone to re-release all of his albums in full. Genius." 



Hailu Mergia - & His Classical Instrument (Reissue)

''This is a great companion piece to the Mammane Sani. Also a one-man keyboard album with beats, but recorded in 1985, it explores traditional Ethiopian songs using synths and other electronic instruments. Mesmerizing."  


Bob Dylan - Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Reissue)

''I wasn't alive to be disappointed when Self-Portrait originally came out, so I always kind of liked the quirkiness of the album. This set is a treasure trove for Dylan fans." 

Wooden Shjips - Back to Land

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