Ah it’s that time of year again. Macworld announcements, and now this. Thanks jeantue for this wonderful distraction.
for those of you unattuned, this is just a casual list of friends that send around a list of their favorite cultural distractions for the previous year. I think it’s a fine tradition. For fun’s sake, I’m blogging mine this year. If you’d like to play, use a pingback to this post and any others you find, and tag it “cultura”.
From the creators, you are requested to write about…
…bands, djs, songs, films, theatre, moments, meals, photos, paintings, videos, tv shows, travels, egret sightings – whatever moved you! Whatever you liked best is what we wanna hear about.
The rules: There are none. Whatever format you want, whatever you wanna pick and whatever you wanna say is cool. A few people get elaborate. Many are brief. Some aren’t wearing briefs at all.
Here’s my picks for favorites for 2006:
Kaki King ~ …Until We Felt Red
This album knocked my socks off. Virtuosic, unique guitar style coupled with haunting songwriting. My faves:
I Never Said I Love You ~ Deeply sexy beautiful smoky dark early morning unrequited love music.
Yellowcake ~ Have your yellowcake and eat it too…
Gay Sons Of Lesbian Mothers ~ It’s not really as complicated as it sounds.
Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus
This album conjures up black turtlenecks, ber√�ts, triangular cocktails, and reefer madness.
All the Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud's Wife Was Your Mother ~ I could be 7 different kinds of fungus.
Yo La Tengo ~ I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind ~ Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhgmlb.
I first discovered this piece playing a benefit concert last September with the Pacific Collegium. I can say nothing else about this sublime, underperformed masterpiece for soprano, orchestra, choir, boychoir, and pipe organ, except that you need to go and hear the entire recording.
Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Reiner & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Brahms: Violin Concerto & Double Concerto
This is my favorite recording of these two Brahms works. Piatigorsky does the masterful cello work on the Double Concerto. This is in my mind the definitive recording of both works, although I’ve had arguments on this subject with others…