November (+ stragglers) 2014 Wrap-Up

best to worst, and very ultra-brief

The Pretty Great

Azealia Banks, Broke With Expensive Taste (Prospect Park/PPK)

Q to Ms. Banks on Twitter: “so are all the songs about spirits?” A: “only idle delilah, JFK, Wallace, and miss camaraderie”

Big K.R.I.T., Cadillactica (Def Jam)

King of the South is here to tell you: “can’t twerk to the hi-hat”

Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

She’ll never go out of style (for now)

Noura Mint Seymali, Tzenni (Glitterbeat)

Mauritanian blues/psych, feat. hubby on fuzz-drenched electric

The Pretty Good

Serengeti, Kenny Dennis III (Joyful Noise Recordings)

The teller, not the (well-told) tale

Var., Disco: A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie 1978–1982 (Soul Jazz)

Disco Patrick compiles “in-demand” 12-inches, aka Jupiter Beyond/Stwange Poweple/etc

Bernie Worrell, Phantom Sound Clash Cut-Up Method: Two (M.O.D. Technologies)

Bernie runs the voodoo down

Parquet Courts, Content Nausea (What’s Your Rupture?)

Straight Nancy Sinatra cover, closer cocks an ear towards “jingling keys of Graceland”

Africa Express Presents: Terry Riley’s In C Mali (Transgressive Records)

Bamako yes, Damon Albarn and the guy from Mouse On Mars oh ok

Oliver Lake Organ Quartet, What I Heard (Passin Thru)

Not your dad’s Jack McDuff joint

Fantasma, Eye Of The Sun EP (Soundway)

Spoek Mathambo-aided So. African “supergroup” on the stoner/Shangaan electro tip

TV On The Radio, Seeds (Harvest Records)

Conscious regrouping/unapologetic pop, plus (some) riffs.

The Pretty OK

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell, The Process (M.O.D. Technologies)

Gappy Ranks, Gappy Ranks Meets Dub Club (Stones Throw)

Guru Freakout, Mothership (Purple Pyramid)

Nick Jonas, Nick Jonas (Island)

Wasis Diop, Sequences (Grounded Music)

Portia Monique, Portia Monique (Reel People Music)

One Direction, FOUR (Syco Music)

Fugazi, First Demo (Dischord)

Selena Gomez, For You (Hollywood Records)

The Pretty Meh

Foo Fighters, Sonic Highways (RCA)

Tinariwen, Inside / Outside Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions (Anti/Epitaph)

Var., Native North America 1: Aboriginal Folk Rock (Light In The Attic)

Ariel Pink, pom pom (4AD)

Daniel Techane, Jammin’ With Kassa (Buda EthioSonic)

The Pretty Blarrgghhh

Var., The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 (Republic)

David Guetta, Listen (Atlantic / Parlophone)

Pitbull, Globalization (RCA)

Antony & the Johnsons, Turning (Secretly Canadian)

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