I would consider myself an “albums guy” and my taste in music is very varied. In this new feature, I list the albums that I listened to most intensely during the week. The list will include albums old and new, and the number of albums listened to every week will most likely vary on a week-to-week basis.
Duos II (Sunnyside Records, 2005)
Tracklist (favourite tracks underlined): 1 – Sai Dessa / 2 – Nos Horizontes do Mundo / 3 – A Flor e o Espinho/Juízo Final / 4 – Muita Bobeira / 5 – Modinha / 6 – No Carnaval / 7 – Sambadaú / 8 – Aparacida / 9 – Trocando Em Miúdos / 10 – Chorinho Pra Ele / 11 – Atrás Da Porta / 12 – Vocé
A sublime acoustic guitar-and-voice album that traverses the wide range of Brazilian music traditions. Also a great showcase of Luciana Souza’s vocal versatility and lyrical poetry, performing this program in duos alongside four different guitarists, each bringing a distinctive style.
Ordinary Man (Epic, 2020)
Tracklist (favourite tracks underlined): 1 – Straight to Hell / 2 – All My Life / 3 – Goodbye / 4 – Ordinary Man / 5 – Under the Graveyard / 6 – Eat Me / 7 – Today Is the End / 8 – Scary Little Green Men / 9 – Holy for Tonight / 10 – It’s a Raid
An amazing late-career effort by beloved rocker Ozzy Osbourne. Dare I say it even ranks among his best records, including his Black Sabbath releases. Includes some interesting collaborations and also features some of Ozzy’s most profound and personal lyrics, though never at the expense of his iconic rocker persona.
Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (ANTI-, 2018)
Tracklist (favorite songs underlined): 1 – We Are Soldiers in the Army / 2 – Bella Ciao / 3 – Srinivas / 4 – How To Walk in Freedom / 5 – Rata de dos Patas / 6 – The Militant Ecologist / 7 – The Big Fool / 8 – Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round / 9 – John Brown / 10 – Knock That Statue Down / 11 – We’ll Never Turn Back
An inspired, eclectic program of protest songs, whether original, rearranged or hybrid. An eclectic blend of various music genres tied together from visionary, militant musician Marc Ribot, featuring a star-studded and multicultural cast of guests. Released in 2018, it also feels like a powerful reflection on the first two years of the Trump administration.