Another stellar year for music, coming in from all sides and never letting up. Highlighting the second half of 2013 are these ten extra-fine albums, along with best song and reissue of the year. Happy listening—and holidays!
It would take a private detective a dozen years, fueled by truck-stop coffee and little white pills, to track down all the sweltering indie labels in the South that put the muscle in soul music back at its invention starting 60 years ago.
It's Labor Day weekend, and we've got songs about work, songs about money, and songs about politics. Regardless of which side of the divide you're on, the music's all good... which is, after all, the whole point.
This is a musician who has spent a life exploring whatever paths caught his fancy, and it's been a wild ride. Cooder has been able to resist the mainstream like it's just so much bubonic plague, but at the same time he's found a center which allows him to always find an audience.
Ry Cooder, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down. By this point, Ry Cooder has shown us enough sides where it's obvious there isn't anything he can't do. As a guitarist, it's like he's crossed haiku poetry with higher mathematics,...
Ry Cooder has done it all. From rock to country, to blues and beyond, Cooder has mastered nearly every facet of music over 40-plus years of contributions, collaborations, soundtrack work, and solo efforts.