Wayfaring Strangers - Ladies From the Canyon

Compilations like this are always humbling because they're a good reminder of how many people never found the audience that their music deserved the first time around. Every couple of years there is an amazing reissue from someone like Judee Sill or Sibylle Baier or Linda Perhacs and they all make me look at songwriting in a slightly different way from before.


Juana Molina - Halo

She's one of the best music makers of any sort going right now and deserves all the credit in the world for it. Her records floor me and I have no idea how she makes them.


Alex Kozobolis - Weightless

Alex seems like a sweet guy and his photographs and his music share an austere, very carefully considered beauty. This one reminds me a bit of what I love about Nils Frahm's recent records--a coldness and a warmth coexisting in equal amounts.


Adam Torres - Pearls to Swine

I haven't listened to Adam yet but a lot of people I know talk very highly of him so I figured it was time to check him out. I will probably end up living around Austin in a few years' time (my longtime girlfriend has family down there) so I'm looking forward to seeing him play live.


Nico Muhly & Teitur - Confessions

I love the idea behind this record--transcriptions from very ordinary Youtube videos serve as lyrics, and Nico and Teitur give them an emotional depth that almost certainly didn't exist in the source material.


Bing & Ruth - No Home of the Mind

I had the pleasure of playing with David Moore and his ensemble at Joe's Pub maybe 5 or 6 years ago, and I love them so much. They're probably my favorite instrumental group in the world right now. City Lake is my favorite of theirs but this one is a real grower.


Jon Hopkins - Insides

Jon Hopkins makes me consider the piano differently and seems to be able to paint with timbre in a way that I had never heard in music up to this point. I listened to Immunity more than any record of the last few years, and it got me through some hard times. An incredible producer.


Toby Hay - The Gathering

I haven't checked this out yet, but American-primitive influenced instrumental guitar from Wales sounds like a must-hear to me.


Mike Cooper - Places I Know

Paradise of Bachelors puts out some of the most incredible reissues (and releases new music by some of the best songwriters in the game right now). I was torn between this one and the Terry Allen reissues.


Scott Walker & Sunn O))) - Soused

Scott Walker is the most interesting lyricist there is. I'm most partial to the tail end of his '60s output but his more abrasive records from the last 20 years are all indispensable.

Check out 'Manzanita' below, and be sure to head over to Rough Trade to pick up a copy of Rosewood Almanac.