Charles Lloyd, “Manhattan Stories” – A great quartet reinventing jazz live in 1965 in an old vaudeville hall and a Lower East Side saloon.
Beach Boys, “Pet Sounds” – Brian Wilson lets his manic beauty bloom. Kitchen sink included. Part of the great “Rubber Soul/Pet Sounds/Sgt. Pepper’s” trilogy.
Tame Impala, “Innerspeaker” – Not much known about these guys from Australia (Perth), but they have a great way-back machine to the 60s.
Snoop Dogg, “Bush” – Snoop just keeps getting cooler.
Mel Torme & George Shearing, “Live At the Mark Hopkins” – Stop everything. Sit down. Be quiet. Listen to “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” Levitate.
VMA Awards – Nicki, Taylor, Tori, Justin, Kanye, Mylie . . . “Just the right amount of wrong.”
Robert Glasper, “Covered” – You can actually have a conversation with Glasper’s music. It’s like sitting around with a bunch of good, smart friends shooting the shit.
Taylor Swift, “Bad Blood” video – I have to admit I was impressed with Taylor Swift bumping with Nicki Minaj in the introduction of the VMA Awards. Irony, etc. And her award presentation to Kanye was cool (partly because it set up that super-weird rap by Kanye). By now the “Bad Blood” hook had gotten into me so I played the video on Vevo. Taylor is the new Emma Peel. She might have a future.
“Jerry Garcia/Davis Grisman” – It took forever for these guys to get serious about playing with each other. They made up for the wait on this sparkling, jazzy, sonically pure, rockin affair.
Tori Kelly, “Should’ve Been Us” (Live performance on the 2015 VMA Awards) – This gal has a little bit of Elvis in her.