By Jim Teacher
JT: What are you listening to now?
SM: Through my job with Stereophile, I’m constantly introduced to new music and to people whose musical knowledge is far greater than my own. So, my taste in music and my desire to explore new forms has grown immensely. I listen to much more music these days than ever before, and it’s everything from classical to country to folk music from around the world to experimental – a perfect circle, really; it’s all connected.
This year, I count three very important personal music discoveries: John Prine, Delbert McClinton, and Robert Wyatt. With all three of these artists, I felt an immediate emotional connection, and it’s amazing to me that I lived 32 years without exposure to their music. Robert Wyatt’s new album, For the Ghosts Within, with Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen, is especially beautiful. It does one thing better than any other album in my experience: I can’t listen to it without falling deeper in love with life.
In addition to For the Ghosts Within, some of my favorite records from this year have been:
Four Tet: There Is Love in You
Roky Erickson: True Love Cast Out All Evil
Damien Jurado: Saint Bartlett
Julian Lynch: Mare
Grinderman: Grinderman 2
Sophie Hutchings: Becalmed
Daniel Higgs: Say God
Bushman’s Revenge: Jitterbug
Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal
Mark McGuire: Living With Yourself
Sun City Girls: Funeral Mariachi
Gil Scot-Heron: I’m New Here
Hauschka: Foreign Landscapes