Stinkweeds’ Top 25 of 2019


David ByrneAmerican Utopia On Broadway (Original Cast Recording) 2xLP (Nonesuch)
Recently released on CD – now available on vinyl. Original Cast Recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, with music and lyrics by Byrne. The former Talking Heads mastermind shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of eleven musical artists from around the globe to deliver “a marvel of staging and motion” (Chicago Tribune) that’s a “thought-provoking example of the power of live music” (Forbes). “Dazzling, rapturous and jubilant,” exclaims the New York Times of the show. “Byrne puts the central tenet of making contact with a world outside your mind into dynamic, sensory practice onstage.” “Gorgeously designed, deliciously fun,” says the New Yorker, “backed by a rangy, versatile, exuberant band…Most important, the songs sound great.” “Astonishing,” raves Hollywood Reporter. “A knockout celebration of music, dance and song. Pure bliss.” “A heady swirl of hope for our anxious times,” says Rolling Stone. “The concert-theater-dance spectacle finds solace in human connections…a tonic for our tumultuous times…”.

IDLESA Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live At Le Bataclan LP (Partisan)
A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan is the brand-new live album from IDLES, recorded at Le Bataclan in Paris on December 3, 2018, at the close of a 90-date world tour. The album celebrates the band’s success over the last two years, featuring songs from Brutalism and Joy As An Act of Resistance, and highlights their overall message of unity, and of healing through community. “Our show at Bataclan (the site of a horrific massacre on November 13th, 2015 which claimed 131 lives) was the end of a very long journey for us,” notes Joe Talbot. “On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.” [Three colored vinyl pressings are available: orange, lime green, and pink. CD edition TBD.]

Queens Of The Stone AgeLullabies To Paralyze 2xLP (Interscope)
Queens Of The Stone AgeEra Vulgaris LP (Interscope)
Vinyl reissues of QOTSA’s fourth and fifth albums. Each includes bonus track(s).