By Chris Gray
By Corey Deiterman
By Jef With One F
By Chris Gray
By Rocks Off
By Rocks Off
It seems to be that time of year again, when nobody's playing, and nobody's touring and the music editor is trying his damnedest to squeeze out some blob of easy copy early so he can grab a few extra days over Christmas at the grandparents' house, where he'll futilely try to convince them that, yes, "music editor" is a real job.
It's a time for year-end countdowns and best-ofs and other assorted journalistic cutesies. I list what I remember of the best, worst and notable of the year and offer comment so that you can read it on the toilet or at Schlotzsky's, wherever, and nod in knowing agreement, rage in bitter dispute or fall asleep in disinterest.
Top 23 CDs of 1994
Ill Communication / Grand Royal
Geek the Girl / 4AD
Necktie Second / American
Alison Krauss and the Cox Family
I Know Who Holds Tomorrow / Rounder
Chief Boot Knocka / American
My Life / Warner Brothers
Pretty Little Lonely / Slash
Slippin' In / Silvertone
Whip-Smart / Matador
Live Through This / DGC
Bulk / Medium Cool
Ruby Vroom / Slash
Unplugged in New York / DGC
Cotton is King / Elm
Phoenix / Watermelon1/4
Dead Dog's Eyeball: Songs of Daniel Johnston Bar/None
American Recordings / American
The Next Hundred Years / DGC
Guided by Voices
Bee Thousand / Matador
Dogs Under Stress / Sky Records
The Jesus Lizard
Down / Touch and Go
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain / Matador
Ten Singles Worth Cranking the Radio For...
"Self-Esteem" -- Better than "Lola."
Salt n Pepa and En Vogue
"What a Man" -- Sassy, sassy and
"Fade Into You" -- Mmmm...
"Backwater" -- Guiltless Skynard.
"Sabotage" -- "Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin'" for the Lollapalooza crowd.
The Flaming Lips
"She Don't Use Jelly" -- The most beautifully unexpected thing I've ever heard on FM radio.
"Loser" -- Freshest thing on the radio in years.
Nine Inch Nails
"Animal" -- Bold and disturbing.
Thirteen Singles Not Worth
Nine Inch Nails
"Animal" -- Disturbing and tiresome.
"Loser" -- Got old fast.
"Basket Case" -- Awfully catchy, but the words suck.
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" -- Nothing ickier than R.E.M. slumming.
"You Suck" -- No, dear, I didn't put any dust on your guitar, though I wish you'd put it in a closet.
"Santa Monica Boulevard" -- A friend says she's pretty sure the sun can't come up over Santa Monica Boulevard, that it runs the wrong way, and I hate the song enough to take her word for it.
"Zombie" -- Season's open, and creatures who make that sound are begging for buckshot.
"Liar" -- Smug, stupid and boring.
"Shine" -- Enemas should be practiced in private.
"Hey Jealousy" -- Didn't I slag this last year in this space? Why am I still hearing it?
"Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" -- Only proves that Neil Diamond is cooler than his flatterers, which isn't much of a point.
"No Rain" -- Wussy crap somewhere between Supertramp and Yes, which is hell.
Anything by Candlebox
I listen to all the Toy Subs I want, right here in town.
Top 12 Local CDs
Kiddie Wonderland / Disclexington
Fadanuf Fa Erybody / Rap-a-Lot
The Last Wish
The First of February / Royal Blue Productions
Joe LoCascio Trio
Silent Motion / Tafford
Exhibit A / Pulse Productions
Feed Me / DHO
A Handbook for Young Scientists/farrago
The Mike Gunn
15 Concerts That Made It All Worthwhile
Nine Inch Nails at The Summit
The Rolling Stones at the Astrodome
Alison Krauss at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge
The Missiles farewell show at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge
Linus at Rudyard's
Pharoah Sanders at Miller Outdoor Theatre
George Porter Jr. at the Big Easy
The Harry Sheppard Band at the Houston Press Music Awards
Alejandro Escovedo at McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Storyville at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge
Stomp at the Wortham Center
Sincola and the Wannnabes at Fitzgerald's
Ted Hawkins at the Fabulous Satellite Lounge
Keenlies at Rudyard's
One Song That Made It All Worthwhile
Linus' "Linus Theme," with its repetitive sludgerock riff and choked vocal refrain -- "We are not Black Sabbath" -- encapsulates all that is good and true in Houston music, and still manages to be absurd in all the right ways. If this thing wasn't born to be a vinyl 7-inch, nothing ever was. If only the band would release it.
Worst Blows to Local Musical Culture
The untimely deaths of pianist and jazz catalyst Dave Catney, and SumArts president Lanny Steele.