Ray Stevens – Shriner’s Convention

Stevens’ voice is fantastic when he actually sings, but most of this record is speak-singing and I am convinced that he is a damn genius.

Jason James

Jason James is the Stars & Stripes cola of country music

Angaleena Presley – Wrangled

Wrangled is pure two-stepping, Nudie suit wearing country music…with short flashes of punk rock attitude and feminist badassery.

R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant

Lifes Rich Pageant is an incredibly 80s sounding record and an incredibly timeless sounding record simultaneously.

The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue

This is a solid blues-based rock n roll album that has flares of funky disco, big band rock with horns and pianos, punk rock lite, and stripped down coffee house music.