Oneohtrix Point Never, "Lost but Never Alone"
Magic Oneohtrix Point Never is probably my favorite record from him since Replica. In a lot of ways, it evokes that record, giving a rare treat of throwback sounds from an artist who is always restlessly exploring. There's a metaphor of flipping around a radio that ties the record together, which also feeds into my love of plunderphonics.
Madness, "One Step Beyond"
The second wave of ska, the two-tone bands from the UK, did not last very long, and didn't really encompass that many bands. Part of the problem is that by the time this stuff got noticed outside of the UK, the key bands had pretty much all broken up or stopped playing ska. But the highlights of the second wave are great, and Madness' first album is one of those highlights. It's a fine example of the melding of ska with punk energy, and it's hard not to smile through this.
I've sung the praises of this album before, part of an excellent early 90s San Diego scene. And, I guess, here it is again. It's really good!
Girl Talk, "Touch 2 Feel"
Before Night Ripper, where Girl Talk put together his winning formula of anarchic mashups, he used some of those same plunderphonics techniques on two albums, but to a different end. The goal was to make more disorienting and noisy music, with the occasional recognizable bits adding to the delerium rather than being a constant stream. The later stuff is better, but this is still an interesting view into his evolution.
Wilco, "The Thanks I Get"
From Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks From 1994-2014, I have run out of things to say about this album. You know if you want this record or not!