Spirit of '96

Last year showed pop still has more than a ghost of a chance

Making Light of It, Pierce Pettis; Compass Records.

Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Stereolab; Elektra Records.

Gone Again, Patti Smith; Arista Records.

--Matt Weitz

Rick Koster's Year-end Best Ofs:

Nitakuye Oyasin Oyasin-All My Relations, The Neville Brothers; A&M Records.

Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House/plus Limited Special Edition Live CD,

Crowded House; Capitol Records (import).

Finn Brothers, Finn Brothers; Discovery Records.

Aras, Curandero; Silver Wave Records.

Are You With Me?, Cowboy Mouth; MCA Records.

Primitive Streak, subdudes; High Street Records.

Peace At Last, The Blue Nile; Warner Brothers Records.

Pieces of a Puzzle, Steve Kolander; River North Nashville Records.

All This Useless Beauty, Elvis Costello and the Attractions; Warner Brothers Records.

Rick Koster is a Dallas-based freelance writer who has just finished Lone Star Song, a subjective history of Texas musicians, and is a frequent contributor to the Observer.

Mike Snider's top 10 shows of 1996:

Bob Dylan, Austin Music Hall, Austin. October 26 and 27.

Doug Sahm and the Last Real Texas Blues Band, Antone's, Austin. October 26.

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, Luckenbach. July 4.

25th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival, Kerrville. May 23--June 16.

Golden Smog, South by Southwest: Austin Music Hall and Waterloo Records, Austin. March 14, 15.

Robert Earl Keen, Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas. June 13,14.

Wilco and Son Volt, Trees, Dallas. November 6 and 12, respectively.

Ten Hands and Fever in the Funkhouse reunions, Club Dada, Dallas. September 26 and December 14, respectively.

Mike Snider is an ardent supporter of Texas music and best known for the shows he books into the Sons of Hermann Hall. Full disclosure compels us to note that he booked the Wilco, Son Volt, and Robert Earl Keen shows listed above.

Abby Goldstein's Top 10 albums of 1996

Primitive Streak, subdudes; High Street Records.

A Few Small Repairs, Shawn Colvin; Columbia Records.

A Piece of Your Soul, Storyville; Code Blue/Warner Records.

Rocking Horse Head, Steve Forbert; Revolution Records.

Semi Crazy, Junior Brown; Curb Records.

Fashion Nugget, Cake; Capricorn Records.

Nil Lara, Nil Lara; Capitol Records.

Kind Hearted Woman, Michelle Shocked; Private Music.

Upstroke for the Downfolk, Paul Cebar and the Milwakeeans; Don't Records.

Blackwater Surprise, Robert Bradley; RCA Records.

Abby Goldstein is a local radio and music personality familiar to most via her stint with KERA (90.1 FM) and is still regarded with affection despite her association with countless pledge drives.

Zac Crain's Best of 1996:

1977, Ash; Reprise Records.

Everything Sucks, Descendents; Epitaph Records.

Gilded Stars and Zealous Hearts, Velocity Girl; Sub Pop.

Expecting to Fly, The Bluetones; A&M Records.

BR5-49, BR5-49; Arista Nashville.

First Band on the Moon, The Cardigans; Mercury Records.

Different Class, Pulp; Island Records.

Pinkerton, Weezer; DGC.

Betty Pickup, Muzzle; Reprise Records.

Zac Crain is an Austin-based freelance writer.

Richard Baimbridge's Best albums of '96:

Pre-Millenium Tension, Tricky; Island Records.

K, Kula Shaker; Columbia Records.

Different Class, Pulp; Island Records.

The Singles, Sun Ra; Evidence Records.

Peace Beyond Passion, Me'Shell Ndegeocello;

Maverick/Reprise Records.

Odelay, Beck; DGC.

Chants Soufis du Pakistan, Abida Parveen; Inedit Export.

The Liquid CD, Liquid Harmony; Sony Music.

The Ambient Cookbook, various artists; Atlantic Records.

Heaven & Earth, Jah Wobble; Island Records.

Richard Baimbridge is a freelance writer based in Dallas.

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