January 17, 2024 Playlist

THE BEST OF 2023
Featuring the
KOSMIK RADIATION TOP 25!
   
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra "Lightning Dreamers" (2023)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra "Lightning Dreamers"  2023 (USA)
This was a pretty weird year for music, by which I mean there wasn't a lot of notable "psychedelic and progressive rock" which is the main vein of this show. So this year, we have a bunch of pop, electronic, and even country music in my Top 25 of 2023, and our top album of 2023 is a "psychedelic jazz" album. Rob Mazurek is a trumpeter, and some of the key members of the ESO include trippy vocalist Damon Locks and brilliant guitarist Jeff Parker (who will get his own classic album in the coming weeks!) This week's classic album is the eighth release by ESO, though Mazurek has been releasing albums for nearly 30 years; his previous projects include the band Isotope 217 (also with Jeff Parker) and he was a founding member of the Chicago Underground Collective (who released nearly 20 albums in the 1990's, and most recently put out a record in 2020). He also spent several years living in Brazil, adding another dimension to his musical influences. This album was released on the Chicago label International Anthem which has been releasing some of the best jazz of recent years, including the #4 album on my best of the year list, the posthumous final album from another trumpeter, Jaimie Branch.
(N) = New Release
   
Artist Song Album Year Country
Goat Tripping In The GraveyardMedicine (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#5 album of 2023)
2023 (Rocket)Sweden
Holy Wave The Darkest TimelineFive Of Cups (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#16 album of 2023)
2023 (Suicide Squeeze)USA
Sparks EscalatorThe Girl Is Crying In Her Latte (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#13 album of 2023)
2023 (Island)USA
Quasi Riots & JokesBreaking The Balls Of History (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#23 album of 2023)
2023 (Sub Pop)USA
Descartes A Kant
47 Dogs /
   After Destruction
After Destruction (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#15 album of 2023)
2023 (Cleopatra)Mexico
 
 
The Damned Beware Of The ClownDarkadelic (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#20 album of 2023)
2023 (EARMUSIC)UK
Guided By Voices Awake ManWelshpool Frillies (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#19 album of 2023)
2023 (GBV inc.)USA
Guided By Voices Released Into DementiaLa La Land (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#19 album of 2023)
2023 (GBV Inc.)USA
Scott McMicken & The Ever-Expanding ShabangShabang (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#18 album of 2023)
2023 (Anti-)USA
Osees Die LaughingIntercepted Message (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#6 album of 2023)
2023 (Castle Face)USA
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Gila MonsterPetroDragonic Apocalypse Or, Dawn Of Eternal Night:
An Annihilation Of Planet Earth And The Beginning Of Merciless Damnation (
N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#14 album of 2023)
2023 (KGLW)Australia
HANABIE.  ("Chilly Flowers") Kotoshi Koso GAL (Early Summer Version)
("This Is The Year To Be A GAL")
Raise Wa Ijin! (N)  ("Reborn Superstar!")
(Kosmik Radiation
#8 album of 2023)
2023 (Sony)Japan
   
 
Ano Chu, Tauousei
("
Kiss, Vomit")
Neko Neko Terutu (N)
("Cat Cat Vomit")
(Kosmik Radiation
#12 album of 2023)
2023 (Toy's Factory)Japan
Unknown Mortal Orchestra The WidowV (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#3 album of 2023)
2023 (Jagjaguwar)New Zealand
/USA
Public Image Ltd.
Pretty AwfulEnd Of World (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#7 album of 2023)
2023 (PIL Official)UK
U.S. Girls Tux (Your Body Fills Me, Boo)Bless This Mess (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#2 album of 2023)
2023 (4AD)USA/Canada
U.S. Girls Time (live)Lives (N)
(Tied for Kosmik Radiation
#2 album of 2023)
2023 (4AD)USA/Canada
    
 
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Gilgamesh (Extended Version)The Silver Cord (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#9 album of 2023)
2023 (KGLW)Australia
The Orb The Beginning Of The EndPrism (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#11 album of 2023)
2023 (Cooking Vinyl)UK
Swans The MemoriousThe Beggar (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#24 album of 2023)
2023 (Young God)USA
    
 
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra
Future ShamanLightning Dreamers (N)
(Kosmik Radiation #1 album of 2023)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
2023 (International Anthem)USA
Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra
Shape ShifterLightning Dreamers (N)
(Kosmik Radiation #1 album of 2023)
CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK
2023 (International Anthem)USA
Jaimie Branch The Mountain (Meat Puppets)Fly Or Die Fly Or Die Fly Or Die ((World War)) (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#4 album of 2023)
2023 (International Anthem)USA
Black Country, New Road Up Song (live)Live At Bush Hall (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#25 album of 2023)
2023 (Ninja Tune)UK
    
 
The Ducks
(Neil Young, Bob Mosley, Jeff Blackburn & Johnny Craviotto)
Are You Ready For The Country? (Neil Young - live)High Flyin' (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#21 album of 2023)
1977 (2023 Shakey Pictures)USA/Canada
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real All Four WindsSticks And Stones (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#17 album of 2023)
2023 (6Ace/Thirty Tigers)USA
Kurt Vile Back To Moon BeachBack To Moon Beach (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#22 album of 2023)
2023 (Verve)USA
Woods The Wind AgainPerennial (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#10 album of 2023)
2023 (Woodsist)USA
    
 
TelevisionGuiding LightMarquee Moon1977USA
Descartes A Kant
Restart And HealAfter Destruction (N)
(Kosmik Radiation
#15 album of 2023)
2023 (Cleopatra)Mexico
      
 
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