Inspired by a few blogs I've been reading lately, in particular Halibut Threesome, whose format I am ripping off wholesale, I've decided to keep brief notes about the music I've been listening to. Probably just a few sentences per album, at minimum a rating out of five. (There will be no Christgau-esque wingdings.) All ratings are provisional and therefore meaningless.
Yeezus, Kanye West (2013)  Edging closer to  with every listen, although it does feel vaguely insubstantial. (What wouldn't, following My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?) Sonically abrasive, lyrically it's Kanye at his obnoxious, egotistical, self-parodying best/worst. Amazing that an album this fucking weird is one of the year's biggest. Say what you like, but Kanye isn't just working to a formula.
Bach: The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould (1955) 
Among the Living, Anthrax (1987)  The A-side is a demolition derby.
Mischief & Mayhem, Jenny Scheinman (2012)  Favourite Scheinman to date. Great band: Nels Cline, Jim Black, and the awesomely-named bassist Todd Sickafoose.
All the Nation's Airports, Archers of Loaf (1996)  Refines the oddball guitar pop of the Archers' earlier albums, adding more diverse instrumentation ("Chumming the Ocean" is probably the most jaw-dropping - and atypical - of Archers tunes) while maintaining the dense guitar interplay.
Settle, Disclosure (2013)  Immediately enjoyable. Need to hear it a few more times for it to sink in - it's pretty long - but clearly a winner.
Equilibrium, Matthew Shipp (2003) 
Nu Bop, Matthew Shipp (2002) 
New Orbit, Matthew Shipp (2001)  First Shipp album I owned. Remains a marvellous mix of lyrical and abstract themes.
Psychic Hearts, Thurston Moore (1995)  I really loved this back then, but it sounds fairly average now.
DE9: Transitions, Richie Hawtin (2005)  A minutely detailed epic journey of an album, appropriately titled given the smoothness with which the often very different sounding tracks glide into one another. I love putting this on when I'm PTing around town.