Listed: Abraham Benrubi
Dusted readers probably best remember Abraham Benrubi from his role as Larry "Kube" Kubiac from the Fox series Parker Lewis Can't Lose (he brought his lunch to school in a grocery bag). But since then Benrubi has turned up in an impressive number of movies and tv shows; from E.R. to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Man Who Wasn't There (A thorough summary of his roles is available here). Mr. Benrubi's cd collection, which is nearly as prolific as his resume, is said to number at somewhere over 8,000 discs. Recently he was kind enough to share some of his recent favorites with us:
As you know, any "best of" list is incredibly hard to do and I am certain I will neglect something I love. Here are a few selections dear to my heart:
1) Fila Brazillia - Jump Leads (Twenty Three) - This record has been on my turntable/cd-player since its release earlier this year. the whole album is full of classic summer mellow joints. Great for lazy hazy afternoons in the sunshine. As organic as machine made music gets.
2) Clinic - Walking With Thee (Domino) - Another non-stop player from 2002. The day I bought it I listened to it over and over about 30 times. Sounds like this band inspired the two most recent Radiohead records whilst they were on tour together. Plus they wear hospitalesque costumes on stage. Good stuff. Punky and a little off-kilter.
3) Jackie Mittoo - The Keyboard King at Studio One (Universal) - Yummy, mostly instrumental reggae played by a SMOKIN' keysman. Mittoo is right up there with Booker T and Billy Preston. Sweet island vibe with a double-dose of soul. This is a compilation of tracks that span his career.
4) Daryl Hall and John Oates - Abandoned Lunchenette (Atlantic, 1972) - It's hard to believe that these guys were ever this funky. "When the Morning Comes" and "Lady Rain" are so sweet. Hall can sing his ass off.
5) Mary Lou Lord - Live - City Sounds (Rubric) - Queen of all buskers. Lord has such a sweet sound and it's well exhibited here in a slew of covers. Richard Thompson's "Beeswing" & "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" are exquisite must-hears and her cover of the Pogues "Sayonara" achieves a bittersweetness that lovable Shane McGowan was always too drunk to find. Plus all these tunes are recorded live, staraight to DAT on the streets.
6) Mary Lorson & Saint Low - Tricks for Dawn (Cooking Vinyl) - While the mainstream creams over Norah Jones this little record sneaks past all the overdressed bouncers. A great singer/songwriter in the vein of Joni Mitchell, Mary Lorson will one day be reveared. "Oh regret" and "Strange Gift" are flawless. The tough part is deciding which one to put on all my new mix-tapes.
7) ill lit - WACMusic (Badman) - Country-Folk Tronica. Acoustic guitars and drum machines only sound this good together occasionally. "Other Peoples Wives" is great.
8) Sam Prekop - Sam Prekop (Thrill Jockey) - Singer of The Sea and Cake teams up with Thrill Jockey mainstays for a delightful stew of atmospheric pop that leaves an aura of goodness behind it. Jim O'Rourke is best with boundries. Me like.
9) Mississippi John Hurt - Today (Vanguard) - Like Nick Drake? Get anything by Hurt you can find. One of the best American blues/folk artists ever. Period. "Make me a pallet on your floor" is timeless and haunting.
10) Mudkids - Higher (Stray) -Hip-Hop from Indianapolis Indiana. My home town. Choc Soreel WILL get the recognition he deserves soon. If you hate bling-bling cheese rap and misogynistic posturing, this might clean your pallet. "32/Until" and "Ghost Before you know it" are outstanding. Also watch out for an MC called Rhymefest. A Chicago transplant to INDY who's extremely gifted.
11) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (Matador) - There's so much hype surrounding the new Brooklyn scene, but some of the bands really are great. These guys (along with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's) really put their hearts in the music. "PDA" has the catchiest chorus of the year so far.
12) Imperial Teen - On (Merge) - I finally got converted to liking Roddy Bottom's band of pop pranksters. This record is really good mod-pop-garage-ironic-something-adjective rock. "Baby" has the handclaps that make me shake my ass.
13) Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (Warp) - God I love to play this record for people who don't know music past MTV/Clear Channel. Strange and spooky, childlike and goofy, so so so good. "Dandelion", "Alpha & Omega" , and "You could feel the sky" are brilliant.
14) Antibalas - Talkatif (Ninja Tune) - Modern afrobeat that oozes love for Fela Kuti. Funky as hell and tighter than Dick Cheney's necktie. A must have.
15) The Bicycle Thief - You Come and Go Like a Pop Song (Artemis) - Bob Forest of Thelonious Monster hits his peak on this marvelous gem. "It's Rainin' (4am)" and "Stoned" are great. "L.A. Country (Hometown Blues)" is maybe the best song ever written about Los Angeles.
16) Pretty Girls Make Graves - Good Health (Lookout!) - Yeeeeeessssss. Named after a Smiths song and sounding like an angry Joy Division with girls PGMG are awesome. Post-punky and so nice. Good in the car at annoyingly high volume levels.
17) Rilo Kiley - Take-Offs and Landings (Barsuk) - Oooh I like this. Great breakfast music. Semi-mellow pop songs in the Belle and Sebastion neighborhood. "Go Ahead" is a standout, as is "Science -vs- romance".
18) Paul Westerberg/Grandpa Boy - Stereo/Mono (Vagrant) - Yay! One of the best songwriters ever finally returns with two brilliant LPs. Stereo is all unpolished folk that anyone who's ever had their heart broken should be able to feel. "Only lie worth telling" and "We may be the ones" are the songs I found myself singing in the grocery isles. Mono is one of the best basement band records ever. Thank you Paul for coming out of retirement.
Ack! I fogot I was only supposed to pick ten. Well, tuff! I (heart) music!
By Dusted Magazine