20 Essential Texas Albums From 2012
HSPVA-educated pianist Glasper is one of the top names in New York's jazz scene, friends with the biggest players in neo-soul and conscious hip-hop, and called in a bunch of favors to make a record that could not deserve its two R&B Grammy nominations more.
Ryan Bingham, Tomorrowland
What Oscar? Bingham continues the trajectory of "Depression" from 2010's Junky Star, with densely tracked guitars, elephant-stomp drums and a faint Eastern flavor. The Jimmy Page influence is sometimes painfully obvious, as minor a sin as there could ever be.
Jesse Dayton, Jesse Sings Kinky
After Dayton portrayed Kinky Friedman in the 2011 play Becoming Kinky, an album of Friedman tunes was a no-brainer. One that slipped so effortlessly into the skin of the cigar-chomping country singer/political gadfly perhaps wasn't. Jesse for Governor?