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9. Jewell, "Woman to Woman." No games here, 'cause Jewell ain't the one to play with. As she tells it like it is, this track is the anthem to all adulterers in '94. 10. Me'Shell N'deOcello, "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)." The message here? Sistahs keep a leash on your men! The lyrics will have boyfriend and girlfriend alike on the floor. Laughing, that is.
Morning host on KZON-FM 101.5 and host of The Studio Zone, heard on Monday nights at 10.
1. Darrell Brown and David Batteau, Soul Mission. A major-label release by locals, this hard-core, Saturday-night-meets-Sunday-morning gospel album features legends Steve Cropper, Booker T., and Mavis Staples. Amen.
2. Willy DeVille, Backstreets of Desire. Either you get Willie or you don't.
3. Phillip Strange, New Truth. A local jazz pianist with world-class talent, featured this year on The Studio Zone.
4. Van Morrison, Live in San Francisco. It feels like you're there if you play it loud enough.
5. Keb' Mo'. The new Taj Mahal.
6. Subdudes, Annunciation. The best of New Orleans, distilled to its very essence.
7. Rickie Lee Jones, Traffic From Paradise. Wow.
8. Joe Myers, Sonoran Snake Lady. A beautiful work.
9. Tractors. Simply too much fun.
10. Carmen, the Maria Callas version. I saw the Arizona Opera production, bought the soundtrack the next day and have listened to it almost daily.
Program director for KUKQ-AM 1060 and host of the long-running Virgin Vinyl show, heard Sunday nights on KDKB-FM 93.3. Jonathan gives us his top musical experiences of '94, recorded and otherwise:
1. Meat Puppets. As a longtime friend and supporter, nothing made me happier than to see the Puppies finally achieve success in the form of a gold album.
2. Meat Puppets. Standing onstage and feeling the rush as the band performed in front of 60,000 people at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 14, 1994.
3. The Johnny Thunders tribute album, I Only Wrote This Song for You, featuring the Ramones, Willy DeVille, Michael Monroe and others. The best album of the "tribute" genre.
4. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Pure and Simple. The video for "Go Home," a brilliant minimovie about stalking, went virtually unnoticed because the MTV gods ignored it. Her midsummer show at the Mason Jar was incredible!
5. Pigface at the Roxy, November 14, 1994--an amazing show that lasted more than two hours. I was so mesmerized, I never looked at my watch once.
6. No FX, Funk in Drublic. As punk reemerged in a sea of Green Days and Offsprings, No FX had the right amount of humor and angst without sounding formulaic.
7. Danzig 4. Although his live show at Mesa Amphitheatre didn't measure up to his album, his interview with me on "The Q" was my fave this year.
8. New Times. For recognition of Virgin Vinyl as best Valley radio show once again. Especially because KUPD-FM rejected bringing it back and KDKB had the vision to pick it up. 9. Circle Jerks and Phunk Junkeez at Mesa Amphitheatre, June 10, 1994. Heart-pounding show.
10. XC-NN. With the lax condition of the majority of British music, XC-NN's debut shone. No English band since Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine has excited me this much.
New Times staff writer and host of Just Jazz, heard Sunday nights at 10 on KYOT-FM 95.5. Paul, who spends a lot of time in his car with the radio on, lists his top personal musical experiences of '94:
1. Billie Holiday. On a sleepless night at 4 a.m., catching Ms. Holiday singing "Strange Fruit" on TV in an A&E biography. Entrancing.
2. Sun Ra, Atlantis. A 1967 recording reissued on CD in 1994. Music for an apocalypse, with Ra on the Gibson "Kalamazoo" organ.
3. The Kinks. Driving into San Antonio, I heard Ray Davies and company on the radio and I was in paradise.
4. Either/Orchestra, live at Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale. This Boston-based big band swung hard.
5. John Lennon. I went to Flagstaff for the sentencing of a child molester I'd done a story on. As I was driving to the courthouse, Lennon was singing on the radio; the juxtaposition of watching a child molester be sentenced and Lennon's pie-in-the-sky tune was perfect. We don't all shine on.
6. Joshua Redman, MoodSwing. Bluesy, soulful third album from one of the best tenors of the new breed.
7. Thelonious Monk. I listened to him all year.
8. Poncho Sanchez, live at the Rhythm Room. Hottest show I went to all year.
9. Howlin' Wolf. Driving on I-10 from Phoenix to Tucson one night, trying to stay awake, a National Public Radio story on Wolf came on. His growl snapped me to attention and kept me alive.
10. Astor Piazzolla and the New Tango Quintet, Tango: Zero Hour. The 1986 recording by the late bandonen master, which is sensual, diabolic and passionate, was reissued in 1994.
New Times staff photographer. Though countless loyal Screed followers know him as Tim the Photographer, few realize that the man enjoys putting down the camera and cocking an ear to music.
1. Eugenius, Oomma Lama. Never heard of these guys, but saw them open up for somebody and now they're my favorite band.
2. Phunk Junkeez. Any live performance this year.
3. Bettie Serveert, Palomine. I especially liked the bright, tangy-orange color on the album cover, which fits the music.