Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

It pretty much came down to a tie between Ms. Holter and Joanna Newsom for album of the year.
Both were records I had eagerly awaited and neither disappointed. Just incredibly lovely music.
A stripped-down version of the beautiful closer to Have You In My Wilderness
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd94q_jHblA
I saw Joanna on Thursday night at The Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, my first visit that venue. Gawd, what a dump. 🙂
In all seriousness, truly one of the best concerts I've ever seen--and I've seen a few in my day.
This baroque country western(?!) number from Divers was one of the many highlights.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTOREKA4DiA

Best of 2015
1. (tie) Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
Joanna Newsom Divers
Gorgeous genre-defying, dare I say, masterworks. Seriously. Both sound timeless to my ears. Well done, ladies.
3. Kurt Vile b'lieve i'm going down<
Another artist who has quietly become a favorite of mine. Mellower than anything he's done, this one didn't grab me like some of his earlier records but it grew on me big time.
4. Giant Sand Heartbreak Pass
Like a letter from an old friend. Cult artist Howe Gelb has been recording for over 30 years and this is one of of his best. Sadly, but not surprisingly, slipped under most folks radars.
5. Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love
Northwest power trio returns with a more mature sound that still takes names and kicks ass.
6. Beach Slang The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
Cut from the same cloth as Japandroids, but with a heavier Replacements vibe than the latter's Husker Du leanings. Still, it scratches that same itch.
7. Destroyer Poison Season
Dan Bejar releases a record, I'm in.
8. Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Full disclosure, I'm a longtime fan but I only listened to this one a few times before setting it aside. I just found it way too sad for me to enjoy at the time. I also heard enough that it will likely become another important record in my life. Giving the guy the benefit of the doubt.
9. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
Picked up because both Ms. Holter and Ms. Newsom have cited it as a fave. Still digesting, but headphones are quickly proving them right.
10. Floating Points Elaenia
Like Bitches Brew Miles Davis fed through somebody's laptop and reconfigured as dance music for replicants.

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11 thoughts on “Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness”

  1. Elaenia intrigues me. It's the Linnean name for a genus of tyrant-flycatchers mostly found in the Neotropics.

    1. I bet you might like it.

      I threw this post together in such a hurry that I was grabbing vids I hadn't really watched yet. Had I looked closer I would have played this Floating Points track. It was the first tune I heard and the source of my convoluted "review" of the album.
      httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM2MDfo8NCw

      1. ...what does this remind me of...?
        Oh, Jaga Jazzist!
        httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aF7ufFE33I
        Holy cow, that's 12 years ago!

  2. Picking two vids for my record of the year was a veritable Sophie's Choice, especially for Julia Holter. (She has a lot more quality audio--both fan shot and pro.
    So, here are a handful more live versions of Have You In My Wilderness tracks.
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfBBWxM7xIE
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z5sBEhiIuk
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gAyS2YRlpM
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPoGy-u9q50&index=2&list=PLNf7Q1toMDhtR115ywdmha6QmjC2-ued5
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6nIWQnTTI
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mOU6FW4yNI

    She's coming to the 7th Street Entry on March 1. Hmmmm, wonder where I might be that evening?

  3. And a few more JN live Divers clips
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zplwwhvNbdM
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK6oJMb-jT0
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKjkxl6un3U
    Her performance of this song at the Fitz actually made me a little verklemft by it's sheer and utter beauty:
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0q0NGbF940
    Too bad the sound is less than optimal.

  4. I've been pretty bad at rating videos lately. I promise to do better in 2016 as I appreciate the hell out of the feature.

  5. Rad list, painter. I'm with you all the way through except for the sleater kinny album. That was one I just couldn't get into. I also don't know beach slang, so merry Christmas to me I guess.

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