Posted by Aaron Detroit, November 30, 2013
Aaron Detroit, Buyer at Amoeba Hollywood. I’ve worked in Hollywood for nine years, but started my time with Amoeba – way back in 1998 – at the San Francisco store. Here is an extensive list of my essential listening released in 2013. There is a wide range of genres and artists represented here because musical passion shouldn’t be static!
10. Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band Take Me to the Land of Hell
If your opinion on Yoko Ono is of the Boomer-constructed variety — the antiquated B.S. that she broke up the Beatles and her music is just a bunch of screaming this particular list is NOT for you. Now, if this album was going to be your first foray into the musical world of Ono, then its a really great place to start. Despite the LPs sticker big-upping her various collaborators here, its a Yoko album through-and-through (though co- producer Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto – clearly understands Onos strong suits.) Hell easily stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the best of her 1970s work when she first took the avant garde to pop audiences. From angular and punky workouts to chilling personal ballads to funky political polemics, this is (just like Bowie) her best album in 30 odd years. Very few really have the ability to so successfully straddle the line of profundity and absurdity like Yoko, and Hell demonstrates that quite well.