We Will Hold Up Announcement Of The Tulip Frenzy Top 10 List For Kevin Morby’s “Harlem River”

Ordinarily, we put out the Tulip Frenzy Top Ten List (c) over Thanksgiving.  We do this in part so that we are not influenced by all the other Top Ten lists that come out in December, and in part because we want to give folks a chance to do their holiday shopping early.

(A digression: never have we been so pleased as to hear from a friend that she had handed our Top Ten list in a given year to a clerk at a record store — remember them? — asking him if he would be so kind as to collect each of the CDs — remember them? — from the racks.  The clerk looked at the list, then back at my friend, and said, “Oh, so you have a 13-year old son, huh?”  We grinned from ear to ear. Seldom have we been so proud.)

But this year, we may have to hold things up to wait and see if all of Woods/Babies guitarist Kevin Morby’s Harlem River is as good as the initial release, made available via Stereogum, not to mention the second song they made available this week.  Listen to those two songs and you’ll see why we will be happy to wait for the November 26th release of Harlem River.  That’s only two days before Thanksgiving.  Perhaps by that weekend we’ll have been able to place the album in the context of all the great music that’s been released this year.  (Yeah, we’re thinking Thee Oh Sees, Mikal Cronin, Bowie, Crocodiles, and that’s just off the top o’ our head.  Lotsa good music to consider…)

We can’t wait.

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