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Features

Monday, April 20 2015

Burning Bridges With Wire

Colin Newman is a rock legend. Wire have been churning out great self-released LPs for years, and their new one is no exception.


Sunday, March 22 2015

James McMurtry and His Complicated Games

Americana legend James McMurtry is fiery, opinionated, and smart as a whip. His latest (accidental) endeavor: Occupy spokesman.


Tuesday, March 17 2015

For a Day Like Tomorrow: An Interview With Swervedriver

Swervedriver: "As it goes, the feeling is that it's some of the best material we've ever done. And to be honest I was never in any doubt that we would deliver the goods."


Sunday, January 25 2015

Between the Stripes of That Sunlight Sound: An Interview with the Go-Betweens

With the first intensely exhaustive box set of their career released, Robert Forster reflects on a first-time bass player, a film critic, and himself helped change the very face of rock music.


Tuesday, September 2 2014

Thought of Sound: An Interview with Matt Sharp of the Rentals

With years between albums, a lot of factors, including a "get here now so we can record" email from the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, was what got Matt Sharp's the Rentals back into gear.


Reviews

Thursday, April 16 2015

Therapy?: Disquiet

Therapy? never seemed to be programmed for longevity, but Disquiet shows us they aren't close to running out of gas.


Wednesday, April 15 2015

Michael Vincent Waller: The South Shore

Michael Vincent Waller gently expands the limits of his sounds and the quantity of his compositions.


Wednesday, April 15 2015

The Romance of Obsession in 'Schubert's Winter Journey'

Tenor Ian Bostridge has sung Winterreise hundreds of times and here gives it the equivalent of 33 1/3 entry -- only denser in substance, more elaborately written, and with some fascinating tangentials.


Monday, March 30 2015

Benjamin Clementine: At Least for Now

Benjamin Clementine's emotional cup runneth over... again and again.


Wednesday, March 25 2015

Tangerine Dream: Booster VII

The Booster series wraps up as the world bids farewell to Edgar Froese.


Zs: Xe [16.Feb.15]
Deru: 1979 [29.Sep.14]
InterStatic: Arise [15.Sep.14]
Peter Murphy: Lion [30.Jun.14]
Plymouth: Plymouth [12.May.14]
Barbez: Bella Ciao [18.Nov.13]
The Thing: BOOT! [14.Nov.13]
Moby: Innocents [2.Oct.13]
Jocelyn Pook: Desh [22.Apr.13]
Little Women: Lung [16.Apr.13]
Qluster: Lauschen [11.Mar.13]
Kaki King: Glow [21.Oct.12]
Holy Other: Held [4.Sep.12]
Acid Pauli: mst [14.Aug.12]
FFEAR: Mirage [12.Aug.12]
Steve Howe: Time [16.May.12]
Orbital: Wonky [9.Apr.12]
Albatrosh: Yonkers [23.Jan.12]
Liam Finn: FOMO [13.Jul.11]
Yes: Fly From Here [13.Jul.11]
3:33: EP-1 [5.Apr.11]
Food: Quiet Inlet [25.Jul.10]
Rooney: Eureka [23.Jun.10]

Blogs

Thursday, April 16 2015

Jared C. Balogh Releases 'Music For Rhymers and Lyrical Designers' for Free

Somewhat counterintuitively, modern composer Jared C. Balogh rediscovers his hip-hop roots by not rapping with his new release -- which, like most of his music, is available to download for free.


Thursday, March 27 2014

All India Radio: Ghost Songs: Remixed & Unreleased Tracks Vol. 3

Chilltronic outfit All India Radio give us more free rarities.


Monday, March 10 2014

Ancient Pistol's Reverbnation Account

All the freebies a CDR can hold!


Tuesday, February 25 2014

Free Jazz Site Destination: Out Is Shutting Down

The MP-Free jazz website is grinding to a halt.


Tuesday, February 18 2014

Marty Willson-Piper, Deep in His Music Archive

Singer/songwriter/guitarist shares his musical obsessions.


Elizabeth Mitchell - Rollin’ Baby (Mixed Media) [1.Nov.11]
Coldplay - "Paradise" (Mixed Media) [28.Sep.11]
Descendre Offers Four tracks for Free (Mixed Media) [13.Sep.11]
Ben Kono - "Paradise in Manzanar" Live (Mixed Media) [13.Jul.11]
Hullabaloo: "Green Beans Everywhere" (Mixed Media) [5.Jul.11]
Gutbucket Addresses Their Flock (Mixed Media) [30.Jun.11]
All India Radio: Free EP (Mixed Media) [7.Apr.11]
Kermit Driscoll - Reveille (video) (Mixed Media) [7.Mar.11]
Dave Douglas in 2011 (Mixed Media) [2.Mar.11]
Adrian Legg’s New Album Is "Slow" (Mixed Media) [17.Jan.11]
Robyn Hitchcock & the Hungry Moment (Mixed Media) [16.Aug.10]
Wanna Know What's Funny? Weezer. (Mixed Media) [14.Jul.10]
Farewell to Fred Anderson (Mixed Media) [1.Jul.10]
Steve Kilbey: Monsters n Mirages (Mixed Media) [29.Jun.10]
The Electric Grandmother Discography (Mixed Media) [17.Jun.10]
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