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Tuesday, April 26 2011

Bob Marley and the Wailers: Live Forever

Whether you need to hear Marley's final concert depends on how devoted a disciple you are. He couldn't have sung it any better, though.


Monday, March 21 2011

Empress Hotel: Empress Hotel EP

This is an inconsistent but fairly engaging EP, one that shows a band trying out a bunch of different things.


Monday, February 21 2011

Telepath: Crush

Excited by drums we are calmed by flutes and women.


Wednesday, February 16 2011

Amanda Palmer: Goes Down Under

Pandering is not always a bad thing. Pimping one’s self and music as a way of entertainment is a form of performance art with a long-honored tradition.


Tuesday, February 15 2011

Joan As Police Woman: The Deep Field

Joan Wasser's third album with her Joan As Police Woman proves a dense listen, but one that rewards patience and attention with gems of blues and soul for the new decade.


Various Artists: Dr. Boogie Presents Wasa Wasa: Fabulous Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Shakers, 1952-1968

While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.


Tuesday, February 8 2011

Com Truise: Cyanide Sisters

Com Truise is never far from a long-discontinued synthesizer or a 1980s VHS tape.


Wednesday, February 2 2011

Bilal: Levels EP

"Levels" has Flying Lotus’s sonic fingerprints all over it, even if he was only involved with a "re-edit" here.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

Various Artists: Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!

Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.


Monday, December 20 2010

No BS! Brass: No BS!

The band No BS! Brass is no-nonsense in its approach. That could explain the album title.


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Gecko Turner: Gone Down South (Capsule Reviews) [3.Nov.10]
Squarepusher: Shobaleader One EP (Capsule Reviews) [23.Sep.10]
Grupo Fantasma: El Existential (Reviews) [1.Aug.10]
Stanton Moore: Groove Alchemy (Reviews) [13.Jun.10]
Whitefield Brothers: Earthology (Capsule Reviews) [16.Mar.10]
The Slits: Trapped Animal (Reviews) [4.Mar.10]
Maiysha: 23.Jan.10 - New York (Notes from the Road) [25.Jan.10]
Carla Bley: Carla’s Christmas Carols (Capsule Reviews) [10.Nov.09]
The Messengers (Columns) [11.Oct.09]
Kylie Auldist: Made of Stone (Capsule Reviews) [8.Sep.09]
Verse-Chorus-Verse: Nina Simone (Sound Affects) [17.Aug.09]
Various Artists: Funk Aid for Africa (Capsule Reviews) [29.Jul.09]
Franz Ferdinand: Blood (Reviews) [2.Jun.09]
Seal: Soul (Reviews) [10.Nov.08]
Pole: 1 2 3 (Reviews) [10.Sep.08]
Funkadesi: Yo Baba (Capsule Reviews) [25.Aug.08]
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