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Friday, May 30 2014

John Fullbright: Songs

Songs is not so much a veering departure as it is a deliberately studied variation on a theme.


Books Are Rarely As Dishy, Clever and Elusively Charming As ‘Alena’

Alena is the rare book that stimulates the senses while allowing its readers to be seduced by the right kind of camp.


VHS Head: Persistence of Vision

More abstract, sketchbook electronics from VHS tape sampling producer VHS Head.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Tally Ho! 15 Essential Tracks from the New Zealand Pop Underground

Recorded for $60 in an island country near the bottom of the globe, "Tally Ho", the debut single by New Zealand's the Clean, was an unlikely candidate to be an international game-changer and a defining moment for a pop movement.


What Embers Still Burn in the Beautiful Ruins of Riot Grrrls Past?

Riot grrrls wrote, recorded and produced a wealth of cultural objects. They left trails of scribbles, screams and lipstick traces in MP3 blogs and online archives, awaiting release.


‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.


Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis: Our Year

Robison and Willis deliver the goods on Our Year, a beguiling mix of plain Western harmony and swampy groove.


Popstrangers: Fortuna

Popstrangers's second album leaves behind the grinding rock heft of its debut for new pop textures that can be striking.


Brian Eno and Karl Hyde: Someday World

Two naturally complementary collaborators make half of an OK album and half of what could have been one of the best records of the year.


Mark E: Product of Industry

UK producer Mark E crafts an enjoyably immersive album full of repetition and rumination.


20 Questions: Unicycle Loves You (Sound Affects) [28.May.14]
Michael Jackson: Xscape (Reviews) [22.May.14]
Plaid: Reachy Prints (Reviews) [22.May.14]
Yann Tiersen: ∞ (Reviews) [21.May.14]
Jolie Holland: Wine Dark Sea (Reviews) [21.May.14]
Smoke Fairies: Smoke Fairies (Reviews) [20.May.14]
New Madrid: Sunswimmer (Capsule Reviews) [19.May.14]
Coldplay: Ghost Stories (Reviews) [19.May.14]
Haley Bonar: Last War (Reviews) [19.May.14]
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