Thursday, August 8 2013
Badlands marks an album from a good group yet to record their best stuff.
Former Verbena member and Birmingham, Alabama talent expands his sound in winning ways.
Punchy pop undermined by weak vocals. A record released too soon.
A long improvised production like this one doesn't have a score but it has a history. It thickens with the weight of its own past.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
If there is any justice left in the world, Takes Time will grant Jim Guthrie the worldwide recognition he so obviously deserves.
Invigorating but incredibly aware punk rock from Ottawa four-piece.
Muddy production mars an otherwise uninspired set.
Nothing fancy here -- just straight-up wisdom and a skronking beat.
Monday, August 5 2013
Omit your preconceived opinions of Paul Allen the philanthropist, and introduce yourself to Paul Allen, the songwriter and musician, and his powerhouse band, the Underthinkers. They're pretty good at this music stuff.
Buika has soft moments, delicate moments, but never tired moments.
It’s a sad fact that many have gone into orgasmic overload over the occult rock of Ghost when really bands like Canada’s Blood Ceremony deserve the most attention for awaking genuinely diabolic spirits.
Sunday, August 4 2013
After a four-year absence, Apricot Rail have returned with Quarrels, a satisfying second effort.
Thursday, August 1 2013
Tony McManus is a wonderful acoustic guitar player. His arrangements of 10 well-known classical music pieces allow him to bring out their inherent loveliness.
They all have the same fingerprint; everybody is autotuned.
Less can be more, and never more so than here. A jaw-dropping album from a Jamaican legend.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
Troubled Days may go for the same moves that most piano rock defaults to, but it does so with emotional gusto.
Now that this hidden gem from 1981 is seeing a brighter light of day, it's clear that Chance was a one of a kind voice in Nashville, a voice grown from the clay of the Strange South.
Yes, Rob Mazurek's stateside pursuits are interesting. But his international projects really bring the sweet stuff.
Jazz Haus digs up another gem of rare recordings for their Lost Tapes series. This time it's the music of Jutta Hipp, of which there isn't nearly enough.
United Ghosts promise something interesting with their opening steps, but follow them up with a disappointing rest of the album.