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Tuesday, June 24 2014

City Walls Autumn Falls: Factory

At times reminiscent of Band of Horses, the quieter, acoustic-based songs of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the folksy strum of Neil Young, Factory is an astonishingly confident album, and one that should make a name for this band.


Jaro Milko & The Cubalkanics: Cigarros Explosivos!

They need to either knock you dead with skill or else subvert the whole notion of skill.


Saul Conrad: a tyrant and lamb

Saul Conrad's third record is a good, surprising record, and a good lesson in finding power without overt force or volume.


Monday, June 23 2014

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang: We Love Our Hole 7”

Oldham and Kelly are seaside in Australia, lounging out two excellent recordings for a new film.


What Moon Things: What Moon Things

If you can get past the amateurish singing, there’s a certain amount of infectiousness going on here that you’ll love if you’re into certain bands of yore.


Color War: It Could Only Be This Way

A boring slog of a dreamy synth-pop record that only comes to life during its occasional ambient instrumental pieces.


Friday, June 20 2014

Reward: Painted Desperation EP

Listening to Reward, pardon the pun, is a richly rewarding experience, and these guys really deserve all the success they can muster.


Monty Alexander: Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2

Jazz pianist Monty Alexander returns with the second in a series exploring the music of his home country within a less-than-familiar stylistic construct.


Sibelius-Akatemian Folk Big Band: FBB

When the voices ring together it's a communality fantasia or HOA's magic joy-dream.


Thursday, June 19 2014

Tweak Bird: Any Ol’ Way

Any Ol' Way is a record of promise from a band that has clearly found focus. But its overreliance on tight structures nips too many moments for expansion in the bud.


Ahmed: Dhaalu Raa

When he tenses up for hard rock, he sounds gawky, but relaxation turns him intense.


Emmy Wildwood: Mean Love EP

New York’s Emmy Wildwood is one fashionable indie rock goddess.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

Hollie Cook: Twice

Treating listeners to tropical pop reggae and dub, this record resoundingly contains all of these elements, and more.


Julianna Barwick: Rosabi

Rosabi is of a piece with Barwick's other recordings but continues to push the limits, making this four-song release far more ambitious and generous than it seems on its face.


Wharfer: Eyelids EP

A pleasing affair, and not much else.


Various Artists: globalFEST Selector

None of the megafamous names are on here, but nobody's going to miss them.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

Empires: How Good Does It Feel EP

The How Good Does It Feel EP feels pretty darn good, and listeners looking for the next big thing should be tempted to go out and search these guys out.


Mia Dyson: Idyllwild

The solid Idyllwild is further evidence that the Australian singer can be both comfortable in her own skin and restless enough to push her boundaries.


Monday, June 16 2014

Radio Moscow: Magical Dirt

Ry Cooder + Raw Rhythms = Radio Moscow.


Stick Against Stone: The Oregon Bootleg Tapes

A veritable melting pot of post-punk styles, Stick Against Stone’s bootleg recording shows a rather raucous group in its creative element.


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