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Thursday, January 16 2014

The Fuzz: The Fuzz

Garage rock that gets the job done.

U.S. Royalty: Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine is a welcome blast of melancholic pop with a Californian sheen, despite the fact that U.S. Royalty hails from the East Coast.

Pete Anderson: Birds Above Guitarland

This rockabilly blues hits all the expected notes, but there's not much more here than what's expected.

Tuesday, January 14 2014

The Entrance Band: Face the Sun

Some good stuff here, undermined by weak vocals

Bear’s Den: Agape EP

These Mumford protegés' debut EP sounds like a better, more compact version of Mumford & Sons Sigh No More.

Robinn: Multiphonia

Debut album of dense, moody electronic music from the French producer features vocals from Natural Self's Nathaniel Pearn. They used to call this trip-hop.

Booker Ervin: The Book Cooks

This undersold 1960 gem, now reissued by Verse Music Group, is a soulful and heated jazz set as capable of smoldering as it is of bursting into fire.

Monday, January 13 2014

Harsh Toke: Light Up and Live

Not for the faint of heart.

Laurent Coq: Dialogue

Do you miss the Bill Evans/Jim Hall duets? Here's a great Caribbean substitute.

Olan Mill: Hiraeth

Majestic nostalgia for the places within.

Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Balazs Pandi: One

Ivo Perelman and Balazs Pandi pummel the refrigerated body of jazz. Joe Morris is along for the ride.

Thursday, January 9 2014

Boofy: Nank EP

Explosive instrumental grime from Bristol's Boofy on Nottingham party starter label Tumble Audio.

The Whiskey Gentry: Holly Grove

This second album from the Atlanta-based band finds them settling into a solid blend of bluegrass and honky-tonk.

Amir ElSaffar: Alchemy

Amir ElSaffar uses his Middle Eastern approach to pay reverence to the West when really just one hemisphere would have suited him fine.

Roswell Rudd: Trombone for Lovers

At 78, jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd flexes his musical muscles impressively on Trombone for Lovers.

Wednesday, January 8 2014

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: Demons

Demons is equal parts sexy and campy, baroque and vaudevillian, grimy and nasty, theatrical and intimate.

Tough Age: Tough Age

Nothing much to set it apart, but plenty of energy and sloppy chops on display.

Calhoun: Paperweights EP

This EP is the culinary equivalent of puffy pastries: tasty, but rather insubstantial.

Bruce Gilbert and BAW: Diluvial

Every once in a while, an album's title is just too damn perfect.

15-60-75 (The Numbers Band): Jimmy Bell’s Still in Town

A top-notch remastering of a '70s blues-rock cult classic. Jimmy Bell sounds remarkably crisp and fresh 37 years later.

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