Thursday, January 16 2014
Garage rock that gets the job done.
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.
This rockabilly blues hits all the expected notes, but there's not much more here than what's expected.
Tuesday, January 14 2014
Some good stuff here, undermined by weak vocals
These Mumford protegés' debut EP sounds like a better, more compact version of Mumford & Sons Sigh No More.
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.
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
Not for the faint of heart.
Do you miss the Bill Evans/Jim Hall duets? Here's a great Caribbean substitute.
Majestic nostalgia for the places within.
Ivo Perelman and Balazs Pandi pummel the refrigerated body of jazz. Joe Morris is along for the ride.
Thursday, January 9 2014
Explosive instrumental grime from Bristol's Boofy on Nottingham party starter label Tumble Audio.
This second album from the Atlanta-based band finds them settling into a solid blend of bluegrass and honky-tonk.
Amir ElSaffar uses his Middle Eastern approach to pay reverence to the West when really just one hemisphere would have suited him fine.
At 78, jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd flexes his musical muscles impressively on Trombone for Lovers.
Wednesday, January 8 2014
Demons is equal parts sexy and campy, baroque and vaudevillian, grimy and nasty, theatrical and intimate.
Nothing much to set it apart, but plenty of energy and sloppy chops on display.
This EP is the culinary equivalent of puffy pastries: tasty, but rather insubstantial.
Every once in a while, an album's title is just too damn perfect.
A top-notch remastering of a '70s blues-rock cult classic. Jimmy Bell sounds remarkably crisp and fresh 37 years later.