Thursday, May 24 2007
One of metal's busiest artists keeps the quality up.
Anders Ilar, a veteran Swedish deep house/experimental producer, re-releases a previous vinyl-only EP with an additional 19-minute bonus track
These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena
John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project
Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.
Wednesday, May 23 2007
"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"
When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.
With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.
Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.
Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.
Noble story of imprisoned dissident, young orphan fills The Lizard Cage.
Tuesday, May 22 2007
Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.
Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.
If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.
The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.
Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.
Adoptee finds she suddenly needs truth when past surfaces in The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes.
Author goes beyond the refrigerator case for the raw story about tuna industry.
Monday, May 21 2007
Mixing Sigur Rós' dramatic scope with Brian Wilson's summery melodies, Miracle Fortress' debut is a thing of rare beauty.
With all they’ve got going for them, who wouldn’t want to kick it with The Shake?