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Friday, September 12 2014

Indigo Mist: That the Days Go By and Never Come Again

Cuong Vu and Richard Karpen join forces to pay tribute to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn in the most unusual of ways.

Thursday, September 11 2014

Along Came a Spider: Resurgence

Resurgence is highly commendable and those looking for great production techniques in their hard rock and metal are going to gobble this up.

Philly Moves: Olga

Olga, despite its missteps, is a great entry point for the rap neophyte.

Ugly Beats: Brand New Day

Austin, Texas, long-running garage-pop fivesome welcomes a brand new day that started sometime around 1967.

Wednesday, September 10 2014

Flesh Wounds: Flesh Wounds

North Carolina's Flesh Wounds is one of the most volatile and infectious rock acts working, and their new, eponymous full-length flat-out shreds.

Let It Happen: Cause + Effect

Full of crunchy pop-rock hooks, this album delivers, even if it might be a little on the samey side.

Tanya Tagaq: Animism

One of the most radically bewildering symbioses of voice and field recording I've ever heard.

Tuesday, September 9 2014

Love Inks: Exi

Two girls. A guy. Vocals. A vintage drum machine. Guitar. Keyboard. And that's it.

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Iguana - Vibes EP

Soaring reggae vocals over a nicely varied bunch of new-school dub riddims from Lee "Scratch" and new associate Iguana.

Oumar Konate: Addoh

Plenty of grinding jangle on the debut solo album from this talented Malian guitarist.

Friday, September 5 2014

Tommy Alto: Atlas \\ Patterson EP

If you’re into art rock in any remote way, you’re bound to enjoy the boundless pleasures that Tommy Alto has to offer.

A Shoreline Dream: The Silent Sunrise

This is lazy, hazy stuff to daydream to on a day as vapour trails from the exhaust of commercial passenger planes flying overhead on a bright, sunny day.

Thursday, September 4 2014

Valery Gore: Idols in the Dark Heart

Idols in the Dark Heart is a beguiling album, one that charms the listener with its refusal to give into or yield towards being anything other than a painting or sculpture in sound.

Wednesday, September 3 2014

Mutual Benefit: The Cowboy’s Prayer EP

This reissue of the band's 2011 EP is the sound of Mutual Benefit at a particular point, displaying a fascination with the moments where pop music and more ethereal textures meet.

Shaky Knees: Seven Years

Seven Years is a close-to-30-minute blast of lilting folk rock and bracing rockers, which will definitely please people who like variety.

Quraishi: Mountain Melodies

Exquisite, calm, unbudgeable, Quaraishi plucks his way through nine samples of ancient and modern folklore, some of it composed by himself.

Tuesday, September 2 2014

The Wooden Sky: Let’s Be Ready

Overall, Let’s Be Ready is quite pleasing and should be an essential purchase for those into Canadian country rock.

Wish: Wish

For the most part, this is stellar stuff and is on a high orbit way above its peers.

Chicago Underground Duo: Locus

What may seem like improvisation becomes a particular point or a place and moves according to mathematically defined circumstances.

Tuesday, August 26 2014

SoHo Ghetto: Thou Or I Or Both

Thou Or I Or Both is a thrilling start to what looks to be a promising career.

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