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Monday, October 13 2014

Ryan Adams: Jacksonville EP

Ryan Adams's independent release Jacksonville is two tracks country twang, one track novelty -- more good work from this prolific artist.


Plug in Stereo: Plug in Stereo

If you listen to mainstream radio, you’ve heard songs exactly like this.


Friday, October 10 2014

Buddy Black and the Ghost Umbrellas: The Story on the Road to Waterloo EP

This is a Canadian folk-rock concept short album about two young vampire lovers who seek to become human again, combining the styles of Spirit of the West with the ambitious sprawl of Titus Andronicus.


Benyoro: Benyoro

A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.


Alive Like Me: Only Forever

The record may not stand up to the closest of scrutiny, but it is pleasantly engrossing in its own way.


Benjamin Taubkin: Al Qantara (The Bridge)

Benjamin Taubkin makes the combination of Brazilian and Moroccan music look so damned easy.


Wednesday, October 8 2014

Arp: Pulsars e Quasars EP

Restless instincts and inspired collaborations give Arp’s Pulsars e Quasars EP bright vitality.


The Fauntleroys: Below the Pink Pony EP

Lower East Side rock 'n' roll from four well-known faces.


Exotype: Exotype

Exotype is a prototype for what can be done with metalcore, and, in terms of mindless sheer enjoyment, this LP does deliver the goods.


John Murry: Califorlornia

Murry expands on the harrowing journey that he first chronicled on 2013's The Graceless Age.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

Hungry Cloud Darkening: Glossy Recall

This is an album that really takes many listens to warm up to and wrap your head around, but, once you do, you’ll find this is a wonderful collection of songs.


Andras Fox: Vibrate on Silent

For all the funky ambitions of these songs, they feel more thought up than felt, and though the best moments will get you nodding your head, that's about all Vibrate on Silent can manage.


Zero 7: Simple Science EP

The return of Zero 7 with a new digital EP (or two 12” vinyls).


Big Deal: Sakura EP

Stopgap EP from the Anglo-American duo is a nice introduction to their grunge-pop sound.


Da Cruz: Disco e Progresso

Mariana Da Cruz sounds as if she's having the time of her life on vocals.


Monday, October 6 2014

Memotone and Soosh: Memoosh

The album is one of meditation, so the next time you go to practice yoga, you’ll probably want to bring this with you.


The Jigsaw Seen: Old Man Reverb

From a pure songwriting perspective, the album – although it is unfocused – can be quite strong.


Jason Ajemian: Folklords

The spirit of Mingus is alive and well in Jason Ajemian's band recording for Delmark. Oh, and let's not forget about Monk and Sun Ra.


Ace Frehley: Space Invader

Former KISS guitarist breaks no new ground with latest release. Although he can still solo, he still lacks ace material.


Thursday, October 2 2014

Yawn: Love Chills

On Love Chills, Yawn ditches the samples and synth play for a more instrument-driven and mature approach, which results in their best record yet.


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