Tuesday, August 6 2013
Nothing fancy here -- just straight-up wisdom and a skronking beat.
Monday, August 5 2013
Omit your preconceived opinions of Paul Allen the philanthropist, and introduce yourself to Paul Allen, the songwriter and musician, and his powerhouse band, the Underthinkers. They're pretty good at this music stuff.
Buika has soft moments, delicate moments, but never tired moments.
It’s a sad fact that many have gone into orgasmic overload over the occult rock of Ghost when really bands like Canada’s Blood Ceremony deserve the most attention for awaking genuinely diabolic spirits.
Sunday, August 4 2013
After a four-year absence, Apricot Rail have returned with Quarrels, a satisfying second effort.
Thursday, August 1 2013
Tony McManus is a wonderful acoustic guitar player. His arrangements of 10 well-known classical music pieces allow him to bring out their inherent loveliness.
They all have the same fingerprint; everybody is autotuned.
Less can be more, and never more so than here. A jaw-dropping album from a Jamaican legend.
Wednesday, July 31 2013
Troubled Days may go for the same moves that most piano rock defaults to, but it does so with emotional gusto.
Now that this hidden gem from 1981 is seeing a brighter light of day, it's clear that Chance was a one of a kind voice in Nashville, a voice grown from the clay of the Strange South.
Yes, Rob Mazurek's stateside pursuits are interesting. But his international projects really bring the sweet stuff.
Jazz Haus digs up another gem of rare recordings for their Lost Tapes series. This time it's the music of Jutta Hipp, of which there isn't nearly enough.
United Ghosts promise something interesting with their opening steps, but follow them up with a disappointing rest of the album.
Monday, July 29 2013
Powerfully poignant and evocative shoegaze to rival not only their peers, but such stalwart torchbearers as My Bloody Valentine.
Great songs and a great band distinguish Robison's latest live offering.
This album is about her voice and a character she's created with that voice: a French ingénue, a breathy lollypop naïf.
Brooklyn chanteuse grows by leaps and bounds.
Thursday, July 25 2013
Tenenga Beat is back again, releasing recorded-but-unreleased 1970s albums from the Senegalese city of Thiès as they did in late 2012 with the terrific Kadior Demb.
Thick Syrup does it again. Twenty years after the fact, they're releasing something mainstream America won't understand for another 20 years... by design.
Rowan and company are truly solid here.