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Tuesday, January 13 2015

Alison Moyet: Minutes and Seconds - Live

Moyet’s Minutes and Seconds - Live captures some great performances by Moyet with inventive and intensive backing by Garden and McGhee.


Monday, January 12 2015

Chvrches: Under the Tide (EP)

Chvrches serve up an EP of remixes likely to send you back to their original iterations.


Various Artists: The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need

This two-disc collection more modestly focuses on postwar American folk revival tunes.


Monday, January 5 2015

Kai Engel: Rain Catcher

Kai Engel takes a step back from the big canvas to offer up piano sketches. All is still well with neoclassical.


Various Artists: The Only Folk Collection You’ll Ever Need

This two-disc collection more modestly focuses on postwar American folk revival tunes.


Wednesday, December 24 2014

Far From Alaska: modeHuman

Brazilian rock band’s debut is a surprising hybrid of hard rock and electro.


Friday, December 19 2014

Those Gulls: Forevermore

Music worth hearing forevermore? Perhaps, perhaps.


The Gallop: Tall Tale Tellers EP

The alliterative Tall Tale Tellers EP is wall to wall with catchy, hummable songs.


STANDARDS: KID EP

You're not going to believe this, but a group of Canadian teenagers just made a confident and mature EP of '80s style alterna punk rock.


The Dirty Sheep: Sleep Under the Lights

While Sleep Under the Lights may not be the end all and be all of roots music, fans of this sort of thing should like it immensely.


Wednesday, December 17 2014

wotts: a EP

This EP is perfect for anyone who wants to hear the style of ‘80s rap mixed with the thematic concerns of the present.


The BCASA: ‘Tis the Season to Praise Satan EP

I’ll bet you’ve never heard a Christmas album quite like this.


Blake Bliss: Friend, Enemy, Stranger

This album is so distraught and, I hate to say it, silly in its studied seriousness, that it’s what people might kick around as the punchline to a perverse joke.


Monday, December 15 2014

Various Artists: An Americana Christmas

A collection that makes up for its lack of original content in whimsy.


Thursday, December 11 2014

Flying Fortress: Dirty Rain

If you like Japandroids but wish they played louder, harder and faster, Flying Fortress will certainly be the kind of thing to fix you up.


Dirt Dress: Revelations EP

Post-punk outfit Dirt Dress stretches out in all directions on Revelations EP.


Tinariwen: Inside/Outside: Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions

This five-track, half-hour live set is an offshoot of the longer album Emmaar.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

The Rickaneers: Ghost Town EP

From ‘60s garage to ‘70s glam to ‘90s grunge, the band distinctly has its own sound, and that can be heard on their sophomore EP, Ghost Town.


Monday, December 8 2014

Just Poets: Painting Pictures in the Darkness

This Canadian rap album is stupendous, not just lyrically and stylistically in the vocal delivery, but in terms of what Just Poets do with their sampled material.


Bethan: Time Gone By

Bethan has discovered an intriguing sound that floats along the periphery of the last century on the aptly titled Time Gone By.


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