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Thursday, July 31 2014

New God: Firework

As a whole, Firework is a bit lumpy, but there’s enough here to warrant a recommendation for those into experimental jams with a pop edge.


The Devin Cuddy Band: Kitchen Knife

On Kitchen Knife, you’ll hear everything from old-fashioned honky tonk sounds to more piano-based jazz and even some blues.


Secret Colours: Positive Distractions

The Chicago indie outfit offer simple psychedelic pleasures on their third album.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

The Tins: Young Blame EP

The Tins are rather plain, write kind of sappy stuff, and are just resoundingly good. Not brilliant, not special. Just good.


My Iron Lung: Relief

Competent post-hardcore that's written with vocal melodies in mind. Too bad their frontman can only handle shouting.


T Sisters: Kindred Lines

A great package of fine instrumentation, interesting voices and very good songs.


Tuesday, July 29 2014

Basement: Further Sky EP

You might not be getting very much bang for your buck here, but the kindest thing you can say about this disc is that there's not a bad track in the bunch.


Lenny Pickett With the UMO Jazz Orchestra: The Prescription

Former Tower of Power saxophonist and Saturday Night Livemusical director finds highly sympathetic ears in Finland’s UMO Jazz Orchestra.


Jake Bugg: Messed Up Kids

Three extra tracks from the Shangri La sessions show Jake Bugg's development.


Monday, July 28 2014

No Lands: Negative Space

No Lands' Negative Space is a record that should find its way quite easily into a museum or a high art gallery.


Leyland Kirby Presents V/VM: The Death of Rave (A Partial Flashback)

Leyland Kirby revisits and reshapes a larger series of previous works to create a more concise representation of his view of the death of rave.


Glen David Andrews: Redemption

New Orleans bluesman hits a home run, or a few of them


Friday, July 25 2014

Zvuloon Dub System: Anbessa Dub

Authentic, flavorful roots reggae from Israel.


Ginger Baker: Why?

With his latest offering, drummer Ginger Baker continues his exploration of the music that drew him to the drums in the first place.


The Warren G. Hardings: Get a Life

If you want high energy bluegrass with instrumental chops and great melodies, try this album.


Wednesday, July 23 2014

Mimicking Birds: Eons

With Eons, Nate Lacy opens up his internal world into a vast starry landscape, creating a gorgeously organic record made for headphones.


Field Mouse: Hold Still Life

Hold Still Life is quite the slab of indie rock, and, with its agreeable female-led vocals, is very delectable.


Monday, July 21 2014

Johanna Samuels: Double Bind

At times reminiscent of the ‘70s singer-songwriter songbook of Laura Nyro, Double Bind is an affecting listen, even at its poppiest and even when there’s a bare rendition of the title track in almost a cappella format.


Friday, July 18 2014

Nona: Through the Head

For longer term fans of Nona, well, it all boils down to this: do you want to pay all over again for a record you already bought last year?


Wednesday, July 16 2014

Rival Boys: Animal Instincts

Animal Instincts is a real treat in its best moments, and you’ll hope that the band adds a bit more force to its music from here on in.


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