Thursday, May 24 2007
These recordings started life in 2003 as a jam session between three Downtown free-jazz and Improv stalwarts—bassist William Parker, pianist Matthew Shipp and harpist Zeena
John Platania has worked with a lot of people ranging from Van Morrison to Natalie Merchant. His latest album is a strong, quality-filled instrumental-oriented project
Wednesday, May 23 2007
"Goddam what I think we really need is love!"
When it works, the sheer excess of Bravado is impressive, even chest-rattling. Unfortunately, it doesn't work nearly as often as it could.
With a sound less rambunctious than Old 97’s, vocalist Simon Petty fills these moody tunes with a likeable longing.
Touring with bands like The Be Good Tanyas and Jolie Holland has made JT & The Clouds come off like come rustic version of a Motown doo-wop group.
Collage music, but not quite the African-American/African concerto the blurb suggests.
Tuesday, May 22 2007
Third album from the Portland post-punk trio puts serrated edges and lattice-like complexity onto jittery pop songs.
Michigan garage band the Hard Lessons discover that sometimes it pays to acknowledge your heroes.
If you're buying music at the same time as you buy your coffee, you deserve what you get.
The American Plague breaks out again with their sophomore effort, blending various genres of rock to create a unique sound and an impressive disc that clocks in at little over a half an hour and packs some seriously infectious tunes.
Artcore punk comes up from the Portland underground with a new sound made by worms.
Monday, May 21 2007
Mixing Sigur Rós' dramatic scope with Brian Wilson's summery melodies, Miracle Fortress' debut is a thing of rare beauty.
With all they’ve got going for them, who wouldn’t want to kick it with The Shake?
Pleasant’s not an inapt word for this one, which does give some indication of how prettily and maybe even exquisitely Lorber can play piano,
Average mix album of funkified disco from the LA duo
This guitarist and laptopper's download-only EP sounds dated and dippy.
Sunday, May 20 2007
Which sounds more titillating -- politics or a lap dance? Well, I'd normally go with "lap dance" but, in this case, I'll take politics all day long.
The Roadside Graves's third album proves that you don't have to come from deep in the pines to play gut-wrenching folk 'n' country.
Three saxophones, flute, oboe, trumpet, and trombone blur into one terrifying mass during the piece's most gratifying moments.