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Thursday, February 26 2015

Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

Iyer’s trio returns for its ECM debut, a sharp rhythmic workout that continues this musician’s brilliant run.


Elana James: Black Beauty

The Hot Club of Cowtown fiddler Elana James makes it a point to let her folk flag shine high and mightily on Black Beauty.


Louise Goffin: Songs From The Mine

Goffin understands the importance of keeping everything simple, from the music to the sentiments expressed.


Wednesday, February 25 2015

Beyond Good and Evil: “Multiversity: Mastermen #1”

Mastermen is a masterwork. A perfect 10. The greatest issue yet in this stunningly good series. Bravo, Mr. Morrision! Bravo!


Minae Mizumura’s ‘A True Novel’ Makes for a Truly Engrossing Tale

This deeply engrossing and sophisticated Japanese novel unpeels itself in multiple nested narratives over its 855 page length.


‘Más Negro Que La Noche’ Is the Rare Remake That Trounces the Original

This Mexican horror remake evokes the mood, atmosphere and acting of the classic era of horror.


Torche: Restarter

On Restarter, Torche delivers the smoothest sludge.


Sam Prekop: The Republic

The second instrumental adventure in the land of modular synthesizer from the golden voice of the Sea and Cake.


The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul

The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.


Hypercolor: Hypercolor

Hypercolor is a New York trio, an absolute mess of influences that can't help but play around with a blender.


Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses

Blackberry Smoke's fourth studio album is appropriately named after an analogy meaning "you're the winner".


Tuesday, February 24 2015

A Shot Across the Bow: “Hawkeye #21”

This penultimate issue is essentially Home Alone, if Macaulay Culkin was an Avenger and the Sticky Bandits were a bunch of Eastern European mobsters in tracksuits and armed with machine guns.


Life Is Strange, Episode 1: Chrysalis

Max wants to make friends, survive high school, and impress her famous photography teacher to jump start her art career, the kinds of human and relatable stories not often seen in video games.


The Dead Talk in Maírtín Ó Cadhain’s ‘The Dirty Dust’

This novel's recurring themes of discontent and rivalry dominate whatever moments of tenderness and solidarity remain after Irish village life has given way to common death.


‘Big Hero 6’ Bursts at the Seams With Emotion

Big Hero 6 demonstrates how Disney does animated storytelling like no other.


Dan Deacon: Gliss Riffer

Gliss Riffer is by far Deacon's most successful and accessible full-length thus far, but it's just shy of being a masterpiece.


Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates Featuring Joe Bonamassa: Ooh Yea! The Betty Davis Songbook

Australia's soul wunderkind Mahalia Barnes crosses her T's and dots her Betty Davis I's as she pays tribute to an artist who was too much, too soon.


Pelican: The Cliff EP

With this EP, Pelican don’t seem to understand that promised tension that never delivers can be as frustrating as tension that never finds release.


Jorma Kaukonen: Ain’t in No Hurry

This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.


Kevin Drumm: Everything’s Going Along As Usual and Then All Shit Breaks Loose

Kevin Drumm traffics in static, both the noun and the adjective.


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