Wednesday, June 11 2014
The Fresh & Onlys continue a winning streak with the introspective House of Spirits.
On Röyksopp and Robyn's latest collaboration, the idea and the execution somehow didn’t quite find common ground.
For all the dusty byways covered on Stay Gold, First Aid Kit appears to be wise beyond their years.
Relocated to Berlin, this new album finds the Brian Jonestown Massacre hearkening back to their fine full-length 1995 debut, Methodrone.
This is an album that came out of a language.
Recorded two years before his self-titled debut, these sessions hold, not just some of Jaco's best work, but some of the best jazz you'll hear all year.
Tuesday, June 10 2014
Let’s push past the fake tabloid feuds and authenticity battles and call Lazaretto what it really is: an exceptional rock album.
Quantic's journey into Tropicália continues with another fine slice of mellow grooves, zesty vocals and full-bodied percussion. It's a well-rounded platter, fresh from around the globe.
Only Run, both in form and function, is CYHSY's return to relevance, excellence even, and one of the best independent rock records of 2014.
Antwon's newest release is sex-obsessed, messy and often excellent.
Seminal Seattle band Mudhoney celebrate their 25-year existence by playing at the top of the city's iconic Space Needle. I guess that makes sense.
A versatile jazz guitarist with his trio (and occasionally trumpet) works within the tradition and also, subtly, outside it. Everything is beautiful and balanced.
Monday, June 9 2014
With his latest release, Andrew Bird pays homage to the Handsome Family in that achingly beautiful way only he can.
If you were to listen to this 18 song album, which clocks in at less than 30 minutes, you could play a drinking game with every time that God, Jesus or Moses, or other religious elements, are namechecked.
It’s never been more obvious that Kool Keith needs the stabilizing influence and instincts of a quality producer. Now more than ever, he’s Magneto without his helmet.
The first high profile compilation to spotlight the blending that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s when traditional Cambodian music began to be filtered through the lens of garage rock, surf rock, and psychedelia.
A surprisingly good album that happens to make a fine soundtrack.
A collection of sometimes jaunty, often introspective tunes.
Friday, June 6 2014
At 68 legendary Blondie front woman Debbie Harry just wants to dance. And what's wrong with that? The ghost in the machine has a good ear.
They Might Be Giants seem to have a very good grasp on what their best material is, and have included a whole bunch of it right here in this self-curated collection.