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Wednesday, June 11 2014

The Fresh & Onlys: House of Spirits

The Fresh & Onlys continue a winning streak with the introspective House of Spirits.


Röyksopp and Robyn: Do It Again

On Röyksopp and Robyn's latest collaboration, the idea and the execution somehow didn’t quite find common ground.


First Aid Kit: Stay Gold

For all the dusty byways covered on Stay Gold, First Aid Kit appears to be wise beyond their years.


The Brian Jonestown Massacre: A Revelation

Relocated to Berlin, this new album finds the Brian Jonestown Massacre hearkening back to their fine full-length 1995 debut, Methodrone.


Ibibio Sound Machine: Ibibio Sound Machine

This is an album that came out of a language.


Jaco Pastorius: Modern American Music… Period! The Criteria Sessions

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

Jack White: Lazaretto

Let’s push past the fake tabloid feuds and authenticity battles and call Lazaretto what it really is: an exceptional rock album.


Quantic: Magnetica

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.


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Only Run

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: Heavy Hearted in Doldrums

Antwon's newest release is sex-obsessed, messy and often excellent.


Mudhoney: On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle

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.


Steve Cardenas: Melody in a Dream

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

Andrew Bird: Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

With his latest release, Andrew Bird pays homage to the Handsome Family in that achingly beautiful way only he can.


Half-handed Cloud: Flying Scroll Flight Control

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.


Kool Keith: Demolition Crash

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.


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia

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.


Chris Brokaw: Now, Forager OST

A surprisingly good album that happens to make a fine soundtrack.


Withered Hand: New Gods

A collection of sometimes jaunty, often introspective tunes.


Friday, June 6 2014

Blondie: Blondie 4(0) Ever

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: Idlewild: A Compilation

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.


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