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Monday, November 3 2014

o’death: Out of Hands We Go

o'death's scrappy new record isn't a return to some past sound so much as it's another impressive deviation for a band that, four albums in, has made inconsistency and exploration the only consistencies of its sound.


Luis Coronel: Quiero Ser Tu Dueño

Teen heartthrob makes terrible music, tops Latin Albums chart, threatens to cross over.


Comet Gain: Paperback Ghosts

As melodic, jangly and occasionally crunchy as this is, there’s a persistent sense of the fading glow of daytime, the feeling that life is slipping away.


Friday, October 31 2014

Taylor Swift: 1989

A 40-foot Taylor Swift stomps through Manhattan in chelsea boots and a pencil skirt, bodegas and halal carts crumbling under her heels, waving one enormous pinky finger to Jay and Beyoncé as they cower in their Tribeca penthouse.


Various Artists: The Soul of Designer Records

This is a compilation of ‘70s gospel and soul singles that appropriately honors the musicians who made them while offering a crucial glance at the stylistic elements of the American musical tradition.


Absolutely Free: Absolutely Free.

This is an album that works best when you sit down and think about it afterward, so the appeal is not necessarily apparent upon casual listening.


Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk and Salt Melodies

No matter what category you pigeonhole him into, jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis turns his sounds into a miniature miracle.


Various Artists: Dear Jean - Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie

A tribute to a singer, her songs and her legacy, and a collection of very special music in itself.


EndAnd: Fun Times With Shitty People

EndAnd call themselves a punk band, but the power trio bring a distorted grunge rock sound to the party as well.


Thursday, October 30 2014

Daniel Lanois: Flesh and Machine

Daniel Lanois has upped the ante with Flesh and the Machine by pledging to search "for something that’s never been heard before".


Medicine: Home Everywhere

Home Everywhere is a brave record, one that you have to be patient with.


Betty Who: Take Me When You Go

Betty Who's debut album is not the standout debut that this charismatic pop star deserves.


Otis Brown III: The Thought of You

An ideal fusion of old school hard blowing jazz and new generation rhythms and attitude, this disc feels like the path forward.


George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75

Listening to the entire production on offer here means delving inside an artist's trajectory. Naivety, genius and clever pop.


Harmonie Ensemble New York with Steven Richman: Henry Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn

What was it like to hear the Peter Gunn music for the first time? Some of us will never know for sure. But with this release, you're likely to have fun trying to recapture the moment.


Wednesday, October 29 2014

Lily & Madeleine: Fumes

Lily & Madeleine may not shout or scream, or even cry, but they still want to be heard.


Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.


Weyes Blood: The Innocents

Today's weather forecast predicts rain, pain, moths and tombstones. Best pack an umbrella.


KMFDM: Our Time Will Come

You have to admit that it’s nice to have KMFDM still making music, even if the band’s relevance at this point is in question.


The Pine Hill Haints: The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints

The Pine Hill Haints supply antique sounds, modern attitude, and a good time all around.


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