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Wednesday, August 13 2014

You Blew It!: You Blue It

Rising emo band tackles an iconic set of songs from Weezer's "Blue Album" a bit too gently.


Steve Wynn: Sketches in Spain

Steve Wynn continues to follow his muse, this time to Spain, for a couple of reinvigorating albums released on these shores for the first time.


Anders Parker: There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart

There’s a Blue Bird in My Heart is packed with sucker punches and subtle jabs. Filled with sound and fury, no final blow is ever delivered, but, nonetheless, Parker has created a knockout.


Officer!: Dead Unique

Carnivalesque pop music filtered through an eccentric lineage that defies categorization and transcends time. A good thing since it was recorded 20 years ago and is only just now seeing the light of day.


Tuesday, August 12 2014

Dilated Peoples: Directors of Photography

After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.


Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living

By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.


Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: La Rumba SoYo

Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.


Avery Sunshine: The SunRoom

Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.


Dave Van Ronk: Live in Monterey 1998

Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.


Monday, August 11 2014

The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

Jersey boys' fifth flirts outrageously with flamenco, Hi-NRG, dubstep and Oompah. No, not really.


Prawn: Kingfisher

Kingfisher is absolutely fabulous and a thrilling discovery.


Grace Askew: Scaredy Cat

Despite a center stage spotlight viewed by millions, former The Voice contestants often fail to build a fan base outside the narrow scope of the network lens.


Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band: Mother’s Touch

A terrific, powerful pianist has his tunes revved up for big band: loose and grand.


Seahaven: Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only

Reverie and its new sound may throw some old fans, but that’s a good thing.


Friday, August 8 2014

Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Deluxe Edition)

Mystery Girl, possibly one of the few ‘80s pop masterpieces, makes it to a deluxe version, with an expanded CD and DVD documentary. If only we could always live in dreams.


Twin Peaks: Wild Onion

Chicago's Twin Peaks sophomore release offers a fascinating glimpse of where they've been and what the future might hold.


Melted Toys: Melted Toys

Like the imagery evoked by their name, Melted Toys make lethargic indie rock steeped in warm summer afternoons and nostalgia.


Gurrumul: Gurrumul

This is a disc that invites you to sit down, have a cup of tea and just listen.


Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: The Lost Transcriptions for Tiffany Music 1946-1947

A stunning retrospective, capturing a pivotal time in the career of one of the most important bands in American roots history.


Thursday, August 7 2014

The Rosebuds: Sand + Silence

On their sixth LP, the Rosebuds have fine-tuned that balance of intimacy/art, not by lessening either but by heightening both.


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