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Wednesday, March 25 2015

Contretemps: Pronouncement

Distressing, awkward, disturbing and almost upsetting, this aura of discomfort, if combined with the sound of the term itself (|ˈkɒntrətɒ̃|) is the essence of the music presented by Joel Ebner.


Junior Wells: Southside Blues Jam

Junior Wells and his men straddle two decades and lay down 15 gems.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

Van Morrison: Duets: Re-Working The Back Catalogue

Forgoing the obvious hits and contemporary pop star collaborators, iconoclast Van Morrison raises the bar for what duet albums can and should be.


Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader

The assortment of different tunes here suggests McKay understands the complexity of the past and reveals her empathy for a more hopeful time when love and peace were fresh thoughts rather than a debased slogan.


The Cribs: For All My Sisters

The Brothers Jarman maintain a taut, propulsive sound. There’s no let up at all, and even the more melodic entries maintain a considerable amount of swagger and sway.


BadBadNotGood and Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul

Does every album have to be a classic? Minor pleasures are still pleasures, at the end of the day.


The Popguns: Pop Fiction

The Popguns are an archetypal '80s/'90s Brit indie band who, although they can knock out a passable tune, lack the inspiration or adventure to stray any distance from their fixed musical roots.


Monday, March 23 2015

Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Even though Courtney Barnett has tightened and punched up her sound, her songwriting still gets stuck in your head because she gets lost in her own imagination.


Happyness: Weird Little Birthday

UK Next Big Indie Thing loves Pavement, whispering, on US reissue of 2014 debut.


Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago

Modern jazz's legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette assembles a post-bop dream team from hell.


Shakey Graves: Nobody’s Fool

Americana cult favorite Shakey Graves whets the appetite of his fans with the pleasantly surprising release of the Nobody's Fool EP.


Damon and Naomi: Fortune

Another confident expression of this couple's quiet command of music and lyrics, Fortune wins us over again.


Friday, March 20 2015

Allison Moorer: Down to Believing

Skip the self-help books on moving through the grieving process and get this album instead.


Elliott Murphy: Aquashow Deconstructed

Elliott Murphy heads back to his debut album, "a lost classic" re-recorded and re-interpreted for the modern age.


Liz Longley: Liz Longley

Longley’s greatest strength is her ability to share her emotions while never conceding to whatever adversity comes her way.


El Perro Del Mar: El Perro Del Mar (Deluxe Edition)

El Perro Del Mar's self-titled album has its charms, especially in this expanded edition.


Brodinski: Brava

Modern French house pioneer and Yeezus co-producer drops his first solo album after years of remixes and singles. Sadly, the result is far too middling.


Thursday, March 19 2015

Stone Jack Jones: Love & Torture

Stone Jack Jones bestows upon us the truths of human nature that we are too blind ourselves to see.


The Monochrome Set: Spaces Everywhere

Spaces Everywhere shows that staying on their own path has served the Monochrome Set well over time.


John Coltrane Quartet featuring Eric Dolphy: So Many Things: The European Tour 1961

The four discs on So Many Things find the band looking for some sweet spot between a groove the audience can latch onto and the experimentalism that shaped the early '60s period of Coltrane's career.


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