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Wednesday, July 23 2014

K. Leimer: A Period of Review (Original Recordings: 1975-1983)

The songs on A Period of Review were essential to Leimer developing his own style. Whether or not they're essential to your music library is another matter.


Tuesday, July 22 2014

Jack White Rocks the Audience at Forecastle Day Two

Day two of Forecastle concluded with the audience being rocked to muscle weakness.


White Fence: For the Recently Found Innocent

For the Recently Found Innocent, Tim Presley's first studio-made record as White Fence ups the ante over his previous work.


Marvin Gaye and Mos Def: Yasiin Gaye: The Return (Side Two)

Yasiin Gaye swings back around for round two of the long-playing soul/hip-hop mashups. Nice.


Unicycle Loves You: The Dead Age

This is a pretty dull record that doesn’t excite the listener – you’ve heard this all done before on Psychocandy or Darklands or elsewhere.


The Hollies: Greatest + Singles 1 and 2

The Hollies were one of the most successful acts of the '60s, but are almost always relegated as a footnote.


Mac Miller: Faces

Mac Miller continues on his path following money, fame, drugs and alcohol, while writing some clever, craftily worded lyrics along the way.


Monday, July 21 2014

OutKast Fires Up the Audience at Day One of Forecastle Festival

From the minimalist indie rock of Spoon to the extravagant performance by OutKast, day one of Forecastle did not disappoint.


La Roux: Trouble in Paradise

The collaborators are different, but the voice is just as strong, and has only gotten better with time.


Neil Hamburger: First of Dismay

America’s hardest working funnyman returns with his 10th full-length album, First of Dismay. Repulsive, repellent, live out your fears.


Carly-Jo: Carly-Jo

Carly-Jo is a magnificent addition to New Country sounds, and represents the very best of what country-pop, country-rock or whatever you want to call it has to offer.


Xymox: Subsequent Pleasures

(Clan of) Xymox launched their career with the long out-of-print EP Subsequent Pleasures. Dark Entries reintroduces this odd yet compelling recording to those who missed out on it the first time.


Lee Scratch Perry: Back on the Controls

With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.


Friday, July 18 2014

Craig Leon: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol.1

An updated, exquisite, extraordinary, genuine electronic classic.


The Clean: Anthology

If you love crisp, jangly, guitar rock, the Clean's Anthology is quite the collection.


Bubba Sparxxx: Made on McCosh Mill Road

Bubba Sparxxx has made plenty of good songs and a couple of great albums. Made on McCosh Mill Road, unfortunately, has very few of the former and is not the latter.


Kasabian: 48:13

On 48:13, Kasabian largely eschew rock, pop and melody for a sound dominated by electronica and synths. With this they have lost a lot of what made them so good.


The Crookes: Soapbox

Sheffield lads continue their run of exceptional, hook-laden indie pop with their latest release.


Thursday, July 17 2014

Reigning Sound: Shattered

Shattered, Reigning Sound's first full-length in five years, is the kind of record that pays tribute to the past, even walks in its shadow, but also provides its own strut.


RiFF RaFF: Neon Icon

Neon Icon showcases all the reasons you love (or hate) RiFF RaFF, but it also proves he can put together a cohesive record.


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