Friday, November 8 2013
Grails further defines their midnight-movie aesthetic on this compilation.
Some of Jack Johnson's most beautiful songs can be found on this album, if you can stomach the endless romantic references and the abundance of similar-sounding guitar melodies.
Alive Naturalsound reissues a lost album of political soul.
Thursday, November 7 2013
Wig-outs, freak-outs, and tripped-and-fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll is accepted from French trio Aqua Nebula Oscillator. But, in keeping with the band's enigmatic persona, it's pulled a sinister swerve on its latest album, Spiritus Mundi.
The Kronos Quartet perform the work of a composer who wasn't even alive when they first started playing together.
Trance Percussion Masters of South Sudan is a valuable ethno musicological document and the spirited and highly skilled playing and performing allows a glimpse into an otherwise rarely seen world.
Yoko Ono and the reformed Plastic Ono Band have the ability to take you on a trip you've probably never taken before. Handbasket not included.
Grave Miasma's debut full-length, Odori Sepulcrorum, speaks of ages past, but not with any sense of love or fondness. The band is here to prove that quintessentially evil death metal has never gone out of fashion.
No Malice is a changed man. Don't expect this Christian Rap album to sound like a Clipse album.
Wednesday, November 6 2013
Although Cut Copy has from its beginning been dedicated to dance-rock, one might think of this album as the one where rock is left sitting on the curb outside the club.
The pianist and producer generates the follow-up to his Grammy winning Black Radio, again featuring a host of guest vocalists: ten amazing new songs with a foot in the best of the past.
Although a pleasant listen, James Blunt’s latest album Moon Landing isn’t a particularly innovative one.
Former Elefant frontman Diego Garcia returns with his sophomore album Paradise. The summery vibe of the album might seem jarring at first in comparison to his melancholy debut, but it's a testament to his talent as a songwriter that the album doesn't sink under the blithesome weight of it all.
Breach does a lovely job of sounding both murky and ethereal.
Kompakt's golden boy represents his label at Art Cologne.
Tuesday, November 5 2013
British folk songwriter and guitarist Matt Elliott has made a name for himself in writing the music most macabre, but with Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart he sounds... optimistic. Well, as conceivably close to optimistic as anyone with his MO could be.
Eminem returns to his 2000 smash sophomore effort and again earns his place on top of hip-hop's Mount Rushmore. Ever worry about what it might be like once he begins to age? This set is all the reassurance you need.
For those that do not bother to pay much attention to lyrics or melodic variation, this album will kick butt.
This new, remixed version of Vapor Trails is indeed the next level of wonderful the band would have you believe it is, and the one fans have been clamoring for since its initial release.
The Phoenix sextet Jared & The Mill manages to be one of those rare outfits to stamp their distinctiveness, employing and expanding upon previously understated textures in Americana folk.