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Monday, June 30 2014

Beverly: Careers

Beverly have created a distillation of the best of the ‘60s girl group sounds, garage rock, C86, early indie rock, and the girls with guitars revival of the last ten years or so.


Joe Henry: Invisible Hour

Lyrically dense and musically intimate, Invisible Hour, aims to be less a part of your hard drive and more a part of your record collection.


Malka Spigel: Gliding

Spigel gets a new band to play old songs. They not only sound new but, in some cases, completely different.


Thomas Dybdahl: What’s Left Is Forever

With a sound at once soft and serene but clear and vibrant, Thomas Dybdahl returns with What's Left Is Forever.


Friday, June 27 2014

Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (20th Anniversary Definitive Master)

Vauxhall and I has long been considered a pinnacle of Morrissey's solo work... is it still?


Soundgarden: Superunknown (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)

One incredibly long and worthy exploration into the inventive Soundgarden's biggest (and arguably most consistently satisfying) release.


Tiësto: A Town Called Paradise

Most of the material on Tiësto’s A Town Called Paradise sounds like a Pepsi commercial.


Life Without Buildings: Any Other City

A new reissue of the Glasgow band's only LP reveals a powerful and idiosyncratic method to their music


Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun: Gord Downie, the Sadies and the Conquering Sun

This will appeal to both the fans of Gord Downie and the Sadies, and possibly, quite possibly, everyone else who has yet to discover these two wonderful national Canadian treasures.


Thursday, June 26 2014

Various Artists: C86 (Deluxe 3CD Edition)

It was the compilation that has a subgenre named after it, here given no less than 50 bonus tracks. Was that necessary? No. Is it still a blast to get through? Hell yeah.


Jad Fair and Danielson: Solid Gold Heart

Anyone who listens to this record is in for a treat: an uplifting, life-affirming experience.


Steve Gunn & Mike Cooper: FRKWYS 11: Cantos de Lisboa

The latest FRKWYS collaboration is a fascinating musical conversation between musicians from two different generations of experimental music.


William Ryan Fritch: Leave Me Like You Found Me

The second installment of Fritch's "Leave Me Sessions Subscription Series" shows a breathtaking, cinematic composer and post-folk experimenter at the top of his game.


Seun Kuti and Egypt 80: A Long Way to the Beginning

This is a well-oiled, veteran operation, with a fiery leader capable of carrying the torch of Afrobeat to far borders and bringing the music to new heights.


White Hinterland: Baby

White Hinterland's whole existence seems to be balancing conflicting interests: to be abstract/direct, about feelings/ideas, of genre/not tied to any genre.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

Strand of Oaks: HEAL

With each album, Tim Showalter complicates our understanding of him and, really, of what we should expect from singer-songwriter records.


How to Dress Well: “What Is This Heart?”

The latest album from How to Dress Well sounds similar to his previous work, but doesn't have enough to keep it interesting the third time around.


Tijuana Panthers: Wayne Interest

Tijuana Panthers mix surf, garage, and punk rock to mostly great effect. Except when they rely on the same exact mix for a few too many songs.


Flashlights: Bummer Summer

On the band's sophomore record, Florida's Flashlights peel back on some of their their scrappy, crashing rock sound, exposing the complex pop sensibilities underneath and letting them carry the day. It's a risky shift, but one that paid off.


Ingrid Michaelson: Lights Out

Less a record than a highly calculated means to a bigger end, Lights Out is an attenuated statement of purpose to further develop the Michaelson brand.


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