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Tuesday, November 18 2014

Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair

A 1985 bestseller re-issue which fails miserably to stand the test of time to put it mildly.


Calvin Harris: Motion

With Motion, Calvin Harris delivers a pleasant album, not without flaws.


Greensky Bluegrass: If Sorrows Swim

Some interesting questions, and some worthy answers from bluegrass country rockers Greensky.


Monday, November 17 2014

Wilco: Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014

Alpha Mike Foxtrot's 77 tracks suggest that Wilco didn't have an experimental period. Instead, we see Wilco as an ever-changing, constant experiment in and of itself.


Buzzcocks: The Way

This leans towards hard rock rather than punk, back to the type of music prevalent when punk burst out, and which after all most punks grew up hearing.


Arca: Xen

Arca invites you to come along for the ride into the netherworld of the self, and those who do may feel alternately exhausted and exhilarated.


The Jazz June: After the Earthquake

The Jazz June’s first new album in a dozen years is one of the most surprising developments so far in the unlikely second life of second-generation emo.


Steve Aoki: Neon Future I

This collection of songs are serviceable tracks that would fit well on any EDM-lovers playlist, but it lacks a certain something: experimentation.


Roll the Dice: Until Silence

The Swedish duo explores the protagonist's journey through the post-war torn landscape in a soundtrack for an imaginary film.


Friday, November 14 2014

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica

Big K.R.I.T.'s second major label debut continues his reign of dominance as he claims the role as "King of the South".


Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love to London

Now in the 50th year of her career, Faithfull delivers a vibrant, haunted and haunting set of songs that look to the past and the future.


iamamiwhoami: blue

blue isn't only the most satisfying record in this collective's discography; it's also one of the best albums released this year.


Kevin Drumm: Wrong Intersection

As Kevin Drumm steers you through the Wrong Intersection, you can't help but get the feeling that that's where he belongs.


Frank Kimbrough: Quartet

A beautifully balanced group, including Steve Wilson on saxophones, Jay Anderson on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.


Zion80: Adramelech: Book of Angels Volume 22

There’s nothing not to recommend about this release, which offers further evidence that virtually everything Jon Madof touches turns to sonic gold.


Thursday, November 13 2014

Röyksopp: The Inevitable End

Röyksopp are officially saying au revoir to the “traditional album format” with The Inevitable End, but they are definitely not disbanding anytime soon.


Deerhoof: La Isla Bonita

Deerhoof's 12th album channels the band's musical chops toward sharp political critique while retaining moments of whimsical release.


Serengeti: Kenny Dennis III

The law of diminishing returns has begun to catch up with Seregenti's sketch-like Kenny Dennis persona on this, his fourth dedicated release.


The Hollies: 50 at Fifty

The Hollies have been better represented on other collections and this anniversary collection contains little new. But their '60s pop virtuosity is still something to be treasured.


Scarred But Smarter: The Life ‘n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

An excellent documentary of a deserving band. Thirty years down a long road, the band is still driving with tears in their eyes and telling stories worth hearing.


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