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Monday, October 27 2014

Port Juvee: Revenge EP

Port Juvee is Canada's version of the Strokes. Say what you will.


Friday, October 24 2014

Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)

This mammoth edition of a truly classic album is worth it for fans for the wealth of material and insight into the choices involved in its creation.


The Aislers Set: Terrible Things Happen and The Last Match

Many of the Aislers Set's moods prefer melancholy. They mass classic pop and post-punk behind a yearning woman's small, echoed voice that demands attention.


Jazzateers: Don’t Let Your Son Grow Up to Be a Cowboy: Unreleased Recordings 1981-82

Cherry Red Records affords these Scottish jangle-poppers and perennial underdogs a second chance some 30 years later with an odds and sods collection of demos, aborted singles and an unreleased album.


The Posies: Failure

Over two decades on, Failure remains a rewarding listen, steeped in its time yet sweetly out of place.


High Ends: Super Class

This is a record to be entertained by, nothing more or nothing less.


Tre Mission: Stigmata

Tre Mission proves nonconformity pays off on debut Stigmata.


Thursday, October 23 2014

Allo Darlin’: We Come From the Same Place

On their third album, Allo Darlin’ turn down the twee ever-so-slightly to craft a less precious, more grown-up version of that at which they’ve excelled over their previous releases.


Primus: And the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble

Primus covers Willy Wonka, playing up your fuzzy memories of the film's dark heart while subverting the original arrangements.


Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.


CAVE: Release

This collection of the Chicago psych rock band's previously released non-album tracks adds up to more than the usual rarities compilation.


Sam Amidon: Lily-O

Singer, guitarist, fiddler, banjo player, Sam Amidon's sixth album is a patchwork of delights.


Walter Salas-Humara: Curve and Shake

Another collection of evocative songs, deceptive in their carefully woven simplicity.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

Jessie Ware: Tough Love

Jessie Ware supplies more late-night soul on her sophomore effort, an album that finds her subtly expanding her much-lauded R&B sound.


Stars: No One Is Lost

No One Is Lost is undoubtedly a fun album, but it very much gets lost in its own narrative.


Diana Krall: Wallflower

The jazz singer tackles a set of boomer pop "standards", kind of like she was the Perry Como of her generation, and sounds plastic doing it.


Inter Arma: The Cavern EP

“The Cavern”, the one 45-minute song that makes up this EP, is truly worthy of the word “epic” and is a welcome addition to the pantheon of metal music.


Julian Casablancas + The Voidz: Tyranny

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz get weird on Tyranny, but weird doesn't automatically mean quality.


Weedeater: ...And Justice for Y’all

Thirteen years on this seemingly-derivative piece of sludge metal differentiates itself from less interesting acts with one thing: pure sonic filth.


Tuesday, October 21 2014

Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio

Phantom Radio is the quintessential Mark Lanegan album, both a great starting point for those uninitiated to his world and a document that the most devoted members of his cult fanbase will cherish as one of his best.


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