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Tuesday, November 11 2014

Mark Kozelek: Sings Christmas Carols

For those ready to consider the the real meaning of Christmas rather than the crass commercial aspect, this is the holiday record for you.


Close Talker: Flux

Deftly penchant, heart rending, and thoughtful, Close Talker is certainly a band worth chatting about.


Darius Jones: The Oversoul Manual

Jazz saxophonist Darius Jones has composed before, but you’ve never heard him make anything like this.


The Bluebells: Exile on Twee Street

This was no doubt created for fans, but it serves as a decent introduction to the band's music anyway.


Monday, November 10 2014

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste

After endless delays, the New York rapper finally drops her first album, a postmodern pop epic that aims to make an impression rather than please.


Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything

Jóhann Jóhannsson evokes the sound of space and time falling in love together... in the '60s.


Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

Philip Selway's Weatherhouse is a somewhat more confident-sounding album from a songwriter no longer saddled with the weight of first impressions.


T.I.: Paperwork

Paperwork is an album that doesn't have to be long to be expansive, but it's stuffed full of songs anyway. If you sift through them, you'll find some great moments, though, ones that suggest T.I.'s best days may not all be behind him.


Matt Ulery: In the Ivory

This album is an ingenious and utterly natural blend of classical chamber music, jazz, and pop song craft that is a beautiful blend of what’s possible in today’s boundary-less musical world.


Alina Ibragimova and Steven Osborne: Prokofiev: Violin Sonatas / Five Melodies

Prokofiev's only two violin sonatas get the reading of a lifetime.


Mavis Staples: New York - 4 November 2014

Age has slowed her a bit, but at 75, the gospel great delivers


Friday, November 7 2014

Dean Blunt: Black Metal

Musical chameleon continues to defy easy classification with his latest, the misleadingly titled Black Metal.


Annie Lennox: Nostalgia

Listening to her latest album and hearing the delightfully brassy version of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo”, it's hard not to wish she'd done an entire recording of gritty blues covers.


Gruff Rhys: American Interior

American Interior certainly sounds like the most ambitious Rhys project since he belonged in a bigger band.


Oozing Wound: Earth Suck

Oozing Wound are bigger and badder on their sophomore effort, Earth Suck, which definitely has a spot among the best metal of 2014.


Lisa LeBlanc: Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted EP

LeBlanc's brand of music has been dubbed by publicity as being "folk-trash", and that’s a fairly apt descriptor, but her style owes quite a bit to bluegrass and just as much to the frenetic energy of punk rock.


Nicholas Payton: Numbers

A kind of concept album that places a void at the center of black American music, a void for you to fill.


Thursday, November 6 2014

Ani DiFranco: Allergic to Water

Allergic to Water, Ani DiFranco's 18th album, lacks the political engagement and sharply hewn wit that distinguished her earlier work.


Grouper: Ruins

It’s as if she took a previous Grouper album and stripped everything away, down to the bones, down to dust.


Lagwagon: Hang

Nine years after the band's last full-length, Lagwagon returns with Hang, another impressively complex and yet tuneful turn from a band that has long been one of the most surprising punk acts working.


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