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Monday, January 19 2015

Various Artists: All Your Friend’s Friends

Putting the lie to the idea that all underground rap is good (or about something).


Spandau Ballet: The Story: The Very Best Of

The Story is a strong collection from a classic British '80s pop band. New subscribers could sign up here, but anyone with a passing acquaintance will find nothing new.


Kayo Dot: Coffins on Io

The avant-metal band's latest album: traveling in one big loop.


Friday, January 16 2015

The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Although this isn’t the Decemberists’ best album, it’s a breathtaking effort that maintains everything that makes them so one-of-a-kind and vital.


Big Star: Live in Memphis

Live in Memphis is ultimately unassuming but effective, an honest account of Big Star's mid-'90s chapter and a reminder of the group's considerable talent and charms.


Eminem and Various Artists: SHADYXV

Shady Records compilation celebrating 15 years of the label; one disc of new material plus one "greatest hits" CD.


Trip Lee: Rise

With prudent messaging, excellent delivery, and slick production, there are plenty of reasons to smile while listening to Rise.


Thursday, January 15 2015

Jon Hassell and Brian Eno: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics

It doesn't matter who played or who produced. It doesn't matter if it's "classical" or "ambient". And it certainly doesn't matter that it was released in 1980. Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics is still an album unlike any other.


Fugazi: First Demo

First Demo proves what fans have long known, that Fugazi was brashly confident and fully formed from day one.


Rick Ross: Hood Billionaire

Rick Ross' second album of 2014 might've better served his fans as a mixtape but if you wanted more of exactly what you'd expect from him, here it is.


Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company

Tenth anniversary re-release for Ray Charles’ last album Genius Loves Company; glossy AOR and superstar duets.


Mathias Kunzli: Playground

Playground is a happy reminder that now remains the time, as always, to hear our world from a fresh perspective.


Wednesday, January 14 2015

Guster: Evermotion

Guster takes a leap forward while remembering what makes them a strong band, working the best of then and now into Evermotion.


Sun Kil Moon: Third and Seneca EP

Sun Kil Moon closed 2014 with a quiet and unassuming reissue.


Adrian Legg: Dead Bankers

In the hands of Adrian Legg, the guitar's limitations melt away, and in his mind, the music flourishes.


Sid Griffin: The Trick Is to Breathe

As one would expect, the best stories make the best songs. There’s the lovely “Elvis Presley Calls His Mother After the Ed Sullivan Show”, where the King’s legendary love for his Mama shows itself in all its sweetness.


The Legendary Pink Dots: 12 Steps Off the Path

A compilation that highlights all things Legendary Pink Dots. It’s dark and filled with esoteric mystique, it’s loud, it’s psychedelic, it’s synthy, it’s gothy, and it’s still more thrilling today than many of the most hotly praised albums of the year.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Pushing into a more electronic realm, the prolific Animal Collective member rips through his own conventions on his latest solo effort.


The Pop Group: We Are Time / Cabinet of Curiosities

The legendary English post-punk band's live and rare tracks fill out their legacy and unravel bits of their mystery. They're also raw, wild and challenging.


Tetherball: Whimsy

Entertaining '90s geek-rock throwback features off-kilter but catchy guitar riffs and songs about Wile E. Coyote and Absinthe-fueled trips to outer space.


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