Monday, November 25 2013
Time capsules from the golden age of Chicago house. Some of these tracks have aged better than others.
Friday, November 22 2013
A great band releases a set of carbon-copy versions of great songs to mark the beginning of their third decade. Confusingly, it's about as good as it is inessential.
Experience the dark and rumbling corners of today's innovative sounds from Planet Mu.
Forever Becoming is an apt title for the Chicago-based post-metal outfit Pelican, who despite significant name recognition and years of experience is still struggling to come to its own.
The greatest band to ever come out of Rugby, England, sees their first three albums rereleased on vinyl, sounding just as powerful and distinctive as ever.
TV Ghost continue their evolution on Disconnect with better production and more sophisticated arrangements.
Here is the Matt Mitchell / Ches Smith Duo: piano and percussion in a banging set of patterns that rivet and hypnotize.
Thursday, November 21 2013
This is new age music before it became a commodity, before it evolved into aural wallpaper and background music. When it was the domain of outsider artists, eccentrics and experimentalists.
The stygian, genre non-conforming hybrid of black metal and punk on Cara Neir's latest makes for a hard-to-pigeonhole, easy-to-love album that might just be the best metal record put out all year.
Eminem's revisitation to his most accomplished album is a recipe for disaster that somehow turns into a pleasant surprise worthy of being called a sequel.
In 1993, Lenny Kravitz released his finest record, Are You Gonna Go My Way. On its 20th anniversary, a deluxe edition has arrived that nearly buries that achievement under the weight of a mass of minimally interesting material.
Dexys' first album in 27 years highlights the mercurial talents of Kevin Rowland and bandmates on this suburb album of love, loathing and confession.
Braids drop the guitars, get a little house-y and cut another great compilation of indie rock trends.
Wednesday, November 20 2013
Bottle Rockets and The Brooklyn Side offer a welcome addition to the alt-country pantheon and still hold up as generally great, if slightly flawed, albums.
Nobody wants to walk out of a rave and into a damn crystals shop. Yet in more than one instance, this Brighton producer insists on taking us there on this truncated follow-up to last year’s compelling Nebula Dance.
Melodic structure and concessions to accessibility are abandoned in favor of an approach to playing focusing on textures and impressions.
Those who love Jon Hopkins’ stellar 2013 release Immunity will find a lot to love in his work for the film How I Live Now, which brings together spare piano chords with textural ambient and noise backgrounds to a Malick-esque effect.
Ginnungagap, the latest album from doom and death merchant Seidr, is an utterly beautiful and brutal flight through the stars.
Two decades long, Andre Nickatina's career appears to be little more than a victory lap gone too long at this point.
Tuesday, November 19 2013
This album isn't really a rock opera. This is rock architecture. The kind where nothing ever gets finished, but how the structures tilt or fold in on themselves is where the amazement lies.