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Tuesday, April 1 2014

The Belle Brigade: Just Because

Backboned with lush layers and driven by dreamy rhythms, the brother-sister-led band takes on a slightly darker indie edge.


Archie Shepp / Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

More than 40 years later, the saxophonist, activist, and free-jazz pioneer revisits his musical response to the Attica Prison uprising.


Monday, March 31 2014

Cloud Nothings: Here and Nowhere Else

On 2012's breakthrough Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' displayed a visceral, physical angst, focused on a series of anti-mantras. That album's great follow-up, Here and Nowhere Else, reveals the frantic mindset behind those calls to (in)action.


Glenn Tilbrook: Happy Ending

Quixotic (and that's just the name of the record label!) and plough-your-own-furrow he may be. But Glenn Tilbrook has the matchless quality to write a tune to his own enduring voice.


Koen Holtkamp: Motion

Holtkamp, of the duo Mountains, once again blurs the line between organic and electronic on Motion, an album that becomes a fascinating series of reversals and inversions.


Cheatahs: Cheatahs

While Cheatahs' self-titled debut might be in need of some streamlining, there are a few stunners hiding within this shoegaze release.


Dierks Bentley: Riser

A stripped down version of this overwrought and over-weighted album could have provided a way out of Nashville's doldrums.


Friday, March 28 2014

Miles Davis: Miles at the Fillmore - Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

Recorded just months after Bitches Brew and available in their entirely for the first time, these sets show that if Davis was a mad scientist in the studio, he was still a sorcerer on stage.


Shit Robot: We Got a Love

The DFA producer is weighed down by his guests on his second album.


Danilo Perez: Panama 500

The astonishing pianist brings out two different trios, some strings, percussion, and native Panamanian chant to celebrate the anniversary of his homeland.


Milagres: Violent Light

There's a lot of beauty on the second album by this Brooklyn band, but the songs suffer from a museum-like coldness.


Uncle Tupelo: No Depression

If you care a thing for rock ‘n’ roll, country, or American music in general, No Depression is simply essential.


Thursday, March 27 2014

Mr Little Jeans: Pocketknife

Easily one of the best albums of the year thus far, few debut records brush up against perfection as effortlessly as Mr Little Jeans’ Pocketknife.


Howler: World of Joy

"Hey Howler, what are you rebelling against?" "What a-ya got?"


September Girls: Cursing the Sea

Yet another fuzzy "Girls" group shows on their debut album that they can hold their own.


Party Dolls: Love Wars Baby

Drew Beskin turns heartbreak into an album of hugely enjoyable songs.


Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe: New Ammo

The group has been gelling again over the past two years and the results are evident here with a mix of fresh new tunes and a handful of sharp covers.


Wednesday, March 26 2014

Jimi Goodwin: Odludek

The singer/bassist for British indie-rock anthemists Doves catches the sun on his first solo album, a warm, eye-opening affair.


Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars

For all of its faults, this album speaks to the variety of Cash's immense body of work in a way that the much-celebrated Rick Rubin recordings simply do not.


Big Scary: Not Art

Big Scary continues their musical pastiche adventure, employing Iansek's raspy falsetto, minimalist drum lines and inventive, affecting piano interludes to create a compact work of commendable ingenuity


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