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Thursday, December 4 2014

Nora Guthrie: My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town

An engrossing biographical travelogue that provides a unique perspective on both Woody Guthrie and a long lost New York City


The Fall: Live UUROP VIII-XII Places in Sun & Winter, Son

The Fall appear to be enjoying themselves now. But what about the rest of us?


Madlib: Pinata Beats

Pinata Beats is a humble title for an album that can stand alone, as its own experience. It stands out among instrumental versions of non-instrumental hip-hop albums in that regard.


Wednesday, December 3 2014

Pixies: Doolittle 25

It's been 25 years sinceDoolittle first screamed about slicing up eyeballs and the numerical properties of deities. Now, we live in wake of its seismic impact.


Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions

Genuine artistic growth or a cheap ploy to adhere to popular culture's latest trend in music?


Skydiggers: Angels

This Christmas album from a veteran Canadian roots rock group is not your standard album of holiday carols, which is a bold and courageous move.


Simple Minds: Big Music

Simple Minds have released their best studio album in possibly three decades, striking a beautiful balance of pop radiance and musical delicacy.


Mykki Blanco: Gay Dog Food

Gay Dog Food is a bold statement without a lot of substance, one that isn't even sure of its own meaning.


The Acid: Liminal

Mute Records continues to surprise with the latest signing of the Acid, a genre-bending super sound.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

AC/DC: Rock or Bust

More hard rock from those kings of heavy riffs, AC/DC; big on chorus, short on verse.


Two Inch Astronaut: Foulbrood

Foulbrood adeptly welds together Two Inch Astronaut's DC influences into ingenious structures.


Bette Midler: It’s the Girls!

With her latest release, the Divine Miss M takes on girl groups from the Andrews Sisters to TLC and a little bit of everything in between.


Jon Hopkins: Asleep Versions EP

Jon Hopkins' quasi-companion EP to last year's Mercury Prize-nominated Immunity is the audio equivalent of a warm blanket. Just in time for the Polar Vortex.


Peaking Lights: Cosmic Logic

The San Francisco duo imbue their lo-fi, psychedelic tendencies with pop songwriting and clearer production on the follow-up to 2012's Lucifer.


Haerts: Haerts

Haerts is an album, that although not awful, will have to find a way to stray a little bit from their tiresome formula to keep listeners interested.


Monday, December 1 2014

Leonard Cohen: Live in Dublin

So if you want the Leonard Cohen experience, but cannot afford the $100-plus tab for the ticket, this is the next best thing


Wayfarer: Children of the Iron Age

Children of the Iron Age is a sturdy, dependable release that weaves a tapestry of dark magic across its eight songs.


Paul McCartney and Wings: Wings at the Speed of Sound

The Wings album on which each member of the band sings and it really doesn't matter.


Greylag: Greylag

Like the band's namesake bird, Greylag follows rather than leads, traversing domesticated grounds and tested sounds of bands that have come before.


Winterpills: Echolalia

Echolalia, a covers record, finds the band revealing its influences while still shifting them into a Winterpills' sound. Songs here become both tributes and spaces for exploration.


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