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Friday, July 11 2014

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto 50th Anniversary

The seminal bossa-nova record for American audiences still sounds perfect.


Chicago: Now (Chicago XXXVI)

Now (Chicago XXXVI) will likely make moms across the land swoon, and that’s pretty much all you can ask from Chicago by this point.


Mick Harvey: Intoxicated Man / Pink Elephants

They are Serge Gainsbourg's songs, but it's Harvey’s show, and he does a fine job as frontman throughout.


Say Hi: Endless Wonder

Watching Eric Elbogen's career has been like watching a turtle come out its shell in slow motion, and Endless Wonder is perhaps Say Hi's most fully realized album to date.


Black Prairie: Fortune

A mixed bag from Portland's folk-rock superstars.


Thursday, July 10 2014

The Clientele: Suburban Light (Reissue)

The Clientele were one of the greatest triumphs of the fickle aughts, and also one of the most overlooked successes of indie pop.


The Skygreen Leopards: Family Crimes

Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson took a straight ahead approach to making their latest, a record infused with immediate charm making its 33-minute running time feel breezy, even effortless.


Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden: Last Dance

Two masters play mostly love songs as if the night were coming to a close.


Bidiniband: The Motherland

The Motherland shows that, at the age of 50, Dave Bidini shows no signs of slowing, and we can all celebrate the fact that he’s still making music.


Kris Delmhorst: Blood Test

Kris Delmhorst aims for a mature, minimalistic style on her seventh studio album Blood Test, a move which ultimately lacks punch and floats by in a puff of nothingness.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Boris: Noise

This is probably Boris’ most accessible record to date and the overall feeling is that it has, once again, managed to mould its inspiration while remaining quintessentially "Boris".


James: La Petite Mort

Tim Booth lost his mother and a friend. His band's aesthetic betrays his grief. But it all somehow comes out alright.


Paul Weller: More Modern Classics

No collection could do justice to some of the diverse paths which Paul Weller has pursued over the last decade.


Ruthann Friedman: Chinatown

If this was the last day on Earth, Friedman would still go out and greet friends and celebrate the moment rather than cry in despair.


Nikki Lane: All Or Nothin’

Tough and yet tender, sexy and yet seductive, All of Nothin’ appeals to all of your good senses, and it is a wonderful testament of an artist who is very quickly coming into her own.


Tuesday, July 8 2014

Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear

What happens when one of the most successful and prolific songwriters of the past few years decides to return to the career that debilitated her emotionally and physically?


Tombs: Savage Gold

Savage Gold proves extreme metal to be a race to the bottom that no one wins.


A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent

This wholly unique dream-pop band returns with an album that takes their ambient, dreamy sound to new and interesting places.


White Sea: In Cold Blood

Before this night is through, White Sea wants to do real bad things with you.


The Everymen: Givin’ Up on Free Jazz

While it sometimes sticks too close to home, most of Givin' Up on Free Jazz is an open and welcome invitation to join the band there and get lost in the feeling of good rock 'n roll.


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