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Tuesday, October 7 2014

Godflesh: A World Lit Only By Fire

This album's title may suggest that the world is lit only by fire, but Godflesh celebrates the darkness of today to confounding effect.


Laetitia Sadier: Something Shines

The Stereolab songstress brings us an album of familiar themes that pushes her latest chapter into deeper territory and works to correct the missteps of 2012’s Silencio.


Mecca Normal: Empathy for the Evil

Mecca Normal should find favor with fans from its mid-1990s K Records days with the astute Rorschach art rock of Empathy for the Evil.


Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek

Cheek to Cheek is a sound pairing between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, though not without flaws.


The Mastersons: Good Luck Charm

A testament to the power of love and commitment and one of the best Americana releases of the year.


Monday, October 6 2014

Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!

Flying Lotus makes his return with a concept album that is executed exceptionally well, making for arguably the greatest accomplishment in his career thus far.


Doug Seegers: Going Down to the River

A beautiful debut from a late-discovered master songwriter and country music craftsman.


Lewis & Clarke: Triumvirate

Triumvirate, Lewis & Clarke's first release in five years, is the kind of album that can transfix you, and if it's epic in its delivery, grand in its scope, it is still first and foremost intimate and inviting.


Martin Carr: The Breaks

The ex-Boo Radley finally gives us his sophomore solo album. And while it's pretty good, we can only hope that Martin Carr will someday reconnect with his musically reckless self.


Chuck D: The Black in Man

Chuck D unleashes a brief but vital onslaught of old-school fury; it just might be the gutpunch today's scene desperately needs.


Shintaro Sakamoto: Let’s Dance Raw

Banal and lifeless as anything, Sakamoto's Let's Dance Raw can't be bothered to make the listener care.


Friday, October 3 2014

Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (Deluxe Edition)

Oasis' Morning Glory still holds up, which can be attributed to the fact that albums with this level of cultural clout and collective popularity tend to help define the sounds of their era.


Big Star: #1 Record / Radio City

If you don’t have these two albums, your record collection has a massive hole.


Lia Ices: Ices

Lia Ices' third album is nothing short of folk style innovation.


Cabaret Voltaire: #7885 (Technopunk to Electropop 1978-1985)

For the first time, both sides of the post-punk/industrial/techno pioneers are collected in one place.


Locust Honey String Band: Never Let Me Cross Your Mind

A warm and emotional record, this is the product of the band's collective knowledge and lives steeped in music.


Mary Gauthier: Love & Trouble

Gauthier knows how to write and deliver a killer song. She uses a sharp knife to make one bleed with empathy.


Thursday, October 2 2014

The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore (Deluxe Edition)

The misunderstood Adore is an album that proved to be better appreciated than enjoyed, but endless amounts of bonus ephemera provides little revelations, a slog that only hardcore Corganistas should feel compelled to make.


Electric Youth: Innerworld

"This year... in a world... 'A Real Hero' will rise again! But this time it's not alone."


The Last Bison: VA

VA effectively charts a bold new course for the band that doesn't need to rely on folk rockers du jour.


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