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Wednesday, June 18 2014

Hank Williams: The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Recorded live in the same Nashville studio where Williams made his records, these tracks separate the singer’s mournful vocals just enough from their backing to echo the eerie, unmoored loneliness of the lyrics.


Wovenhand: Refractory Obdurate

Wovenhand's central sound remains, but it's expressed through something heavier and, if not more manic, maybe a little broader.


Dan Weiss: Fourteen

A jazz drummer creates elaborate compositional structures that pulse with rhythm, yes, but also generate thrills through arrangement, layering, and the sheer power of sound.


Hidden Cameras: Age

A melancholy estrangement from previous work, suggesting a kind of collapse.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

The Antlers: Familiars

Familiars is perhaps the Antlers’ most affirmative release, but it's also their most complex to date, filled with moments of profundity and reflection.


R.E.M.: Complete Rarities - Warner Bros. 1988-2011

R.E.M. finally follow up Dead Letter Office with the orphaned Warner Bros. tracks. Prepared to be overwhelmed.


Lower: Seek Warmer Climes

There is room for growth on Seek Warmer Climes, but Copenhagen's Lower still presents itself here as an exciting and volatile act on its debut.


House of Hats: This Love

With cross-cutting vocal harmonies and menacing purity, This Love is a cohesive statement by a band that is a welcomed voice in a genre of acoustic clutter.


The Whigs: Modern Creation

This is the kind of record, if not to take in the car with you, then to listen to on a Friday afternoon, knocking back a few beers after a long week’s worth of work.


Monday, June 16 2014

Lana Del Rey: Ultraviolence

Occasionally uninspired lyrical content aside, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence is a beautiful argument for her relevance and her potential longevity.


R.E.M.: Complete Rarities - I.R.S. 1982-1987

The legendary band allocates the oddities of their underdog years, shining a light on the scrappier side of R.E.M.


Sumo Cyco: Lost in Cyco City

Lost in Cyco City, aside from a theatrical and cheesy intro to opening track "The Ugly" is basically an album that is mostly killer, with little filler.


Marc Ribot Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard

The "downtown" guitarist works at the white-hot center of the jazz tradition in this swinging, out, tender, essential live recording from the jazz basement of legend.


Thee Oh Sees: Drop

Thee Oh Sees made a studio album. It's different in the right way.


Menace: Impact Velocity

Your new soundtrack to feeling sorry for yourself.


Friday, June 13 2014

Anathema: distant satellites

In light of the major achievement that is 2012's Weather Systems and 2013's live album Universal, distant satellites feels minor in comparison. But this is still Anathema, so bring some tissues.


Lee Fields and the Expressions: Emma Jean

With Emma Jean, Lee Fields and the Expressions deliver their best release yet, giving a master class in retro-soul that sets the bar very high for their like-minded contemporaries.


Tigers Jaw: Charmer

Adding new textures and the vocal talents of Brianna Collins, Tigers Jaw does the impossible, and that is evolve without leaving anything behind.


Dawn Golden: Still Life

This is quite enjoyable on its own terms, so long as you don’t mind the odd copycat moment or the fact that this moves at the speed of a car stuck in neutral.


Billie Holiday:The Essential Brunswick Collection

Fans and critics consider the music on these three discs, dated from 1935 to 1939 when she first signed to Brunswick Records, the cream of Holiday’s recordings.


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