Wednesday, December 11 2013
If the walking dead could dance, this is the music they would dance to.
There's no reason not to pick this one up if you’re looking for a tight compilation of recent music from one of the greats. As a document of a transitional period in Yoakam’s lengthy career, it works well.
Hilary Hahn is out to boost the violin vocabulary. Thanks to her commissioning effort, here are 27 short pieces you never heard before.
The rundown of classic albums from 1988 is astounding. 1988 also marked the debut of EPMD. Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith stepped into an arena already filled with other would-be greats and staked their own claim with Strictly Business.
If you aren't familiar with Bay Area Salsa music, then prepare to be boarded.
Tuesday, December 10 2013
Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones team up to tackle the Everly Brothers. Yes, you read that right. So how does it all sound anyway?
Aims is sonically lush, adventurous, rhythmic, and sometimes beautiful, but Teng's often didactic and high-minded lyrics demand an awful lot of you.
In Tor Lundvall's world, art reflects art. His painting and his music merge into one cloud of melancholy.
Volume 3 of a series of cover albums tackles the '80s, and is a job well done.
Reckless Kelly's eighth album opens strong, closes strong, and sags just a bit in the middle. But this is a good album from a veteran band.
Monday, December 9 2013
You'd think we'd run out of fresh things to find in Pollard's music by now, but Blazing Gentlemen assures us that not only is that hunt still on, but it's also still satisfying.
This album of two friends doing the songs they want to play the way they want to play them can be much fun and even the low and slow moments are often saved by Susanna Hoffs's voice, which sounds better than ever.
Possession’s demonic urge to summon the masters of the archaic arts on His Best Deceit, yet instil the enthusiastic energy a demo should hold, is striking in its execution.
"I risked my neck to serve my country and all I have are these bizarre nightmares."
Derülo hits enough jump shots on Tattoos to make it a winner.
Friday, December 6 2013
Placed back to back in this collection, Davis's late '50s and early '60s albums reveal a man coming fully into his powers as a band leader, a composer, and a trumpet player while still remaining restless.
An incredible document that shows us a subgenre that was just too weird, too unique, and too damn funky to be forgotten by time.
The debut solo release from the indie rock legend finds him both at peace with his legacy and determined to blaze a new path.
First album in four years from the German producer. Is it too early for retro deep house?
The Bad Plus drummer takes another swipe with his new band and hits the sweet spot for modern roots jazz.