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Monday, January 26 2015

Björk: Vulnicura (Take 1)

Björk's devastating ninth album Vulnicura, brutally chronicles the dissolution of her relationship with longtime partner, avant-garde NY filmmaker and sculptor Matthew Barney.


Björk: Vulnicura (Take 2)

By escaping from her grandiose visions to dwell in her own head, Björk has made a stark and overwhelming record that proves she still has an abundance of ideas to explore, even at a detriment to herself.


Jan St. Werner: Miscontinuum Album

Jan St.Werner's huge, vibrant Miscontinuum Album is spellbinding -- and could use fewer guests.


Chris Hickey: Love Away

Intimations of mortality echo throughout this fifth solo release from the contemplative Los Angeles singer-songwriter, formerly of Uma and Show of Hands.


Friday, January 23 2015

Mark Ronson: Uptown Special

This uptown ain't so special; honestly, you're better off staying downtown.


Various Artists: Millions Like Us: The Story of the Mod Revival 1977-1989

The resurgent mod scene of the late 1970s gets its due.


Fall Out Boy: American Beauty / American Psycho

Fall Out Boy version II makes a bid for the continued evolution of their sound. A mostly entertaining work emerges from this creative maelstrom.


Pugwash: A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through the History of Pugwash…

It's high time that Pugwash and America got acquainted.


Thursday, January 22 2015

Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor

Marilyn Manson's new album experiments with dark blues and alt-country, but it fails to become truly memorable considering the risks each song avoids.


Diplo: F10rida

Before becoming the go-to pop music Midas for the likes of M.I.A., Usher, and Madonna, Diplo tried damn hard to be DJ Shadow, and surprisingly, wasn't half-bad at it.


Willie Nile: If I Was a River

The answer to the album title’s rhetorical question is self-evident--Nile is the river with all the rich suggestiveness that reference implies.


Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom

A relaxed but interesting tribute to tenor sax giants Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young from one of today's most eloquent players.


Echobelly: Everyone’s Got One / On

Debut and follow-up albums from Echobelly re-released in expanded editions with b-sides, radio sessions and live material.


Wednesday, January 21 2015

Joey Bada$$: B4.DA.$$

Every genre has its retro-revivalists, but the ones that matter are those that inhabit the role and breathe a new gust of wind through comforting styles. Enter Joey Bada$$.


Viet Cong: Viet Cong

There may not be much new to say on the subject of death, but with their self-titled debut Viet Cong offer up an evocative contention with the grim reaper.


The Sharp Things: Adventurer’s Inn

A band at the peak of its career, one which appears to be happily unsatisfied, yet chronically inspired by melancholy.


Cut Hands: Festival of the Dead

Power electronics pioneer William Bennett continues his exploration of African and Haitian percussion as Cut Hands releases its third santeria and vaudou-themed album


Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet

The odd thing is that Chambers plays American roots music. She's considered Country in Oz, but she shares little in common with the Nashville stars of today.


Tuesday, January 20 2015

Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love

The alternative rock band's first record in a decade exceeds all expectations of what a reunion album should sound like by not sounding like a reunion album at all.


Paul Kelly Presents: The Merri Soul Sessions

Australian collective brings home The Merri Soul Sessions, 11 tracks of fine modern soul music.


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