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Thursday, September 11 2014

Rich Aucoin: Ephemeral

This is a celebratory affair from start to finish, and constructed in such a way as to put a big grin on your face.


Robyn Hitchcock: The Man Upstairs

The Man Upstairs is a beguiling diversion for Hitchcock, one devoid of any mystery or humor.


Durutti Column: Chronicle XL

Seemingly on the verge of death not long ago, Vini Reilly re-emerges with a timely, often gorgeous reminder of why he is among the greatest guitarists of his generation.


Wednesday, September 10 2014

Sloan: Commonwealth

Sloan changes things by giving each member a side of a double-vinyl record. It works.


Avi Buffalo: At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo settle for a sleeker, cleaner set of psychedelic folk on the follow-up to their more compelling 2010 debut.


Orlando Julius and the Heliocentrics: Jaiyede Afro

Forty-plus years on, Afro-beat master Orlando Julius is still gettin' it done.


The Wytches: Annabel Dream Reader

Any anticipatory pleasure to be derived from the pain detailed on Annabel Dream Reader is numbed by its own flogging tedium.


Loudon Wainwright III: Haven’t Got the Blues (Yet) - take 2

He tells you about a "Brand New Dance" that’s sweeping the nation. The craze is just getting out of bed, standing up, and confronting death. He's not just being funny


Tuesday, September 9 2014

Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams

Somebody call 911! Ryan Adams is on fire!


Busdriver: Perfect Hair

Just when you thought hip-hop couldn't get weirder...


Eamon McGrath: Exile

Exile proves that McGrath deserves something more: a rabid following of many devotees who sing along with every pointed word and buy his albums with no reservations.


Rustie: Green Language

Rustie continues his go big or go home mission statement, for better and worse.


Neil Diamond: All-Time Greatest Hits

Its similarities to 2011's Very Best differ only by three songs -- but excising his Rubin-produced songs for some '70s schmaltz will make you say "Play Me" to this comp.


Jon Langford and Skull Orchard: Here Be Monsters

Those that didn’t enjoy Skull Orchard before won’t be won over, but it doesn’t change the fact that those naysayers have conspicuously terrible taste.


Monday, September 8 2014

Interpol: El Pintor

Interpol return with confidence on El Pintor, a record that may satisfy even Turn on the Bright Lights devotees.


Loudon Wainwright III: Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet)

With Haven’t Got The Blues (Yet), Loudon Wainwright III works to a singing observational comic, heavy on the observations, light on the comedy.


Cookies: Music for Touching

Once you’re finished with this round, you’ll definitely want seconds.


Ashrae Fax: Never Really Been Into It

Re-recorded from old snippets, this new Ashrae Fax set is more self-assured than the band's debut, Static Crash!, though you might sometimes miss the nervous energy of that first album.


Soulja Boy: King Soulja 3

Soulja Boy's latest offering is a fairly vanilla addition to the trap genre, with few highlights to make it a worthwhile listen.


smallgang: San

The main discriminant between a bluff and the worthwhile is quality, and smallgang have plenty of it.


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