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Monday, December 15 2014

Annette Peacock: I Belong to a World That’s Destroying Itself

Legendary music artist Annette Peacock fuses blues, rock, jazz and poetry on her once rare 1969 debut, finally reissued by Ironic Records.


Friday, December 12 2014

J. Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

With 2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole relies on on stimulating emotions by telling instead of evoking emotion by showing.


Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes

Philip Glass' collection of 20 etudes, written over a span of 19 years, is given a moving performance by the virtuosic pianist Maki Namekawa.


Maggie Björklund: Shaken

A soporific lullaby of the heart and mind, Björklund’s Shaken puts to bed any misconception of how a Danish artist should sound.


The Dead Milkmen: Pretty Music for Pretty People

Pretty Music for Pretty People is fun. Fortunately, that's not the only thing going for it.


Ratos de Porão : Século Sinistro

Brazilian thrash veterans Ratos de Porão's first offering in eight years is certainly nothing worth dancing over.


Automat: Automat

In an ideal world, Automat is what industrial music would have grown into, something which acknowledges the roads its founding members paved without imitating them in the process.


Thursday, December 11 2014

Madeleine Peyroux: Keep Me in Your Heart Awhile: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux

Choosing the busker over the diva role, Madeleine Peyroux’s eclectic 20-year career is highlighted on this collection of jazz vocal non-standards.


Little Dragon: Best Of

Best Of only offers a truncated, abridged version of three quality records that, ironically, misses out on much of the Swedish synthpop band's best music.


Jonathan Richman: No Me Quejo De Mi Estrella

Has Jonathan Richman reached the point in his career where the only people who buy his new albums have been fans of his for 20 years?


Abysmal Dawn: Obsolescence

If you bemoan the fact that the metal genre is getting more and more unlistenable due to groups trying to push beyond music into something else entirely, then this will fit the bill.


Smashing Pumpkins: Monuments to an Elegy

Meet the new Smashing Pumpkins, gradually distancing themselves from the old Smashing Pumpkins.


Frank Sinatra: London

Sinatra box-set with re-mastered studio album Sinatra Sings Great Songs From Great Britain and a wealth of British extras.


Wednesday, December 10 2014

David Bowie: Nothing Has Changed

Nothing Has Changed, despite the exact nature of its target demographic being up for debate, remains a thrilling go-to for the semi-casual Thin White Duke observer, and is about as damn close to perfect as a Bowie anthology can get.


Lloyd Cole: Standards

Lloyd Cole’s Standards is literate and engaging, with pop music hooks deserving of attention.


Robbie Basho: Art of the Acoustic Steel String 6 & 12

This reissue of Robbie Bahso's 1979 album feels more like a conversation between him and his guitar about larger Western spaces.


Teyana Taylor: VII

Though she doesn’t break new ground, Teyana Taylor delivers an enjoyable contemporary R&B album capturing the ups and downs of love.


Various Artists: New Orleans Soul: The Original Sound of New Orleans Soul 1960-76

The Big Easy creations are grounded in luv, pronounced with a long sultry dipthong, doing somebody wrong for the right reasons and instrumental arrangements dipped in the sweat of sex.


The American Analog Set: Know by Heart (Reissue)

They could have been contenders; they probably should have been. But ultimately the peak of this band's hushed, precise, nuanced indie rock might have been a bit too twisty to catch on.


Tuesday, December 9 2014

Cracker: Berkeley to Bakersfield

The stylish conceptual double album Berkeley to Bakersfield travels fast across California, spanning garage rock to Americana.


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