That 'p' word is arguably false advertising — most of this stuff is fairly conventional South American salsa or cumbian dance music, just with some fuzzed-out guitar. Doesn't mean you won't still dance like hell to it.
23 May 2013
Talented Colorado bluesman once again overrates his voice and underrates his instrumental texturing. To say that the depth of lyrical commentary here centers on the treatment of Native Americans only extends to the cover photo would be wrong, but it's depressingly not far off.
21 Feb 2013
Late-night radio DJs looking for some cool playlist filling, your prayers have been answered. This stuff, ladies and gentlemen, is known as 'The Shit'.
26 Jul 2012
This young Bay Area soul combo recorded an hour's worth of material in the early '70s, none of which have been available on CD until now. Nothing mind-blowing, but anything that gives us a fuller picture of funk's evolution is most welcome.
25 Jan 2012
Today we presented our Best 75 Songs of 2011. Here are several more just bubbling under the top 75...
05 Dec 2011
The first two albums by the Portuguese guitar maestro -- and maestro of the Portuguese guitar -- are re-issued by Drag City. If Vivaldi ever created anything this hauntingly, violently sensual, he kept it to himself.
01 Dec 2011
Moncrief helped produce the Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, but on his debut album he generally gives a less-melodic, more emotionally neutral take on Grizzly Bear. Cohesive it ain't, but some of the archness is transient enough to make for an engaging catch-yourself record. Good Halloween listen.
21 Nov 2011
2011's Spector re-packaging continues with 35 songs of varying profundity, most of which will turn 50 in the next couple of years if they haven't already. Whatever. To the kids, it'll all sound like West Side Story anyway.
07 Nov 2011
The idiosyncratic Herbert completes his "One" trilogy with an album charting the life of a pig. Occasionally clinical but never gimmicky or exploitative, it's a thoughtful examination of our own consumption at a time when consumption has become something of a pivotal issue. Eccentrics rejoice!
03 Nov 2011
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