Music

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Turn Blue by The Black Keys

At once timeless and brand new, this beautiful album invokes my favorite Pink Floyd (circa Dark Side of the Moon) and Neil Young (Down By the River), while being true to its own sensibilities. As is to be expected with The Black Keys, the drumming is stellar - spot on, crisp, and not overwrought at all.

...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin by The Roots

So much more than the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots have won Four Grammys (and been nominated for 12). This is their newest album, just released yesterday, May 19, 2014. Less than half the length of any of their previous studio albums, it contains an amazing diversity of voices and will reward repeated listenings.

Unrepentant Geraldines by Tori Amos

Released May 12, this is the first collection of original material from Tori since 2011's Night of the Hunters (not an album that caught my ear). Tori is now 50, looking back and bringing the mix of comfort and pain that is her calling card.

Desfado by Ana Moura

With a mix of Portuguese and English lyrics, Ana Moura's album "Desfado" puts a spin on traditional fado (see below), creating songs that have a jazzy, folk feel. Moura also covers Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" with a sweet, melodic voice that will instantly win you over. Check Our Catalog or simply Listen Now!

Morning Phase by Beck

One of the reasons Beck is beloved by critics is that he doesn't just put out warmed over versions of his "sound;" although, his music is certainly identifiable.  Morning Phase is recognizably Beck, but the more atmospheric, reflective Beck. Almost every one of his albums has had a song on it that I've loved instantly and forever and this album is no exception. In this case that song is "Heart is a Drum." That's not to say that there is only one good song, there are many: "Say Goodbye", "Blue Moon", "Morning" and "Blackbird Chain" among the best.

Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles by Suzanne Vega

Remember Luka? Suzanne Vega has just released her first album of original material in seven years (her 8th album for those of you counting). These ten new tracks instantly sound familiar and comfortable, like reuniting with an old friend. I hadn't realized I missed her, but her voice takes me back and the simple guitar work is the perfect accompanment (this is not the Tom's Diner remix!) Ms. Vega has great industry connections. She started her own label in 2010 and this album was mixed by Kevin Killen (who has worked with Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush).

Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Retro r&b belter Sharon Jones remains in fine form on her latest album of funky, soulful, horn-punctuated songs, backed up by the fabulous Dap-Kings. Whether or not you remember the heyday of 60s r&b and soul music, you'll be hard put not to love this stuff. Exciting and ecstatically fun to sing along with, dance to, drive to, or just listen to! Check Our Catalog

WomanChild by Cécile McLorin Salvant

With a sound that could have been recorded by Blue Note in 1954, this album is sure to delight vocal jazz fans. Three years after winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist competition this twenty-something rising star has been lauded by luminaries including Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, and Dianne Reeves.

Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's Another Self-Portrait, the tenth volume of the Bootleg Series, includes four CDs that will delight any Dylan fan that longs for his Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, folk-roots days. While the original Self Portrait album was panned in 1970 by fans who weren't interested in hearing Dylan return to his roots, it is worth a listen now and especially in this remastered and reimagined form. Also included in the set is the full 1969 Isle of Wight concert with The Band, as well as some wonderful and insightful liner notes.

Nordo by Air Traffic Controller

Local power-pop craftsmen, Air Traffic Controller provide some light, catchy tunes on this sophomore album. Sometimes sounding a bit like They Might Be Giants, with significant influence from Bleu (the producer for Nordo and their previous album, The One), this will sound new but familiar all at once.

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