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Monthly Archive for March, 2009

The Duhks: Fast Paced World

Check Our Catalog “What we get on Fast Paced World is a bracing mixture of blues, rock, hot jazz, Celtic, gypsy, Latin, and pop styles, all delivered with an exhilarating blend of skillful tightness and wild emotional abandon.”–All Music Guide

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Beach House: Devotion

Check Our Catalog “With Devotion, Beach House prove once again that they’re one of the more strangely named bands around. Their music is so lonely, so haunting, that the only beach house it evokes is a deserted one, stranded on a winter night so desolate that summer isn’t even a memory. Then again, that atmosphere [...]

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A.A. Bondy: American Hearts

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Check Our Catalog “Culled from Sarah McLachlan’s illustrious recording career, the Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff, Volume 2 collection contains just what the title suggests — live performances, rare recordings, remixes, and soundtrack contributions. In addition, the album includes exceptional, one-of-a-kind duets with Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, and Emmylou Harris.”–Barnes & Noble

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Chris Isaak: Mr. Lucky

Check Our Catalog “Mr. Lucky feels carefully considered: from its production to its construction, it’s a deliberate attempt to modernize Isaak’s retro obsessions without abandoning them. Usually, this modernization surfaces in echoey atmospherics partway between U2 and Coldplay, textures that suit his melodramatic Roy Orbison tributes. As a sensibility, it’s no different than anything Isaak’s [...]

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Pete Seeger: At 89

Check Our Catalog “Pete Seeger already has more albums in print than most people could ever listen to, but he continues to astonish with his joie de vivre and creativity. This 32-track collection was recorded live and in the studio, during his 89th year, and is full of Seeger tunes, new and old, as well [...]

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The Priests

Check Our Catalog It was at St. MacNissi’s College in Derry, Ireland, where Father Eugene O’Hagen, Father Martin O’Hagen, and Father David Delargy met for the first time and realized their musical prowess as a singing trio. Nicknamed Holy Holy Holy by their peers due to their shared determination to enter the priesthood, the talented [...]

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Kathy Mattea: Coal

Check Our Catalog “Coal is a heartfelt examination of the hard, often dangerous life of coal miners, and includes classic mining songs by the likes of Merle Travis, Hazel Dickens, and Jean Ritchie all arranged in a delicate, muted acoustic style by Mattea and her producer this time out, Marty Stuart. Mattea’s unadorned vocals and [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Cut Copy’s music bears all the prominent hallmarks of its era: giddily omnivorous stylistic appropriation, a sensuous, sybaritic (though not, in their case, seedy) demeanor, and the distinct evocation of bygone decades, most palpably the ubiquitous post-punk/post-disco ’80s, without succumbing to the pitfalls of overzealous eclecticism, empty hedonism, sugary glut, and blatant [...]

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Todd Sickafoose: Tiny Resistors

Check Our Catalog “This is quite an ambitious project from Sickafoose. Considering his need to play many instruments while guiding the talented group through a variety of changes and phases, you would be hard-pressed to fully realize the effort it took to make this music perfect. It’s very close to complete, universally appealing, and unique [...]

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Dweezil Zappa: Zappa Plays Zappa

Check Our Catalog “Since 2005, Dweezil Zappa has led an extended and industrious rockin’ teenage combo dedicated to re-acquainting the world with the sights and sounds of his father, Frank. They revive Frank’s music in a fresh context that is — above all else — true to the elder Zappa’s unique and impeccable sonic heritage…no [...]

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Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads

Check Our Catalog “Co-producer Mark Ronson corrals the band’s camp-tastic pomp and working-class quirk into three-minute bangers that fly by in a rush of Jam-y guitars, stomping percussion, and pogo-worthy choruses.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “On David Liebman’s trips to Europe, as with many of his gigs in the U.S., he chooses to play with so-called “pickup” bands. In Italy, one of his favorite and most skilled combos features drummer Tony Arco, bassist Paolo Benedettini, and pianist Roberto Tarenzi, a trio more than capable of knowing Liebman’s [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Rudolph guides elements of shape, color, and an investigative approach to group music-making, that pushes the entire record so far, it has met itself back at the beginning in a perfect circle. It’s so large, poetic, and wide, it carries within it all the emotions, mornings, and stories of the world. This [...]

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Anna Netrebko: Souvenirs

Check Our Catalog “With this album, Anna Netrebko turns to lighter selections than her standard fare: arias and ensembles from operettas, folk, and salon songs, and crowd-pleasing favorites. She gives this repertoire the same focus, interpretive eloquence, and vocal brilliance that she brings to more “serious” material. Netrebko is notable for the absolute purity and [...]

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Check Our Catalog Luciano Pavarotti was the rare artist who could easily bridge the divide between classical and popular music. Together with an impressive roster of the best-known names in rock, pop, and jazz, Pavarotti entertained millions of people around the world with his “Pavarotti & Friends” concerts. This release is the first time that [...]

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The #1 Guitar Album

Check Our Catalog “The list of distinguished artists on Decca’s The #1 Guitar Album reads like a Who’s Who of classical guitarists, and this 2008 double-disc compilation matches that roster with a highly varied program full of the best-known pieces and arrangements for the instrument.”–All Music Guide

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Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III

Check Our Catalog “Filled with bold, entertaining wordplay and plenty of well-executed, left-field ideas, Tha Carter III should be considered as a wild, somewhat difficult child of Weezy’s magnum opus in motion, one that allows the listener an exhilarating and unapologetic taste of artistic freedom.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “When is a split album not entirely a split album? Will Johnson is the connecting factor between the two bands featured on Dual Hawks, both of which are among other outlets for his muse besides his straight-up solo work, so the fact that such a release could eventually happen isn’t so surprising, [...]

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