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Monthly Archive for May, 2009

Hungrytown: Hungrytown

Check Our Catalog “Musically, Hungrytown is a rare breed. In this age of fusion, Hall and Anderson prefer to reverse-engineer modern folk. . .writing brand-new ballads that sound straight out of the ’30s. Standing face to face, so close that their guitars almost touch, they sing into the same mic, evoking scenes from the glory [...]

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Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes

Check Our Catalog “One of the most valuable qualities of good music is its ability to transport you to a moment in your past, a place you’ll never see or somewhere that doesn’t even exist. Thanks to their gloriously retro (and occasionally eerie) three-part harmonies, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes accomplish all the above with their self-titled [...]

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Check Our Catalog “A welcome throwback to the raw energy of early Kill Rock Star bands, this delirious debut still boasts enough cheeky vigor to sound fresh and new.”–Boston Globe

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Rascal Flatts: Unstoppable

Check Our Catalog “An act that thrives on formula continues to mine it with Unstoppable, another celebration of puppy love and sugary hooks boiled down to their simplest forms.”–Hartford Courant

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Donny McCaslin Trio: Recommended Tools

Check Our Catalog “Recommended Tools doesn’t go out of its way to be accessible; the album on the whole tends to be angular, cerebral, and abstract. But for those who don’t demand instant gratification from music, McCaslin’s trio performances with Glawischnig and Blake have a lot to offer. And while Recommended Tools isn’t McCaslin’s most [...]

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Bennie Maupin: Early Reflections

Check Our Catalog “One has to always wonder if Maupin has a magnum opus within him, and this comes close, for it is certainly his most introspective, reflective, and inner spirit-directed effort in a long and varied career playing progressive jazz.”–All Music Guide

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Charles Lloyd Quartet: Rabo de Nube

Check Our Catalog “Ultimately, Rabo de Nube is yet another essential Lloyd offering from ECM. His sense of adventure is greater than ever, and his embrace of the tradition is equaled by his willingness to stretch it, bend it, turn it every which way but break it — this band, with its energy and commitment [...]

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Check Our Catalog “His new Together Through Life seems to be more a chronicle of how love actually feels at different stages than an outright celebration of it, and the grizzled-old-soul-man patina Dylan layers over his barbed-wire croak offers the familiar passion and despair of every relationship.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “The playing in these endlessly fascinating and rewarding pieces is supremely accomplished…. [The recording] vividly conveys the music’s visceral exitement.”–BBC Music Magazine

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Check Our Catalog “On her latest full-length collection, Marianne Faithfull, the queen of torch songs for the damaged soul, reteams with producer Hal Willner for another beautifully haunting tour of a landscape littered with the detritus of shredded hearts.”–Los Angeles Times

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Check Our Catalog “It works its magic on a deep emotional level: with the unsurpassed Berlin strings surging through the rich, plangent harmonies of the final Adagio, it is the kind of music-making that leaves you feeling drained, even distraught by the end – as it should.”–Daily Telegraph

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Orchestra Baobab: Made in Dakar

Check Our Catalog “These Senegalese legends recapture the Afro-Cuban bliss of their 1982 classic, Pirates Choice — imagine the Buena Vista Social Club weaned on motherland polyrhythms.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “Another valuable contribution to the slowly growing Lully catalogue…. This production is a considerable musicological achievement and thankfully it is a substantial musical one, too. Carolyn Sampson [is] charming of voice and intelligent with detail as ever…. The orchestra play brightly, strongly directed from the continuo by Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs.”–Gramophone

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Rene Pape: Gods, Kings & Demons

Check Our Catalog “That the German bass René Pape is one of the most compelling artists to have emerged internationally in the last 15 years is proved again by his phenomenal singing on his new recording.”–New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “Both works are by Viennese composers — Berg was born and died there, Mozart moved there and died — and both call for the unusual ensemble of 13 wind instruments. But the distance between the two pieces is still vast. To start with, the forms are entirely different: Mozart’s work is full [...]

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Check Our Catalog “What’s most impressive about the Black Angels’ Directions to See a Ghost is that not only does the Austin-based sextet deliver like few bands have been able to manage since Spacemen 3 split, but the group also leavens its heaviness with a functioning knowledge of pop hooks and how to deploy them. [...]

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Neko Case: Middle Cyclone

Check Our Catalog “Middle Cyclone is by far Case’s most quixotic album, and that’s saying a lot considering the abstract ideas behind her last studio album, 2006′s “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.” Yet it’s also the most revealing and rewarding work in a 12-year recording career that has seen Case evolve from an alt-country siren [...]

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Flo Rida: R.O.O.T.S.

Check Our Catalog “Flo Rida boasts an adroit double-timed flow, but his greatest achievement is his understanding of how to stay in the background, never overwhelming the electro-laced tracks.”–Los Angeles Times

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz!

Check Our Catalog “The Yeah Yeah Yeahs still create great, compelling pop-rock, largely because of the way the songs themselves are organized, with conventional verse-chorus structures repeatedly eschewed in favor of detours, miniature grooves, and lengthy asides that produce the sensation of a band and a singer impulsively following their own emotional whims.”–Pitchford

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