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Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Devin The Dude: Suite #420

Check Our Catalog “The AC/DC of trashy stoner rap…as the Dude would say, Suite #420 got it all rolled up, and you just gotta put a light on it.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “From the sound of her music, Smith spent her years growing up in Canada listening to some combination of old Joni Mitchell albums and old 78s from the ’20s; occasionally, she may have tried applying a hip-hopper’s scratch technique to those records.” –All Music

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Check Our Catalog “More than ever, the singer sounds like part of the old guard, willfully ignoring anything modern or rocking, preferring to sing swaying ballads and pay tribute to Vern Gosdin via a cover of “Till the End.” Certainly, there’s a fair share of charm to Jackson’s cozy confidence…it’s the sound of a major [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Yesterday You Said Tomorrow is more than a collection of tunes; it’s a statement. It’s impossible…not to notice the tonal similarities to Miles’ work of the late ’60s in Scott’s trumpet playing, and the pacing and feisty overall attitude of several tracks is reminiscent of the more contemplative music of that time.” [...]

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Check Our Catalog “It was always clear that she was a folk-influenced singer/songwriter who found a way to coexist with Nashville rather than an artist whose first goal was landing singles on country radio. Now that Carpenter has left the major labels, she seems more than willing to let the country side of her musical [...]

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Marvin Sapp: Here I Am

Check Our Catalog “It’s that voice that carries the day: a strong, husky, impassioned, and — above all else — undeniably soulful vehicle that blasts through these busy arrangements like an alto sax.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “The songs on Love are unified in their views of love and show a different side of the party-girl image that Messina gave off in the first part of the decade. The songs are mature and of a piece; they look at the redemptive power of love in all its facets. Messina’s [...]

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Patty Griffin: Downtown Church

Check Our Catalog “Griffin’s vocals here possess a fierce passion bordered by a touching emotional fragility, as if she’s fully aware of the gravity of the themes at hand, and means to give them the consideration they deserve.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “An homage to one of the longest-running musical institutions in the country and the important place it holds in keeping New Orleans jazz alive…as well as one heck of a great listen. Standout numbers come from artists like Chicago indie stalwart Andrew Bird, who delivers a loose and rambling version of “Shake [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The band’s lack of a defining musical style has proven an advantage here, as frontman Damian Kulash and co. were clearly able to explore their boundaries, unconfined by audience expectations…and this dancefloor-baiting synth-funk sound seems like a more exciting direction for the band. One gets the feeling that, while this probably won’t [...]

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Jeff Beck: Emotion & Commotion

Check Our Catalog “Beck has created an old-fashioned blues-rock-cum-prog record, balancing the sweeping vistas of a 64-piece orchestra with cool jazz-funk grooves.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Return of the Ankh is a relief in that Badu does not attempt to trump herself with a set that is even more intense and powerful than its predecessor…designed for instant kicked-back enjoyment.” –All Music Guide

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Josh Turner: Haywire

Check Our Catalog “Josh Turner has the best baritone in the business, a sexy Carolina rumble that can work either frisky or sincere. He’s devoted to 
traditional arrangements, and he’s packed this fourth album, Haywire, with steel guitar, fiddles, and two-stepping beats.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog Staff Benda Bilili is a group of paraplegic street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo. Four senior singer/guitarists on makeshift wheelchairs are supported by a young, all-acoustic rhythm section, and a 17-year-old prodigy performing infectious guitar-like solos on a one-string electric lute he designed [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Francois Luambo Makiadi remains a towering figure even in death, probably the greatest the Congo (later Zaire) has ever produced, and as the leader of the long-running O.K. Jazz group, he was one of the fathers of the modern Congolese sound. By the age of ten he was already the master of [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The New Lost City Ramblers were instrumental in bridging the gap between the young urban folk musicians of the early ’60s, who embraced the form and feel of old-time American music, and the last of the great rural singers and players who had actually grown up with the music in its original [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Since so few acts in the new millennium attempt the old-school soul that’s the specialty of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, it may be easy to assume that they’re heralded simply because of their rarity: although they certainly sound like plenty of acts from back then, they’re praised because nobody else [...]

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Regina Spektor: Far

Check Our Catalog “Rising from tiny Manhattan clubs where aspiring singer/ songwriters refused to drink folk-music syrup, Regina Spektor found her voice as a compelling and whimsical storyteller who uses experience and observation to craft indelible songs. With…the deliciously attractive “Far,” Spektor again shows how original she is, finding the gleam in modern life with [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is hardcore, raw, unvarnished music that aims straight for the pelvis. Throw James Brown, Sam & Dave, and Wilson Pickett into a deep fryer and you’re close to Lewis’ knockout vocal attack. Fun, frisky, lascivious, and impossible to stay seated to, Black Joe Lewis has successfully tapped into a hip-shaking old-school [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Great American Bubble Factory rocks hard, moving with a combination of swagger and populist anger as working folks struggle to stay afloat in a land where jobs are short, credit card debt threatens to swallow everything in sight, and nearly everything that used to be made in America has “Made in [...]

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