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Monthly Archive for May, 2010

Louis Andriessen: Bells for Haarlem

Check Our Catalog “Andriessen often uses rock instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, and synthesizer to augment his ensembles…His popularity with young listeners and presence on the scene has provided an unprecedented boost to the prominence of contemporary Dutch music throughout the world.” –All Music Guide

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Kim Kashkashian: Neharot

Check Our Catalog “If anyone has “made” the viola in the latter part of the twentieth century, it has been American violist Kim Kashkashian. The instrument she terms “the much-maligned viola” has a first-class champion who works to broaden the range of technique, advocacy, and repertoire for the instrument.” –All Music Guide

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Lhasa: Lhasa

Check Our Catalog “As on her previous albums, the subtle beauty of Lhasa’s art unfolds slowly, taking you deeper into her vision with each listen.” –All Music Guide

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Khaled: Liberte

Check Our Catalog “On every count it’s a winner, a return to real rai, with Khaled never in better voice, and singing his heart out with the kind of passion that’s been missing for far too long.” –All Music Guide

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Kailash Kher: Yatra (Nomadic Souls)

Check Our Catalog “The songs float, with mere hints of more modern traditions buried within more timeless sounds…This may be the sort of album that only comes around once every few years, and one with something to hear that’s completely new and special.” –All Music Guide

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Slash: Slash

Check Our Catalog “The debut solo album for the Velvet Revolver/ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist features guest appearances by Chris Cornell, Adam Levine, Dave Grohl, Kid Rock, Iggy Pop, and Fergie, as well as former Guns N’ Roses members, Izzy Stadlin, Duff McKagan, and Steve Adler.

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Mastodon: Crack the Skye

Check Our Catalog The fourth album from the Atlantia, Georgia rock band features songs about the murder of Rasputin. “The album will be attractive to head bangers, math rockers, and now even classic-rock devotees thanks to guitarists Brent Hinds’s and Bill Kelliher’s deep devotion to the almighty riff.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “With a brand new sound, rich production, and a palpable sense of growth, graduation has come, and Kidz in the Hall have officially earned their degree in unadulterated artistry.”–Urb

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Ludacris: Battle of the Sexes

Check Our Catalog “Ludacris, the ever-underrated Atlanta MC, offers another good-humored album, this one aimed at the vexing relationships between men and women.”–Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog The 33rd installment in this groundbreaking compilation series includes cuts from Kesha, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Young Money, Jay Sean and many others.

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Monica: Still Standing

Check Our Catalog The R&B singer returns with her first album in nearly four years featuring songs cowritten with such artists as Bryan-Michael Cox, Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Jazmine Sullivan, Crystal Johnson, and Stargate. “A low-key delight.”–Entertainment Weekly

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Goldfrapp: Head First

Check Our Catalog “It’s one of the most unabashed love letters to anthemic ’80s synth-pop ever laid to hard disc….If that sounds like an unappealing clarion call from a dark musical period that you’re still trying to forget, this isn’t the album for you. But for those of us who weren’t beaten up by Harold [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Comprised of 20 electrifying songs recorded over several days during the band’s annual sold-out St. Patrick’s Day shows, and featuring guest appearances from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Liza Graves, Rock Solid String Section, Bunker Hill Pipe Band, and the Forbes Academy of Irish Dance (as well as an accompanying DVD of the [...]

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Justin Bieber: My World 2.0

Check Our Catalog “Bieber makes all the right, charming moves for a teen, and he covers all the bases. The dance-pop songs are light on the ears yet memorable; the unrequited material sounds deeply felt; the ballads have all the necessary us-against-the-world teen-love dramatics.”–All Music Guide

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Rosanne Cash: The List

Check Our Catalog The daughter of Johnny Cash releases a country covers album. Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, and Rufus Wainwright appear as guest singers. “Cash not only infuses love into her delivery on the collection but also proves herself a supreme song stylist.”–Billboard.com

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Check Our Catalog “Showcases the group’s ability to combine its own contemporary country sound and folk-rock flair with a familiar formula, making it a refreshing addition to the ever-expanding country genre.”–Billboard.com

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Willie Nelson: Country Music

Check Our Catalog “It’s the spectacular collection of songs as much as T Bone Burnett’s ace production and Nelson’s first-rate performances that elevates Country Music above the recent spate of country covers records and makes the album an essential addition to Nelson’s rich catalogue.”–Slant Magazine

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Check Our Catalog Recorded live at Vision XIII, June 2008, New York City. “A consistently adventurous trumpeter who has stuck to playing avant-garde jazz throughout his career, Leo Smith’s dry, introverted style (which makes extensive use of space) is a strong contrast to the more jubilant flights of Lester Bowie.”–All Music Guide

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Jerry Bergonzi: Simply Put

Check Our Catalog “A fine, high-powered tenor saxophonist with a tone influenced by John Coltrane, a mastery of chord changes, and a strong musical imagination, Jerry Bergonzi has long had an underground following in the Boston area.”–All Music Guide

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Jamie Cullum: The Pursuit

Check Our Catalog “Cullum anchors himself within melodic soft rock, providing a base for incorporating both his jazz and persistent electronica infatuations.”–All Music Guide

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