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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Check Our Catalog “An exhilarating, life-affirming blast of no-bulls**t rock’n’roll.” –Billboard Music

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Check Our Catalog “Guitarist Nels Cline has generated a high profile since becoming a member of Wilco, but it’s his solo work that defines him — he can always be counted upon to thwart expectations. Initiate is the fourth album by the Nels Cline Singers, a power trio with Devin Hoff on contra and electric [...]

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Check Our Catalog “There’s a sense that, by joining the dots between different forms of African-American music, Parker is using Mayfield’s compositions to preach a timeless sermon of Afro-centric consciousness. That’s heightened by the addition of the uplifting raised voices of the New Life Tabernacle Generation of Praise Gospel Choir, and by the hellfire-hipster declamations [...]

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White Lies: Ritual

Check Our Catalog “On their second album, Ritual, White Lies explore the darker, more ethereal side of the post-punk revival. Murky and brooding, the album finds the bandmembers developing as songwriters and being rewarded with a deeper sound for their troubles.” –All Music Guide

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Charles Lloyd Quartet: Mirror

Check Our Catalog “The album’s repertory leans perceptibly toward ballads, with well-worn jazz standards brushing up against deep spirituals.” –The New York Times

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Matthew Shipp: 4D

Check Our Catalog “On 4D, Shipp nods to history with keen depth perception and articulates his new directions gracefully.” –All Music Guide

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Final Fantasy: Heartland

Check Our Catalog “Pallett, the shifty, strung-out composition major in the back of the class, bored to tears and three steps ahead of the professor, chose to go the orchestral route this time around, utilizing the talented Czech Philharmonic in Prague. Think Grizzly Bear, Patrick Wolf, and Rufus Wainwright attempting an alternate universe mash-up of [...]

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Caribou: Swim

Check Our Catalog “Disco and house are the templates here, and Swim builds drama with fluttered flutes, processed strings, skronking saxophone, or a wheezing horn meandering over a defiant, ominous bass.” –Spin Magazine

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Miguel: All I Want is You

Check Our Catalog “Singer, songwriter, and producer Miguel spent a handful of years behind the scenes, helping to create hits for others before he released his own hit single, “All I Want Is You,” in 2010.” –All Music Guide

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Kim Richey: Wreck Your Wheels

Check Our Catalog “The 11 songs here are rooted in basics: contemporary folk, blues, laid-back rock, and ghostly traces of country.” –All Music Guide

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Mumford & Sons: Sigh No More

Check Our Catalog “The tired snivels of the spindly-armed strummer have no place here; it’s an amped-up, bass-heavy, banjo-picking pity party made of the same violent stuff that once inspired a lusty 17th-century cleric to demand of his deity: “Batter my heart.” This is an album that knocks you over at first. But when you [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The British-French band has crafted upbeat, bubbly, retro-futuristic songs from strands of krautrock, lounge, French cafe music, and samba.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “The King Is Dead is the Portland, Ore., band’s most streamlined effort since 2005’s Picaresque, and it’s a welcome reminder that frontman Colin Meloy can write evocative songs where the words stand on their own.” –The Boston Globe

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Check Our Catalog “Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Amid the zapping prog-lift of the vaguely Nietzschean “Power,” the lead single from his fifth album and magnum opus, Kanye tosses off the casual self-platitude “Every superhero needs his theme music.” “But if he’s a superhero, who is he saving? Perhaps the music industry, quickly in need of rescue now that it’s [...]

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Tamaryn: The Waves

Check Our Catalog “Comprised of New Zealand-born Tamaryn, who provides soft girlish vocals, and guitarist Rex John Shelverton, who does the instrumentation and plays the role of producer, Tamaryn (the band) revel in the lush atmospherics of shoegaze and dream pop.” –All Music Guide

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Black Dub: Black Dub

Check Our Catalog “The quartet, comprised of producer Daniel Lanois on guitar and vocals, jazz drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade, session bassist Daryl Johnson, and vocalist/keyboardist Trixie Whitley (daughter of the late great Chris Whitley) make a beguiling, seductive music that blurs rock, soul, blues, gothic Americana, New Orleans funk, and dubwise reggae.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “It’s haunting, often harrowing stuff, but Allman knows this territory well, growling, yearning, pleading for some sense of peace that seems as if it will ever elude him — and maybe anyone who walks the earth.” –Los Angeles Times

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Twin Shadow: Forget

Check Our Catalog “Lewis’s guitars and synths pop like firecrackers on “Shooting Holes at the Moon” and “At My Heels,” and the drum arrangement helps to set the ominous mood of “Castles in the Snow.” He knows his way around a hook, and he has an ear for small moments that can elevate a song, [...]

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