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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

“The musical Godspell first opened in New York in a tiny off-off-Broadway theater in Greenwich Village in 1971 before moving to a slightly larger off-Broadway house on the Upper West Side and, eventually, onto Broadway itself; a movie version was released in 1973. This two-CD set packages the original cast and original soundtrack albums together [...]

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Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams

“[Kristin Gundred] delivers an album that sounds like Chrissie Hynde backed by Hüsker Dü. Only in Dreams could make you wonder what other indie bands would jump up and thrive if only they had steamroller production.” –The Boston Phoenix   Check Our Catalog

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Gem Club: Breakers

“Breakers is a gorgeous oddity, one of the year’s most arresting albums of any kind, and “252” hints at the potential for even better material ahead.” –Dusted   Check Our Catalog

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Donny McCaslin: Perpetual Motion

“Donny McCaslin is very much a tenor saxophonist in the John Coltrain/Sonny Rollins mold, but he often varies his approach by adopting unusual instrumentation. That’s what he does on Perpetual Motion, using an electric bass played by Tim Lefebvre, electric and acoustic keyboards by Adam Benjamin and Uri Caine, and drums by Mark Guiliana and [...]

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“His densely-layered compositions bear all the hallmarks of groups like Human League or Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, and his caved-in vocals strongly reflect a spectral Ian Curtis, as if the Joy Division icon’s voice wasn’t affecting enough as is. Pitiless Censors is a sparkling album, a lo-fi synth pop masterpiece that manages to give [...]

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Bon Iver: Bon Iver

“The deliberation and complexity of this record announces how ludicrously full of ideas Vernon is. He already has projects with rap, jazz, and experimental artists under his belt, and he returns to Bon Iver, Bon Iver bubbling over with creativity. It’s at once majestic and gentle, a deep breath and a sigh that declares Vernon’s [...]

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BoDeans: Indigo Dreams

“As ever, BoDeans are a cooperative between Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas, two differing but complementary musical personalities. All the songs are co-credited to the two, but like such songwriting teams as Lennon/McCartney and Difford/Tillbrook, they seem to write songs separately, or almost so, with two distinct personalities emerging.” –All Music Guide   Check Our [...]

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Bibio: Mind Bokeh

“From the opening track, it’s clear that Wilkinson has gone for an even more defined electro pop sound than 2009’s Ambivalence Avenue.” –Beats Per Minute   Check Our Catalog

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“4 is the work of an artist who can finally afford an occasional curveball, especially one that delivers such a plush blow.” –The Boston Globe   Check Our Catalog

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Herb Alpert & Lani Hall: I Feel You

“[I Feel You] delves into rock, pop, jazz, and Brazilian tunes and interprets them with a contemporary international feel, without leaving jazz behind.” — All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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