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Monthly Archive for February, 2015

Joe Beck: Get Me Joe Beck

“‘My aim on the guitar is to try to get each chord to follow the preceding chord like it was meant to be there, and then sort of hint at what the next chord might be,’ Joe Beck says, in one of several spoken introductions sprinkled throughout Get Me Joe Beck. The CD, recorded live […]

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Avishai Cohen: Dark Nights

“From the brooding opening title track to the closing Chet Baker homage, ‘I Fall in Love Too Easily,’ Dark Nights unapologetically embraces the heart of jazz. Every aspect of the album—from the cover photo, to Cohen’s precise trumpet inflections, to the trio’s dedication to immediacy and collective improvisation (and even the album’s forays into electronic […]

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My Fictions: Stranger Songs

“When I think of the hardcore albums that have maintained a spot on fans’ playlists for years on end, I think of frantic, gut wrenching and unpredictable songs grouped together in an emotional outpour. Albums like ‘Jane Doe,’ ‘Travels’ and ‘We Are The Romans’ immediately come to mind. My Fictions is a hardcore band from […]

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David Weiss: When Words Fail

“Over the years, Weiss has earned much critical praise and respect for his ambitious and wide-ranging work with The New Jazz Composers Octet, his support and championing of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard during that icon’s last years, explorations with his Point Of Departure band, burn-and-drive work with The Cookers, and reworkings of saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter’s music. […]

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“Both recordings complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, with Sunbathing Animal offering furious, often bewildered forays of guitar-heavy punk and Content Nausea focusing on home-recorded detours ranging from free-associating post-punk rants to a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s country go-go classic ‘These Boots.’” -allmusic.com   Check our Catalog Listen Now

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AC/DC: Rock or Bust

“If Rock or Bust does indeed wind up as the final AC/DC record — they did indeed weather many setbacks during its creation — it will stand as a suitable career-capper. It may be no different than what came before, but Rock or Bust is by many measures stronger than most latter-day AC/DC albums, serving […]

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Hostage Calm: Die On Stage

“Die On Stage is definitely the album that confirms the path which Hostage Calm have set themselves on. They’ve tempered and toned down their sound record by record over the past couple years, tinkering along the way at Run For Cover. I noticed this since 2010. As skeptical as I was, I still enjoyed their […]

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Grand Fatilla: Global Shuffle

“The debut CD by world-music quartet Grand Fatilla broadens as you get deeper into it — taking in more genres with exacting technical virtuosity, and also widening its emotional scope. The helter-skelter shifting meters of the Bulgarian folk-dance-tune opener ‘Cigansko Oro’ immediately puts you on notice of the band’s skills: Matt Glover’s fierce bouzouki-like mandolin […]

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Kris Delmhorst: Blood Test

“American folk music veteran Kris Delmhorst is no stranger to the music business. She has, in fact, been around for almost 20 years, having released her debut album, Appetite, as far back as 1998. After spending that long in the game you’re bound to want to mix it up a little and, seeing as Blood […]

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Lake Street Dive: Bad Self Portraits

“…the album showcases lead singer Rachel Price’s resonant, old-school singing, which is still the main reason to listen to Lake Street Dive. Of course, with her band backing her at various times with harmony vocals, jazzy trumpet, crunchy tube guitar riffs, and woody jazz basslines, there’s always something rootsy and unexpected happening around her on […]

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Wu-Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

“Released along with Once Upon a Time in Shaolin — their locked-down, $5 million dollar, single-copy album-as-art release — A Better Tomorrow is further proof that, in 2014, the Wu-Tang Clan are a concept or collective led by RZA, and not necessarily a group. Their previous 2007 effort, 8 Diagrams, was the first clue that […]

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Ark Ovrutski: 44:33

“Titled after the length of the album, this latest release by bassist Ark Ovrutski delivers just under ¾ of an hour’s worth of toe tapping post bop. Along with Michael Dease/tb, Michael Thomas/as-ss, David Berkman/p an dUllysses Owens/dr, Ovrutski sizzles on pieces like ‘New Orleans’ and ‘Medium’ that feature Deases rich trombone, while Thomas uses […]

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Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

“The Lagos Music Salon is not only Somi’s finest recording to date, but stands with Dee Dee Bridgewater’s classic Red Earth as an album that expertly explores the symbiotic relationship between American evolutionary music forms and their mirror image in modern African pop. It does so with a passionate conscience, a maestro’s discipline, and the […]

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Me’Shell Ndegéocello: Comet, Come to Me

“Comet, Come to Me, like Devil’s Halo, involves a cover of a hit released during Meshell Ndegeocello’s teenage years. Having ignited Ready for the World’s 1985 slow jam ‘Love You Down,’ placed in the middle of her 2009 album, she boldly begins here with a cold-blooded update of Whodini’s ‘Friends’ that swirls and pierces. It […]

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“In a sense, nearly every album Eric Clapton recorded after 1970 has been a tribute to J.J. Cale. On that first solo album, Clapton cut a cover of Cale’s ‘After Midnight’ and while he was under the spell of Delaney Bramlett for that album, soon enough Slowhand began drifting toward the laconic shuffle that was […]

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Bryan Ferry: Avonmore

“On the album art of Avonmore, the record he released when he was a year shy of 70, Bryan Ferry showcases himself as a dashing young man — a portrait of an artist not as a glam trailblazer or distinguished elder statesman, but rather caught in an indeterminate time between the gorgeous heartbreak of Roxy […]

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Mark Turner Quartet: Lathe of Heaven

“Lathe of Heaven, is a measured, thoughtfully precise album that blurs the lines between post-bop jazz, classical chamber music, and free improvisation. Working with his pianoless quartet featuring trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore, Turner has developed an ensemble-based approach to jazz that sidesteps both traditional and avant-garde jazz conventions at […]

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Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways

“Constructed as an aural travelog through the great rock & roll cities of America — a journey that was documented on an accompanying HBO mini-series of the same name — Sonic Highways picks up the thread left dangling from Sound City: Real to Reel; it celebrates not the coiled fury of underground rock exploding into […]

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J. Cole: 2014 Forest Hills Drive

“Named after the address of his childhood home in North Carolina, J. Cole’s third studio effort was released with no supporting singles, and there are no featured artists, either, because 2014 Forest Hills Drive is one of those personal, conceptual, and ‘heavy’ albums. Most importantly, it’s admirable bordering on excellent, sure to inspire returning fans […]

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Perfume Genius: Too Bright

“In some ways, Perfume Genius’ intimate, unflinching balladry reached its logical conclusion on Put Your Back N 2 It. On that deceptively gentle collection of songs, Mike Hadreas’ songwriting gained more agency while opening the door to the possibilitieshe explores to the fullest on Too Bright. With the help of Portishead’s Adrian Utley and PJ […]

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