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Bronx River Parkway – San Sebastian 152

Bronx River Parkway – San Sebastian 152

Truth and Soul records, a revivalist R&B label which shares ancestry with deep-funk royalty Daptone Records, has taken a turn for the Ry Cooder on its latest release, San Sebastian 152. For the uninitiated, back in 1997, Cooder flew to Cuba and reunited many of the finest (and most superannuated) stars of Cuban son music. […]

Gregory and the Hawk – Moenie and Kitchi

Gregory and the Hawk – Moenie and Kitchi

Yet another solid release from what’s quickly becoming one of my favorite imprints, Fat Cat Records. Kudos to them for having an uncanny knack for pulling out the best from their ever expanding roster which rolls both wide in styling and deep in talent. Fat Cat’s catalogue has a little something for everyone and Gregory […]

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

Women have certainly held their share of musical movements. We’ve had riot grrrl, which mobilized female punk rockers. Then there was the whole girl power thing with Spice Girls, for better or worse. But Sarah McLachlan, who founded the touring Lilath Fair female music festival, hearkens back to a kinder, gentler, Joni Mitchell-esque musical time. […]

Melvins – Nude With Boots

Melvins – Nude With Boots

Like any method of categorization, the music genre is an inexact science. Even the broadest classifications found at your local Best Buy aren’t completely suitable. Is LCD Soundsystem electronica or rock? Is Rage Against The Machine heavy metal, punk, or hip-hop? Is Soulja Boy’s Tell ‘Em music at all? The genre is merely an attempt […]

Lykke Li

Lykke Li

The blogosphere is a harsh and fickle mistress. One day, you’re at the top of your game, with countless amount of delightfully hyperbolic young scribes crafting one-to-two sentence opuses espousing the flawless nature of your genius (it’s really cool, you guys!). Then, sometime later that day, the next new thing has come along, and you’ve […]

Blueground Undergrass

Blueground Undergrass

Jeff Mosier, lead vocalist and banjo player of Blueground Undergrass, has been nose to nose with epic, legendary fame and he says he doesn’t want anything to do with it. A few of the experiences that act as this fame deterrent to him are mafia run nitrous dealings, necessary bodyguards and hats pulled low over […]

This is England

This is England

So here’s something novel: a fun skinhead movie. You know the cliché: the outcast kid comes across a band of offbeat rabble-rousers who welcome him/her into their group. All goes well and the kid learns acceptance and friendship, but then things aren’t all peachy and s/he happens to learn a lot of other lessons as […]

Ben Weaver – The Ax in the Oak

Ben Weaver – The Ax in the Oak

One thing has become abundantly clear to me in listening to The Ax in the Oak: Ben Weaver knows not where his strengths lie. Musically, the album is a thing of saddened beauty, resulting from Weaver and producer Brian Deck’s marriage of alt-country and electro-pop. The two men’s keenness toward these disparate genres makes them […]

Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

Guess what? That’s right, it’s time for another Damien Jurado album. And guess what it sounds like? That’s right, it sounds like another Damien Jurado album. Okay, okay. It has a couple of things that stand out from his prior work and those couple of things turn out to be huge. But how much can […]

Doomtree

Doomtree

If, in 2008, anyone still doubted that Minneapolis was the capital of DIY Hip-Hop, Doomtree’s self-titled debut LP ought to stuff the mouths of these doubting Thomases with brass knuckles. The members of the Doomtree crew have been training for years, releasing a series of hard-to-get, occasionally brilliant EPs called False Hopes. However, like the […]