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posted: February 26, 2014

English Oceans

ATO LP, CD

In his excellent new book I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway, veteran critic Greg Kot discusses the harmonic blend of styles that distinguished the late 1960s/early 1970s era Muscle Shoals sound from every other locale in America. Read More


posted: March 9, 2013

Welcome Oblivion Welcome Oblivion

Columbia 2LP, or CD
Welcome Oblivion

Any suggestion that Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor has completely mellowed with age should be immediately put to rest.

In a recent “Ask Me Anything” segment on the popular Web site Reddit, the singer responded to one inquiry (“As millionaires, why did you sign up with a record label to promote your new album?”) in profanely hilarious fashion, writing, “Sorry, the wifi on our yacht is having issues, we can’t get your full question to load. Read More


posted: March 25, 2009

WHAT THE &!$%? Fuckbook

Matador Records CD and LP
WHAT THE &!$%?

WHAT THE &!$%?

Add another artist that’s jumped on the bandwagon of groups that can’t resist the appeal of using obscenities in their name. Released on March 24, Fuckbook, the debut album by the Condo Fucks, is actually an all-covers record by longtime indie-rock staples Yo La Tengo. Read More


posted: September 21, 2011

Wilco’s Best Studio Release Since 2004

Wilco’s The Whole Love begins with a crush of digital thunder. It’s the sound, perhaps, of computer-hard drives malfunctioning. Or maybe it’s the band imagining some sort of electronic warfare. The specifics aren’t quite discernable, but it’s gripping nonetheless. Don’t look to leader Jeff Tweedy for guidance, either. Read More


posted: June 8, 2017

Willem Breuker Kollektief

Decades ago, the Dutch got branded as the jokers of international jazz and improvised music. Somehow, Netherlanders could make serious music and keep a little ironic distance from it at the same time—as if any music had a preposterous flipside. No one did more to create and promote such dualism than composer and bandleader Willem Breuker, whose more-or-less 10-piece Kollektief started charming audiences when it hit the global circuit in the mid-1970s. Read More


posted: July 19, 2017

William Parker

Whenever I see William Parker in action, I’m reminded of the first time I watched him play, at New York’s Sweet Basil as part of Cecil Taylor’s band in the early 80s. Thirty-five years later, he’s an icon of the NYC experimental-improv scene and a reliably physical jazz bassist who can make a fierce thump come from his instrument whenever need be. Read More


posted: October 20, 2009

Wolfmother’s Cosmic Egg

If we lived in a parallel universe where Jimmy Page and Robert Plant took different paths and didn’t become Led Zeppelin, Wolfmother might be really cool. Unfortunately, in this universe, they are hopelessly derivative at best.

At least, on their sophomore effort, they manage to borrow from a few other sources. Read More


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