O! Be Joyful (2012)
Audio Mixers: David Pollock; The Toothaches.
Recording information: Headgear Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
||Sheila Jordan / Harvie S|
Honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 2012, Sheila Jordan set the standard for singing with minimal accompaniment. Since 1988, she has made a number of recordings with the backing of bass alone, first utilizing Harvie S (aka Harvie Swartz) ...
Shape Shifter (2009)
A journey that began with a search for heritage and ancestry became an exploration of family long gone. Rich with conflict, sacrifice and death; filled with hope and resolve, the journey resulted in an understanding and respect for Comanche legacy ...
No Nations (2009)
Jets Overhead's second album, 2009's NO NATIONS, is a pleasant, gently trippy throwback to the '90s shoegaze scene filled with waves of guitars, dreamily hazy vocals, and sweetly sung melodies. The band also adds layers of vintage keyboards, including the ...
Dungeon Dots (2010)
||Tea Leaf Green|
Taught to Be Proud (2005)
The fourth album by San Francisco based jam band rockers Tea Leaf Green, TAUGHT TO BE PROUD was originally released in 2005. The group's public profile was then raised considerably, thanks in large part to the band's support slot on ...
||Chuck Dukowski Sextet|
Recording information: JL Studios; Wasatch Studios.
Personnel: Lora Norton (vocals); Milo Gonzalez (guitar); Ashton Slater (drums).
Listen Like Thieves/X (2012)
1985's Listen Like Thieves and 1990's X are separated by 1987's Kick, the album that turned INXS into superstars. That album isn't on this 2012 two-fer from Friday Music, presumably because another label turned out a triple-disc deluxe set in ...
Tabla Rock (2012)
If the cover and title of Shawn Lee's Incredible Tabla Band's Tabla Rock seem more than a little similar to the classic 1972 LP Bongo Rock by the Incredible Bongo Band, they should; Lee remade the album track for track ...
Today We're Believers (2013)
Audio Mixers: Matt Peters; Royal Canoe; John Paul Peters.
Recording information: Private Ear Recording; The Shithole, Winnipeg, MB.
604: Remixed & Rare (2011)
Recording information: Bryn Derwen Studios; The Motor Museum.
Girl with Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Track Listing: Warning Cry; Evil Men; Mother and Daughter; Moving; For Harriet; Dark Mind; Start, The; Rape; Secrets; Heavy Burden; Would Anybody Die for Me; Endings;
LateNightTales: Four Tet (2005)
For anyone familiar with the sound of the music of Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet), the choices on LateNightTales: Four Tet, a selection of Hebden's favorite songs, will be unsurprising, because although the tracks change from experimental jazz to psychedelic ...
Because Her Beauty Is Raw and Wild (2008)
Ever since the mid 1970s, Jonathan Richman has been the ultimate rock-&-roll manchild, his wide-eyed view of the world making him something like the Mr. Rogers of the music scene. BECAUSE HER BEAUTY IS RAW AND WILD presents a slightly ...
||Los Gauchos de Roldan|
Button Accordion & Bandoneon Music from Northern Uruguay (2012)
Audio Mixer: Pete Reiniger.
Recording information: Sondor Studio, Montevideo, Urugay.
Directors: Toby Dodds; Richard James Burgess.
Introduction by: Jose Curbelo.
Photographer: Daniel E. Sheehy.
||Place To Bury Strangers|
Onwards to the Wall (2012)
The Onwards to the Wall EP arrived nearly three years after the album Exploding Head, which presented a lusher and more accessible take on A Place to Bury Strangers' visceral take on shoegaze than anything they'd done before. These five ...
Audio Mixer: Adam Samuels.
Recording information: Bella Vista; El Sereno.
Mechanics of Hovering Flight (2012)
With her fifth solo collection (and second for indie legends K Records), Pacific-Northwesterner Kendl Winter brings her bluegrass-touched indie folk to a new plateau in terms of songwriting and production. Expanding on 2010's beautiful Apple Core, Winter's songs on The ...
O Moon, Queen of Night On Earth (2010)
In many respects, once you get past Jonathan Richman's distinctively froggy Boston-accented voice, there has been little on his recordings of the 21st century to remind you they were made by the same man who recorded Back in Your Life ...
||Ornette Coleman / Ornette Double Quartet Coleman|
Free Jazz (1960)
The 1998 reissue of FREE JAZZ contains all the original tracks and liner notes, plus additional tracks and rare photos.
Ornette Coleman Double Quartet: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); Don Cherry (pocket trumpet); Eric Dolphy (bass clarinet); Scott LaFaro, ...
Named for the '60s crime novel by Jim Thompson, Pop. 1280 are similarly bleak. Released nearly a year after the Grid 12", the music on the post-punk quartet's debut is atonal, full of noisy, jagged guitar strikes, brittle drumming, and ...
Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down (2010)
Track Listing: Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down; You & Me; Memories; Build It Up; Set You Free; Alibis; So Shaken Up;
Short Songs (2012)
Audio Mixer: Jordan Valeriote.
Recording information: Sundown Studios, Guelph, ON, Canada (10/17/2011-10/29/2011).
Homesick Future (2012)
Audio Mixer: Digory Smallz. Track Listing: Echoists; Colours; Navigator Island; Marathon; Homesick Future; Newton, Forgive Me; Great Green Light;
Audio Mixer: David Kanaga.
Recording information: Oakland, CA (2011-2013); San Francisco, CA (2011-2013); Toronto, ON (2011-2013).