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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 10, 2017 1 comments
Protest music. I suppose we can say that avant-garde art is, by definition, a form of protest and I would certainly say that avant-garde jazz of the 1960s was a form of protest. Unlike protest songs in the folk tradition, avant-garde jazz was angrier and freer in musical form. Protest music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2017 7 comments
Hold the phone! In my review of the Sound Galleries SGM music server I said:
I recently had a few friends over for a listening and barn orchestra party. John DeVore and Stephen Mejias arrived just before noon and we spent the better part of the day into the early night listening to, and at times playing along with1, music from the system. We took turns selecting the music, letting each others selections inform our own (this is a boat load of fun). John queued up The Ensemble Of Irreproducible Outcomes' "Intonazione/The Foggy Dew" while he was sitting in the red chair and after a few minutes he suggested, strongly, that Stephen take the hot seat. After some time, Stephen suggested, strongly, that I take his place...
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 03, 2017 0 comments
There are times when I think life is best described by picturing countless endlessly tall raw metal monoliths with no air or space between them, rubbing up and down, slow. A snail's pace slow and we, the observer, are the lubricant. It's at these times I enjoy a soundtrack to that movie and Emptyset's Borders, released on Thrill Jockey last month, works.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 27, 2017 7 comments
While this isn't it, it's still it. My pal John DeVore turned me onto the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) and boy-O-boy and man-O-man am I forever thankful he did. While this isn't it, Memory and Weather, released on Irritable Hedgehog Records in 2015, is an hour and forty six minutes of wander and wonder.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 20, 2017 2 comments
A voice like sweet summer rain. I don't recall how I ended up on Julie Byrne's Bandcamp page, but I did. This was late last year, before Not Even Happiness was released, but there were a few tracks available to sample. After a few bars of "Follow My Voice", I was in, ready to follow her voice some more.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2017 2 comments
Released today on Young Turks, I See You is The xx's third full-length and first since 2012's Coexist. Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx have scratched away the surface of their previous efforts producing a brighter, more raw, and musically adventurous set of songs. Don't worry—grief is still in full sway.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 30, 2016 1 comments
Sometimes music comes wrapped up as tiny treats. Here's a collection of mostly new Singles that fill me up just fine. Enjoy!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 23, 2016 2 comments
Our reviewing team (I really enjoy typing that), Steve Plaskin, Ola Björling, John Darko, Jana Dagdagan, Alex Halberstadt, and moi, Pick 3 from 2016. Enjoy!
Joe Surdna Posted: Dec 21, 2016 7 comments

[Please join me in welcoming Joe Surdna, our new contributor on all things music. Ed.]

December is my favorite month for discovering great new music, mainly because so many Best of 2016 lists are published. I discover dozens of overlooked and previously unknown albums, and for me that is the real point of publishing lists like this; not to create a hierarchical ranking, but as a way of sharing great music that you might not have heard and will come to cherish and be inspired by in the months and years to come.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 16, 2016 2 comments
Located on the Darss peninsular, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is a log cabin, nestled among the jungle-like overgrowth of surrounding birch and willow trees. The cabin is Christian Loeffler's atelier, where he locks himself up to work on both his visual art und his music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments
I've wanted to add a Mary Halvorson album here for ever. Up until now, it just never worked itself out.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 02, 2016 2 comments
I was rifling through the "unplayed Princeton Record Exchange purchases" section of my record rack, and I came across the double LP Reflection (released August 1, 2008) from Emaciator. This was one of those "This looks interesting" buys, meaning I had no idea, other than what the record looked like and the name of the band/album, what it would sound like. I was thinking dark and excoriating.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 25, 2016 2 comments
15 years ago, give or take a year os so, I was shopping for new hi-fi gear at NYC hi-fi shop In Living Stereo. Very much unlike some stories you hear about shopping for a hi-fi in a hi-fi shop, I was having a great time mainly because the very genial and knowledgeable hi-fi sales guy, Jonathan Halpern, was playing some great music through some great gear (which I'd come to learn was the very first Shindo amplifier to hit the US of A imported by none other than Mr. Halpern). One of the records that floored me, not just my jaw, was Grant Green's Street Of Dreams (Blue Note, 1967, recorded 1964).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 18, 2016 2 comments
Romantic is Mannequin Pussy's second album and clocks in at 17 minutes (dammit!). But no matter since for that 17 minutes it's mostly all high-energy poppunk gnash.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 10, 2016 6 comments
Talk about perfect timing. Stephen Mejias gave me the heads up on the beautiful Limited Edition USB Drive version of Jeremy Bible's minimalist opus Music For Black Holes, a 4-hour journey through the glass, darkly. It arrived on Tuesday and I've listened all the way through and part way through again. And again.

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