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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 17, 2017 2 comments
"West Africa’s most iconic dance-band". Sunnier days. I first found Orchestra Baobab through their 2015 release Pirates Choice. Digging that, and digging back into their catalog, Bamba (Sterns, 1993) rung my bell the mostest. This is beautiful soulful dance music that makes me want to close my eyes and imagine other sunnier climes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 10, 2017 1 comments
Reassemblage, Visible Cloaks' 2nd full-length released on VNG Intl. last month, reminds me of one of William Gibson's worlds. Machine music, computer music, glitchy ambient exotica streaming from the ether of tomorrow, now.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 03, 2017 2 comments
I'm with Ministry's Al Jourgensen; The Land Of Rape And Honey is my favorite Ministry album.
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Posted: Feb 24, 2017 0 comments
There are at least two things I love about Maggie Rogers; her music and the way I came to know about her music. That way was through my friend Rafe Arnott who has recently become a full-time audiophile as Part-Time Audiophile's Editor at Large.
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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 8 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.