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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!
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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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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 04, 2016 3 comments
Here's the trailer for the Blood Bitch, Jenny Hval's latest record:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 28, 2016 7 comments
"World Music". As with most things, it depends on one's perspective. I find the concept of "World Music" kinda appalling but maybe I'm too sensitive.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 21, 2016 5 comments
Natalie Mering, the person who becomes Weyes Blood, has been fascinating me since 2013's The Outside Room. Her next record, 2014's The Innocents, was a Download of the Week and I was very fortunate to see her perform up close and personal that same year at SXSW. Front Row Seat To Earth, her new album released today on Mexican Summer, sounds more mature, more other worldly, more Mering-like, more beautiful.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 30, 2016 1 comments
Some limbs are larger than others; Bon Iver's new album, 22, A Million, was released today so I'd only heard a few songs in their entirety and snippets of the rest until this morning. But I knew I was going to recommend it here nonetheless. Fans of Justin Vernon will see this as one of those big, fat, safe limbs, sturdy enough to carry my weight.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 23, 2016 3 comments
Deux Filles are not "Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule [who] met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident." Nor did they bond over their shared grief working "through their bereavement with music." That was a story made up by Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker who made themselves up into Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule as Deux Filles realeasing two albums on their Papier Maché label, Silence & Wisdom (1982) and Double Happiness (1983), before hanging up their drag. Until now.

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