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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 27, 2015 1 comments
Ibeyi are 19 year old French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. It is also the title of their debut album on XL Recordings. Their father is the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz of Buena Vista Social Club fame and you'll hear some lovely musical genetics at play on Ibeyi.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 20, 2015 2 comments
Machine dreams. For some reason, I've really been enjoying music that can best be described as punishing lately. That said, I certainly have had a soft spot for hard music going all the way back to bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, Nocturnal Emissions and various and sundry industrial noise groups and the like. Egyptrixx is Toronto's David Psutka and Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] is his third album and first for his own label Halocline Trance.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 13, 2015 3 comments
Another tip from my friend Joe, "I've listened to it through twice and I'm still not sure what the fuck..." It took me longer. After a few weeks of listening to Calgary, Alberta based Viet Cong's first and self-titled album on Jagjaguwar I've come to dig its decidedly dark and brutalist groove.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 06, 2015 4 comments
Erstwhile harpist Áine O'Dwyer got her hands on the pipe organ in St Mark’s Church, Islington over the course of several months. O'Dwyer plays in between services with people coming and going and the cleanup crew going about their business, improvising an intoxicating sonic spell on Music For Church Cleaners vol. I and II (MIE). Part Terry Riley, part Gavin Bryars, and part Gene Moore's Carnival of Souls, the sense of place and meaning in this slow-moving work is jarred by the sound of church cleaners at work as well as the women and children we hear roaming about the place.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2 comments
They're back! The power trio in all their power and our glory. Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums) are Sleater-Kinney and No Cities To Love (Sub Pop Records) is their first album in 10 years. It is also energy-packed, powerful, rich, riotous, and rewarding. This shit rocks. Hard.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 19, 2014 4 comments
Whoa. Lean in around 2:17 of "Boa" below and hear some of the heaviest heaviness you're bound to hear this year. Originally planned as part of The Bug's recent full length Angels & Devils (see review), this two-track EP came about because this particular pairing needed more time and space to flesh things out. I'm a fan of Earth's doom and drone and obviously The Bug's way with bass, beats, and clatter and the combination is a super-powered tasty sonic treat.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2014 5 comments
Fascinating rhythms, polyrhythmic delights. New York-based Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences knows his way around beats and on Circuitous his first record for the Pan label, his sonic explorations go pretty far out. The label's press release for Circuitous mentions Afrofuturism, science fiction, transcendental free jazz, future hip hop, and Sun Ra which is pretty far-reaching but not far-fetched.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 28, 2014 3 comments
Subverted folk blues from Newcastle upon Tyne's Richard Dawson. His guitar, barely keeping the feedback at bay, is raucous and rowdy, his vocals barely keeping time and tune, tell strange tales of the ordinary. Together they make for a solitary voice and vision.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 21, 2014 0 comments
Sometimes I'm in playful mood and I want my music to match. Aphex Twin's latest Syro (Warp), his first album since 2001’s Drukqs, is about as seriously playful as they come. Richard D. James is a master of sounds both analog and eclectic and there's a palpable sense of sheer joy in the mix. Refreshing.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 14, 2014 0 comments
Madrigals. Ethereal and otherworldly. Natalie Mering has cleaned up her sound for The Innocents (Mexican Summer) her second full length album as Weyes Blood. Gone are the woozy layers of electronics and haze of The Outside Room and in their stead stands her lovely voice, loud and clear.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 07, 2014 2 comments
Everything Liz Harris touches makes me listen. Whether its her solo work as Grouper or her collaborations with people like The Bug, I'm typically entranced. Her latest, Ruins (Kranky) is no exception although it is a departure from her typical sound in that its mainly Liz Harris and piano. No electronics, minimal overdubs, just some slow simple brooding melodies with the occasional background sound. Ruins is simply a beautiful record.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 31, 2014 5 comments
Deeply disturbing, grumbling growling gravitas. I've always found Scott Walker's solo music to be, well, kinda creepy. Frightening, even. For my money, this pairing with Sunn O))) is the perfect foil to Walker's demented crooning making Soused (4AD) one helluva heavy record.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 17, 2014 0 comments
Cover songs. I have a soft spot for cover songs as they tell us about artist's influences while giving voice to difference. Ideally. Northampton Mass's Winterpills new album Echolalia is filled with lovely covers from Sharon Van Etten, Nick Drake, Buddy Holly, XTC, Beck, the Beatles and more.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3 comments
"It's like a modern Bitches Brew." is what I said to Stephen and John in an email about You're Dead! (Wrap Records) the new Flying Lotus album. But there's more, like touches of ethereal Alice Coltrane, Steven Ellison's (aka Flying Lotus) great-aunt, sax solos and Snoop Dogg. Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, and Niki Randa also join in for a lovely swirling mid-bending trip-o-delic delight.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Sep 26, 2014 1 comments
Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is always a safe bet. A singer songwriter extraordinaire, his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues does not disappoint with its gentle rhythms and swaying southern-tinged songs. Featuring the McCrary sisters and Chris Scruggs on mandolin and ukulele, these are slow, somewhat sad stories but they're filled with enough light to keep things luminous.

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