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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 31, 2015 0 comments
It has been a while since we heard from Syria's soulful singer Omar Souleyman who is joined on his new record Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown Records) by saz player Khaled Youssef and Rizan Said on keyboards. The saz, or bağlama, is a stringed instrument resembling a lute that Youssef uses here to tell the his own version of the story and Said's keyboard playing is incessant and raw as is this music. I love this music.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 17, 2015 1 comments
Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Diane Cluck, Julia Holter, Lucinda Williams, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo, Larkin Grimm, Isobel Campbell, Tara Jane O'Neil, and Josephine Foster sing songs penned by Karen Dalton. Sold.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 10, 2015 7 comments
Our dog died. Heidi was nearly 11, a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog and my/our family's first pet. She was gentle, a bit of a loaner, a real sweetheart. We spent a lot of time together, Heidi enjoyed laying around listening to music, and she only asked for occasional attention which I enjoyed giving her as much if not more than she enjoyed receiving it.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 03, 2015 2 comments
Our family recently spent some time on a Caribbean island. I have an ongoing love affair with these islands (especially the non-US ones) and have been visiting for years. One of the things you'll notice when there is the importance of music. Nearly every taxi trip is a musical treat, every restaurant, especially the beach shacks, pump out great sounds, and in general life feels good. The local people have a beautiful calm, strength, and kindness that is, in my experience, unique to this part of the world.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 19, 2015 3 comments
I jumped aboard the Ilyas Ahmed 6- and 12-string train back in 2008 with the LP release of Between Two Skies. With I'm All Your Own released in March of this year on Immune Recordings after a three year hiatus, Ilyas has arrived at a new station of song.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 12, 2015 1 comments
Sharon Van Etten is just as good live, maybe even better, than on record. And I really enjoy her records. On her latest 5-song EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down (Jagjaguwar), we get more lovely heartbreak, more pain, and more soul searching. This is straight forward singer-songwriter stuff with a twist which is delivered by Van Etten's beautiful voice.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 05, 2015 5 comments
I feel it. Anger, energy, message. Algiers self-titled debut LP on Matador Records kills.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 29, 2015 2 comments
Sometimes I like to kick back. Take it easy, musically. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles debut release Oh Man, Cover the Ground on Suicide Squeeze Records sounds like Takoma-infused Cat Power. Only hippie-er. "12 songs about dark rooms, water, wind, stoned afternoons, sun in your eyes, sex, hair, snacks, death, & the beach."
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 22, 2015 1 comments
When I want to unwind, or even wind-up, one go-to is guitarist Loren Connors. Connors captures innumerable things with just six strings—ghosts, lost lovers, loss, beauty, and more. Throw in a little Mark Rothko as inspiration and you've got yourself some beautiful shimmering mysterious de-light.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 08, 2015 5 comments
Who really knows why certain music touches us more. Who really cares, why. When I find music that grabs me from first play, my typical reaction is to sit back and enjoy the ride. If things are going really well, I repeat. I've been listening to an advance copy of In Plain Speech, Circuit des Yeux's latest release on Thrill Jockey, on extended repeat here in the barn.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 01, 2015 0 comments
Covers. I do love cover songs especially when they appear to be incongruous with the artist's self-penned music. The choice of cover song can also give us insight into influences, likes, loves, and perhaps of most interest how a musician re-imagines an oldie but goodie. Julia Holter gives us 3:06 of all that and more.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 24, 2015 0 comments
THEESatisfaction – [th ee sat is fak shuh n] – noun, verb
1. Queens of the Stoned Age
2. Empresses of time
3. Pre-Egyptian Dynasty
4. Self written
5. Self produced
6. Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White
Imagine Sun Ra's Space Is the Place sent through the musical influence time machine grabbing bits and pieces of electronica, neo-soul, funk, R&B, and hip hop until it lands in today fully formed. That'll get you close to THEESatisfaction's groovacious album EarthEE on Sub Pop. I've been listening to this record since its release way back in February and it keeps getting better with age. Mine or its.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2015 0 comments
Milford Graves taught at Bennington College during my time there. I had the great pleasure of hearing him perform a number of times on campus and afterward in NYC. Most recently in June of 2013 as part of a trio including Bill Laswell and John Zorn. But it was Milford's solo performances that had the greatest impact on me both musically and physically. Let me explain.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2015 1 comments
Plucked treble viola da gamba, melodica, electronics, percussion, effects, and voice are all of the elements which make up French pop experimentalist Cecile Schott's newest release Captain of None on Thrill Jockey. We've featured the music of Colleen before but here she steps away from the literal into the abstract.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 13, 2015 0 comments
Difficult music can be beautiful. I enjoy difficult music every now and again in different forms and flavors. The beautifully difficult music of Bill Dixon holds a very special place in my head, heart and memory as I had the privilege of seeing Dixon perform a number of times in very intimate settings at Bennington College where he taught and I attended as well as after I graduated in NYC.

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