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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.
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.

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