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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Songs Of Debussy And Mozart (ECM, CD rip) is simply beautiful—Juliane Banse, soprano, and András Schiff, piano, re-tell the tales of poets in songs by Debussy and Mozart. I've been listening to their re-telling for over 10 years and it only gets better with age (mine).
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 21, 2015 3 comments
M3LL155X (pronounced mellissa) is FKA twigs new EP release on Young Turks. W've talked about FKA twigs before, here and here, and what I'd add to comments like "lovely, slow, smoldering, sexy beast of a record" and "Deep too. Even though the surface of LP1 is all lustrous and shiny, repeated listening is rewarded with a deeper beauty" is that M3LL155X gives you even more, better, deeper.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 14, 2015 3 comments
This is some of the most heavenly music I've ever heard. It sounds even more heavenly on vinyl (I've have the Mississippi Records LP for years). No matter - get this music in any form you can get your ears on and just listen. I promise you there are rewards awaiting in the listening.
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.

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