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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 29, 2014 1 comments
Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune) is The Bug's latest and fourth full length and its filled to the brim with altered states of intensity. With the help of vocalists Liz Harris (Grouper), Gonjasufi, Inga Copeland, Miss Red, Flowdan, Manga, Death Grips, and Warrior Queen, The Bug spatters a smattering of sounds against your scull both light and dark. Dub, grime, dancehall, and triphop blend into a cohesive if somewhat unsettling whole yet there's something attractive, something compelling that draws you into the muck and mire of Kevin Martin's bifurcated world. Something lean and mean. Skeletal. Seductive.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Aug 22, 2014 3 comments
Iceland. Cello. Need I say more? Saman (Touch) means "together" referring to Hildur Gudnadottir's cello and vocals which appear on some, not all, tracks. I'm drawn to the combination, the human element, but the solo cello pieces let in cinematic vistas of wide open space pulling your emotions inside out.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 25, 2014 0 comments
The allstars in the band's name refers to the fact that the Kasia Allstars are comprised of players from 5 different bands. They also happen to be from different ethnic groups with different musical traditions all from within the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Beware the Fetish isn't western-inspired funk or acid rock rather its African roots music amplified. Repetitive, intense, complex, and hypnotic, this is joyous music-making at its finest. Fans of joy should be well satisfied with all 100+ minutes worth.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 18, 2014 1 comments
I believe Boris. Shape shifters, noise merchants, bliss whisperers, this Japanese trio consisting of singer-bassist Takeshi, guitarist Wata, and drummer Atsuo can build some monumental songs and they go about building all kinds, sorts, and sizes on Noise their 20th studio release. From delicate wispy dreamers to full out speed metal crunchers, Noise kills.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jul 04, 2014 7 comments
Personable punk from Syracuse-based Perfect Pussy fronted by the ever-griping Meredith Graves. On Say Yes To Love, their debut album on Captured Tracks, this five-piece kick up a dust storm of pure unrelenting energy that's impossible to ignore (unless you turn it off). This is also, for me, mood music and lately I've been in the mood.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 27, 2014 4 comments
Two of my main music whisperers, Joe and Stephen, have both sent word and links to the music of Angel Olsen. I've been listening to two of her three albums, Half Way Home (2012) and the recently released Burn Your Fire for No Witness, for a while now. I also intended to see Angel Olsen at SXSW but never got there due to scheduling conflicts. I admit to feeling conflicted at SXSW almost always as there's simply too much for one person to see. In any event, it was Stephen's link to this performance of "High Five" on David Letterman that acted as the reminder I needed to include her as a DotW:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 20, 2014 6 comments
I feel seduced and abandoned by Lana Del Rey and that appears to be the point of her latest release Ultraviolence. As my friend Stephen Mejias pointed out, there's something David Lynch about Lana Del Rey (she did cover "Blue Velvet") and if there wasn't that touch of coying cinematic oddness, that whiff of desperate seedy fading glamorous Hollywood weirdness, I'd pretty much be inclined to pan this record. But there's something compelling behind the glitzy Dan Auerbach guitar and his big James Bond production that keeps me coming back for more.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 18, 2014 0 comments
Previous Download of the Week winner Julianna Barwick (see DotW) has collaborated with Dogfish Head Brewery and created a wasabi-infused Imperial Pale Ale, Rosabi, along with an accompanying FLAC EP of the same name. Being the true trooper that I am, I went out and bought one of the 750ml bottles, of only 1,000 cases in total, and drank Rosabi while listening to Rosabi. I'm happy to report it was, against my better judgement regarding infused beers, a lovely experience.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2014 3 comments
This is some menacing shit. Nice, bare, stripped down, and raw, Swans new record To Be Kind (Young God, Mute), their 13th studio album, is badass with an extra helping of bad. Michael Gira & Co. have been going at it for over 30 years and they sound as fresh now as ever on this 2 hour tour of the phantasmagorical. The opener "Screen Shot" entices with a simple seductive funky bass line and builds into repetitious sonic mayhem of the most welcoming sort. These guys are not fucking around.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 06, 2014 4 comments
I was stumped. Stymied. Should I pick the malleable electronica, the woozy sexy dreamer, the retro cool love letter, or the NY School rocker? My mood these past weeks has been all over the place and all over these choices and more due in part to that damned Qobuz Hi-Fi streaming, flip flopping (there goes my political career) back 'n forth until I settled on D) all of the above. What the hell, you can never have too much music, right?
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 30, 2014 1 comments
"I love her voice." That's what my friend Stephen Mejias said about Sharon Van Etten and I responded, "Me too." You may not but I'm betting that if you listen to her new album Are We There? you will, too. I've enjoyed all of her records but her last, Tramp, felt like a real growth step. Are We There? feels like a leap.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 23, 2014 0 comments
Attitude. I love me some attitude and vocalist/guitarist Teri Gender Bender, aka Teresa Suárez, of Le Butcherettes has tons on tap. Cry Is For The Flies is their second LP (Nadie Sound) and is fairly simple, straight-ahead guitar and vocal driven garage punk and while I can hear other voices referenced, like early PJ Harvey and Karen O, there's enough Teri Gender Bender here to make this stand very well and stiff on its own. The rest of the band includes Lia Braswell on drums, Omar Rodríguez-López on bass and production, and a keyboardist and horn players who remain uncredited as far as I can find (I'd love some liner notes!) and all together they serve up some rich, pulse-pounding intensity.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2014 3 comments
I liked Merrill Garbus, aka Tune-Yards, the first time I heard her first home recorded album, BiRd-BrAiNs way back in 2009 originally released on Marriage Records on cassette then by 4AD in a limited-edition LP with a hand/home-made recycled cover. There was a nice nutty quality to her sound and singing, a wildness and unrestrained inventiveness that I found intoxicating. Then Merrill moved to 4AD and into the studio proper with her sophomore release w h o k i l l (2011) and while I enjoyed it, I also felt some of that unrestrained inventiveness got smothered. Now with Nikki Nack she sounds more at home in the studio harnessing its potential to unleash another wild and whacky sonic spree. Yeah!
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 09, 2014 0 comments
Two Italians, Nicolò Fortuni and Nico Vascellari, pay tribute to the sounds of Brazilian carnival music while infesting "mostly live" percussive rhythms with industrial noise, electronics, and some occasional freaky possessed vocals on Novos Mistérios their second LP and first on Hospital Productions. This music is rich and wet, overflowing with sounds, colors, and beats creating a wild and deep sonic world for you to find your inner tribesman within.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 02, 2014 10 comments
You can't tell but I'm jumping up and down. Knees to chest jumping, arms flapping about in sync with excitement over the new album Bécs from Austrian guitarist and electronic musician Christian Fennesz. Released on Editions Mego just a few days ago, Bécs is the long-awaited companion piece to 2001's Endless Summer and it was O-so-worth the wait.

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