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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2014 1 comments
It's So bossa nova. So sultry. Five female vocalists including LouLou Ghelichkhani, Elin Melgarejo, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Shana Halligan join Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza and more than a dozen guest musicians on Saudade to pay tribute to their love of Brazilian music. It's an hommage, a love letter, so if you're expecting anything more, perhaps some glitchy electronica or dub-infused bass bombs, you'll have to look elsewhere in the Thievery Corporation cannon.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2014 0 comments
Clay Rendering is Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (they're married) and Waters Above The Firmament is their second EP released on Hospital Productions following a string of cassette releases as The Haunting. They are joined here by Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race/Hair Police) on synth with production help from Dominick Fernow and together make a heavy sonic assault on song. Industrial noise, drone, and overdriven guitar lap up against moody melody making for an unsettling yet ultimately alluring sound.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 28, 2014 2 comments
Work (work, work) HTRK's previous album was a sexy slow burner keeping pace with sleeping breath. Their new release, Psychic 9-5 Club (Ghostly International), keeps an earthen pace, a glacial flow with shards of emotion from Jonnine Standish's vocals sheering off into Nigel Yang's dub-wise electronic seas. This is their first release as a duo following the death of founding bass player Sean Stewart in 2010 and it feels empty, stripped of excess, pared down to essential elements, then stretched to the breaking point over time.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 21, 2014 0 comments
Strap on your happy pants, it's story time! These songs were written for "Republik Der Wölfe", a multimedia theatrical production subtitled "A Fairytale Massacre with Live Music". Inspired by Anne Sexton's take on the Brothers Grimm tales, Transformations, The Ministry Of Wolves—Mick Harvey (co-founding member, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten), Danielle de Picciotto (co-founder of Love Parade), and Paul Wallfisch (musical director at the Theater Dortmund)—embellish these hellish visions with equally menacing music. Wickedly sweet.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Mar 07, 2014 6 comments
Carla Bozulich is badass. Like Jim Morrison only scary. Stephen Mejias already told us her new album Boy kicked ass, actually part of what he said was "The result is something like a wonderfully twisted, damaged Fleetwood Mac single—beautiful, powerful, and chilling: equal parts nightmare and 'Dreams.'", and he was right. Carla spills more than her guts into Boy (Constellation Records released March 4, 2014) and its evident from the first bass thrum of opener "Ain't No Grave" we're in for one helluva ride.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 14, 2014 1 comments
Ryan Hunn is Illum Sphere and Ghosts Of Then And Now is his first full-length released on Ninja Tune. There's a lot of music out there that sounds like Ghosts Of Then & Now especially if you don't like to listen too closely. But if you decide to listen in, there are all kinds of rewards mixed in the mix, layers upon layers of sounds coming together and falling apart to reveal moments of beauty, I'm admittedly always on the lookout for moments of beauty, among the beats.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Feb 07, 2014 4 comments
I've been listening to and enjoying Marissa Nadler's solitary sounding folk songs since her debut album Ballads of Living and Dying released nearly 10 years ago. July is her new album, her 6th full length and first on Sacred Bones, and she is joined by some good company to bring her music further out into the open. I always hear desolation in her distinctive and beautiful voice which feels touched by bitter cold sea air. Even in July.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 31, 2014 2 comments
Negra Branca is Marlene Ribeiro of Gnod, "figureheads of a stoner freakscene based around Islington Mill in Salford" according to The Guardian, and its also the title of her debut album. Chill. If you live pretty much anywhere north of south Florida you'll pardon the reference, but Negra Branca is one laid back slow burner of psychedelic proportions with lovely bass lines moving amid synth waves, found sounds and percussion lapping up against the beat with dreamy vocals floating in and around the mix. I'm reminded of Sun Araw with less ganja and Grouper minus the deep melancholy.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 24, 2014 10 comments
Tasty. Maybe that's not the best choice of word, but its the one that kept coming up as I listened to Warpaint's eponymous sophomore release. Tasty. While the band has been together in one form or another since 2004, this is only their second full length release but it certainly doesn't sound green. It sounds ripe.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 17, 2014 3 comments
After CES I wanted something else. Nothing too slick, nothing too Daft Punk ("Giorgio By Moroder" being the most popular show tune at CES 2014). I'd downloaded Mutual Benefit's Love's Crushing Diamond a few weeks back but it didn't take hold until this week. It was the salve I needed. Just what the doctor of music ordered.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 03, 2014 4 comments
Mal Waldron's The Quest is among the records that I enjoy endlessly. Recorded July 27, 1961 featuring Mal Waldron on piano, Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone and clarinet, Booker Ervin on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on cello, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums, The Quest is kind of blue and kind of hot, fitting between hard bob and avante garde jazz comfortably, coolly. Don't let the title on Qobuz fool ya', this is a Mal Waldron record all the way, all of the compositions are his, and it was only later on that someone thought that slapping Eric Dolphy's name on it would sell more records. Maybe they were right but one listen and it won't matter since everyone on The Quest is about as on as you can get.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 13, 2013 1 comments
It's the time of year for lists and if I were to make one for music, The Knife's Shaking the Habitual released in April of this year on Rabid Records would be on it. Sonically expansive, musically sprawling, emotionally charged, and intellectually challenging, Shaking the Habitual is chock full of sound and fury (have a visit to their website for a more complete picture including a comic strip decrying "extreme wealth"). The Knife is sister and brother duo Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer and this is their 4th album, the first since Silent Shout 7 years ago, and its about as in your face as they come.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5 comments
One of my rules of used record shopping goes like this—if I see a record from FMP and I can afford it, buy it. So I don't know how this post escaped me for so long. The German label Free Music Production (FMP) was founded in 1969 by Jost Gebers, Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, and Alexander von Schlippenbach as a home for free jazz mainly of European origin but a number of American players appear in their catalog including Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, and Bill Dixon. If you know anything about FMP's LPs, you're probably as excited as I am to learn about the availability of these recordings as FLAC downloads especially seeing as many of these records go for silly-money on the used market making the $11.49/album price tag a real steal.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Dec 06, 2013 0 comments
Tal National hail from Niamey, Niger where they enjoy rock star status and their sound is infectious, joyous, incessant, transcendant, intense, and funkin' fun. Kaani is their third album but the first to get an international release on FatCat Records. Hamadal "Almeida" Moumine the lead guitarist is also the band's leader, a teacher at SOS Children's Village, and a judge by day. Noted for their hours and hours-long live shows which occur most nights of the week and help account for the band's ultra-tight interplay, Tal National may very well be the hardest working band in Niger.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Nov 29, 2013 7 comments
I'll go out on a limb and suggest that most any ornithologist is a sweetie. Throw in some St. Francis of Assisi, chromesthesia or sound-to-color synesthesia, church organist, birdsong, modes of limited transposition, and Japanese music and you've got an unbeatable recipe for loveliness. I will also note that Olivier Messiaen held the position of Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatoire from 1941 until his retirement in 1978 and that is by far the loveliest job title I know of—Professor of Harmony. Olivier Messiaen also composed some pure lovely music and if you act within the next 3 days, you can get yourself a whole flock for a prix spécial pittance.


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