Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2017
Take Me Apart ravages the listener. I think I'm in love.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 06, 2017
I've been impatiently awaiting the release of Ibeyi's sophomore record. I wait no longer.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 29, 2017
Back in 2012, Mr. "Weird New Pop" sent me an email with a link to Chelsea Wolfe's Bandcamp page. The subject line read "Mmm". Back in 2015, Mr. "Monthly Spins" sent me an email which read (in part), "I was just listening to that new Chelsea Wolfe album Abyss and thought it was something you might like." They were right.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 22, 2017
I like to listen to the artist whenever possible. Here's Larkin Grimm on her recent release Chasing an Illusion:
The love generated by this record is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who taught me to play without fear, and to The Divine Yogini Turiyasangitananda, AKA Alice Coltrane, who taught me to heal the deepest pain of loss through music. May the light of truth overcome all darkness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 15, 2017
I was in our NY office and I asked Robert Baird, Stereophile's Music Editor, "Have you heard the new Iron & Wine? It's really nice, very easy to like." Robert responded that he hadn't listened to it yet so I added, "Some reviewers have said it may be too easy to like." To which Robert responded with a sigh of a sentence as if he's heard this way too many times, "Is anything really too easy to like?" I like Robert.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2017
While LCD Soundsystems' American Dream hardly needs more praise, I have to say I've been enjoying the bejesus out of it since its release on September 1st. American Dream wears its influences on its sleeve and in so doing it touches things already inside my musical head with a fresh delight. Lovely.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 01, 2017
Are you signed up for Boomkat's "Weekly Digest" email blast? Here's something from August 8th:
This week we present the first vinyl edition of Akira Rabelais' modern masterpiece Spellewauerynsherde. It's a collection of songs dating back to the 12th century, sublimated into something completely surreal and evocative. It was originally issued on CD via David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label back in 2004 and really is one of the most enigmatic albums of the 21st century so far and one of our favourite albums of all time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 25, 2017
Back in the '70s, a new friend and I were talking about music and I mentioned I played guitar (he did too), liked Jimi Hendrix, Miles, and so on and he responded, "Gateway" with an almost dreamy look in his eye. When he noticed my quizical expression, he said, "Gateway!" as if I hadn't heard him and we all know that in these instances all one need do is raise your voice. Still no reaction from me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 18, 2017
I get angry. I admit it. Two of the things that anger me are injustice and cruelty. I cannot abide either. So I trust you can imagine that this week had my blood boiling with outrage over the needless senseless injustice and cruelty on display in this fine country of ours. If I didn’t know any better, I’d believe this is all a nightmare that will be over with the sunrise.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 11, 2017
"I just found it" or, "What would life be like without Tidal HiFi"?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 04, 2017
Lately I've been selling old things, buying new old things, and organizing the barn. This happens to be some of my favorite things to do. In so doing, I need appropriate music for the doing process as well as the aftermath. The peaceful part.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 28, 2017
I fell in a groove and I can't get up!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 07, 2017
Back in the '80s, Joe (Surdna) and I would make the shortish downhill trip from Bennington, VT to Williamstown, MA and Toonerville Trolley Records where we would discover new things.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 30, 2017
We were listening to my gold vinyl limited edition copy of The Heliocentrics A World Of Masks at a Monkeyhaus recently and I was thinking, "Damn. This is one fine record. I wish I had more records like this." That thought didn't stay in the forefront for long and I went about my day-to-days. Then, just the other day, I was rummaging around my digital music collection and tapped "Play Now" on Massive Attack's Mezzanine and within a few seconds thought, "Damn! Here's one."

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