Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 16, 2016
Located on the Darss peninsular, overlooking the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, is a log cabin, nestled among the jungle-like overgrowth of surrounding birch and willow trees. The cabin is Christian Loeffler's atelier, where he locks himself up to work on both his visual art und his music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2016
I've wanted to add a Mary Halvorson album here for ever. Up until now, it just never worked itself out.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 02, 2016
I was rifling through the "unplayed Princeton Record Exchange purchases" section of my record rack, and I came across the double LP Reflection (released August 1, 2008) from Emaciator. This was one of those "This looks interesting" buys, meaning I had no idea, other than what the record looked like and the name of the band/album, what it would sound like. I was thinking dark and excoriating.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 25, 2016
15 years ago, give or take a year os so, I was shopping for new hi-fi gear at NYC hi-fi shop In Living Stereo. Very much unlike some stories you hear about shopping for a hi-fi in a hi-fi shop, I was having a great time mainly because the very genial and knowledgeable hi-fi sales guy, Jonathan Halpern, was playing some great music through some great gear (which I'd come to learn was the very first Shindo amplifier to hit the US of A imported by none other than Mr. Halpern). One of the records that floored me, not just my jaw, was Grant Green's Street Of Dreams (Blue Note, 1967, recorded 1964).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 18, 2016
Romantic is Mannequin Pussy's second album and clocks in at 17 minutes (dammit!). But no matter since for that 17 minutes it's mostly all high-energy poppunk gnash.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2016
Talk about perfect timing. Stephen Mejias gave me the heads up on the beautiful Limited Edition USB Drive version of Jeremy Bible's minimalist opus Music For Black Holes, a 4-hour journey through the glass, darkly. It arrived on Tuesday and I've listened all the way through and part way through again. And again.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 04, 2016
Here's the trailer for the Blood Bitch, Jenny Hval's latest record:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 28, 2016
"World Music". As with most things, it depends on one's perspective. I find the concept of "World Music" kinda appalling but maybe I'm too sensitive.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 21, 2016
Natalie Mering, the person who becomes Weyes Blood, has been fascinating me since 2013's The Outside Room. Her next record, 2014's The Innocents, was a Download of the Week and I was very fortunate to see her perform up close and personal that same year at SXSW. Front Row Seat To Earth, her new album released today on Mexican Summer, sounds more mature, more other worldly, more Mering-like, more beautiful.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 30, 2016
Some limbs are larger than others; Bon Iver's new album, 22, A Million, was released today so I'd only heard a few songs in their entirety and snippets of the rest until this morning. But I knew I was going to recommend it here nonetheless. Fans of Justin Vernon will see this as one of those big, fat, safe limbs, sturdy enough to carry my weight.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 23, 2016
Deux Filles are not "Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule [who] met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident." Nor did they bond over their shared grief working "through their bereavement with music." That was a story made up by Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker who made themselves up into Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule as Deux Filles realeasing two albums on their Papier Maché label, Silence & Wisdom (1982) and Double Happiness (1983), before hanging up their drag. Until now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 16, 2016
"The new Bad Seeds is really sad, beautiful, and interesting." said Stephen in a text message. "Agreed. I'm nearly afraid to let it all in." was my response.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2016
Some songs from Angel Olsen's new album My Woman I like, others I love (like "Woman").
 |  Sep 02, 2016
So...I was putting my new DAC through its paces, OK that's potentially misleading as you could interpret that to mean playing various pieces of music to test my new DACs audiophileness when in fact I was playing some of my most loved music. One of which is Einstürzende Neubauten's Tabula Rasa (Thirsty Ear, 1993).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 26, 2016
Imagine Debussy digested by Webern transposed and informed by Coltranes, John & Alice, played by some of the finest jazz players on familiar and unfamiliar instruments and you begin to get a mental grab on Marion Brown's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun released in August of 1970 on ECM.