Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 19, 2016
It has been a while since we've heard from Gonjasufi, born Sumach Ecks. His last full-length MU.ZZ.LE (2012) made it onto Stephen Mejias' Pick 6 list and I've been digging his music since his first LP, Sufi and a Killer, arrived way back in 2010. Callus, released today on WARP, is nastier, badder, and good-er.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 12, 2016
I was listening to the new Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi album An Untroublesome Defencelessness which led me to the more wondrous Cuts of Guilt, Cut Deeper featuring Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi and Thurston Moore and I thought; maybe I should write about one of these fine records for this week's Download of the Week.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 05, 2016
Swinging from sweet to sour makes everything more tasty: Ella & Louis "Isn't It A Lovely Day" to Elza Soares "Pra Fuder" on her latest A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) (Mais Um Discos, June 2016) go beyond both ends of the spectrum, the latter reaching into animal-like rawness. If you enjoy digging down into humanities depths, perhaps in search of salvation, look and listen no further than A Mulher do Fim do Mundo.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Jul 29, 2016
[Editor's Note: Join me in welcoming Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Assistant, to our Download of the Week column. Her contribution is most welcome and I hope this can become a regular occurrence.]
Being an avid Aphex Twin fan, I had to pre-order Cheetah as soon as I heard about it. The EP was released by Warp officially on July 8 with only a month of notice beforehand. Regardless, it’s safe to say that I was still sufficiently hyped.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 29, 2016
"Listen to this yet?" my good friend Stephen Mejias asked via text message. "It's next in line" was my response. What I meant by that was, no, I have not listened to BadBadNotGood's IV yet but I just added it to my queue on Tidal/Roon.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 22, 2016
Yea, The Wailers. They changed to "Bob Marley & The Wailers" soon hereafter. What I'm talking about, and highly recommending for every fan of lovely recordings, is Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition). What makes it "Deluxe" and highly recommended is this is a two-disc set; disc 1 is the previously unreleased album as originally recorded and produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, dubbed the "Jamaican Version". Disc 2 is the version we all know and love. The thing is, I love the "Jamaican Version" more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 14, 2016
"Sarathy instantly caught my attention when he said he wanted to make an album that embraced both Indian folk music and jazz - two worlds that have had a big influence on me. His album succeeds in bringing these things together in an elegant way, but it’s his own style and ideas that come through the most in the music. Refreshingly different, this is a deep and powerful listening experience." Four Tet
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 08, 2016
P-Funk? More like PFSN (Punk/Funk/Soul/Noise) according to Marc Ribot's website. The Young Philadelphians are Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, G. Calvin Weston drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and a three-piece string section and together with Marc Ribot's searing six-string they rip through some classic Philly soul on Live In Toyko "where deco meets disco meets decon".
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 01, 2016
I follow Sturgill Simpson on Facebook. While that sentence kinda gives me the creeps, it's one of the more useful followings as I get concert announcements, since Ticketmonster is in the loop I never actually get tickets, and other news. Recently Sturgill, hey I follow him so I can call him Surgill, posted a link to an interview and performance with one of his heroes, John Prine. And I remembered how much I love John Prine for his humanity, his words, wit, and wisdom and of course his music which contains all these things. Humor, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 24, 2016
I flip-flopped all week. I even asked Art Dudley to help me out, which he did. I went from pseudo-bluegrass, to roots guitar, to songs about puberty, to a band from Montclair, but nothing felt right. Then I realized I was trying too hard, which is kinda funny in a not-so-funny way, if you think about it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 17, 2016
I've had a soft spot for Norwegian composer Maja Ratkje's hard music for years. Beyond her solo work, the music of Fe-Mail is a particular favorite for its SPUNK (another of Ratkje's bands) and noise. I have her solo album Stalker on picture disc! (Important Records, 2006) and have played it for a few good friends who don't mind a little pain with their pleasure. Crepuscular Hour, released on Rune Grammofon in May of this year, adds hauntingly beautiful choral music and church organ to Ratkje's electronic noise for an hour-long journey into the heart of darkness, and light.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 10, 2016
From McLaughlin's brief intertestamental period, post-Miles/pre-Mahavishnu Orchestra, Devotion feels like a kiss goodbye to Jimi Hendrix, who passed away in London in September 1970 when this album was released. While McLaughlin distanced himself from Devotion because he felt Alan Douglas destroyed it in production, I've always had a purple hazy soft spot for its sheer badassness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 03, 2016
Yea, I know, but that's their name. I stumbled on Holy Fuck's new album Congrats on Tidal HiFi with zero expectations. I hadn't read a review, didn't know their music well, so my click on "Play" was largely based on two things: the album cover, and Holy Fuck. A few minutes in, I smiled.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 27, 2016
Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker. Sold!
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 20, 2016
I have to learn how to let go. I had to learn how to let go of my love (fixation?) of PJ Harvey's early kickass albums so that I could enjoy the music she's making now. I say that in the past tense but I'm really still working on it, mainly because I find her early albums so damned good. But I've changed since her first record Dry came out 1992, so why would I expect PJ Harvey to stay the same?