Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 12, 2016
Art is a funny thing: Funny because what some people consider to be art, others don't. I'm not talking about value judgments of "good" or "bad", I'm talking about the mere classification as such. Of course the art doesn't care one way or another. It just is. Art also knows it may take years, decades, or more for people to come around to realizing what it is. Beauty is not "in the eye of the beholder", it hovers between the beholder and that which is beheld.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 05, 2016
"He is also an entertainment law professor and edits and scores films". So reads part of composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge's bio and that bit about film scores is relevant to our Download of the Week: Something About April II, released on Linear Labs January of this year, reads like a soundtrack from one of the most fascinating films you've never seen.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 29, 2016
Holes. I've got holes in my musical knowledge all over the place; if my body was a pitcher and you poured water into my head, you'd see thousands of tiny spouts spitting water through those holes. African Head Charge was one until I plugged it up thanks to Tidal HiFi. African Head Charge was formed in the early 1980s by percussionist Bonjo Iyabinghi Noa and developed over time into a varying cast of musical characters. The band's music, dubbed "psychedelic dub", has hit my head and heart hard.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 22, 2016
Asperity:
1 : rigor, severity

2  a : roughness of surface : unevenness; also : a tiny projection from a surface
    b : roughness of sound

3 : roughness of manner or of temper : harshness [asked with some asperity just what they were implying]

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 15, 2016
We all know we're going to die. Most of us just don't know when. For those that do, and for those who imagine they will, change from the everyday is the order of the day. David Bowie was a beautiful soul, there are lots of them, but he was also a luminous soul of which there are not so many. We are fortunate to bath in the light of such luminous souls.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 08, 2016
I love Bob Dylan. From 1962 to 1975 he has me all in, hook, line, and sinker. After that, I lose track. Except: World Gone Wrong. World Gone Wrong, released in 1993 on Columbia, his last record to seal his decades old contract, has had me in its grips since I first heard it. We're looking at Bob his guitar and harmonica, singin' folk and blues classics. To my ears, it's classic.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 01, 2016
Dreamy, breezy and oh so easy, Erykah Badu described But You Caint Use My Phone (Mixtape), released in December on Motown Records, as "TRap & B" but I feel lots of soul as well. From the press release:
The mixtape expertly weaves Erykah Badu’s trademark soulful vocals with psychedelic soundscapes, hip-hop-inflected beats, smooth R&B, jazz, art-rock and found sounds into a new genre Erykah describes as TRap & B.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 25, 2015
We had this idea in mind that someone quite innocently would come along to a record store and see [the record] and think they would be getting 20 really good jazz/funk greats, and then they would put it on at home and they would just get decimated.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 18, 2015
Chris and Cosey have been pouring sonic tonic into amygdalae for decades. Add Nik Colk Void and we're off to the funhouse.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 11, 2015
It has admittedly taken me time to warm to Kurt Vile. With his latest record, b’lieve i’m goin down, (Matador) we're cookin'. We may as well be cousins.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 04, 2015
Back in college in Vermont I had a few, and I mean a few, cassettes in my painting studio that were on near infinite repeat including a Hank Williams compilation and Sonny Rollin's Freedom Suite. A decade or more before college back home in NJ, we had an "uncle" who wasn't my uncle who dressed up like a cowboy and sung and strummed Hank Williams' tunes and C&W classics in smoky bars. Mom took us to see him perform and I always found the bar, the smoke, and its patrons at least as interesting as Uncle Pete, who was certainly a colorful kinda guy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 27, 2015
Whenever music reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence with the last few decades of music informing the sound, count me in. Meg Remy is the mind and voice behind U.S. Girls and Half Free is her latest album, out on 4AD. Half Free also reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence and Remy's voice and lyrics are beautifully spellbinding, more than bit sad, out in front of an expertly crafted and compelling amalgam of beats, rhythms, sounds, and drive.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 20, 2015
Jacques Coursil on his time with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota in the 1970s:
"I was there during the birth of the American Indian movement and I was deeply impressed by the seriousness of those people, who don’t talk much. But when they say something, it’s heavy. There are a lot of books about this [the Trail of Tears], but that is nothing compared to people telling me things bit by bit. The musician always translates into music what they see and hear and smell and experience, so instead of making a theory out of it, I made music."
Trails of Tears was conceived back then only to be realized, recorded and finally released in 2011.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 13, 2015
Oh baby! I do love finding deliciously rare and delightful finds. Fille Qui Mousse (girl foam?) "was a leftist political collective led by journalist/musician Henri-Jean Enu in the very early '70s in Paris." according to AllMusic. In In 1971 the collective went into Futura Records studio and put down their one and only record in one day. Futura was having financial difficulties, some things never change, so the album originally titled Se Taire Pour Une Femme Trop Belle sat on the shelves until 1973 when a few, five according to Futura, test pressings were made.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2015
Hermits On Holiday (Heavenly Records, 2015) is the first album from Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence), together known as Drinks. Sometimes I like my music all jangly, loose, and raw with a bit of a wink. Sid Barret's Barrett being a particular favorite on that list and Hermits On Holiday joins it in sound and pleasure.

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