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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 24, 2015
THEESatisfaction – [th ee sat is fak shuh n] – noun, verb
1. Queens of the Stoned Age
2. Empresses of time
3. Pre-Egyptian Dynasty
4. Self written
5. Self produced
6. Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White
Imagine Sun Ra's Space Is the Place sent through the musical influence time machine grabbing bits and pieces of electronica, neo-soul, funk, R&B, and hip hop until it lands in today fully formed. That'll get you close to THEESatisfaction's groovacious album EarthEE on Sub Pop. I've been listening to this record since its release way back in February and it keeps getting better with age. Mine or its.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 17, 2015
Milford Graves taught at Bennington College during my time there. I had the great pleasure of hearing him perform a number of times on campus and afterward in NYC. Most recently in June of 2013 as part of a trio including Bill Laswell and John Zorn. But it was Milford's solo performances that had the greatest impact on me both musically and physically. Let me explain.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 10, 2015
Plucked treble viola da gamba, melodica, electronics, percussion, effects, and voice are all of the elements which make up French pop experimentalist Cecile Schott's newest release Captain of None on Thrill Jockey. We've featured the music of Colleen before but here she steps away from the literal into the abstract.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 03, 2015
Solo is Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm's gift for a holiday he invented, "Piano Day will happen on the 88th day of the year, which most of the time is the 29th of March. Piano Day is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays." Solo features Frohm improvising on a very special instrument, the Klavins M370, recorded live in one take with no overdubs. Bravo! But wait, there's more....
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 27, 2015
The Chopin Project is a re-interpretation of Frédéric Chopin’s music by Ólafur Arnalds and pianist Alice Sara Ott. The recording, produced by Arnalds, employs vintage microphones, analog recording equipment, non-traditional microphone techniques, and subtly prepared piano. In part, Arnalds and Ott wanted to bring "humanity" back into their recording. I think they've accomplished their goal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 20, 2015
Australia's Via Tania is Tania May-Bowers and Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra is her latest release and just her third full length in 12 years. This latest record is comprised of all acoustic instruments courtesy of Matthew Golombisky's Tomorrow Music Orchestra with Tania singing softly over the top all delicate, sweet, and delightful, and together they are full of romp and light-footed frolicking.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 13, 2015
Difficult music can be beautiful. I enjoy difficult music every now and again in different forms and flavors. The beautifully difficult music of Bill Dixon holds a very special place in my head, heart and memory as I had the privilege of seeing Dixon perform a number of times in very intimate settings at Bennington College where he taught and I attended as well as after I graduated in NYC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 06, 2015
Why Schubert now? Well, for a number of reasons. I've been watching some wonderful videos of neurologist and author and lovely human being Oliver Sacks lately (like this one) where he talks about, among other things, Schubert's late piano sonatas. So I headed on over to Tidal, searched, and settled on Alfred Brendel's version from the early '70s on Philips [B00000417C]. I should note up front that I am not a classical music aficionado. I merely enjoy listening.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 27, 2015
Ibeyi are 19 year old French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. It is also the title of their debut album on XL Recordings. Their father is the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz of Buena Vista Social Club fame and you'll hear some lovely musical genetics at play on Ibeyi.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 20, 2015
Machine dreams. For some reason, I've really been enjoying music that can best be described as punishing lately. That said, I certainly have had a soft spot for hard music going all the way back to bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, Nocturnal Emissions and various and sundry industrial noise groups and the like. Egyptrixx is Toronto's David Psutka and Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] is his third album and first for his own label Halocline Trance.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 13, 2015
Another tip from my friend Joe, "I've listened to it through twice and I'm still not sure what the fuck..." It took me longer. After a few weeks of listening to Calgary, Alberta based Viet Cong's first and self-titled album on Jagjaguwar I've come to dig its decidedly dark and brutalist groove.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 06, 2015
Erstwhile harpist Áine O'Dwyer got her hands on the pipe organ in St Mark’s Church, Islington over the course of several months. O'Dwyer plays in between services with people coming and going and the cleanup crew going about their business, improvising an intoxicating sonic spell on Music For Church Cleaners vol. I and II (MIE). Part Terry Riley, part Gavin Bryars, and part Gene Moore's Carnival of Souls, the sense of place and meaning in this slow-moving work is jarred by the sound of church cleaners at work as well as the women and children we hear roaming about the place.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 30, 2015
With Bjork, it's never a matter of not liking, it's a matter of liking more or less. The more the focus remains firmly on Bjork's voice, the happier I am. I don't know about you, but I get the distinct impression that she loves to wrap herself around words. Every part of her being getting involved in enunciating and emoting her lyrics and the meaning and messages behind them. Vulnicura (One Little Indian), her latest full-length, drips with raw beautiful sobering sadness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 23, 2015
They're back! The power trio in all their power and our glory. Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and Janet Weiss (drums) are Sleater-Kinney and No Cities To Love (Sub Pop Records) is their first album in 10 years. It is also energy-packed, powerful, rich, riotous, and rewarding. This shit rocks. Hard.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2015
I grew up listening to Frank Sinatra on all of my father's hi-fis as they changed throughout the years. My dad was a fan, he'd seen Sinatra live many times throughout their lives, and it always seemed to me that Sinatra meant more to my father than just a favorite singer. Similar, I'd always supposed, to what Jimi Hendrix means to me. So I cannot help but think of my father when I hear Ol' Blue Eyes which is a wonderful emotional thing. In The Wee Small Hours from 1955 was Sinatra's first 12" LP release and its melancholy blue is one of my favorite of his colors.

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