Quantcast
Log In Registration

Recordings

Lindemann

by David King July 9, 2015

thumb_28recspicLINDE

  Lindemann, the side project featuring Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tagtgren of Hypocrisy, have released an album designed to shock, repel, infuriate and disgust, thanks to Lindemann’s sardonic lyrics on songs like “Ladyboy,” “Praise ...

0 comments

Mutoid Man

by David King July 9, 2015

thumb_28recspicMUTOID

  The brainchild of Cave In frontman Stephen Brodsky, Mutoid Man could be described as the concentrated tantrum of a man torn in multiple directions by the influences he wears proudly on his sleeve. Formed in ...

0 comments

Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet

by B.A. Nilsson June 25, 2015

thumb_26recspicBAN

  Classical music loves specialists, or, to put it a better way, is most comfortable with performers who are easy to pigeonhole. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has made a career of resisting such definition, and underscores this ...

0 comments

Charlie Hunter Trio

by Jeff Nania June 25, 2015

thumb_26recspicJN

  Let the Bells Ring On is the latest in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s practical oeuvre of work. He is joined by drummer Bobby Previte and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes for a unique trio sound that conjures a ...

0 comments

Mew

by David King June 11, 2015

thumb_24recspicDK

  Just about everything Danish indie prog rockers Mew write is catchy. If they had the mind to strip their songs down, stop style hopping and embrace their poppier instincts, they'd have a much easier go ...

0 comments

Ran Blake

by David Greenberger June 11, 2015

thumb_24recspicDG

  At 80 years old, Ran Blake and his musical character continue to deepen in gentle abstractions. This album’s title is apt, as Blake has always sought the elusive nature of fading notes, letting harmonics decay ...

0 comments

Andrew Russo, James Ehnes and the Albany Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Alan Miller

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2015

thumb_23recspicASO

  The music of Aaron Jay Kernis doesn’t immediately suggest his influences, which only supports the charming, puzzling problem of his uniqueness. You can hear some Arvo Pärt in the second of his “Three Flavors,” a ...

0 comments

Bell Witch

by David King June 6, 2015

thumb_23recspicBELL

  Bell Witch undoubtedly would land a premier spot on Head and Bangers’ Top 10 Economical Bands List. The Seattle duo do more with a bass and drum kit on Four Phantoms than most metal bands ...

0 comments

Metz

by David King June 6, 2015

thumb_23recspicMETZ

  It makes a lot of sense that Toronto’s Metz are signed to Sub Pop: Frontman Alex Edkins insists they are punk in the same way that Kurt Cobain maintained the same despite his pop leanings ...

0 comments

Blur

by David King May 21, 2015

thumb_21recspic_blur

  On April 17, 2010, Blur released a track called “Fool's Day,” a fuzzy reintroduction to the band who hadn't released a song since 2002. It felt like the band had recently been awakened for school ...

0 comments

Spuyten Duyvil

by B.A. Nilsson May 21, 2015

thumb_21recspicBAN

  Spuyten Duyvil know the Great American Songbook. Not that Great American Songbook, but the earlier one that was given to us by Harry Smith in his Anthology of American Folk Music, giving us a glimpse ...

0 comments

Local H

by David King May 21, 2015

thumb_localh_heykiller

  “Your white-boy blues is a joke," sings Scott Lucas on "The Last Picture Show in Zion," a sludgy stomp that kicks off the band's crowd-funded new disc--their eighth studio album. Its a marvel, if not ...

0 comments

On The Town

by B.A. Nilsson May 7, 2015

thumb_19recspicBAN

  When Hollywood came calling to put On the Town on film, it gave the show a wonderful cast, headlined by Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, and included terrific location work, rare for a movie in ...

0 comments

Nelson Esposito Quintana

by Mike Hotter May 7, 2015

thumb_NEQ

  Closing in on five years after the release of Here, longtime area guitar ace Todd Nelson’s debut as a solo artist, the one-time member of semi-legendary Albany new wave outfits the Units and Fear of ...

0 comments

Stone Jack Jones

by David Greenberger February 26, 2015

thumb_09recordingspicDG

  Raised in West Virginia and now living in Nashville, Stone Jack Jones has brought forth his second album, close on the heels of last year’s Ancestor. The 10 songs on Love & Torture are again ...

The Mavericks

by Tim Mack February 26, 2015

thumb_09recordingspicTM

  They shouldn’t be this happy. This should be their joyless, introspective “dark” album full of loss and regret. Instead, it’s the best dance album you’ve heard this year, and better yet, it sounds like a band ...

Various Artists

by B.A. Nilsson February 26, 2015

thumb_09recordingspicBAN

  Seeking the living heritage of American song, John Lomax visited a number of Southern prisons in 1933 with recording gear in tow. Not the most dignified of scholars—Lomax had a racist streak that supported his ...

Anonymous 4 with Bruce Molsky

by B.A. Nilsson February 5, 2015

thumb_06recordingspicBAN

  The opening strains of the opening song—“Weeping, Sad, and Lonely”—are so ethereal, so gorgeous, that when we reach the lyric—“Oft in dreams I see thee lying/On the battle plain/Lonely, wounded, even dying/Calling, but in vain.”—it ...

D’Angelo

by Mike Hotter February 5, 2015

thumb_06recordingspicMH

  I purposely stayed away from reading any reviews or prerelease hubbub before purchasing this album for myself as a Christmas present, wanting to be as unswayed by others’ opinions on it as possible. A casual ...

Ariel Pink

by Mike Hotter January 29, 2015

  Ranked fourth in my Top 10 albums for 2010, the breakthrough album Before Today from Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti impressed me for being “skuzzy, freaky, fun, unpredictable, maddening and ridiculous—a gander into a brainpan skewed ...

Punch Brothers

by Tim Mack January 29, 2015

  Will the mandolin be enough to save us from our iPhones? Not likely. Throw in a banjo, guitar, upright and fiddle? Maybe there's a fighting chance. On their fourth album, The Phosphorescent Blues, Brooklyn-based bluegrass collective the ...

Hypercolor

by David Greenberger January 29, 2015

thumb_05recordingspicDG

  A trio featuring guitarist Eyal Maoz, bassist James Ilgenfritz and drummer Lukas Ligeti, Hypercolor have been playing together for the better part of a decade, and that is a key to why this debut release ...

Best Recordings of 2014: Josh Potter

by Ali Hibbs December 31, 2014

thumb_yearrecordsJP

  1. Aphex Twin, Syro “He’s back . . . ” Like the whispered buzz of some techno-utopian prophesy—excitement cut with nervous dread—the news of IDM pioneer Richard James’s triumphant return to his most influential moniker changed ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David King

by David King December 31, 2014

thumb_yearrecordsDK

  1. Einsturzende Neubauten, Lament Envisioned as a performance piece about the horrors of war, Neubauten’s Lament a is simultaneously visceral and thoughtful, gorgeous and repulsive. The album of the year is both a history fetishists’ dream ...

Best Recordings of 2014: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 31, 2014

thumb_yearrecordsDG

  1. Bill Frisell, Guitar in the Space Age Frisell explores a set of songs that made an impact on him in his youth and may well have drawn him to the guitar in the first place. ...