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Best Recordings 2013: David King

by David King December 24, 2013

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  1. Cult of Luna Vertikal A labyrinthian musical interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. One of the most challenging listens of the year in any genre but even more rewarding. Don’t let the metal genre fool ...

Best Recordings 2013: Josh Potter

by Josh Potter December 24, 2013

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  1. Jai Paul Jai Paul It’s poetic justice that, in a year dominated by major-label mega-roll-out record spectulars—Daft Punk, Kanye West, etc.—the best album should be an unfinished leak from a relative unknown who won’t even take ...

Best Recordings 2013: David Greenberger

by David Greenberger December 24, 2013

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  1. Boister Your Wound is Your Crown This album is full of ensemble grooves that spring forth like little parades, confident melodic character, and alluring propulsion. 2. Yo La Tengo Fade The simple four-letter-word title says so much. The trio, ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Classical Music

by B.A. Nilsson December 12, 2013

  David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony have been Grammy nominated for their recording of John Corigliano Conjuror/Vocalise, featuring a percussion concerto written for Dame Evelyn Glennie, cast in six parts, showcasing three different percussion ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Pop Music

by Josh Potter December 12, 2013

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  I don’t mean to be the Grinch around here but, WTF, why are any of you considering buying music as a Christmas present anymore? Sure, there’s plenty of music-related stuff that is fun and useful ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Music Books

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

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  Memoirs, biographies, artfully rendered collections of photography and ephemera, and even a coloring book—it’s another season of music-themed books. Since it’s now been more than five decades since there’s been a year in which there was ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Folk, Blues, Bluegrass and Celtic

by Glenn Weiser December 12, 2013

  The compact disc may be on the wane, but nonetheless several good releases in the folk, blues, bluegrass and Celtic genres saw the light of day this year. If you have a roots-music fan on ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Music Through the Cracks

by David Greenberger December 12, 2013

  Another year, another slew of music that may have failed to find its sympathetic listener. Such is the fractured state of the musical marketplace as well as the sidelining of recorded music as a foreground ...

Holiday Gift Guide: Christmas Sounds

by Shawn Stone December 12, 2013

  A couple of old dudes are responsible for two of the most interesting holiday albums this year. Johnny Mathis, who’s been making smooth, velvety music since the Eisenhower administration, is offering up Sending You a ...

Matt Durfee

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  Singer-songwriter Matt Durfee’s debut CD Little World has been a very long-time coming. A former winner of Metroland’s Best Male Songwriter honor and half of the acoustic duo Palatypus (with M.R. Poulopoulos), Durfee is one ...

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Jake Moon

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  The Internet has made geography far less critical to the development of a musician’s sound, freeing the artist to live more or less wherever they choose and still draw ideas from a musical locale they ...

Better Pills

by Josh Potter November 21, 2013

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  Brent Gorton doesn’t clutter his music with much fanfare. His band Better Pills quietly released Blood Chant last month on their Bandcamp page and for free download at brentgorton.com. “Recorded in a basement during the ...

The Art of Preservation

by David Greenberger November 6, 2013

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  We live our life, follow our pursuits, and often only in hindsight is a pattern seen. There is a road from a pivotal juncture in the past to the current moment, filled with potent and ...

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Gone Diggin’

by Metroland Staff November 6, 2013

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  Bear Grass Stories in Books Sometimes it’s OK to judge a record by its cover. Especially if that cover is a hand-sewn sleeve of vintage cloth. This is one of two formats in which the physical version ...

Cult of Luna

by David King October 16, 2013

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  Sweden’s Cult of Luna are desperately trying to be human. No matter how much they want it, they just can’t be. Unlike other post-metal bands they are compared to, like Neurosis, Isis, Godflesh and Jesu, ...

Franz Ferdinand

by Elyse Beaudoin October 3, 2013

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  As the title of their new album suggests, the Scottish band Franz Ferdinand returned from a four-year hiatus with conviction. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions drives through tracks with simple marching beats and a ...

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Carcass

by David King October 3, 2013

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  Jason Keyser, former lead singer of local metal bands Skinless and Detriment and current front man for technical death-metal band Origin, recently stepped on an Internet metal land mine of sorts. Keyser mentioned in a ...

Arctic Monkeys

by David King September 18, 2013

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  Welcome to Arctic Monkeys’ The Chronic. Perhaps the last thing you would expect from an early Internet buzz band like the Monkeys, whose pedigree was raucous garage rock and songs about sordid sexual hookups, would ...

Nine Inch Nails

by David King September 18, 2013

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  What brought Trent Reznor back to Nine Inch Nails? If you are intrigued by that question then you might be interested in Hesitation Marks, Reznor’s first album in five years. The entire album is dedicated ...

Earl Sweatshirt

by Josh Potter August 22, 2013

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  Tuesday (Aug. 20) was something like a super-moon for late-summer album releases, Ty Segall, Julianna Barwick, No Age, Zola Jesus, Julia Holter, Shigeto and Braids (see more below) all logging anticipated entries. There was none ...

Braids

by Josh Potter August 22, 2013

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  One of my biggest musical regrets in the past year was missing Braids’ Valentine’s performance last fall. This didn’t, however, set in until I first listened to the Montreal band’s 2011 debut Native Speaker last ...

Shigeto

by Josh Potter August 22, 2013

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  It’s easy to forget, in the age of Kanye, that DJs were the first stars of hip-hop. Those early Jamaican soundsystem battles weren’t won and lost on account of the microphone “toasters,” either; it was ...

Listening Room

by B.A. Nilsson August 15, 2013

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  Live at Caffè Lena: Music From America's Legendary Coffeehouse, 1967-2013 There’s a moment in Hedy West’s 1968 performance of “Shady Grove” when one of the lyrics gets a startlingly loud laugh and she stutters for a ...

Disclosure

by Josh Potter August 7, 2013

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  Ironically, British house producers like Gold Panda will tell you that the best dance music currently is being made in Berlin. So, maybe the rise of U.K. electronic duo Disclosure is just the final crest ...

Lucid

by Josh Potter August 7, 2013

  To my knowledge, there’s no such thing as a “North Country sound,” save for the gaggle of Adirondack traditionalists preserving that region’s folk catalog, or perhaps the country-infused “Northern rock” of Greenwich’s Eastbound Jesus. Yet, ...

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