Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 15, 2017
Sunny Murray is largely credited for putting the "free" in jazz drumming. He passed earlier this month, on December 7, at the age of 81 in Paris, France, his home.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 08, 2017
Mono No Aware is the first compilation album from the folks at PAN and it's a shimmering doozy. Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Yin-Wong, Malibu, and AYYA, there's over an hour of earthly and unearthly ambient, beautifully colored light and dark.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 01, 2017
More or less, we all live in fantasyland. Marvin Pontiac was born there and The Asylum Tapes have sprung forth like a breath of fresh freedom.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 17, 2017
Like I said, blame Stephen. Aldous Harding's Party, released on 4AD in May of this year, is perfect.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 10, 2017
The older we get, the more distance lies between us and what it's like to be young. Sometimes we make the mistake of thinking that this distance represents a linear progression; a slow steady march towards wisdom. As George Gershwin said, it ain't necessarily so.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 03, 2017
Obaro Ejimiwe/Ghostpoet had me at Dark Days + Canapés.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 27, 2017
"I'm not sure what to pick for this week's DotW." Stephen responded, "DotW should be Circuit des Yeux's Reaching for Indigo!". Of course it should (that's what friends are for).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 13, 2017
Take Me Apart ravages the listener. I think I'm in love.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 06, 2017
I've been impatiently awaiting the release of Ibeyi's sophomore record. I wait no longer.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 29, 2017
Back in 2012, Mr. "Weird New Pop" sent me an email with a link to Chelsea Wolfe's Bandcamp page. The subject line read "Mmm". Back in 2015, Mr. "Monthly Spins" sent me an email which read (in part), "I was just listening to that new Chelsea Wolfe album Abyss and thought it was something you might like." They were right.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 22, 2017
I like to listen to the artist whenever possible. Here's Larkin Grimm on her recent release Chasing an Illusion:
The love generated by this record is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who taught me to play without fear, and to The Divine Yogini Turiyasangitananda, AKA Alice Coltrane, who taught me to heal the deepest pain of loss through music. May the light of truth overcome all darkness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 15, 2017
I was in our NY office and I asked Robert Baird, Stereophile's Music Editor, "Have you heard the new Iron & Wine? It's really nice, very easy to like." Robert responded that he hadn't listened to it yet so I added, "Some reviewers have said it may be too easy to like." To which Robert responded with a sigh of a sentence as if he's heard this way too many times, "Is anything really too easy to like?" I like Robert.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2017
While LCD Soundsystems' American Dream hardly needs more praise, I have to say I've been enjoying the bejesus out of it since its release on September 1st. American Dream wears its influences on its sleeve and in so doing it touches things already inside my musical head with a fresh delight. Lovely.

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