Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 21, 2017
I didn't know what to expect from Arca's new self-titled album so when I hit Play in Roon, I was taken by surprise by its sheer overwhelming bruised beauty.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 14, 2017
Have you ever been driving and listening to the radio when a song comes on that you knew you needed to hear but had never heard before? I love it when that happens.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 07, 2017
Have you ever heard someone say something like, "'80's music sucked"? Or "'70's", or "'90's", etc...? How about "Today's music sucks"? If you have, and you're anything like me, you may have felt a mild sense of pity for the fool. Or anger. Great music is made, always. Just because it wasn't made when we were teenagers doesn't discount it from being great (sorry).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 31, 2017
One of my favorite book titles, and books, is Peter Handke's The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick. I was reminded of the goalie when thinking about how best to describe the feeling I get when a friend sends over a music recommendation.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 24, 2017
Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow, originally released in 1970, is a stone cold classic. George Clinton & Co. are in top form and when Funkadelic are in top form, there's no higher high.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 17, 2017
"West Africa’s most iconic dance-band". Sunnier days. I first found Orchestra Baobab through their 2015 release Pirates Choice. Digging that, and digging back into their catalog, Bamba (Sterns, 1993) rung my bell the mostest. This is beautiful soulful dance music that makes me want to close my eyes and imagine other sunnier climes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 10, 2017
Reassemblage, Visible Cloaks' 2nd full-length released on VNG Intl. last month, reminds me of one of William Gibson's worlds. Machine music, computer music, glitchy ambient exotica streaming from the ether of tomorrow, now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 03, 2017
I'm with Ministry's Al Jourgensen; The Land Of Rape And Honey is my favorite Ministry album.
 |  Feb 24, 2017
There are at least two things I love about Maggie Rogers; her music and the way I came to know about her music. That way was through my friend Rafe Arnott who has recently become a full-time audiophile as Part-Time Audiophile's Editor at Large.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 10, 2017
Protest music. I suppose we can say that avant-garde art is, by definition, a form of protest and I would certainly say that avant-garde jazz of the 1960s was a form of protest. Unlike protest songs in the folk tradition, avant-garde jazz was angrier and freer in musical form. Protest music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 03, 2017
Hold the phone! In my review of the Sound Galleries SGM music server I said:
I recently had a few friends over for a listening and barn orchestra party. John DeVore and Stephen Mejias arrived just before noon and we spent the better part of the day into the early night listening to, and at times playing along with1, music from the system. We took turns selecting the music, letting each others selections inform our own (this is a boat load of fun). John queued up The Ensemble Of Irreproducible Outcomes' "Intonazione/The Foggy Dew" while he was sitting in the red chair and after a few minutes he suggested, strongly, that Stephen take the hot seat. After some time, Stephen suggested, strongly, that I take his place...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 03, 2017
There are times when I think life is best described by picturing countless endlessly tall raw metal monoliths with no air or space between them, rubbing up and down, slow. A snail's pace slow and we, the observer, are the lubricant. It's at these times I enjoy a soundtrack to that movie and Emptyset's Borders, released on Thrill Jockey last month, works.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 27, 2017
While this isn't it, it's still it. My pal John DeVore turned me onto the Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO) and boy-O-boy and man-O-man am I forever thankful he did. While this isn't it, Memory and Weather, released on Irritable Hedgehog Records in 2015, is an hour and forty six minutes of wander and wonder.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 20, 2017
A voice like sweet summer rain. I don't recall how I ended up on Julie Byrne's Bandcamp page, but I did. This was late last year, before Not Even Happiness was released, but there were a few tracks available to sample. After a few bars of "Follow My Voice", I was in, ready to follow her voice some more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 13, 2017
Released today on Young Turks, I See You is The xx's third full-length and first since 2012's Coexist. Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie xx have scratched away the surface of their previous efforts producing a brighter, more raw, and musically adventurous set of songs. Don't worry—grief is still in full sway.

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