Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 23, 2016
Deux Filles are not "Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule [who] met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule's mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque's mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident." Nor did they bond over their shared grief working "through their bereavement with music." That was a story made up by Simon Fisher Turner and Colin Lloyd Tucker who made themselves up into Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule as Deux Filles realeasing two albums on their Papier Maché label, Silence & Wisdom (1982) and Double Happiness (1983), before hanging up their drag. Until now.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 16, 2016
"The new Bad Seeds is really sad, beautiful, and interesting." said Stephen in a text message. "Agreed. I'm nearly afraid to let it all in." was my response.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 08, 2016
Some songs from Angel Olsen's new album My Woman I like, others I love (like "Woman").
 |  Sep 02, 2016
So...I was putting my new DAC through its paces, OK that's potentially misleading as you could interpret that to mean playing various pieces of music to test my new DACs audiophileness when in fact I was playing some of my most loved music. One of which is Einstürzende Neubauten's Tabula Rasa (Thirsty Ear, 1993).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 26, 2016
Imagine Debussy digested by Webern transposed and informed by Coltranes, John & Alice, played by some of the finest jazz players on familiar and unfamiliar instruments and you begin to get a mental grab on Marion Brown's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun released in August of 1970 on ECM.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 19, 2016
It has been a while since we've heard from Gonjasufi, born Sumach Ecks. His last full-length MU.ZZ.LE (2012) made it onto Stephen Mejias' Pick 6 list and I've been digging his music since his first LP, Sufi and a Killer, arrived way back in 2010. Callus, released today on WARP, is nastier, badder, and good-er.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 12, 2016
I was listening to the new Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi album An Untroublesome Defencelessness which led me to the more wondrous Cuts of Guilt, Cut Deeper featuring Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson, Balazs Pandi and Thurston Moore and I thought; maybe I should write about one of these fine records for this week's Download of the Week.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 05, 2016
Swinging from sweet to sour makes everything more tasty: Ella & Louis "Isn't It A Lovely Day" to Elza Soares "Pra Fuder" on her latest A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) (Mais Um Discos, June 2016) go beyond both ends of the spectrum, the latter reaching into animal-like rawness. If you enjoy digging down into humanities depths, perhaps in search of salvation, look and listen no further than A Mulher do Fim do Mundo.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Jul 29, 2016
[Editor's Note: Join me in welcoming Jana Dagdagan, Stereophile's Editorial Assistant, to our Download of the Week column. Her contribution is most welcome and I hope this can become a regular occurrence.]
Being an avid Aphex Twin fan, I had to pre-order Cheetah as soon as I heard about it. The EP was released by Warp officially on July 8 with only a month of notice beforehand. Regardless, it’s safe to say that I was still sufficiently hyped.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 29, 2016
"Listen to this yet?" my good friend Stephen Mejias asked via text message. "It's next in line" was my response. What I meant by that was, no, I have not listened to BadBadNotGood's IV yet but I just added it to my queue on Tidal/Roon.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 22, 2016
Yea, The Wailers. They changed to "Bob Marley & The Wailers" soon hereafter. What I'm talking about, and highly recommending for every fan of lovely recordings, is Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition). What makes it "Deluxe" and highly recommended is this is a two-disc set; disc 1 is the previously unreleased album as originally recorded and produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, dubbed the "Jamaican Version". Disc 2 is the version we all know and love. The thing is, I love the "Jamaican Version" more.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 14, 2016
"Sarathy instantly caught my attention when he said he wanted to make an album that embraced both Indian folk music and jazz - two worlds that have had a big influence on me. His album succeeds in bringing these things together in an elegant way, but it’s his own style and ideas that come through the most in the music. Refreshingly different, this is a deep and powerful listening experience." Four Tet
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 08, 2016
P-Funk? More like PFSN (Punk/Funk/Soul/Noise) according to Marc Ribot's website. The Young Philadelphians are Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, G. Calvin Weston drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and a three-piece string section and together with Marc Ribot's searing six-string they rip through some classic Philly soul on Live In Toyko "where deco meets disco meets decon".
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 01, 2016
I follow Sturgill Simpson on Facebook. While that sentence kinda gives me the creeps, it's one of the more useful followings as I get concert announcements, since Ticketmonster is in the loop I never actually get tickets, and other news. Recently Sturgill, hey I follow him so I can call him Surgill, posted a link to an interview and performance with one of his heroes, John Prine. And I remembered how much I love John Prine for his humanity, his words, wit, and wisdom and of course his music which contains all these things. Humor, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 24, 2016
I flip-flopped all week. I even asked Art Dudley to help me out, which he did. I went from pseudo-bluegrass, to roots guitar, to songs about puberty, to a band from Montclair, but nothing felt right. Then I realized I was trying too hard, which is kinda funny in a not-so-funny way, if you think about it.

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