Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 25, 2015
We had this idea in mind that someone quite innocently would come along to a record store and see [the record] and think they would be getting 20 really good jazz/funk greats, and then they would put it on at home and they would just get decimated.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 18, 2015
Chris and Cosey have been pouring sonic tonic into amygdalae for decades. Add Nik Colk Void and we're off to the funhouse.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 11, 2015
It has admittedly taken me time to warm to Kurt Vile. With his latest record, b’lieve i’m goin down, (Matador) we're cookin'. We may as well be cousins.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 04, 2015
Back in college in Vermont I had a few, and I mean a few, cassettes in my painting studio that were on near infinite repeat including a Hank Williams compilation and Sonny Rollin's Freedom Suite. A decade or more before college back home in NJ, we had an "uncle" who wasn't my uncle who dressed up like a cowboy and sung and strummed Hank Williams' tunes and C&W classics in smoky bars. Mom took us to see him perform and I always found the bar, the smoke, and its patrons at least as interesting as Uncle Pete, who was certainly a colorful kinda guy.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 27, 2015
Whenever music reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence with the last few decades of music informing the sound, count me in. Meg Remy is the mind and voice behind U.S. Girls and Half Free is her latest album, out on 4AD. Half Free also reminds me of the Shangri-Las minus the innocence and Remy's voice and lyrics are beautifully spellbinding, more than bit sad, out in front of an expertly crafted and compelling amalgam of beats, rhythms, sounds, and drive.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 20, 2015
Jacques Coursil on his time with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota in the 1970s:
"I was there during the birth of the American Indian movement and I was deeply impressed by the seriousness of those people, who don’t talk much. But when they say something, it’s heavy. There are a lot of books about this [the Trail of Tears], but that is nothing compared to people telling me things bit by bit. The musician always translates into music what they see and hear and smell and experience, so instead of making a theory out of it, I made music."
Trails of Tears was conceived back then only to be realized, recorded and finally released in 2011.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 13, 2015
Oh baby! I do love finding deliciously rare and delightful finds. Fille Qui Mousse (girl foam?) "was a leftist political collective led by journalist/musician Henri-Jean Enu in the very early '70s in Paris." according to AllMusic. In In 1971 the collective went into Futura Records studio and put down their one and only record in one day. Futura was having financial difficulties, some things never change, so the album originally titled Se Taire Pour Une Femme Trop Belle sat on the shelves until 1973 when a few, five according to Futura, test pressings were made.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2015
Hermits On Holiday (Heavenly Records, 2015) is the first album from Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley (aka White Fence), together known as Drinks. Sometimes I like my music all jangly, loose, and raw with a bit of a wink. Sid Barret's Barrett being a particular favorite on that list and Hermits On Holiday joins it in sound and pleasure.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 30, 2015
I'll just say it; Joanna Newsom is a songbird. Or maybe a fiendishly lovely automaton. Either way, you can certainly become enchanted with her sound which will leave you hopelessly lost in some Pre-Raphaelite medieval garden. Listen in to what she's singing and saying, and you may just fall in love.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 23, 2015
I spent yesterday evening glued to a second tier seat in Carnegie Hall. The Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons tickled every part of my brain with their stunning telling of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky followed by Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. If it were possible to download that experience and share it with you, I would. During the intermission, I commented to John DeVore, who was responsible for the invite, I felt as if I had been given a deep massage; the typical tension in my shoulders and neck was gone (it still is). Music heals.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 16, 2015
With her last album, Loud City Song (see review), Julia Holter seemed to have stepped up to a level of musical maturity. With her new release, Have You In My Wilderness on Domino, she seems to have been busy building new musical worlds.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2015
RMAF Reporting Intermission*: I brought two tracks from the Jimi Hendrix Experience's third release Electric Ladyland to RMAF 2015; "Voodoo Chile" and "Rainy Day, Dream Away". The rip is from the Japanese import CD [UICY-93142] with the original UK cover art (pictured above in Jimi's teeth). I've been listening to Electric Ladyland since the 1970's and this import CD is the best sounding digital version I've heard. In general, I've found the UK Trax Records LPs (especially the mono releases) and the first run tri-color label Reprise LP's to be the ones to look out for on vinyl. I think everyone should own Electric Ladyland and love it which tells you something about me ;-)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2015
Kevin Martin, aka The Bug, along with Roger Robinson and vocalist Kiki Hitomi have teamed up with Austrian guitarist / electronic musician Fennesz for Editions 1 (Ninja Tune) a foray into dreamy static-filled skies.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2015
I love Low. With their new album Ones and Sixes released on Sub Pop earlier this month, they have become even easier to love. Duluth, MN-based Low consists of Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington who together form a power trio delivering beauty, menace, and a lit fuse-like groove.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2015
N' released March of this year on Bijin Record is an hour's worth of nonstop motorific danceOliscious action. Yuri Zaikawa bass, Sayaka Himeno drums, and Masako Takada guitar make music that defies their respective instruments, sounding more like samples of Bauhaus meets krautrock stretched out and put on nearly endless repeat. Nice.

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