Download of the Week

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2015
I love Albert Ayler; The man, the music, the spirit. ESP-Disk is one wonderful home to many of Albert Ayler's records and they've just reissued Live on the Riviera from 1970. I bought it, I've listened to it a number of times and I, of course, love it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 27, 2015
I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Songs Of Debussy And Mozart (ECM, CD rip) is simply beautiful—Juliane Banse, soprano, and András Schiff, piano, re-tell the tales of poets in songs by Debussy and Mozart. I've been listening to their re-telling for over 10 years and it only gets better with age (mine).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 21, 2015
M3LL155X (pronounced mellissa) is FKA twigs new EP release on Young Turks. W've talked about FKA twigs before, here and here, and what I'd add to comments like "lovely, slow, smoldering, sexy beast of a record" and "Deep too. Even though the surface of LP1 is all lustrous and shiny, repeated listening is rewarded with a deeper beauty" is that M3LL155X gives you even more, better, deeper.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 14, 2015
This is some of the most heavenly music I've ever heard. It sounds even more heavenly on vinyl (I've have the Mississippi Records LP for years). No matter - get this music in any form you can get your ears on and just listen. I promise you there are rewards awaiting in the listening.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 07, 2015
Pop. Of course Ducktails' new record St. Catherine (Domino) isn't really pop in the sense that it'll be a streaming sensation, rather it's pop in the sense of song form. Ducktails' Matt Mondanile is from New Jersey, so I have a soft spot for his music, and he's been honing his Ducktails craft since 2006. And it shows.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 31, 2015
It has been a while since we heard from Syria's soulful singer Omar Souleyman who is joined on his new record Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown Records) by saz player Khaled Youssef and Rizan Said on keyboards. The saz, or bağlama, is a stringed instrument resembling a lute that Youssef uses here to tell the his own version of the story and Said's keyboard playing is incessant and raw as is this music. I love this music.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 24, 2015
Dawn of Midi's Dysnomia is the kind of music you actually have to listen to (eek!). I have my friend John DeVore to thank for the heads up on this Brooklyn-based band and it just figures. You see, John is just the kind of guy who actually listens to music (eek!). Albums' worth at a clip (eek!). I'm also an album listening lover which may be due to the fact that I grew up spinning records and I wanted to hear every last musical morsel on every record I bought. And I still do.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 17, 2015
Sharon Van Etten, Patty Griffin, Diane Cluck, Julia Holter, Lucinda Williams, Marissa Nadler, Laurel Halo, Larkin Grimm, Isobel Campbell, Tara Jane O'Neil, and Josephine Foster sing songs penned by Karen Dalton. Sold.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 10, 2015
Our dog died. Heidi was nearly 11, a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog and my/our family's first pet. She was gentle, a bit of a loaner, a real sweetheart. We spent a lot of time together, Heidi enjoyed laying around listening to music, and she only asked for occasional attention which I enjoyed giving her as much if not more than she enjoyed receiving it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 03, 2015
Our family recently spent some time on a Caribbean island. I have an ongoing love affair with these islands (especially the non-US ones) and have been visiting for years. One of the things you'll notice when there is the importance of music. Nearly every taxi trip is a musical treat, every restaurant, especially the beach shacks, pump out great sounds, and in general life feels good. The local people have a beautiful calm, strength, and kindness that is, in my experience, unique to this part of the world.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 26, 2015
Unadventurous? That's how The Quietus' Christian Eede described Jamie xx's debut solo album In Colour (Young Turks). On the other hand, Pitchfork, Metacritic, Q, Consequence of Sound, and NME loved it. Hmm. This music reviewing thing seems to be simply comprised of subjective opinions! Therefore our best bet is to find reviewers whose tastes we share and then listen for ourselves. Hmm. This is the exact same advice I offer and follow for any review. Proof Poof!.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 19, 2015
I jumped aboard the Ilyas Ahmed 6- and 12-string train back in 2008 with the LP release of Between Two Skies. With I'm All Your Own released in March of this year on Immune Recordings after a three year hiatus, Ilyas has arrived at a new station of song.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 12, 2015
Sharon Van Etten is just as good live, maybe even better, than on record. And I really enjoy her records. On her latest 5-song EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down (Jagjaguwar), we get more lovely heartbreak, more pain, and more soul searching. This is straight forward singer-songwriter stuff with a twist which is delivered by Van Etten's beautiful voice.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 05, 2015
I feel it. Anger, energy, message. Algiers self-titled debut LP on Matador Records kills.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2015
Sometimes I like to kick back. Take it easy, musically. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles debut release Oh Man, Cover the Ground on Suicide Squeeze Records sounds like Takoma-infused Cat Power. Only hippie-er. "12 songs about dark rooms, water, wind, stoned afternoons, sun in your eyes, sex, hair, snacks, death, & the beach."

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