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Joe Chambers - Samba de Maracatu (Blue Note)

26 February 2021

The career of drummer Joe Chambers stretches back to the early sixties, when his rhythm work was a staple of many a Blue Note LP. He logged time with Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, Donald Byrd and more, plus gigged with Hugh Masekala, among others.

Mouse on Mars - AAI

Mouse on Mars - AAI (Thrill Jockey)

25 February 2021

Mouse on Mars, heavily featuring an AI software, return with their most impactful narrative album bearing small traces of what hints to later be truly revolutionary.

Lael Neale

Lael Neale – Acquainted with Night (Sub Pop)

23 February 2021

Stark, confessional tunes plus Omnichord equal unsettling intimacy.

Strangers In A Strange Land + Vince Melouney - Ring My Bell (Ace Records)

22 February 2021

The San Francisco based outfit Strangers In A Strange Land release a cover of the Bee Gees “Ring My Bell” featuring a Bee Gee and Shel Talmy

Palmyra Delran & The Doppel Gang - Lucky In Love (Wicked Cool Records)

22 February 2021

Palmyra Delran returns with The Doppel Gang, and the music world is a better place.

Genya Ravan / The Shang Hi Los - I Who Have Nothng | Sway Little Prayer (Rum Bar Records)

21 February 2021

A testimony to Rock And Roll, courtesy of the split single featuring Genya Ravan and The Shang Hi Los

Matthew Shaw - Nachtmusik (Glass Modern) 

21 February 2021

Matthew Shaw delivers an album of tribute, nostalgia and advances, with the electric poetry of Nachtmusik.

Witch - Introduction (Now-Again)

19 February 2021

Zamrock, the African nation of Zambia’s indelible contribution to the wide umbrella of rock & roll, had to start somewhere, and this is it.

Amanda Easton - Wallflower (Self-Released)

18 February 2021

Wallflower is a fantastic document of a state of mind that countless others have likely experienced in the preceding twelve months, and is definitely recommended for any fans of Lana Del Rey.

Keen Garrity - Get Big (Self-Released)

17 February 2021

By the end of Get Big, the album is a truer descendent of Americana than the majority of slickly-produced odes to beer and women that masquerade under the title today.

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield – The Complete Atlantic Singles 1968-1971 (Real Gone Music)

16 February 2021

A British pop great teams up with American producers to make timeless music.

Jakob Bro - Uma Elmo (ECM)

12 February 2021

Named for his children, Uma Elmo gives Bro new vistas to probe, expanding and refreshing his exploratory musical outlook.

R+R=NOW - Live (Blue Note)

11 February 2021

Modern jazz supergroup R+R=NOW formed out of what was supposed to be a one-off, freely improvised show at South By Southwest in 2017.

A short conversation with TJ and Steven from The Nearly Deads

10 February 2021

Led by the inimitable vocalist Theresa Jeane and featuring Steven Tobi, *Javier Garza Jr. and Josh Perrone, The Nearly Deads are one of the hottest rock bands to come out of Nashville. Their amalgam of powerful pop vocals and aggressive alternative rock music combined with their love of all things geek mixed in with messages of positivity and empowerment creates a truly unique style. I sat down with TJ and Steven to find out more.

Dizmation - Sea Area Forecast (Self-Released)

9 February 2021

It is still early in the year, but Sea Area Forecast, out February 10th, has all the makings to be one of 2021’s strongest indie rock efforts.

Place Like This - London Thor

9 February 2021

L.A. based singer, musician and actress, London Thor’s latest single is both timely and timeless. It captures so much about current mental health and attitudes in the pandemic afflicted world but it also speaks for those who have always found social situations stressful.

Countless Thousands - And the Triumph of Justice (Self-Released)

8 February 2021

An album like And the Triumph of Justice is, to put it simply, sheer fun, a breath of fresh air, and a reminder of this country’s potential just when it is needed the most.

Peter Kronreif & Wayfarers - Aeronautics (Fresh Sound New Talent)

8 February 2021

Aeronautics is a great showcase for some strong jazz talent that’s relatively unknown – for now.

Dusty Wright - Can Anyone Hear Me?

Dusty Wright - Can Anyone Hear Me? (PetRock)

5 February 2021

It’s not easy listening if you pay attention to the lyrics, but it rewards that attention with catharsis.

Michael Gregory Jackson - Frequency Equilibrium Koan (Golden)

5 February 2021

Part of the New York scene starting in the seventies and into the eighties, the axeman vacillated between mainstream soul/pop (including LPs for Island and RCA/Novus, the former produced by Nile Rodgers) and avant-garde jazz (work with Oliver Lake and Wadada Leo Smith, recording the landmark Clarity LP in 1977).

Archie Shepp and Jason Moran - Let My People Go (Archieball)

4 February 2021

Between the absence of a rhythm section and a disinclination to go for the obvious raising of the roof, the pair relies on interplay and feel, showing a near-telepathic sense of how to move around each other, as well as a profound connection to the pieces they choose to include.

Richard Hell

Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Destiny Street Complete (Omnivore)

3 February 2021

An underrated album from a Big Apple provocateur gets refurbished.

The smallest Creature - Magic Beans (Self-Released)

2 February 2021

Magic Beans might very well be a perfect title for the album, because it is full of songs that start off unassuming before growing to unimaginable heights; making a record full of delightful surprises.

Shai Maestro - Human (ECM)

1 February 2021

The Israeli native wields expansive playing and lyrical melodics for a session that fits in well with ECM’s “chamber jazz” aesthetic.

Lord Sonny the Unifier - All New Information EP (Self-Released)

30 January 2021

All New Information is a big step forward for the artist, finding Lord Sonny with a leaner, heavier sound, a clear sense of direction, and a newfound edge in his delivery and songwriting.

Idiot Grins - Thoughts & Prayers (Snug Harbor)

29 January 2021

Although some of the Louvins’ material has aged better, what is still evident is the intensity and conviction in their voices, creating an irresistible energy that persists despite the changing times.

Theo Bleckmann & the Westerlies - This Land (Westerlies)

29 January 2021

This Land brings together iconoclastic musical minds that intersect in the jazz world: vocalist Theo Bleckmann and brass quartet the Westerlies

Gone From My Sight - Twenty Twenty (Self-Released)

28 January 2021

Twenty Twenty perfectly captures the zeitgeist of our times; combining fear with tempered hope, grief with apocalyptic camaraderie.

Joe Lovano’s Trio Tapestry - Garden of Expression (ECM)

28 January 2021

Working with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi, the horn man explored new, more atmospheric territory, with an emphasis on making interiority exterior.

Ngozi Family - 45,000 Volts (Now-Again)

22 January 2021

At a time when the dominant African pop sounds were Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, Ebenezer Obey’s miliki and King Sunny Adé’s jùjú, Ngozi’s roiling rock was less jazz and James Brown and more Jimi Hendrix.

Tenant From Zero - Flight (La Bella Figura)

21 January 2021

Recorded in both New York and Norway, these nine songs deftly mix warm synthesizer textures with a lightly soulful rhythm section to showcase Darrah’s reserved romantic anguish.

Iggy Pop

Iggy and the Stooges – From KO to Chaos (Skydog)

20 January 2021

James Osterberg through the years, profound and profane.

David Bowie - "Tryin' To Get To Heaven"/ "Mother" (Parlophone)

8 January 2021

Together, “Mother” and “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” complete each other and stand as new reminders of the incredible artist we lost five years ago. But more importantly, the songs renew our gratitude that he was here with us.

Takaisin from Radio Supernova

Radio Supernova - Takaisin (Soit Se Silti)

3 January 2021

“There are eight tracks drenched in dream gaze and a post punk sensibility that will rock your corner of the world for a short time. While it may rain colder on your senses, there is always a warmth to be found at the core of these soundscapes.”

Cosmorama from Beautify Junkyards

Beautify Junkyards - Cosmorama (Ghost Box Records)

1 January 2021

“I’d be hard pressed to give a hard and fast description of this release, as it’s a constantly shifting musical cape, colors swirling about as crystalline notes settle around you. The instrumental passages are exotic swatches of tropicalia meshed with dreamy psych folk.”

Staple Singers

The Staple Singers – Come Go with Me: The Stax Collection (Craft Recordings)

31 December 2020

Gospel titans rock the house with spirit and soul, and everyone’s invited.

Iggy Pop - Dirty Little Virus

Iggy Pop - Dirty Little Virus (BMI/ASCAP)

30 December 2020

Earlier generations had journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson and Norman Mailer and poets like Charles Bukowski to help them voice their anger at the frustrations of life. At the end of a year like 2020, Iggy Pop’s cathartic wail of “Covid-19!” is the poetry we all needed to hear.

Elbow – Asleep in the Back LP, Cast of Thousands LP (Polydor)

30 December 2020

At the 20th anniversary of Elbow’s debut album, this vinyl reissue campaign treats the band’s early material with the loving touch its legacy warrants.

Junk Ranchers - 86 (self-released)

23 December 2020

The Junk Ranchers were one of the many guitar-based rock bands on the American college scene in the mid-80s. On the basis of 86 , the quartet was also one of the better examples.

Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas (Craft/Fantasty)

22 December 2020

The Vince Guaraldi Trio’s score for the animated TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas continues to serve as a point of entry for new generations of fans to discover jazz music at any age.

Ed Haynes - In His Latest Mystery (self-released)

22 December 2020

In His Latest Mystery is a reminder that there’s way more to Haynes than jokes and sarcasm.

Lia Ices - Family Album (Natural Music)

18 December 2020

Lia Ices returns in late January with an album that resonates with a divine splendor

Ain't About Me

Aint About Me – Aint About Me

14 December 2020

Poetic wordsmith Lukasz Polowczyk and his top-notch ensemble unveil a mesmerizing, meditative, and metaphysical album.

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker – The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection (Craft)

11 December 2020

Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and friends make beautiful, exotic noise.

Girl Band - Shoulderblades (Rough Trade)

10 December 2020

Girl Band announce a new album, tour dates and release the single “Shoulderblades”

Thelonious Monster - Oh That Monster (Immediate Family)

9 December 2020

A great cry was heard throughout the land…well, the land populated by a certain kind of rock fan, anyway. And that cry was: Thelonious Monster is back.

Spencer Cullum - Coin Collection (yk)

8 December 2020
Though country music will always pay the bills for steel guitar players, it’s always good to hear one who recognizes the untapped potential of those ten strings, and delights in pushing them farther into the wild.

Midnight Canyon - Midnight Canyon

4 December 2020

With two excellent singles already being well-received both critically and commercially, Midnight Canyon unleash their debut eponymous e.p.

Anthony Pirog - Pocket Poem (Cuneiform)

4 December 2020

Interestingly, Pirog, who studied jazz guitar at Berklee and NYU, doesn’t play much actual jazz here. Instead, he explores folk and psychedelia, drawing on the sounds of the sixties, but reinterpreting them firmly for the twenty-first century.