Monthly Archive:: July 2011

EP Review: The Wicked Whispers – The Dark Delights of…

Take the edge-of-macabre organ stylings of The Doors and apply it to a slowly swaying, retro-jangle with a British accent. Add some plaintive harmonies and a slightly modern sensibility a la House of Fire’s overlooked 2008 album, and what you end up with is Wicked Whispers. On their debut EP The Dark Delights of the

Concord’s Jazzapalooza 2011, Part Two

Continued from Part One. In June 2011 Concord Music Group added six more reissued jazz titles to their already vast catalog. Each features the original album (in 24-bit remastering) with the original artwork and liner notes. But each is appended with contemporary liner notes that help place the recordings in their proper historical and musical

Concord’s Jazzapalooza 2011, Part One

They’re having a veritable jazzapalooza over at Concord Music Group, and we’re all invited. I try, but I can’t keep up with the amazing rush of quality reissues from the label that’s fast becoming the go-to source for thoughtful, well-put-together archival reissues. In March 2011, Concord released four reissues; at the time I managed to

DVD Review: Brian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth

First, the bad news. The people who put out this new critical analysis/history DVD obviously spent no more than a few seconds thinking up a title. What they came up with – Brian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth – makes little sense, calls to mind a project Eno had nothing to do

EP Review: Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions

What can I say? I’m old-school. It’s only an album if you can hear it and hold it in your hand. But modern technology being what it is, and the economics of the music industry being what they are, I do understand that there are times when a digital-only release makes economic sense for an

Album Review: Dino Valenti – Get Together

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about musical artists to whom the word mercurial applies. Rock’s history is filled with their names: Moby Grape‘s Skip Spence; Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett; Arthur Lee of Love; Brian Wilson; Phil Spector; Joe Meek; Sly Stone. The list goes on and on. What these very different artists share

Album Review: Night Beats

If your idea of a good time is tinny, fuzz-drenched garage rock in the vein of Sky Saxon and the Seeds, I’ve got a hell of a find for you. Sure, you’ll want to hold onto your old Electric Prunes LPs, but a new release – the self-titled album from Night Beats – can sit

R. Stevie Moore’s Hobbies Galore

Known primarily — when he’s known at all – as a studio rat, R. Stevie Moore has more than 400 albums to his credit. No, that’s not a typo: this underground sensation has recorded and released literally hundreds of albums – first on cassette, and then later on CDR — since 1966. Stevie takes issue

Album Review: Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here

I heard about this album a long time before I heard it. We’re Here Because We’re Here is the eighth studio album from UK sensation Anathema, and it was released in May 2010…in England. The disc didn’t see stateside release until a full year later. While the group’s earlier material is classified as death metal,

Album Review: Concord’s Latest “Definitive” Collections

Concord is at it again, but this time with a bit of a twist. Drawing upon the increasingly deep catalogs under their control, the label has compiled several entries in the Definitive series. The work of artists for labels now associated with Concord have been collected to showcased with an aim toward providing comprehensive introductions