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Reviews: Five Limited-edition Vinyl Releases

Some recent vinyl releases are more than noteworthy. Herewith are looks at five of ’em. I’m pretty certain all are limited-edition pressings, so get them while they’re hot. Kenny Clarke et. al. – Bohemia After Dark Nominally a session led by drummer Kenny Clarke, this 1955 album is of great historical import as the recorded

Album Review: The Long Distance Relationship

I sometimes joke (or as Senator Al Franken says, “kid on the square”) that I avoid reviewing music made by artists local to Asheville NC “because I gotta live in this town.” I do in fact write often (for our local altweekly, Mountain Xpress) about local recording artists/performers, but those are customarily interviews/news stories. But

Album Mini-review: Anton Barbeau — Magic Act

Often swimming in the quirkier end of the power pop pool, the prolific Anton Barbeau most recently made a pair of albums fronting Three Minute Tease; there he applied his own personal spin to the music, bending the sound made by Robyn Hitchcock‘s former band mates (Andy Metcalfe, Morris Windsor) toward his own unique aesthetic.

Concert Review: Dungen — 9 June 2016, Asheville NC

It had been nearly five years since Swedish “folkrockpsych” band (their description) Dungen last played in Asheville. On that September 2010 date, the four-piece was touring in support of their seventh album, Skit I allt. In the ensuing years, Dungen went quiet, fueling speculation that they had disbanded. Guitarist Reine Fiske had already started another

Five Years in the Wilderness: The Return of Black Mountain

Nearly six years elapsed between Vancouver-based Black Mountain‘s 2011 album Wilderness Heart and their latest, the straightforwardly-named IV (like all their, albums, released on Jagjaguwar). “We sort of cautiously took a bit of a break from the band,” says keyboard player Jeremy Schmidt. “We had done a lot of touring after Wilderness Heart came out;

Five Quick Ones

About once a month I like to visit my “in for review” shelf and pull out some titles that I’ve been meaning to get to for some time. For whatever reason, other projects or reviews have taken precedence, causing these worthy releases to gather the odd bit of dust on my shelf. I will have

Album Mini-review: Quilt — Plaza

File next to: Woods, Fresh & Onlys, Mikal Cronin With Plaza, Boston-based Quilt dials back the more overt psychedelic/garage textures of their first two full-lengths. Keyboardist Anna Fox Rochinski remains the primary vocal focus, but guitarist Shane Butler takes the lead on the Monkees-flavored “Searching For,” and other tunes feature a dual male-female lead vocal

Album Mini-review: Doug Tuttle — It Calls On Me

File next to: Tame Impala, Plasticland, Starling Electric On his self-titled 2014 debut, Doug Tuttle staked out his musical territory: a shimmering, woozy, yet highly tuneful 21st century take on the gentler side of mid 1960s psychedelic rock. Deftly sidestepping overtly retro production flourishes yet knowingly nailing the era’s vibe, he sounded like a slightly

Album Mini-review: The Besnard Lakes — A Coliseum Complex Museum

File Next to: Flaming Lips, Polyphonic Spree, Rain Parade Long song titles, albums with epic names, and a gauzy space-rock vibe are the hallmarks of this Montréal group, newly expanded to a six-piece. They were last heard from on a 2015 EP, Golden Lion; only its title track is repeated on A Coliseum Complex Museum.

Album Review: Arthur Lee / Love — Coming Through to You: The Live Recordings (1970-2004)

With the (both critically and commercially) belated realization by the music world-at-large that Love‘s 1967 album Forever Changes is a classic came an unfortunate misconception. That was the idea that once the original lineup of Love broke up, Arthur Lee and/or his subsequent Love didn’t produce anything of lasting value. It’s true on one hand