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Nah Und Fern | Kompakt
Kompakt label head Wolfgang Voigt re-releases the four discs of his Gas project — long hailed as some of the best albums in ambient techno — along with a double LP of extended material.
By: DEVIN KING  |  June 03, 2008


Qwel and Kip Killagain

The New Wine | Galapagos 4
Not only does he have that Midwestern Ewok look, but the Chicago rhyme icon Qwel  is also the most linguistically developed cat in modern hip-hop.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 03, 2008


Al Green

Lay It Down | Blue Note
The Reverend Green gets his sexy groove back after the three uneven releases that followed his 2003 secular comeback.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  June 03, 2008


Bonnie Prince Billy

Lie down in the light | Drag City
Long-time fans of prolific country-folk icon Will Oldham, a/k/a Bonnie “Prince” Billy, will likely be surprised to hear Lie Down in the Light .
By: RYAN STEWART  |  October 27, 2008


Ellen Allien

Sool | bpitchcontrol
When Ellen Allien ponders listlessly on Sool’s Web site, “What does minimal mean for me? Minimal is just there,” the red flags go a-flying.
By: DANIEL DeNORCH  |  May 27, 2008


The Dresden Dolls

No, Virginia | Roadrunner
No, Virginia ranks with Elvis Costello’s Taking Liberties as a B-sides/leftovers album that turns out to be more fun and more revealing than a thought-out official release.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  May 27, 2008


Jenny Scheinman

You might recognize Jenny Scheinman’s name from the liner notes of one of the many high-profile releases on which she’s appeared as a jazz violinist.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 27, 2008


Saxophone Summit

Seraphic Light | Telarc
Despite the name, this has never been a mere supergroup blowing session.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 27, 2008


T Bone Burnett

Tooth of Crime (Second Dance) | Nonesuch
The follow-up to Burnett’s 2006 masterpiece The True False Identity (Sony) is a dark, cynical, vaguely futuristic song cycle triggered by a Sam Shepard play.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 27, 2008


Collections of Colonies of Bees

Birds | Radium
If one extension of math rock is Battles’ experiments with poppy aggression, Collections of Colonies of Bees prove that the genre doesn’t have to sublimate angst into vocoded aggression.
By: DEVIN KING  |  May 20, 2008



Ed Rec Vol. III | Ed Banger
Pedro Winter a/k/a Busy P’s Ed Banger Records seems to specialize in dance/hip-hop made by and for reformed metalheads.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 20, 2008


Moe Pope + Headnodic

Megaphone | NatAural High/Koch
Megaphone is my favorite murder-free rap album since Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek’s Train of Thought.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 20, 2008


The Wedding Present

El Rey | Manifesto
Time has sweetened David Gedge’s barrel-throated yawp.
By: DANIEL DeNORCH  |  May 20, 2008


Carolina Liar

Coming to Terms | Atlantic
Highly recommended to those unafraid of late-period Bon Jovi.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 20, 2008



You're No Dream | La Société Expéditionnaire
Songwriter Tim Howard has been peripatetic lately.
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  May 12, 2008


Los Campesinos!

Hold on Now, Youngster . . .  | Wichita/Arts & Crafts
Los Campesinos! are what happens when Sarah Records meets Minor Threat.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 12, 2008


Pete Robbins

Do the Hate Laugh Shimmy | Fresh Sounds New Talent
Alto-saxophonist Robbins’s writing on these 10 originals never settles for theme-solos-theme variations.
By: JON GARELICK  |  May 12, 2008


Pete Rock

NY's Finest | Nature Sounds
On the 15 tracks of his fourth solo outing in 10 years, Rock peddles familiar fare, a more precise mix of the same bleached-out horns and terse hooks he’s honed for years.
By: DANIEL DENORCH  |  May 12, 2008


Elvis Costello and the Imposters

Momofuku | Lost Highway
“I’m a limited primitive kind of man,” Costello sings in “Drum & Bone,” and for better and worse, that’s the truth.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  May 12, 2008


The Roots | Rising Down

Def Jam
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By: RICHARD BECK  |  May 12, 2008



As the multiplying number of female major-label artists releasing bloop-bleep manifestos to wackiness attests, Björk’s stunt with the swan outfit was a defining cultural moment.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 13, 2008

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