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Review: Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society

...goes on to demonstrate that she is more than just a pretty face...
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Radio Music Society is Esperanza Spalding's fourth album and follows the highly appreciated and successful "Chamber Music Society" from 2010. At only 28 years of age the sexy and confident Esperanza is already a very accomplished musician, shining not only as a vocalist but also as a bassist and songwriter. In Radio Music Society she goes on to demonstrate that she is more than just a pretty face. I have a soft spot for decent opening tracks and "Radio Song", an interesting, if "all-over-the-place" tune that does a good job of setting the tone for the entire record, summing

Review: Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts

...might not end up on your desert-island list but there’s a good chance it can end up on your list of “guilty pleasures”...
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Recently, my wife and I took a trip to Paris to see the lovely Florence and the Machine in concert. From the start we knew that it was going to be a trip with musical theme since not only were we going to see my wife’s favorite band live but I was also commissioned by a magazine to do a cover story profiling Jazz pianist Jason Domnarski, whose music I had reviewed before. We knew there was going to be music at the heart of the trip but we were surprised at how much of it we encountered in

Review: Alexi Murdoch - Towards the Sun

...minimalist musical mantras...
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Alexi Murdoch is an artist I’ve written about before. I consider him one of the best “discoveries” I’ve made in the last five years and I still listen to his debut album Time without Consequence regularly. In the meantime I’ve been trying to convert anyone I could to an “Alexite” and must have loaned Time Without Consequence to at least a dozen people. And why? Because, as I’ve stated in my review of his debut album, I believe that he is “an artist our generation can proudly display when challenged by our elders to come up with a reply to

Concert Review: Florence + The Machine at the Zenith in Paris November 27th 2012

...a barefoot Florence giving an extraordinary and very physical performance as always with lots of running around, twisting and twirling and jumping up and down like a ballerina on ‘roid-rage...
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It’s a chilly and rainy day in Paris and, although it’s only 16:30 and the gates aren’t supposed to open until two hours later, people have already lined up in front of the Zenith, huddling together under their umbrellas and slowly singing the chorus to their favorite songs. I love the vibe before a big concert; it has that unmistakable feeling of calm before the storm. My wife and I have come to see Florence and the Machine who are nearing the end of their long and probably exhausting Ceremonials tour and have just a few venues left to

Review: Al Jawala - Lost In Manele

...though difficult to listen to in one sitting due to its sometimes repetitive nature, Lost In Manele is an album that is definitely worth a try from a dynamic young quintet that hold lots of promise
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I first came across the music of Al Jawala at the Plai festival in 2007. Headlining said show was flamenco legend Paco De Lucia and we were all very excited to see this guitar heavyweight in action. I was not familiar with any of the opening acts and was excited at the prospect of making some new discoveries as I had in the past. There is usually at least one band that captures my interest and that year it was this pack of young troubadours from the very German-sounding city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Al Jawala (apparently an Arrabic

Review: Mark Knopfler - Privateering

...goes to prove that while Mark’s biggest hits came in his Dire Straits-past his best music and most interesting stories belong to the present..
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Every time veteran guitar-player and former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler releases an album, there are those who keep hoping stubbornly and naively, for a Dire-Straits reunion record or at least for a sound resembling that of Brothers in Arms. I think of those people in the same way I think of those who believe that Elvis is still alive or that “disco” will someday make a comeback. Alas, they are bound to be disappointed. Meanwhile, Mark Knopfler continues making the music he cares most about which is the music he’s been making for the last eighteen years. His

Review: Tom Waits - Bad As Me

...while the themes he tackles in some of the songs go beyond his usual stories about tragic individual destinies set against the backdrop of the dark and weird aspects of Americana, the sound of the songs seems to be more conservative...
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For everyone who knows me it is no mystery that the “Big Bang” from which the Universe of my musical predilection originated and started expanding is one Tom Waits. To put it simply: my life can easily be divided into “Before Tom” and “After Tom”. Ever since I’ve come across his work Tom Waits has helped shape my view and understanding of the process of writing and composing music. I even wrote my dissertation on the man’s oeuvre so it was only natural for me to get around to reviewing his very well received 2011 record Bad as Me.

Review: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog - Party Intellectuals intelligent and original take on the aesthetics of music...
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For those of you who don’t know Marc Ribot, you probably do. Many big names have collaborated with this talented and versatile session guitarist, names like John Zorn, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Brother Jack McDuff, Chuck Berry, Soloman Burke, Marianne Faithful, Arto Lindsay, The Jazz Passengers, Allen Ginsberg, Norah Jones, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, Jeff Bridges, Jolie Holland and even Elton John. He was also instrumental in shaping the new sound that Tom Waits was emerging with in the early ‘80s, collaborating with him on game-changing albums such as Rain Dogs and Franks Wild

Review: Nicu Patoi & Platonic - Sweet Little 6String can immediately tell that you are dealing with consummate musicians as the four members of the band make great use of their talent and deliver music that is a joy to listen to...
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I have to admit, even though I’m Romanian, I don’t listen to much Romanian music. I have my reasons. The sad truth is my country produces very little in the way of quality music nowadays and if you have any artistic sensibility and any demand for melody or lyrics that stimulate the mind you best steer clear of the radio stations if you ever visit our little corner of Eastern Europe. Now, that is not to say that there are no decent records produced over here. You just wouldn’t know it unless you stumbled across them by accident in

Review: Rebecca Cavanaugh, Claude Carrière, Frédéric Loiseau, Marie-Christine Dacqui - Looking Back

In the midst of constant agitation and music that functions on a level of mere distraction these four musicians have put together a record that is not to be consumed but enjoyed...
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Such is the world nowadays that the concept of "standing still" is gradually becoming a fleeting aspiration rather than reality. Sure, everyone speaks of "stopping to smell the roses," of "seizing the moment" or "living for today," but that’s just because they read it in an Osho paperback bought at 35% off in some airport or in an inspirational e-mail with pictures of sandy beaches and animals and the Virgin Mary. In reality though, the world of today is fast-paced, so much so that we need airport paperbacks and inspirational mails to point out the obvious. We think fast, we

Review: Jason Domnarski - Here and There

Abandoning experimental in favor of traditional...
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Usually, when I write about music, it’s about records I have owned for years and songs I must have listened to hundreds of times. As a result I’m always very familiar with the work and have ample time to make it part of who I am, interwoven with thoughts and feelings I’ve had at various times in my life. For this review though, I have taken a different approach. This is a record that has come into my possession just a few days ago. I’ve listened to it four times so far and was surprised at how quickly I’ve warmed