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Topic: CDs

Paul Simon — Paul Simon / There Goes Rhymin’ Simon / Still Crazy After All These Years / In Concert: Live Rhymin’

Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s first three albums do not fall in that category.
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011

James and Evander — Constellating EP + 2

Like the Postal Service. But not.


Indie

Stephen Carradini
I love The Postal Service. I’ve yearned for the day that their long-rumored second album comes out; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it never appearing. In its stead, I’ve sought out other ge
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Washed Out — Within and Without

Has a band's name ever better captured its sound?


Electronica

Matt Carney
Back in 2009, Ernest Greene recorded two of the year’s most widely praised EPs with cheap, airy synthesizers at his parents’ house in rural Georgia.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Kendrick Lamar — Section.80

RZA helps Lamar cook up a classic


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Rapper Kendrick Lamar recently released his long-awaited project, “Section.80,” and it seems well worth the wait.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shabazz Palaces — Black Up

Hooks? We don't need no stinkin' hooks


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
To assign adjectives to Shabazz Palaces’ music is a difficult task, but if I had to take a stab at it, I’d call it original, often offbeat, weird and yet, still awesome.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

Patti Smith — Outside Society

Can anyone but Patti Smith pen a gorgeous piano ballad out of the lyrics ‘pissing in a river’?


Rock

Matt Carney
Well, yeah — the song ends with tectonic plate-splitting crashes of pre-punk circa 1976.
 
Friday, July 22, 2011

Live from Tokyo

これは、音楽についての素晴らしいドキュメンタリーです。


Documentary

Rod Lott
As soaked in neon as the city it captures, the documentary “Live from Tokyo” delves into its underground music scene — specifically, how living in such a crowded megaopolis, where citizens are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information and stimuli, affects what musicians make. Spoiler alert: Clutter yields creative intensity.
 
Friday, August 26, 2011
 
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