Jason Molina's sixteenth full-length with Secretly Canadian, and Magnolia Electric Co.'s fifth full-length. "Josephine" is a concept album that pays tribute to the life and spirit of fallen bassist Evan Farrell. It contains some of the strongest songs Molina has written. He's approached the universal loneliness before, but never in such a focused, directed manner.
RARE TRAX is a continued series of promotional samplers given away with the german edition of Rolling Stone magazine since the 1990's and has reached volume 80 already. Each version covers a special topic and presents lesser known songs and/or artists.
Brand new album by Thunder Dreamer is the band's most fully realized and affecting work to-date. Capture finds the four piece in torch-bearing form. Even when the band are crafting a gleaming slice of Americana think Whiskeytown at their most opulent or Songs: Ohia's rollicking pomp the whole thing is underpinned by an overwhelming poignancy. Capture is a more complete and substantial gritty take on the great American songbook, with its arms and heart left open to all. The album was recorded by Mike Bridavsky (Magnolia Electric Co., Mac Demarco, Mount Eerie) at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN and mastered by T.W. Walsh (David Bazan, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Julien Baker). Art direction and design by Aaron Tanner (Pixies, Ween).
The byproduct of a much anticipated, long-delayed, and ultimately scrapped album to have been called Technopop (and to have contained Kraftwerk's great dance single "Tour de France"), 1986's Electric Cafe suffers only slightly from lacking the thematic focus of previous Kraftwerk albums. Ironically, the '80s techno-pop wave had passed by band founders Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter at this point, but their sly wit ("Boing Boom Tschak," "Telephone," "Sex Object") and melodic inventiveness still stand the test of time. Its segues virtually seamless, Electric Cafe plays like one mega-dance-mix, but with the tasteful restraint that has long been a Kraftwerk hallmark. This is club music for thinking men and women.
The music of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell continues to reveal inner secrets, as this engaging set by dummer Paul Motian and his Electric Bebop Band shows. The group's name of the group is a function of the two electric guitars (Kurt Rosenwinkel and Steve Cardenas) and the electric bass (Steve Swallow), although the remaining members are strictly acoustic (tenor saxophones Chris Cheek and Chris Potter and, of course, drummer Motian). The arrangements are entirely respectful of the compositions, although liberties are taken with tempo and harmony. The results are more than satisfactory, if somewhat conservative, with the solos passed about generously. Motian again reveals his ability to kick and burn, as well as play sensitively, reaffirming his place among the greatest jazz drummers.
Electric Light Orchestra's 2012 concert album Live brings together tracks Jeff Lynne and his band recorded for a PBS special at CBS Television City in 2001. This is the ensemble that toured in support of ELO's 2001 studio album, Zoom, and appeared on VH1 Storytellers. Lynne has always been an avowed studio rat, more comfortable crafting his rock productions behind a soundboard than playing them in front of a live audience. This is partly the reason that the Lynne-helmed version of ELO stopped touring after 1981's Time. Subsequently, there haven't been very many proper ELO concert albums. Which is not to say that the band doesn't sound fantastic here, because it does…
Reissue with the latest 24-bit remastering. Features original cover artwork. Comes with a descripton in Japanese. One of the best Jazz Fusion albums ever produced…..and Eric Gale on guitar is a wonderful contributor. Recording is similar in sound and vibe to Eric Gale's other Jazz/Fusion records. If you like "In a Jazz Tradition" or "In the Shade of a Tree" you'll like this.