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1. ALVVAYS - Antisocialites
2. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - American Dream
3. THE NATIONAL - Sleep Well Beast
4. NEIL YOUNG - Hitchhiker
5. WAR ON DRUGS - A Deeper Understanding

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Wednesday
May302007

COLLEEN - Les Ondes Silencieuses

colleen-les%20ondes.jpgThe albums of French ambient musician Cecile Schott, AKA Colleen, have all retained the common theme of old-world instruments processed through electronic loops and composition. On Les Ondes Silencieuses, Schott's writing style remains distinctly modern and minimal, but the performances are all in real time: no loops or electronics. Most tracks feature only one instrument, including crystal glass, a spinet (miniature harpsichord), and the viola da gamba (a seven-string cello). If Eno was to have written for the court of the Sun King, this would be the sublime result. 
Monday
May282007

VARIOUS ARTISTS - World Circuit Presents

va-world%20circuit.jpgWith a near-perfect 20-year history of stellar releases from mainly African and Cuban artists, this label digs deep to put together World Circuit Presents, a 2CD compilation that is an embarrassment of riches. Considering this label helped introduced the world to Buena Vista Social Club, Orchestra Baobab and Ali Farka Toure (just to name a few), the quality here isn't surprising. But the real draw of this collection, aside from great unreleased material, is that it allows you to easily absorb a catalogue whose lesser-known talents are just as worthy of your ears as their "stars".

Monday
May282007

HANDSOME FURS - Plague Park

handsome%20furs-plague.jpgMontreal darlings Wolf Parade have their fair share of side projects (Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake), but Handsome Furs is the first by songwriter Dan Boeckner. This duo features his fiancee, Alexei Perry and yes, they look extremely cool together. Their album is pretty strong as well. Boeckner's style was always the workman foil to Parade's more arty writer, Spencer Krug. Plague Park allows those impulses to grow, creating a concise, minimal album of strummed guitar and fractured drum machine. Its simplicity is a strength and flaw, but its honesty has its way with you over time.

Monday
May282007

THE NATIONAL - Boxer

national-boxer.jpgAfter several under-the-radar releases (not to mention a slow-burning indie hit with 2005's Alligator), it seems the time is finally nigh for The National. Boxer should be the one to nestle these Ohio-by-way-of-Brooklyn boys firmly in your adoring bosom. Stark and dark are the main order of the day with singer Matt Berninger's rich delivery and poetic lyrics keeping an air of mystery as thick as the smoke from Humphery Bogart's cigarette. Boxer may be a bit more of an autumn disc than summer hit, but the good news is that you won't be sick of it by then so everything evens out.

Thursday
May242007

THE NATIONAL - Boxer

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After a slowly discovering the amazing National album Alligator, I was very excited to hear that had a follow-up coming this year. I'm happy to say I was not disappointed when I finally heard it; in fact, I was blown away. Boxer takes what is best of Alligator, that being great lyrics, a tight sound that is catchy yet not annoying and an amazing progression from track to track. The whole album is great but some key tracks are "Fake Empire," "Slow Show," and "Start a War" if you are just looking for a bit of their sound.

Wednesday
May232007

JOHN COLTRANE - Coltrane's Sound

coltrane-coltrane's%20sound.jpgAn often overlooked Coltrane album from his Atlantic years and released while he was on Impulse. This is most notable for an exceptional ballad "Central Park West," which shows Coltrane at his most lovely and lyrical. A varied record that any fans of his Giant Steps era will appreciate.

Wednesday
May232007

FRED FRITH - Speechless

frithfred-speechless.jpgIt's everything I look for in music. Experimental, but drivingly melodic. Thoroughly exciting.

Wednesday
May232007

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - Release the Stars

wainwrightrufus-release.jpgRufus taps into my hidden desires of my ideal music. He knows things that I want to hear that even I didn't know I wanted to hear. Operatic, daring, funny, poignant... Release the Stars is yet another example of this man's ability to make a modern hybrid of explosive Wagnerian fireballs and porcelain pop caresses. My jaw is slack.

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