• Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    Michael Chapman: Fully Qualified Survivor

    As reissues of obscure recordings continue to rain down upon us, one might wonder if there’s anything left worth rediscovering—but the fact that Michael Chapman’s Fully Qualified Survivor is only now being re-released in America ...
  • The Walkmen: Lisbon

    The Walkmen: Lisbon

    The Walkmen use vintage equipment and evoke earlier musical styles, but have a unique sound, and Lisbon does a fine job of capturing it. Drummer Matt Barrick sticks to simple rhythms, but none of them ...
  • The Feelies: Here Before

    The Feelies: Here Before

    The first Feelies album in twenty years, Here Before reaffirms what their debut LP, Crazy Rhythms, made clear in 1980: although The Feelies have various influences (the Velvet Underground in particular), they’ve forged a unique ...
  • Santana: Caravanserai

    Santana: Caravanserai

    Philosophical and musical differences created such a volatile atmosphere around the time Santana recorded Caravanserai that lineup changes seemed nonstop. Musically the chemistry among band members remained, however, as did the Latin fire, the rhythm ...
  • Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker: Double Demon

    Starlicker features an unusual lineup for a trio—trumpet, vibes, and drums—but Double Demon blends the instruments together nicely, making music that’s both adventurous and accessible. This has partly to do with rhythm: two percussionists playing ...
  • Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Michael Brecker: Pilgrimage

    Because only a small fraction of contemporary jazz is released on vinyl, recently-recorded LPs should matter, and fortunately Mobile Fidelity has lent its talents to Michael Brecker’s Pilgrimage. Recorded months before Brecker succumbed to leukemia, ...
  • Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley

    Occasionally, when writing a music review, I have a strong hunch that some readers will be so excited to discover something’s been released that my review is almost superfluous—just knowing the record exists will send ...
  • Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Counting Crows: Underwater Sunshine

    Their first album the Counting Crows recorded after leaving a major label, Underwater Sunshine consists entirely of covers, and as such comes across as an opportunity for the Bay Area band to recharge their batteries. ...
  • Priscilla Ahn: A Good Day

    Priscilla Ahn: A Good Day

    Recently more recordings have started showing up on audiophile vinyl within a few years of their initial release, including albums originally only available as CDs or downloads. Such is the case with Priscilla Ahn’s A ...

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