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Cass McCombs :: Mangy Love

Friday, September 16th, 2016

“Oh, please tell me you academics, how do you wake up from a non-dream?” That impossible question is one of many loosed by Cass McCombs on his latest album, Mangy Love. It appears about half way through opening track, “Bum, Bum, Bum,” a nuanced lament about institutionalized and violent racism, built on a smoldering, descending […]

Lionlimb :: Shoo

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Shoo is the debut album by Lionlimb, a duo comprised of singer-songwriter Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger. The band has a sleeper agent story: Bronaugh performed under the moniker back in 2010, bopped between Chicago and San Francisco, then linked up with Jaeger to record and tour with Angel Olsen for Burn Your Fire For No […]

Ornette Coleman :: To Whom Who Keeps A Record (Reissue)

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Ornette Coleman assembled To Whom Who Keeps A Record in 1975 for release in Japan only. He sequenced this batch of unused compositions and alternate takes to spell out a message via track list: “music always brings goodness to us all, unless one has some other motive for its use.” I am firmly of the belief […]

Sun Seeker :: Georgia Dust

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

“Turn your back when light brings color/ Don’t see me how you see others…” So goes the chorus to “Georgia Dust,” the yearning and reflective debut single from Sun Seeker. It’s is a complex and nuanced tune that belies the band’s age: Alex Benick, Austin Edwards, Asher Horton and Ben Parks aren’t too many moons […]

Christopher King :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Why The Mountains Are Black collects “Primeval Greek Village Music” from 1907 – 1960 for Third Man Records. 28 tracks are culled from the 78 rpm collection of Christopher King, a life-long collector and expert set of ears based in the small community of Faber, VA. Mountains is an excellent point of entry to the […]

Ty Segall :: Emotional Mugger

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

In a goofball YouTube promo, Dr. Ty Segall, PhD defines “emotional mugging” as a “psychoanalytic subject-to-subject exchange formed as a response to our hyper-digital sexual landscape.” So sizing one another up, frontin’, a cold barrier of distraction, the practice of impenetrable differentiation… This silly promo vid is of special import because I think Ty’s trying […]

Ryan Sambol :: Now Ritual

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Many moons ago, Ryan Sambol fronted the fantastic Austin band The Strange Boys. They disbanded in 2012 after 3 albums. Sambol begat the The Strange Boys at a young age, and the group was praised for its prodigious ability to synthesize all forms of roots, rock, and R&B. So much so, talk about the band […]

Gloria Ann Taylor :: Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing

Friday, December 4th, 2015

“I gave you my last dime. . . but it looked like a ten dollar bill to me.” Those opening lines to “How Can You Say It” get at the essence of Taylor’s unique style of soul music: impassioned, all-in emotional journeys on the axis of love and pain. Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing collects […]

Tinariwen :: Live In Paris

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Tinariwen is a perennial favorite here at AD, and the Touareg band has just released their first proper “live” album, recorded in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord last December. Tinariwen’s prowess as a “live” band cannot be overstated. Their rapturous style of Saharan guitar music is wholly captivating in the flesh, and […]