Review: John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury and Tal National

It strikes the right note, being a recording that is not overly slick with excessive dynamic compression; it has the clarity to allow the listener to appreciate each instrument’s soundstream, and in particular, the drums just sound true. more »

Oct 24, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: John Coltrane and Au Revoir Simone

The session is presented chronologically, so “Dearly Beloved” opens the set, rather than the title track, presenting a deeply emotional type of jazz balladry, with Jones crucially setting the mood with rumbles and rolls. more »

Oct 17, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Stretching the Limits with Konk Pack

When discussing what might be in store for Konk Pack in the future, Hodgkinson and Turner spoke as if it were impossible to separate music from life, staying flexible while not being burdened with a concrete pathway for the trio. more »

Oct 10, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Sons of Kemet and Shells

They’re seemingly tethered together like those knife-fighters in Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” video, cooperating and working together to keep time, yet channeling their percussive aggression. more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Mulatu Astatke and Various Artists

While this writer doesn’t expect everything to be intense all the time, apart from a few highlights, a certain promise and potential doesn’t seem fulfilled, although the delivery is clean and impeccable. more »

Sep 26, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Loomer and Devo

Sure, Loomer may mostly remind you of other bands (it shares its name with a My Bloody Valentine song title, after all), but it’s one of those nice, satisfying surprises, being an obscurity that’s worth uncovering. more »

Sep 19, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: The Breeders and Estamos Trio

The latest incarnation of this project is the Estamos Trio featured on the album People’s Historia, dashing any preconceived notions of what an American-Mexican musical endeavor should sound like. more »

Sep 12, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Family Fodder and Belle and Sebastian

Perhaps the most extreme example of this is the fan-favorite soul-disco number “Your Cover’s Blown,” presented here in a dance-enhanced remix by Miaoux Miaoux, which transforms itself multiple times over its six-minute duration. more »

Sep 5, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Les Rhinocéros and Barn Owl

The album hits its target more often than it doesn’t, and the group’s willingness to explore is admirable, being a band defined by its violent and confused identity crisis. more »

Aug 29, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Hazes, Monomath, Xanax Squaredance, GTRUK, and many more.

It’s a mischievous, spit-shined mix of head-nod-inducing beatbox blasts, pulsating and effervescent electronics and choice samples of cinematic criminal confrontations and sci-fi camp. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Hamilton de Holanda and The Three O'Clock

Of particular note among the rarities is a track by the pre-Three O’Clock band The Salvation Army, a low-fidelity home demo of “Jennifer Only” that sports distorted guitar chugs, caveman drumming and a bratty punk attitude. more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Aural Splatter and Velvet Soul

Drum it in or funk it up on these albums more »

Aug 8, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Bitchin Bajas and Big Star

The question is not if one should be acquainted with the ’70s output of Big Star, the absolutely essential and legendary Memphis proto-power-pop band featuring Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, but rather, the question is how. more »

Aug 1, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Honnda and Cindytalk

This writer is trying to imagine the appreciative audience for Fantasy Remover, which bears the challenge of possibly being too weird for dance-music fans and being too dancey for avant-garde-leaning aficionados. more »

Jul 25, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Rodion G.A.

One diversion is the number “Pove 2,” which features the guest star Taj Mahal on vocals and electric guitar, delivering a dose of sauntering electric-blues; although it works, it seems out of place here. more »

Jul 18, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Julia Kent and Majestic

The album’s methodology includes simple patterns and loops of plucked and bowed notes, with nothing that is particularly technically challenging; this writer wishes it had more moments that were striking, but as-is, it could serve has good soundtrack more »

Jul 11, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri, Future Bible Heroes

The new four-CD set from Future Bible Heroes includes nearly its entire discography and features Magnetic Fields lyricist/composer/singer Stephin Merritt, synth master Chris Ewen and vocalist Claudia Gonson. more »

Jul 4, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Miles Davis Quintet and Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa

One question this writer doesn’t hear enough is, “Can you recommend any good Indonesian post-punk garage-rock with demonic throat-singing and free-improv bass clarinet?” more »

Jun 20, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Fear of Men and Orchestra Super Mazembe

Here we go for another round of “Name That Influence,” the game that all music nerds love to play (while regular people within earshot just roll their eyes.) more »

Jun 13, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Maston and Little Women

Maston’s Brian Wilson influence is most obvious, practically coming out and throttling the listener on the opening “Strange Rituals,” with piercing, metronomic organ chords that scream “Beach Boys.” more »

Jun 6, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Caetano Veloso, Saturday Looks Good to Me

Caetano Veloso has no idea why you might want to listen to his music. That’s assuming that you—a Chattanooga Pulse reader, like this critic—are not fluent in Portuguese. more »

May 29, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Rose Melberg, Hobo Cubes

The opening “Shade Bathers” offers a thick, pulsating gelatinous mass of abstract synthetic strata, gradually becoming a more complicated, impenetrable dense white dwarf of sound. more »

May 23, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Various Artists, The Dead C

If the new collection CiTR Pop Alliance Compilation, Vol. 3 presents the state of emerging indie-pop, then it sounds a lot like the state of underground indie-pop from 20 years ago. more »

May 16, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Clash the Truth, What the Brothers Sang

Forgive this writer, who can’t help but think of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups commercials where two people bump into each other, mixing their chocolate and peanut butter, being “two great tastes that taste great together.” more »

May 9, 2013 by in Record Reviews

Review: Long Story Short, Sun City Girls

Brötzmann is the pioneering German hard-blowing saxophonist, called “one of the greatest alive” by none other than former President Bill Clinton, and the 6-hour, 5-disc set Long Story Short is a monstrous release documenting many things. more »

May 1, 2013 by in Record Reviews

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