Essential New Music: Hello Whirled’s “No Use Crying Over Spilled Blood”

Essential New Music: Hello Whirled’s “No Use Crying Over Spilled Blood”

Whenever anyone writes about Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices, it’s a fair bet they mention that he’s prolific. (You
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Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis/Red Lily Quintet's "For Mahalia, With Love"

Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis/Red Lily Quintet’s “For Mahalia, With Love”

For Mahalia, With Love is a record that gets down to fundamentals, but not just in the way that its
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Essential New Music: P.G. Six's "Murmurs & Whispers"

Essential New Music: P.G. Six’s “Murmurs & Whispers”

Pat Gubler is the kind of guy who can intuit fellow musicians’ ideals and help them sound like better versions
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Essential New Music: Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense"

Essential New Music: Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”

The movie Stop Making Sense constitutes an undeniable high for Talking Heads. The Jonathan Demme-directed documentary of the band’s 1983
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Essential New Music: Naujawanan Baidar's "Khedmat Be Khalq"

Essential New Music: Naujawanan Baidar’s “Khedmat Be Khalq”

Naujawanan Baidar grew from heavy psych combo Myrrors, but don’t call it a side project. Rather, consider it to be
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Essential New Music: L. Eugene Methe's "Maybe, Tomorrow"

Essential New Music: L. Eugene Methe’s “Maybe, Tomorrow”

L. Eugene Methe’s work to date has been all over the map. The Nebraska-based musician has recorded one LP of
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Essential New Music: The Rempis Percussion Quartet's "Harvesters"

Essential New Music: The Rempis Percussion Quartet’s “Harvesters”

Dave Rempis has been an essential figure on Chicago’s improvised music scene for more than a quarter century. But while
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Essential New Music: Guided By Voices' "Welshpool Frillies"

Essential New Music: Guided By Voices’ “Welshpool Frillies”

After penning a review of 2018’s Space Gun—and compiling a well-received (sarcasm) ranking of Guided By Voices’ 25 LPs up
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Essential New Music: Attempt Survivors' "Negative Nite"

Essential New Music: Attempt Survivors’ “Negative Nite”

“Extinction is the rule,” Carl Sagan once wrote. “Survival is the exception.” Most of the time, that seems like a
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Essential New Music: Mike Cooper's "Life & Death In Paradise + Milan Acoustic Live 2018"

Essential New Music: Mike Cooper’s “Life & Death In Paradise + Milan Acoustic Live 2018”

The moment when it seems like you have nothing to lose can be a good time to strike a deal.
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Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke's "Hands That Bind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)"

Essential New Music: Jim O’Rourke’s “Hands That Bind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)”

Jim O’Rourke’s passion for film has informed his music from the start. Cinematic notions of pacing and structure influence his
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Essential New Music: Nicolas Leirtrø/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Ståle Storløkken's "Heaven Hill Fragmentarium"

Essential New Music: Nicolas Leirtrø/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Ståle Storløkken’s “Heaven Hill Fragmentarium”

There’s a story that when Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton were on set making Batman, the former advised the latter
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Essential New Music: Black Duck's "Black Duck"

Essential New Music: Black Duck’s “Black Duck”

If Rhys Chatham hadn’t already done something with the name, Black Duck really should have been named Guitar Trio. Some
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Essential New Music: Swans' "The Beggar"

Essential New Music: Swans’ “The Beggar”

Inside the first minute of “The Parasite,” which kicks of the digital and CD (but not LP) editions of The
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