Essential New Music: Rose City Band's "Garden Party"

Essential New Music: Rose City Band’s “Garden Party”

Audiologists and environmentalists will unite to implore you not to drive the highway with your windows down. The drag will
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Essential New Music: Talk West's "Black Coral Sprig"

Essential New Music: Talk West’s “Black Coral Sprig”

If your impressions of the American West have been shaped by its cinematic representations, sooner or later, your mind will
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Essential New Music: Mike Gent's “Career Moves”

Essential New Music: Mike Gent’s “Career Moves”

Songwriter/guitarist Mike Gent’s band, the Figgs, has been pretty prolific since its 1987 formation, releasing 16 official LPs, including 2022’s
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Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts' "Grief In The Kitchen And Mirth In The Hall" 

Essential New Music: Alasdair Roberts’ “Grief In The Kitchen And Mirth In The Hall” 

A folk song’s enduring appeal may come down to its flexibility. One person’s tall tale is another’s symbolic epic of
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Essential New Music: Shizuka's "Heavenly Persona"

Essential New Music: Shizuka’s “Heavenly Persona”

The appeals of the P.S.F. Records catalog are many and diverse, but they can be summed up rather simply this
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Essential New Music: Metallica's "72 Seasons"

Essential New Music: Metallica’s “72 Seasons”

It was nearly two decades between 1991’s Metallica and 2008’s Death Magnetic. Nearly two decades of collective head-scratching among fans,
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Essential New Music: Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch's "American Landscapes"

Essential New Music: Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch’s “American Landscapes”

When you hear the words “American landscapes,” maybe you imagine your favorite Ansel Adams photograph or that time you surveyed
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Essential New Music: The Necks' "Travel"

Essential New Music: The Necks’ “Travel”

Many musicians rack up the miles just to get to work, but travel has been an especially inescapable aspect of
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Essential New Music:  Tony Conrad/Arnold Dreyblatt/Jim O’Rourke's "Tonic 19-01-2001"

Essential New Music: Tony Conrad/Arnold Dreyblatt/Jim O’Rourke’s “Tonic 19-01-2001”

This recording represents a nodal point in musical history. The three participants were already connected by a web of acquaintance
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Essential New Music: P.G. Six's "Parlor Tricks And Porch Favorites"

Essential New Music: P.G. Six’s “Parlor Tricks And Porch Favorites”

Tea drinkers doubtless knew from the start: Keep an eye on this P.G. Six guy. The name, which seems to
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Essential New Music: Magic Tuber Stringband's "Tarantism"

Essential New Music: Magic Tuber Stringband’s “Tarantism”

The 21st century may seem rough, but we really do live in kinder, gentler times. In our era, a character
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Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis' "Eye Of I"

Essential New Music: James Brandon Lewis’ “Eye Of I”

Like many suddenly ascendant artists, James Brandon Lewis was around for quite a while before he broke into wider public
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Essential New Music: White Heaven's "Strange Bedfellow"

Essential New Music: White Heaven’s “Strange Bedfellow”

Strange Bedfellow is the second album by White Heaven, a band that was active in Tokyo from 1985 to 1997.
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Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo's "This Stupid World"

Essential New Music: Yo La Tengo’s “This Stupid World”

Live long enough and you’re bound to build some confidence in what you know. But if you live that long,
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