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April 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Seattle music’s bright new face, Vaudeville Etiquette | New recordings

Vaudeville EtiquetteVaudeville Etiquette, ‘Debutantes & Dealers’ (Sunyata)

This debut album from Vaudeville Etiquette establishes the band as one of the bright new faces of Seattle music. Produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Walking Papers), mixed by Jack Endino and photographed by Charles Peterson — this band has a high pedigree, with those talents involved.


0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: Debutantes & Dealers, New Recordings, Vaudeville Etiquette

April 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Duets’ – happy, sad | New recordings

RonstadtLinda Ronstadt, ‘Duets’ (Rhino)

This excellent collection anticipates Linda Ronstadt’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this week — a happy occasion, to be sure — but it’s hard not to shed a tear, too, as you listen to these 14 glorious, mostly ballad tracks, not just because they’re mostly sad and slow, but because the famous Arizonan’s tangy, robust singing voice has been silenced forever by Parkinson’s.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Duets", Bette Midler, Dolly Parton

April 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

The post-punk pessimism of Protomartyr | New recordings

ProtomartyrProtomartyr, ‘Under Color of Official Right’ (Hardly Art)

Protomartyr hails from Detroit, but its music is a far cry from the garage rock, soul and techno traditions of its once-thriving hometown.

“Under Color of Official Right,” out Tuesday, is the foursome’s first LP for Sub Pop offshoot Hardly Art, and second since forming three years ago. The title refers to extortion by public officials, and along with tracks like “Violence,” “Bad Advice” and “Scum, Rise!”, this is a bleak urban landscape.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Detroit, Hardly Art, New Recordings

April 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Cloud Nothings enter adulthood | New recordings

Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings, ‘Here and Nowhere Else’ (Carpark)

On 2012’s “Attack on Memory,” Cloud Nothings came off like impressionable young men who heard The Wipers’ Northwest punk classic “Youth of America,” from 1981, and tried to write their own version the same week.

While it sounded amazing — as Steve Albini recordings do — it was an awkward look, like a kid trying on his father’s too-big workclothes.

But “Here and Nowhere Else,” out Tuesday, fits just right. It’s the Cleveland trio’s fourth full-length — and first great one.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Cleveland, indie, New Recordings

April 1, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Cyndi Lauper still fun 30 years later | New recordings

Cyndi LauperCyndi Lauper, ‘She’s So Unusual: A 30th Anniversary Celebration (Deluxe Edition)’ (Portrait/Epic/Legacy)

Cyndi Lauper’s debut solo album, originally released in October 1983, made her an overnight sensation, selling over six million copies, spinning off four Top 5 singles and kick-starting Lauper on her way to picking up her first Grammy award, for best new artist.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "She's So Unusual", Cyndi Lauper, New Recordings

March 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso never ages | New recordings

CaetanoCaetano Veloso, ‘Abraçaço’ (Nonesuch)

The stunning final installment of  longtime Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso’s trilogy with the trio of youngsters  known as Banda Ce, “Abraçaço” (big hug), kicks off with an irresistibly boingo-bouncing paean to  bossa nova and its creator Joao Gilberto (the “wizard of Juazeiro”: one of many oblique references, including one to Bob Dylan as “the Jewish bard of Minnesota”).


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: "Abraçaço", Caetano Veloso, New Recordings

March 25, 2014 at 5:00 AM

New Johnny Cash album rescued from the vaults | New recordings

Johnny Cash, ‘Out Among the Stars’ (Columbia/Legacy)

New Cash album uncovers tracks recorded in the 1980s. (Columbia/Legacy)

New Cash album uncovers tracks recorded in the 1980s. (Columbia/Legacy)

This release is a real find. It’s not a collection of unfinished demos, alternate tracks, or outtakes. It’s a bonafide, brand new Johnny Cash album compiled from tracks Cash recorded in 1981 and 1984 but were left to languish in the vaults. Until now.


0 Comments | More in Americana | Topics: Johnny Cash, New Recordings

March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Chimurenga Renaissance extends Dumi Maraire legacy | New recordings

ChimurengaChimurenga Renaissance, ‘Rize, Vadzimu Rize’ (Brick Lane Records)

Dumisani Maraire was one of Seattle’s legendary music figures, a Zimbabwean immigrant and master of Shona music who introduced it to Seattle and ergo the United States in the late ‘60s. Traditional Shona instruments include the marimba (wooden, hit with a mallet) and mbira (handheld, metal prongs thumbed).


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, World | Topics: Chimurenga Renaissance, Dumisani Maraire, Hussein Kalonji

March 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Iska Dhaaf delivers ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ | New recordings

iskadhaaf_artworkIska Dhaaf, ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ (Brick Lane)

Seattle, like every city, is full of bands that, for whatever reason, can’t parlay local buzz into something greater. For every Macklemore, there are myriad Mad Rads and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Bands.

This Tuesday, those two groups’ core members — singer-guitarist Nathan Quiroga and drummer Benjamin Verdoes, respectively — return with “Even the Sun Will Burn,” their debut as Iska Dhaaf — Somali for “let it go.”


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Iska Dhaaf, New Recordings, Seattle

March 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Nothing feels good | New recordings


Nothing, from left: Brandon Setta, Kyle Kimball, Nick Bassett, Domenic Palermo. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

“Guilty of Everything”

The current crop of shoegaze groups — Philadelphia’s Nothing among them — is staggering enough to rival the style’s early-1990s heyday.

How to explain this?

At least partially, it’s because the right amount of washed-out guitars and gauzy vocals can make twee-pop heavy, or doom metal pretty.

And it’s not exclusive — to play it, one doesn’t need chops so much as effects pedals, sturdy amplification, and a desire to experiment.

Yet where nü-gaze often falls short is originality. The genre’s pioneers — Ireland’s My Bloody Valentine, Scotland’s The Jesus and Mary Chain, England’s Slowdive — made noise and wrote songs. Too frequently now, bludgeoning audiences’ ears takes precedence.

Nothing, however, gets the balance right.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: New Recordings, Philadelphia, shoegaze

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