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November 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Record Store Day Selections include Woody Guthrie | New recordings

Woody Guthrie, ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ (Woody Guthrie Publications)

The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is upon us — that’s the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in case you forgot — and there’s some good stuff out there, though much of the list, as has become customary, is comprised of limited-edition special-release singles.

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Comments | More in Folk, Jazz, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Echosmith, J Mascis, New Recordings

November 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Joni Mitchell box set sounds fantastic but no surprises | New Recordings

Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” (Rhino)

It’s a surprise given the long span of Joni Mitchell’s career that she has never previously put out a multi-disc compilation box. The four-CD set “Love Has Many Faces” is her first, with a total of 53 tracks, all newly remastered.

 

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Amelia", "Both Sides Now", "Love Has Many Faces"

November 11, 2014 at 5:05 AM

Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ goes down same old road | New Recordings

Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’ (RCA) Foo Fighters’ new album is a soundtrack of sorts, its title taken from the HBO series of the same name, which follows the band around the U.S. as they record each of the album’s tracks in a different city (including Seattle). It’s a robust record, packed with the kind of hard rocking…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Sonic Highways", Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters

November 4, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Tacoma rapper Bruce Leroy drops smart new EP | New recordings

Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)

Bruce LeoryBruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns, and his “10’” EP (the apostrophe in the title means ‘foot’) shows he can stay traditional without being corny. The key is to play to your strengths and embrace your idiosyncrasies. Crucial tracks “Know the Biz” and “You Heard of Us” are uncluttered lessons in the art of the slumper, beats coolly dragging as Leroy puts the pedal to the metal (lyrically).

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "10'", Bruce Leroy, New Recordings

October 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Bill Frisell’s shimmering reverb and nostalgic optimism | New Recordings

Bill Frisell, ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (Okeh)

Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell grew up playing in a rock band, so like every musician of his generation, he was drenched in surf music, early R & B and all manner of dance and novelty tunes. So it was a great idea to revisit tunes like Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” and the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl.”

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Frisell, New Recordings

September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hilary Gardner ready to fly on musical love letter to NYC | New recordings

Hilary Gardner, ‘The Great City’ (Anzic)

Hilary Gardner, who lived briefly in Seattle a decade ago and has been in New York ever since, has released her first album on Anzic (the label that brought us the wonderful reed player Anat Cohen, among others) and is given an able assist on a few cuts by another Seattleite-turned-New Yorker, trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt. It’s a fine debut.

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Comments | Topics: Hilary Garnder, New Recordings, The Great City

September 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

New David Bazan album with string quartet a stunner | New recordings

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, ‘Volume 1’ (Bazan)

More than two years after they first started collaborating, David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet have released their first collection of songs together. “Volume 1” is an elegiacal, beautiful album with a title that suggests maybe, if we’re lucky, this is just the beginning of a long partnership.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Volume 1', David Bazan, New Recordings

September 9, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Seattle duo Odesza changes course | New recordings

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Odesza, ‘In Return’ (Counter)

Odesza’s new album begins with a return to the group’s established sound: sped-up or “chipmunked” vocals and/or a slow, wall-rattling beat. The opening track, “Always This Late,” represents the best and worst trait of Seattle production duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The chilled-out low-end makes their music impressibly accessible, but the device wears thin.

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Comments | More in Electronic, Rock/Pop | Topics: "In Return", New Recordings, Odesza

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