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    Lamoureux, Carl & Spaghetti Francis – “Juice Cleanse” [Cat Congress]

    Juice Cleanse

    I can’t help but really like these simple, shoegazy songs sung and written by Carl Lamoureux and Spaghetti Francis. They are folksy and hazy and fairly mellow. Last track (“Rivers”) is my favorite.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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  • Motif – “My Head Is Listening” [Clean Feed]

    Motif

    Energetic, fresh, forward-thinking jazz from Norway, all composed by Ole Morten Vagan, who plays double bass. The last track (“Lontano Sea”) is the most subdued of the bunch. Make sure your head is listening as you take in this unique sound.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:37 pm
  • Filed as Jazz
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  • Aldinucci, Giulio – “Spazio Sacro” [Time Released Sound]

    Giulio aldinucci

    Imagine growing up in a small village in Tuscany, Italy, where time was marked by religious rites. Now imagine it while you listen to these field recordings that delve into the “sacred space” Aldinucci remembers from his childhood. You will be transported by manipulated sound in conversation with music that expands dimesions through mud squelches, water, melodies, and what sounds like a fish flapping on a line. Relaxing and fascinating because it is so real.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:27 pm
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  • Reed, Ola Belle – “Rising Sun Melodies” [Smithsonian Folkways]

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    You’ll want to read the liner notes on this classic. Reed, who grew up in Rising Sun, Appalachia, picked up a banjo at an early age and learned to pick out tunes herself. Looking at herself in the mirror, she declared her theme song (“Look Down That Lonesome Road,” track 12) and fulfilled her goal of singing on the radio someday. Bully for her, I say! Her voice is as hearty as they come, and her music reflected her values and life–no hypocrisy in this woman’s blood. This selection of her music comes to us through time and allows Reed’s example to shine on for generations of women musicians to come.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Filed as A Library,Country
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  • Brooks, Hadda – “That’s My Desire” [Virgin Records]

    hadda brooks

    This is a gem of a selection of Hadda Brooks’s repertoire, from her amazing piano boogies (she’s not called “Queen of the Boogie” for nothin’) to her lovely sung ballads. The liner notes describe how she didn’t think she could sing; we can all be glad that she gave it a try. In fact, she gave both herself and her audience a great gift when she decided to sing her torch songs. She may not have been as well-listened to as she deserved, but we can remedy that now by paying her homage.

  • Reviewed by humana on March 17, 2018 at 3:56 pm
  • Filed as Blues
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  • Miss Massive Snowflake – “Like a Book” – [North Pole Records]

    Miss Massive Snowflake

    It takes a lot to get me psyched these days, but Miss Massive Snowflake does the trick. Talk about your hidden treasures–this CD had been hiding under my front car seat just waiting for me to feed it to a player so that it could feed me with its amazing fresh rock sounds and unique tempo changes (“Goldsworthy” is outstanding in this respect). Jeanne Kennedy Crosby’s bass playing masterfully keeps a rhythm winding throughout every song. Shane de Leon’s clear vocals

  • Reviewed by humana on January 20, 2018 at 4:35 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • ABC 20 [coll] – [Abaton Book Company]

    abc20

    Talk about creativity–this sampling of the first 20 years of the Abaton Book Company label is a treasure trove of radio theater, singer songwriters, soundtracks to movies starring cats (10), quartets, and more. A lot of the tracks are by Marianne Nowottny, whose debut was recorded by ABC when she was only 16. The liner notes are a must read as you listen to the wonderful weirdness contained on this CD. It all makes you believe that coloring outside the lines has not, nor ever will, go out of style.

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Roadkill NYC – “Babe City” – [109 Records]

    roadkillnyc

    What’s not to love about punk rock with rollicking lyrics such as “Stiletto heels could not erase, that girl’s butt was right in my face” (5)? This guy trio packs a hearty punch with these songs that are worthy of many listens. Be sure to check out “Hot Girls Eating Pizza on Instagram” (10).

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 5:38 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Drag The River – “Losers/ Marooned” – [Last Chance Records]

    dragtheriver

    Well, this Colorado country band is pretty mellow, and the downtempo songs go along quite well with their band name. The studio versions are on Side A, and the live versions are on B. They aren’t that much different, although the live ones sound a bit grittier and more affecting. Great for a grey, overcast day. Just have some ice cream on hand to pick you up.

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 5:15 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,Country
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  • Cup – “Hiccup” – [Aaagoo Records]

    cup

    Tym Wojcik is Cup, and these hazy punk songs prove to be more than just a hiccup in his repertoire. Fast-paced guitar works like a jolt to the system in this seventh release from Cup. Songs are 1- to 3-minute bursts of energy. Drink up.

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 4:16 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Remember Karen – “What You Say and What You Mean” – [Self Released]

    remember karen

    I don’t know who Karen is, but this Oakland band pays a fine tribute to her with this release of pop rock goodness. Each song’s lyrics are on the insert, but the vocals are clear enough to make them out. The upbeat guitars and drums provide a fine setting for letting the wisdom of said lyrics sink in. “Afternoon Waking Life” (2), “Slide Collection” (4), and “The Midwest is Boring” (9) will have you bopping and rolling down the window of your car as you blast th

  • Reviewed by humana on January 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm
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  • Lyken, Mark / Dove, Emma – “Mirror Lands” – [Time Released Sound]

    MirrorLands

    This is a beautiful soundtrack written by Lyken and Dove and set in Scotland, home of the Cromarty Lighthouse, to whose last keeper this is dedicated. There are sounds of water lapping at docks, drills, industry, voices, and geese. Minimalist piano weaves in and out of the tracks in a haunting, beautiful way. The atmosphere is chilly, lonely, and lovely. This is electronica and industrial and field sounds. I love it.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm
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  • Squarepusher – “Feed Me Weird Things” – [Rephlex]

    Squarepusher

    Drum and bass and breakbeat–that’s the genre, and this is the debut studio album of Squarepusher, aka Tom Jenkinson. This is a stunning release that is frenetic, shimmery electronica at its finest. The notes on the CD are fascinating, asserting that Squarepusher “gives us the SOUND of SOUND.” Jump into the energy floe and lose yourself. 7 is my favorite track.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Alexander, Arthur – “Ultimate, The” – [Razor & Tie Music]

    arthuralexander

    Out of undeserved obscurity comes the clear, smooth voice and stylings of Arthur Alexander, who paved the way for soul with his songs mixing country, blues, pop, and rock. As Paul McCartney said once, “If the Beatles ever wanted a sound, it was R&B. We wanted to be like Arthur Alexander.” The Beatles and Rolling Stones were only two bands that recorded Alexander’s songs. Try any of these gems–they sparkle with feeling and emotion.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soul
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  • Powwow Songs – Music of The Plains Indians [coll] – [Musical Heritage Society]

    powwow

    These songs were written and performed for the great yearly celebrations, called powwows, of the Great Plains Indians of North America. The liner notes describe the particulars of each dance, and the meanings are felt in the hearty vocalizations and drumbeat of both the Northern and Southern Plains Indians. A true slice of social and ceremonial native music.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 5, 2017 at 8:04 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Mouse On Mars – “Instrumentals” – [Thrill Jockey Records]

    mouse on mars

    This music is as cute and satisfying as the name of the band is. Electronica at its best, with beats that get your head bopping and your feet stepping. I particularly enjoy Chromantic, but everything is worth a listen.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 7:28 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Mills, Alan – “Folk Songs of Newfoundland” – [Folkways Records and Service Corp.]

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    Released in 1953, the folksiness of this 10″ slab is timeless. Newfoundland summons images of cold, ocean, fishing, and Northeast Canadian heartiness. Alan Mills pleasant voice accompanied by a gentle guitar spins yarns fit for a campfire. If you appreciate sailor stories and coastside ambience, you’ll love this.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Four Lost Souls – “Four Lost Souls” – [Bloodshot Records]

    fourlost souls

    “These songs aren’t going to sing themselves” (from “Poor Valley Radio”). And count your lucky stars that Jon Langford (who wrote and sings the songs along with Bethany Thomas and Tawny Newsome) and his band (rounded out by skilled guitarist John Szymanski) found themselves in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to sing the great Americana songs contained on this CD. Yes, the sobering election of 2016 made them feel lost, but they stepped up to the plate and responded with these sometimes rocking, sometimes ballad-y songs. Be sure to read the poem in the sleeve.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • Filed as CD,Country
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  • Flamin Groovies – “Fantastic Plastic” – [Sonic Kicks]

    flamin_groovies_fantastic_plastic

    They’re back and better than ever! What a fun and enjoyable collection of brand-new rock songs penned by Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson! These are uptempo songs and smooth ballads by this group whose origins are in San Francisco. Each song is great in its own way, but “She Loves Me” and “Lonely Hearts” are two of my favorites.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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  • Seafang – “Solid Gold/ Stardust” – [Emotional Response Recordings]

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    Of course I love this 7″ dimension of wonder because it’s shoegaze from a quintet in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Solid Gold” is an upbeat, fast-paced number, while “Stardust” is a bit slower, but both are fine examples of lovely haze with Heidi’s pretty vocals backed by the band’s energetic guitars, drums, and bass. Think Go-Gos KFJC-style.

  • Reviewed by humana on October 22, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Filed as 7-inch,A Library
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