Category: Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews

WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! – Royal Potato Family

WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! – Royal Potato Family

Canis lupus rockus. WOLF! – 1-800-WOLF! [TrackList follows] – Royal Potato Family 020286222316, 35:14 [10/14/16] *****: (Scott Metzger – guitar; Taylor Floreth – drums, percussion; Jon Shaw – bass, keys) The wolf is a potent symbol. It’s no wonder the wolf has been used as a musical name by blues shouter Howlin’ Wolf; hard rockers […]

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave

Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave

A dub/reggae pioneer far from his prime. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Must Be Free – Megawave MEGW0452, 58:45 [9/23/16] ***: (Lee “Scratch” Perry – vocals; Spacewave (AKA John Palmer) – production; The Groovematist (AKA Mechial White) – production (track 2); Karienne Scott – backing vocals (track 2); IAmPhloboi (AKA Kenneth Bankhead) –production (track 12); Subatomic […]

Manatee Commune – Manatee Commune – Bastard Jazz

Manatee Commune – Manatee Commune – Bastard Jazz

Manatee Commune – Manatee Commune – Bastard Jazz BJCD14, (9/16/16), *****: Folktronica: Blending properties of traditional acoustic & contemporary electronic soundscapes. Manatee Commune, the musical moniker of Grant Eadie, is a Bellingham, WA raised musician that is pushing the envelope of downtempo music, using some never-before-thought-of techniques, bringing together a uniquely beautiful sound, and all […]

“O Eterne Deus” – Music of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN – Vajra Voices/ Karen Clark – Music & Arts

“O Eterne Deus” – Music of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN – Vajra Voices/ Karen Clark – Music & Arts

Millenium-old music from Hildegard von Bingen, visionary, mystic and polymath, sung by an inspired choir, Vajra Voices. “O Eterne Deus” – Music of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN – Vajra Voices/ Karen Clark – Music & Arts 1291, 50:20 (5/13/16) *****: As a man, I feel it may be inappropriate for me to review this all-female endeavour. […]

Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word – RareNoise

Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word – RareNoise

A trio which finds the middle ground between electronics and acoustics. Chat Noir – Nine Thoughts for One Word [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR064, 48:09 [5/20/16] ****: (Michele Cavaliari – keyboards, piano, effects; Luca Fogagnolo – electric bass, upright bass, trombone; J. Peter Schwalm – electronics, beats, keyboards, acoustic guitar; Daniel Calvi – electric guitar, […]

Magnet Animals – Butterfly Killer – RareNoise

Magnet Animals – Butterfly Killer – RareNoise

Willfully risk-taking music from the RareNoise label. Magnet Animals – Butterfly Killer [TrackList follows] RareNoise RNR063, 49:35 [5/20/16] ***1/2: (Todd Clouser – guitar, vocals; Eyal Maoz – guitar; Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz – bass; Jorge Servin – drums) Magnet Animals live up to their name. On the foursome’s debut, the 49-minute Butterfly Killer, the band can […]

Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star – OKeh/Sony Music – OKeh/Sony

Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star – OKeh/Sony Music – OKeh/Sony

The magic of movies and television as heard via Bill Frisell’s imagination. Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star [TrackList follows] – OKeh/Sony Music Masterworks 88875142212, 63:26 [1/29/16] ****1/2: (Bill Frisell – electric and acoustic guitar, arranger; Petra Haden – voice; Eyvind Kang – viola; Thomas Morgan – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, […]

Sonar – Black Light – Cuneiform

Sonar – Black Light – Cuneiform

A Swiss rock instrumental quartet governed by the “less is more” philosophy. Sonar – Black Light [TrackList follows] – Cuneiform, Rune 414, 41:23 [10/16/15] ****1/2: (Stephan Thelen – electric tritone guitar; Bernhard Wagner – electric tritone guitar; Christian Kuntner – electric tritone bass; Manuel Pasquinelli – drums) The Swiss instrumental quartet SONAR (short for SONic […]