Reviews

Terry Waldo, ‘The Soul of Ragtime’

April 29, 2014

Terry Waldo, ‘The Soul of Ragtime’ Tompkins Square, 3/25/2014 Terry Waldo’s jazz education began at the age of five when he happened upon the extensive collection of records, piano rolls and early films owned by his neighbour, John Baker – a collection part-owned by the American Jazz Museum, and now regarded as one of the most... 

Guardian Alien, ‘Spiritual Emergency’

April 21, 2014

Guardian Alien, ‘Spiritual Emergency’ Thrill Jockey, 1/28/2014 In April, I found myself let go from a job I hated and re-hired at a job I love, a place that has many beautiful features, one of which is that the employees can play whatever music they want. This can be contentious in many ways, often divisive with the kind of crew we have,... 

ONO, ‘Diegesis’

April 18, 2014

ONO, ‘Diegesis’ Moniker Records, 3/11/2014 If God is going to set this world on fire, that fire breeds mystical divinity and material scourge. Following The Word, standing against the forces of nature, society, and divinity, a lone person is inclined to feel this fire as judgement. Yet, there is a power of love that... 

Tapeheads, ‘Bricolage I & II’

April 14, 2014

Tapeheads, ‘Bricolage I & II’ Jeunesse Cosmique/Acid Zebra Records, 2/7/2014 It is not surprising that such a master of tension-and-whimsy, rock-and-dance collage was born during 1997, one of my favorite formative years in pop music. Tapeheads‘ Thierry Larose channels the ambiguous pop of his birth year, straddling dramatic,... 

Golden Retriever, ‘Seer’

April 10, 2014

Golden Retriever, ‘Seer’ Thrill Jockey, 3/24/2014 Golden Retriever’s 2012 record Occupied with the Unspoken opened with “Serene Velocity,” whose melancholic chord progression unfolded amid sequencers and layers of bleeps. While “Serene Velocity” itself is no straightforward pop song, it wears melody on its sleeve,... 

Steve Moore, ‘Pangaea Ultima’

April 7, 2014

Steve Moore, ‘Pangaea Ultima’ Spectrum Spools, 11/25/2013 Steve Moore’s new LP, Pangaea Ultima, doesn’t look to the future in the way his previous solo work explored sci-fi themes and motifs; rather, this new record takes as its subject matter the supercontinent that is postulated to form in roughly 250 million years. Much... 

Mesektet, ‘Towards a Bleak Sun’

April 1, 2014

Mesektet, ‘Towards a Bleak Sun’ Cold Spring Records, 2/17/2014 “Splendid is the Mesektet Boat, glorious its trappings, and its colours are of amethyst and emerald, jasper and turquoise, lazuli and the lustre of gold. At the Gap of Abydos waits a company of gods to prepare the Boat for the journey through the Duat, the land of night...