Entries tagged with “Music Reviews”

"Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions" by Billy Bragg and Wilco

Fifteen years ago Nora Guthrie, the daughter of political folk legend Woody Guthrie, asked British singer Billy Bragg if he’d create music for some of her father’s thousand unrecor…

Ayahuasca

Welcome to the WorkBen LeeTen Fingers RecordsThe transformative properties of the Amazonian healing medicine ayahuasca are unmistakable on Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee’s ni…

Book Review: Become Ocean

Become OceanJohn Luther AdamsCANTALOUPE MUSICGlobal warming and climate change are on the minds of many these days. John Luther Adams is no different. The 61-year-old Alaska-based …

Film Review: The Medicine

The medicine referred to in the title of Farzin Toussi’s documentary is ayahuasca, the fascinating, elaborate, and shamanic Amazonian concoction that the film seeks to promote as b…

Kirtronica

Jaya Lakshmi with AnandaSounds TrueThe latest creation by American vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jaya Lakshmi is exactly what the name Kirtronica implies: a fusion of call-and…

Music Review, At the Temple Door

At the Temple Door Ajeet KaurSpirit VoyageAjeet Kaur encountered a spiritual sense of music early in life, raised by a father (Thomas Moore) who’d been in a Catholic monastery…

Music Review: 7

WITH ITS HUSHED FEMALE VOCALS and lush layers of keyboard and guitar, Beach House’s atmospheric dream pop is the sort of thing hipsters might sing their babies to sleep with. But s…

Music Review: A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)

A Beautiful Revolution (Pt 1)Common LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS SPIRITUALITY, POLITICS, HOPE, AND OUTRAGE all swirl together in Chicago-born rapper Common’s newest work. At the same tim…

Music Review: Aeons

AeonsCharanpalSpirit Voyage RecordsLike her Spirit Voyage labelmate Snatam Kaur, American singer/guitarist/harmonium player Charanpal brings a silken voice and a fine sense of melo…

Music Review: All Is Love Is All

All Is Love Is AllDub SutraDub SutraLike Dub Sutra’s first album, 2012’s The Rise of Downtempo, this new release from this California-based duo is a thoughtfully crafted weave of d…

Music Review: America’s National Parks

America’s National ParksWadada Leo SmithCuneiformYosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone—the beauty and wild spaces of America’s national parks have long been a focus for visual an…

Music Review: American Utopia

IN CONTRAST TO the stripped-down sound of his last solo outing, 2004’s Grown Backwards, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne’s newest album is a stir-fry of acoustic, electri…

Music Review: Aquilonis

Aquilonis  Trio Mediaeval ECM RECORDSAquilonis is the sixth ECM New Series release from Trio Mediaeval, the dynamic group of three Scandinavian singers. Founding members …

Music Review: Atma Bhakti

Atma BhaktiManish VyasNew Earth RecordsIn much the same way that spiritual teachers use words to point to the inexpressible, Indian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist/composer Mani…

Music Review: Beautiful Love

Beautiful LovePaulinho GarciaJazzmin Records and Shrinktunes MediaBeautiful Love, by Paulinho Garcia could be the perfect soundtrack for this scene in your life: enjoying a sunset …

Music Review: Binary

Ani DiFranco is now in her fourth decade of producing high-energy music with lyrics that are thoughtful and strong, personal and political. Binary is DiFranco’s 20th studio album, …

Music Review: Blackstar

★David BowieCOLUMBIA RECORDSIn a lesser-known tune called “Black Star,” Elvis Presley once sang, “When a man sees his black star, he knows his time has come.”More than half a centu…

Music Review: Build a Bridge

Diane PattersonFour Winds MusicDiane Patterson sees herself as a pilgrim and a global citizen cultivating positive change. When she travels to Hawaii, Europe, or New Folsom Prison …

Music Review: Buy This Fracking Album

Buy This Fracking AlbumFeaturing Meshell Ndegeocello, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Marco Benevento, and othersMusic Movement RecordsJason Samel was deeply…

Music Review: Call It What It Is

Call It What It IsBen Harper & the Innocent CriminalsSTAX RECORDSSinger/guitarist/songwriter Ben Harper is better known for his soulful, socially conscious folk rock than for h…