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A Modest Proposal

Lather
SELF DESTRUCT

Where more than a few local groups turned to one person to handle vocals, singer-guitarist Jeremy Podgursky and bassist Brian Kaelin, both formerly of Dybbuk, divided those duties and conquered.

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Kinetic Meditations

Gardiner/ Vasconcellos
SELF-RELEASED

Lourenço Vasconcellos’ congas, almost ritualistic, set a scene; Graeme Gardiner’s sinuous saxophone percolates through … waves of sound wash over the percussion … i

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Little Voices

D’Arkestra
SELF-RELEASED

D’Arkestra accurately describes its music as “post-rock and indie-jazz.” Led by saxophonist/composer Drew Miller, the band includes many of our best younger players (Graeme Gardin

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After the Disco

Broken Bells
SONY

James Mercer and Brian Burton’s second full-length trip as Broken Bells is a decidedly brighter listen than before, though as catchy and repeatable.

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The Steven Johnson Syndrome

Polio vs. Filthy Rich
GRR/Kill Noise Collective
Polio has stepped up a lot in the couple years he’s been on the radar.
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t.r.u.t.h.

Common Collective
SELF-RELEASED
Not everyone is a singer — no matter how driven they are, how much confidence they have, or how many press photos they can take with vintage microphones.
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Dude Incredible

Shellac
(Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records)

 I’ve had to retype my opener here a few times over in my excitement to explain just how hyped I am to have a new Shellac album in my hands, and a great one at that.

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Brohemian Rap City

Rabbit on Acid
(SELF-RELEASED)

It’s hard to get a good handle on what Rabbit On Acid is all about.

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NehruvianDoom

NehruvianDoom
(Lex)
MF Doom has an impressive resume that includes some of the most incredible collaborations in hip-hop, continued here with newcomer Bishop Nehru.
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Charlie Haden - Jim Hall

Charlie Haden - Jim Hall
(impulse)

Bassist Charlie Haden and guitarist Jim Hall’s 1990 Montreal International Jazz Festival concert has just come out on the revived impulse! label.