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Musical Pairings: Lô Borges e Milton Nascimento – Clube Da Esquina

May 1st, 2013

I’ve made it no secret that I honestly believe that some of the greatest music ever recorded spawned from Brazil in the late 60′s and early-to-mid 70′s. The era saw the release of a slew of brilliant albums by Jorge Ben (including a spectacular collaboration with Gilberto Gil), several classics by Joao Gilberto, and a […]

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Musical Pairings: Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

April 16th, 2013

In her post today, Kasey reflects on the thrill of discovering new flavors and new tastes. She notes how these new discoveries kick our brains into high gear, simultaneously creating new impressions and memories while also evoking emotions and memories from our past. The same could be said for a lot of great new music. Kurt […]

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Musical Pairings: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

April 8th, 2013

Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down is one of those songwriters whose lyrics are widely described by music critics as “honest”. Of course, that’s just a short way of saying that her lyrics are charmingly self-aware and disarmingly revealing. Whether she’s musing about sexual power dynamics, unhappy relationships, or grappling with […]

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TK019: Port Isla – Sinking Ship / Adventurers & Moment Of Trouble

April 4th, 2013

If you haven’t already, I think it’s about time you get acquainted with this month’s featured Pairings Box artist Port Isla. After all, the quickly rising Norwich, England four-piece indie folk band has already been featured in over 30 music blogs; promoted by the BBC; their debut single (this month’s a-side “Sinking Ship”) ranked highly […]

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Guest Post: Shovels & Rope – O’ Be Joyful

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  I was never a huge fan of The White Stripes, but my wife loves them and she has impeccable taste in music, so thanks to my better-half over time I’ve come to consider myself at the very least a fan. It goes without saying that Jack White was the better-half of the White Stripes […]

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Single Serving: Phoria – Red

April 2nd, 2013

With a slow groove and a quiet shuffle, Brighton’s Phoria turn a subtle piano melody, hand claps and hushed vocals into a gripping ballad. It’s their debut single and a great introduction. I can’t wait to hear more. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long since their debut EP is scheduled for release on […]

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TKR01: Turtle Giant – All Hidden Places EP

April 1st, 2013

Last year I called Turtle Giant’s All Hidden Places EP “one of the best releases I’ve heard this year of any length.” Now that 2012 is well over, I’m happy to say that I still believe All Hidden Places EP was one of the year’s best releases. As an avid vinyl collector, it felt like […]

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Single Serving: Chrome Pony – Ciggy Stardust

March 26th, 2013

As the name implies, “Ciggy Stardust” by Nashville’s Chrome Pony is an energetic and gritty Bowie-esque rocker built upon crashing percussion and snarling garage rock guitar chops. In other words, it’s a whole bunch of fun. You can purchase Lazy Bones from Bandcamp.

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Single Serving: Free Time – Nothin But Nice

March 25th, 2013

I haven’t always thought of Australia as a hot bed for awesome music, but the sheer number of rad bands emerging from Melbourne and Sydney these days have me thinking differently. In fact, if you can’t name your favorite contemporary Australian band then you aren’t listening to nearly enough new music. Melbourne-based Free Time, led […]

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Single Serving: Salt Cathedral – Dirty Me

March 22nd, 2013

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Bogota band Salt Cathedral are back with a totally sick brand new single. Whereas their debut cut “Take Me To The See” was a skittering, explosive math-rock anthem, “Dirty Me” flaunts a smoother build and a gentler release. It is, however, just as pensive and simmering with it’s delicious polyphonic rhythms and textured grooves. It […]

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