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Villagers - Darling Arithmetic

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Irish folk singer/songwriter Conor O'Brien gives us a very personal peek into some of his thoughts and feelings.  Sounding very much like he is sitting in the room performing just for us, with some of that "magic" band behind him in just the right sparse measures.  Darling Arithmetic is a perfect Sunday morning record.  Serene, peaceful, and quietly pleasing, it gently nudges you into wakefulness.

Die Form - Rayon X

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Beware.  Listening to Die Form may corrupt your base nature.  This is music for your most decadent desires.  Rayon X serves up a mean mix of fetish electronics and sexual vocals.  Abandon reservations, embrace corruption, explore sensations, seek to discover deviations from your "normal" life.  Here you will find acceptance of those dark secrets and desires you have been hiding.  Bring them out and surrender to the chant and beat of Die Form, Rayon X.

Half Moon Run - Sun Leads Me On

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Indie Rock just doesn't begin to describe this band's sound.  Comparisons to other artists from Band of Horses to Radiohead are relevant in part, but again don't paint the full picture.  I discovered their first album, Dark Eyes (2012), on bandcamp last year and fell immediately in love with them. Phenomenal musicianship, mellifluous vocals, tempos that vary from strident urgency to placid calm.  Sun Leads Me On is different every time I listen to it. My favorite songs change, my takeaways vary, I get a new appreciation for the depth of the music.

Soft Kill - Heresy

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Once more into the bandcamp cornucopia of musical fantasy...and I discovered this post-punk marvel.  Hailing from Portland, Oregon according to bandcamp,but from San Luis Obispo, CA according to facebook - their first release, An Open Door, came out in 2011.  This is their third album, but it is a rather short album, less than 30 minutes.  Those thirty minutes, however, are superb.  They said they would be reissuing their catalog this Fall, but I have not seen this to be happening yet.  Keep up with them in facebook.  Firmly planted in the post-punk genre, Soft Kill carries on where bands like Interpol, She Wants Revenge, Glorious Din, and others either gave up or phased out.  Soft Kill manages to sound new, fresh, and important while staying true to their chosen sound.  So many, like Interpol and She Wants Revenge, couldn't grow within the framework of their genre and started pulling from other styles.  I am impressed that this lot seem secure in their sound and aren't jerki…

Selofan - Tristesse

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Using bandcamp's music feed and fan following of like-minded users turned up this band a few months ago.  I've been trying to score vinyl copies of their releases to no avail.  I've actually got them ordered only to be told, twice, that they were sold out, after the fact.  So back to bandcamp and digital copies for now at least.  The important thing is being able to listen to this rather incredible music.  This is my favorite genre of music - dark, moody, haunting, dance-able...perfect for sitting in dark corners of a club with occasional forays onto the dancefloor.

Billy Idol - Kings and Queens of the Underground

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Billy Idol seems to be enjoying a revival, especially in his live shows.   I personally think this album is the best he has had since Rebel Yell.  It has edge tempered with a lifetime's accumulated knowledge.  I hear a man that is feeling good about where he is along his timeline.   In advance of his biography being released, the song Kings and Queens of the Underground serves as a synopsis of what will may come out in the book. It is a moving track and even though it is written in a very personal way I found myself connecting with it vicariously.

Lydmor & Bon Homme - Seven Dreams Of Fire

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Slick and posh dance music.  Sophisticated and ripe with attitude.  Glamorous with just the right amount of vanity.  Bon Homme is the personification of suave. Lydmor invokes the best of a modern Audrey Hepburn hipness.  Bringing with him the success of Whomadewho as well as his own solo album, A Life Less Fancy, and merging it with her new and emerging talent with two records of her own including recognition as an accomplished singer/songwriter.  Not since Black Box Recorder called it quits have I enjoyed this level of elegance and savoir faire in music.

Editors - In Dream

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Editors are one of my favorite bands.  In Dream maintains their eminence.  This record is overall slower than prior releases, I would say more contemplative, but their other records were just as deep, they just had a faster tempo.  I think this album will sadly suffer from it's more drawn out nature, and won't get as many whole plays.  Artistically it holds it's own, and probably fits it's mood better in tempo, but doesn't pack the punch of earlier records.  Here the sound is more calm, rational, and less raw than before.  We have a band that sounds confident of what they have to say, and this album just says it a little quieter and less urgently.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To The Land Of Hell

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A 2013 release, but again I just acquired it.  I was looking for a release she did for charity with Antony, review to come later, and discovered her and Sean Lennon's Chimera label/website.  Lots of excellent experimental, psychedelic, & avant-garde wonderment.  I had a hard time budgeting my selections and in the end it came down to format choices (I stuck to vinyl).  I find Yoko Ono to be rather inconsistent, but essential to investigate.  She is the only musician that travels to some of those places and not everyone wants to follow her there.  I find myself regretting the times I just can't go where she goes, like watching others skydive when I am just too cautious.  This record is perfection in blending her individuality and experiential creativity within a structure that is easy to assimilate.


Electric Würms ‎– Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk

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So this was released last year but I just now acquired one on sale.  I like Progressive, Psychedelic Rock and this fits into that category, but in a mellow, chill-out sense.  It is a pleasant listening experience leading one to daydream in the lands of imagination.  Best for late-night after-party relaxation.