Jesu-Conqueror

Jesu Conqueror:

An interesting mix of heavy metal and shoe-gaze, with a greater emphasis on the shoe-gaze. Long melancholic songs with layered vocals and plodding riffs, which occasionally get distorted and involve growling are the norm for this disk. A good album to sit back and listen to, though it stays with certain riffs too long and other riffs not long enough.

Rating: 12/15 Napalm Fleshes

John Fred and His Playboy Band-With Glasses

John Fred and His Playboy Band With Glasses:

An underrated R&B group. Fred has a great voice and his music, while not innovative is exceptional. Cool horn arrangements and top notch backing vocals come in at just the right moment, a good time for all.

Rating: 12/15 doo wahs

Grachan Moncur III-Some Other Stuff

Grachan Moncur III Some Other Stuff:

Experimental jazz, as haunting as it is daring. Wayne Shorter performs some amazing solos, as does Moncur. Overall an interesting listen, that is somewhat difficult to get into, but a rewarding listen once you get used to it.

Rating: 12/15 Avant trombones

Grant Green-Street of Dreams

Grant Green Street of Dreams:

A mellow session from four jazz greats. A little snooze inducing at times, best for background music or to have on while relaxing.

Rating: 12/15 smooth trade offs

Bill Frisell-The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs

Bill Frisell The Best of Bill Frisell, Vol. 1: Folk Songs:

Beautiful renditions of tunes from all aspects of American folk musics. FrisellĀ  and his backing musicians manage to recreate everything from country, to blues, to Appalachian music while adding some sly notes and modifications of there own. Frisell’s movement away from jazz and towards folk is an interesting and potentially bad choice, and on this disk its clear that it was well worth the risk.

Rating: 12/15 indignant jazz snobs

Cobra Verde-Haven’t Slept All Year

Cobra Verde Haven’t Slept All Year:

Jumping from Garage rock to acoustic balladry to art rock tunes, this album presents a pretty cool listen. The lyrics never stray far from sex, drugs, and rock and roll, but have an appropriate swagger that keeps them enjoyable. Theres nothing unique here, just a quality rock album.

Rating: 12/15 Degrees in popular music studies

The Boredoms-Super Roots 10

The Boredomes Super Roots 10:

Analog synth drones, layered vocals, and polyrhythmic drumming drift in and out of your speakers in ecstatic glee. Eye and company create another album that gets you in touch with the universe, but only when you’re in the exact right mood for it.

Rating: 12/15 Drum circles