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Brandon Seabrook – Sylphid Vitalizers (2014)

Brandon Seabrook – Sylphid Vitalizers (2014)

It doesn’t matter if the experimental music is being rendered by electric guitar or banjo, Seabrook uses technology, virtuosity and a deviously fertile mind to blow the minds of anyone who comes across these recordings. ‘Sylphid Vitalizers’ expands the world of what is possible with a banjo. And guitar, too.

Karen Mantler – Business Is Bad (2014)

Karen Mantler – Business Is Bad (2014)

As a collection of children’s songs for grown-ups, ‘Business Is Bad’ would be terribly silly if it wasn’t so damned inconspicuously clever. Thankfully, it *is* clever, and marks the return of Karen Mantler after nearly a decade and a half off without skipping a beat.

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

New albums by the Who and Kinks? Maybe they should quit while they’re ahead

After all, it could come out differently than what we’d expect or want.

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

One Track Mind: Elton John, “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” from Million Dollar Piano (2014)

This arrives looking like every bad thing that sends you back to the old records.

Haitian Rail – Solarists (2014)

Haitian Rail – Solarists (2014)

‘Solarists’ immediately establishes Haitian Rail as a fearsome battery of inscrutable, noise with terrific give-and-take. And trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s presence assures that they hold up the jazz part of the experimental metal-jazz equation, losing none of their ferocity along the way.

Julie Slick + Marco Machera – Fourth Dementia (2014)

Julie Slick + Marco Machera – Fourth Dementia (2014)

They’ve created an album that’s both emotionally open, and a wonder of intricate control.

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Stand by the Seawall” (1977, unreleased)

A crystalline peak behind the scenes of Steely Dan’s studio gigs.

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

One Track Mind: Peter Gabriel, “Mercy Street” from Back to Front (2014)

A mystery-laced tribute to Anne Sexton has lost none of its power, 25 years on.

On Second Thought: David + David – Boomtown (1986)

On Second Thought: David + David – Boomtown (1986)

Dark and intriguing, it left us eager for a second album that, alas, never came.

‘It was very organic and natural’: Ringo Starr’s current All-Starr Band can’t stop having fun

‘It was very organic and natural’: Ringo Starr’s current All-Starr Band can’t stop having fun

Together since 2012, the All-Starrs play the Greek in LA tonight – but they’ll be back.