a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* Joan Sebastian – No Es De Madera (Latin)
This is what you’re missing out on when you skip past the Spanish station on your radio. Listen through the oompah accordion, tuba, and heavy brass, and you’ll find Sebastian sings well-crafted songs of love and loss that owe as much to the Beatles as they do to traditional corridos.
Cedar Walton Trio & Dale Barlow –
To hone the album title further, this feels like a jazz club in
The Hives – The Black and White Album (rock)
Full-on distortion-fueled garage rock. Crank this and go nuts.
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (dance)
Your new favorite work-out soundtrack. A single track whose title matches its length, the various phases of the piece are specially designed for interval training on the stairmaster, complete with warm-up and cool-down. You’ll find a variety of samples, including horns, chimes, and retro laser sound effects, all settling into an extended house groove.
In the blog this week: Are live albums worth the trouble? Os Mutantes, James Taylor, and covers from Queensryche.
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation