a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
* Funky Kidz – Various Artists (jazz) released March 4, but too good to ignore.
An A-list of
Lalo Mora – Le Canta a
This musical-geographical tribute to Mora's native
Matthew Ryan – Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State (rock)
Rugged songwriting in an alternative country vein. Raspy-throated vocals, literate lyrics, and a band that balances acoustic and electric guitars over a set of slow rockers. Ryan Adams fans will feel at home here.
Sun Kil Moon – April (rock)
Quiet, introspective folk and troubadour rock. Sun Kil Moon echoes the fragility of British folk icon Nick Drake in uncanny ways.
Van Morrison -- Keep it Simple (rock)
Easygoing blues and R&B. Morrison's at a point in his career where he doesn't have to prove anything to anybody, including himself. He's just singing music he loves, and it shows.
In the blog this week: R.E.M., Moby, The Sword, 25 Years of “Thriller”
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation