a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
A decade after the fact, you can finally hear what all the fuss about BVSC was about. The pristine production of the original studio release made these masters of Cuban son sound like a museum piece instead of a dance party. The concert recording has the hot sound and live energy that characterize the roots of salsa. If BVSC is still on your “I should listen to that someday” list, listen today, and listen to them live.
Hear the difference yourself!
Here’s the studio version of “El Cuarto de Tula”
Now listen to the live version of
Hipster bands have capitalized on some pretty unusual influences, but I never thought I’d see the day that someone could make Fleetwood Mac sound cool again. Little
Listen to Little Big Town “Evangeline”
Lucinda Williams – Little Honey (rock)
Williams’ unpolished vocal style has a love-it-or-hate-it appeal; I’m definitely in the love camp. A solid album of literate honky-tonk, including a duet with Elvis Costello and a random AC/DC cover
Listen to Lucinda Williams “Tears of Joy”
Shugo Tokumaru – Exit (world)
A quirky gem of Japanese pop. The instrumentation is expansive – xylophone, harmonium, steel drum, recorder – and the vocals are breezy. I can guarantee you that you haven’t heard anything quite like this before.
Listen to Shugo Tokumaru “Green Rain”
Martin Sexton – Solo (folk)
Sexton is an artist who takes the singer part of singer-songwriter seriously. He has a resonant voice moves freely from bluesy to sensitive to falsetto. The album is a live set from a recent tour of folk festivals.
Listen to Martin Sexton “Diggin Me”
Armin van Buuren – A State of Trance 2008 (dance)
Two hour-long mixes of swirly electronic sounds. Put on a strobe light and dance yourself into another state of consciousness.
Listen to Armin van Buuren “A State of Trance 2008 CD2”
* highly recommended
! highest recommendation