a review of cool new music
by Jeff Pinzino
! Gilles Peterson Presents
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And Ogguere “La Revolucion del Cuerpo”
* Jessica Pavone – Songs of Synastry and Solitude (classical)
A collection of tuneful compositions that captures a brooding introspection in the midst of the mundane. These pieces for string quartet move quietly, evenly, and effortlessly. Beautiful stuff.
Listen to Jessica Pavone “Hope Dawson is Missing”
The Blind Boys of
A lineup of A-list musicians from rock, blues, country, and gospel each get a turn with the world’s best backup singers. It’s fun to hear descent singers suddenly sound awesome when surrounded by the Blind Boys’ enormous gospel harmonies. Lou Reed, Ben Harper, and Jars of Clay all get the royal treatment.
Listen to The Blind Boys of
OK, so I couldn’t resist the title, but the music’s surprisingly good. High octane, three-chord punk-pop.
Listen to The
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg vs. Winger – Karma
In this corner, the young guns of retro-rock, the monsters of the mainstream, Wolfmother! (YAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!) And in the other corner, it’s the killers from the crypt, the band that would not die, Winger! (yay.) Wolfmother tears through the power chords, taunting Winger with vocals that sound ripped from the throat of Robert Plant himself! Winger seems laughably uncool by comparison. Is there a slaughter rule in the cage match? But wait! Winger cranks it up and launches barrage after barrage of screaming guitar solos! It’s a classic rope-a-dope! Winger unleashes a massive dosage of Rawk and double back even harder at Wolfmother. Wolfmother’s on the ropes! The referee steps in! It’s Winger!!!!!! (yay.)
Listen to Wolfmother “New Moon Rising”
Listen to Winger “Deal With the Devil”
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: THE WEEK’S SCARIEST MUSIC
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