Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

Yo La Tengo have been in a retrospective bubble since 2013’s well-received but too quickly forgotten Fade LP.  With an expanded version of 1993’s sublime Painful (as Extra Painful on Matador) and a vinyl reprint of 1990’s well-loved Fakebook on vinyl (on the Bar/None label) both appearing last year, backwards glancing has been helpfully reminding … [Read more...]

Mark Lesseraux – Get Your Back Up Off the Wall

Have you been jonesing for unorthodox treatments of funk or glam hits from the disco era?  Brian Eno and Betty Davis fans rejoice; Mark Lesseraux – of the Brooklyn-based indie pop quintet The Citizens – satiates your boogying impulses on his latest solo release, Get Your Back Up Off the Wall.  Loosely using the art of dance as the record’s unifying … [Read more...]

Kathryn Williams – Relations

Indie-folk, singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams released this self-produced album of covers this past autumn on One Little Indian. Kathryn has a light, warm touch where the bittersweet to melancholic lyrics of other artists turn sweeter and hopeful, and the resulting batch of songs is pleasant, but lightweight in tone.  Spare, picked acoustic guitar … [Read more...]

The Marches – Director of Photography EP

Word has it that The Marches – directed with flare by saxophonist/songwriter Richard Conti – are planning to drop a new LP sometime in early 2012.  To tide everyone over until that date arrives, the band is releasing Director of Photography, an EP that all but abandons the retro Motown sound they so skillfully cultivated on 4a.m. is the New … [Read more...]

The Lemonheads – Varshons

Evan Dando is certainly no slouch when it comes to cover versions.  In fact, many of his most memorable moments over the years - especially with the on/off/on again Lemonheads - have been via other people's songs.  From the snotty-but-sincere punk-pop assault on Suzanne Vega's "Luka," via a warm chugging reheating of Michael Nesmith's "Different … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Dark Was the Night

Cementing their 20th anniversary of raising AIDS awareness, the Red Hot Organization enlisted the help of The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner to curate and craft their 20th compilation, Dark Was the Night. Named after the Blind Willie Johnson song and featuring an all-star cast of some of the best and finest musicians currently making music, … [Read more...]