Spin of the Day
The Jazz Workshop Concerts, 1964-65
For three decades, Mosaic Records has reissued jazz that’s so consistently fine it has become easy to take for granted. Read story.
Dry Land Is Not a Myth
Let’s forget for a second that White Arrows’ latest appears to be titled after a line from Waterworld, the notoriously career-sinking Kevin Costner film from 1995. Read story.
Say what you will about Metric’s glossy, airtight take on synthesized pop — the band lives up to its name. Read story.
With three well-received albums already out in 2012 (Twins, Slaughterhouse, and Hair), Ty Segall has been on a roll as of late. Read story.
Hands of Glory
Earlier this year, Andrew Bird dropped Break It Yourself, a swelling and soaring sixth effort filled with classically mined orchestrations. Read story.
Breaking My Own Heart
If you’ve consumed music in Santa Barbara in the past two decades, chances are you know Spencer the Gardener. Read story.
Mind the Gap EP
It’s been many decades since the Dust Bowl struck America, but that isn’t stopping Other Lives from mining its monumental impact. Read story.
AU has never been an easy band to pin down. Read story.
In terms of sophomore successes, Tame Impala’s Lonerism might be the crowning achievement of 2012. Read story.
JEFF the Brotherhood’s seventh record opens with a simple sentiment: “I want a place where I can smoke meats, where I can drink and swim in the creek,” sing Jake and Jamin Orrall. Read story.
St. Peter & 57th Street
Folk, pop, and hip-hop stars team up with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band for this stunning live disk. Read story.
At this point in the game, Grizzly Bear’s biggest hindrance is themselves. Read story.
Whether he’s working the solo angle or fronting the long running Franklin for Short, Seth Pettersen has a knack for making songs that sound quintessentially Californian. Read story.
With 2003’s cover album Dub Side of the Moon, the Easy Star All-Stars proved that, left together for seven (or more) minutes in heaven, classic 1970s prog rock and reggae could be fruitful and multiply. Read story.
For those not familiar with the backstory, Wild Nothing is the project of young Jack Tatum, a former Virginia Tech student whose dreamy bedroom recordings went from Myspace anonymity to the epicenter of the Internet hype machine back in 2009. Read story.