Posts Categorized: Featured Release

Vetiver – Up On High

Vetiver formed almost two decades ago within the same bizarro-folk circles as Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, though Andy Cabic’s approach to Americana was always less, um, strange than his contemporaries. Countering the free folk of these peers, Vetiver has always been an outlet for tidy, pop-oriented singles and lushly produced folk numbers flirting with psychedelia…. Read more »

John Coltrane – Blue World

“There is never any end,” John Coltrane said sometime in the mid-1960s, at the height of his powers. “There are always new sounds to imagine; new feelings to get at.” Coltrane, one of jazz’s most revered saxophonists, was speaking to Nat Hentoff about an eternal quest — a compulsion to reach toward the next horizon, and… Read more »

Paul Cauthen – Room 41

Making Room 41 nearly killed Paul Cauthen. Ironically enough, it’s also the very thing that saved him. “Finishing this record was one of the craziest experiences I’ve ever been a part of,” reflects Cauthen, the larger-than-life Texas troubadour nicknamed Big Velvet for his impossibly smooth, baritone voice. “I’m honestly glad it’s done because I don’t think I’d survive if… Read more »

Jade Jackson- Wilderness

 In most musical careers, the debut album tends to lay bare the soul of the artist as she introduces herself to the world, its songs created from a real life still pure and unencumbered by any spotlight or harsh exposure. Jade Jackson, however, has chosen to flip that tandem on its head, and with her… Read more »

Barbara Brown – Got To Be Somebody

Barbara Brown never had an LP release during her lifetime. Here is an approximation of what one might have sounded like. Like so many soul acts, Barbara Brown’s career was defined by a slow and sometimes interrupted stream of singles. Often alongside the Browns – her sisters Roberta, Betty and Maurice – she had releases… Read more »

Craig Finn – I Need A New War

“As with most of Finn’s solo records…its storytelling is just as sharp and squalid and granular as ever.” -Stereogum “Noir-story mode…expansive new sound textures.” -Rolling Stone With the release of Craig Finn‘s album I Need A New War (Partisan Records), the Hold Steady frontman completes a trilogy of solo albums with producer/collaborator Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, Walter Martin, Josh Ritter) and engineer… Read more »