Category: Albums

Mundo Musique: Beck

Mundo Musique: Beck

For those who like: Beck (there’s no comparable) I think this is going to be my shortest Mundo Musique feature since starting this 6 months ago because there isn’t much to say — it’s friggin’ Beck! Beck returns with his first, proper studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, unless you count the “play-it-yourself” Beck Hansen’s Song Reader that was released […]

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Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Mundo Musique: Jesca Hoop

Last week, Northern California native Jesca Hoop released her latest project, Undress. Hoop has been releasing music for while now, her first LP, Kismet released in 2007. Like the title suggests, Undress features songs that are stripped down musically, mostly just to guitar. All of the songs on Undress were on Hoop’s 2009 album Hunting My Dress. Hoop’s has drawn […]

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Capital Revue: Bosveld Create Cassette Soundscapes

Capital Revue: Bosveld Create Cassette Soundscapes

My apologies to Bosveld, as I missed their album release party last week (at Pressed, which is awesome). However, you should hunt down a copy of this tape if you can. It’s an exuberant mix of acoustic songs, found sounds, and pure experimentation. Have a listen, and then go find that old Walkman.

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Mundo Musique: Amason

Mundo Musique: Amason

Ben and I started Mundo Musique as an International music column, and lately I have mostly been writing about American acts, but that changes today. There’s a lot of amazing music coming out of Sweden, and a lot of incredible bands, like Miike Snow, and Dungen. Members of both bands, Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, Gustaf Estjes of Dungen, and […]

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Capital Revue: This is the Strangest Album Cover I’ve Seen in a While

Capital Revue: This is the Strangest Album Cover I’ve Seen in a While

Jimmy Hunt, you’re a brave man. Well, not as brave as the guy riding this elephant, but still. Great song, too.

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Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Today, we celebrate albums coming out by two great musicians, who are releasing their first solo albums in years. NENEH CHERRY For Those Who Like: Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent In 1989, acid-wash jeans and denim jackets were in style, Converse shoes were trendy, and my beloved Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup. It was […]

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Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

Mundo Musique Album Preview: Slothrust – Of Course You Do

For fans of: Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Pinkerton-era Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Screaming Females Last year, I wrote a very short intro to Brooklyn-based grunge trio Slothrust, and their untitled-at-the-time album made the list of albums we’re looking forward to in 2014.  One day after we posted that list, Slothrust announced they would be releasing Of Course You Do on Ba […]

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Capital Revue: Matt Ouimet is the busiest Musician in Ottawa

Capital Revue: Matt Ouimet is the busiest Musician in Ottawa

If you’re a fan of great pop, rock, country, folk, and just about any other style you can imagine, check out Matt Ouimet. The “gig” page on his website reads like a who’s who of Eastern Ontario artists, as he’s playing with someone, somewhere, just about every night. http://www.mattouimet.com/Matt_Ouimet_Muiscball/Live_Shows.html Here’s a track from 2010. True to form, it’s great. Mellow, […]

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Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

YOUNG FATHERS For Those Who Like: K-os, Shabazz Palaces, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio Young Fathers is a self-described “psychedelic hip hop band” by Edinburgh, Scotland. I guess that’s one way to describe this young band, whose music combines many genres – hip hop, R&B, rock and pop with heavy percussion and staggered melodies. While melding together so many […]

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Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Mundo Musique: Nedelle Torrisi

Californian singer-songwriter Nedelle Torrisi has been making music for a long time. Her parents were musicians, and she has been performing since she was a child.  She’s toured with a bunch of acts, Deerhoof, Destroyer, Magnolia Electric Co, Xiu Xiu, and most recently opened for Julia Holter.  She’s also collaborated with Xiu Xiu, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and Half-Handed Cloud. […]

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Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Starting today, I’ve added a new section called Sound Bites, which will just be tracks that artists have randomly released or have released as a teaser for an upcoming album. But first, let’s get started with a couple of bands with new albums out. Dum Dum Girls For Those Who Like: Frankie Rose, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Go-Gos For […]

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Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Review: Del Barber’s Prairieography

Recorded in Winnipeg, Del Barber’s fourth record is a success on a number of fronts. He continues to display his soulful country voice and songwriting, but on this record he’s really gone experimental in terms of his recording process. A plain old studio isn’t enough for this guy, no sir. Most of the tracks were recorded in a fairly traditional […]

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Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

DAMIEN JURADO For Those Who Like: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bon Iver, Over time, I’ve begun to truly appreciate the masterful work of Damien Jurado, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter who last week released his 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. For the last three albums, including Brothers and Sisters, Jurado has teamed with Richard Swift (an accomplished singer-songwriter himself) […]

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Mundo Musique: Marissa Nadler

Mundo Musique: Marissa Nadler

Boston based singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler has been releasing some great music over the last few years.  Her music is chilling, haunting, and beautiful. On February 4th, Nadler will release her latest album, July. The album doesn’t feel quite like an album that would be named July, it definitely represents its release month, February much better. Unlike her self-titled 2011 album […]

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Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Today’s Mundo Musique is dedicated to two musical acts coming out with albums tomorrow – albums that should be part of anyone’s collection. THE PACK A.D. For Those Who Like: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Savages Back in September, I had a chance to speak with The Pack A.D. following their performance at the Ottawa Folkfest, at […]

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Mundo Musique: Alex Bleeker & The Freaks

Mundo Musique: Alex Bleeker & The Freaks

One of the albums I’m most looking forward to this year is Real Estate’s Atlas, which is due out on March 4th. Last year, two Real Estate members released their own albums, guitarist Matt Mondanile’s Ducktails released the excellent The Flower Lane, and bassist Alex Bleeker’s Alex Bleeker & The Freaks released How Far Away. Today, I introduce you to […]

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Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

We’re going across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans for today’s Mundo Musique. BLANK REALM For those who like: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Kurt Vile, Pond I have to admit that when psychedelic rockers, Blank Realm, released its debut album, Go Easy, in 2012, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the album. However, with their sophomore effort, Grassed Inn, the […]

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Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Capital Revue: Alex Silas is a little bit country, a little bit hip hop

Folks, this is Alex Silas. He’s one of those guys who has a vision that’s a bit all over the place. He’s strongly influenced by hip hop, rock, folk, country. I haven’t seen a lot of jazz yet, but I’m sure that’s coming soon. I really dig his work because Alex finds a common space for all these sounds and […]

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Mundo Musique: Hospitality

Mundo Musique: Hospitality

Brooklyn-based, indie-pop trio Hospitality’s upcoming album, Trouble was on our list of albums we were really looking forward to in 2014. Their self-titled 2012 album, Hospitality was a really addicting album, catchy tracks like “Friends of Friends”, “Liberal Arts” and “Betty Wang” kept me coming back for more. On January 28th, Hospitality will release their second album, Trouble. On Trouble, […]

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Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Today’s feature focuses on two stylish, synth-dream-pop bands to keep an eye on in 2014.  Both dabble a bit on the darker side of the genre, but in a way that is accessible and atmospheric. GEMS Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher form the duo GEMS, the Washington, D.C.-based band that has been receiving a lot of buzz among music […]

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