Siempre Es Hoy

Siempre Es Hoy

The formidable task of leaving a major rock band for a solo career has been undertaken by Gustavo Cerati, formerly of Soda Stereo, with an adventuresome spirit. Siempre Es Hoy (It's Always Today), Cerati's third solo venture, is a blend of old and new; the sound of a Rhodes intertwined with scratching and loops; '60s melodies on one track, pure ambience on the next. It's an album that keeps the listener guessing—the trumpet that breaks the vamp on "Camuflaje," the discreet rap in "Altar," for example—but there's a common atmospheric thread that oozes relaxation. Siempre is built on multiple sounds, yet all the ingredients work in a cohesive, organic manner, down to the vocals, which Cerati treats like part of the overall instrumentation rather than a solo voice. Siempre is probably way too progressive to ever make it to Latin radio. Of course, for Cerati and Soda Stereo fans, it will be
One Bedroom

One Bedroom

Like electricity trapped in ice, such is the aural experience of indie experimentalists the Sea and Cake's sixth album, One Bedroom.
Rêves d'Oasis: Desert Blues 2

Rêves d'Oasis: Desert Blues 2

Ambiances du Sahara: Desert Blues, released in '96, was a huge hit that lingered on Europe's world-music charts for months. Such success has sparked Desert Blues 2, a second double-CD compilation highlighting the bluesy soul of North Africa. And like love, the blues is a universal language. For proof, look no further than these 26 tracks that spotlight marvelous, entrancing, bahr bela
Home

Home

Taking a break—12 years, in fact—after the release of her Virgin debut Reach Out, singer/songwriter Donna Gardier is back.
Round About Roma

Round About Roma

Saxman Stefano di Battista, well-known for his work with Michel Petrucciani and Elvin Jones, has also enjoyed the frontman spot for a number of years with his own quartet. A favorite in the Parisian jazz scene, di Battista's preoccupation here is Rome, his birthplace and
Selling Live Water

Selling Live Water

"I only rap cuz I ain't smart enough to write a book." That's the improbable (and untrue) hook on "Da Baddest Poet," which introduces rapper sole's second album.
Equilibrium

Equilibrium

The latest release in Thirsty Ear's Blue Series—a line that seeks to help keep jazz modern by mixing tradition with fresh sensibilities beyond jazz—is the fourth and finest in the series from its avant-minded curator, pianist Matthew Shipp.
Perspectives

Perspectives

Despite its flaws—a pretentious cover photo, mediocre liner notes, a lack of specific recording information—this double-disc anthology devoted to pianist Mitsuko Uchida has real merits.
The Swift

The Swift

This new foursome, which hails from North Carolina, has delivered an impressive Flicker debut.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2000 - Beatrice Rutman, the mother of Bob Dylan, dies in St. Paul, Minn at the age of 84.
The Essential Janis Joplin

The Essential Janis Joplin

More than three decades after her death from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room, Janis Joplin remains the goddess of female rock vocalists.
In the Garden

In the Garden

When the Tourists went on permanent vacation, bandmates Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart merged creative energies and formed Eurythmics.
Lovebox

Lovebox

Groove Armada's fourth album, which follows last year's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), is, without question, the U.K.

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