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Prince – “Piano & A Microphone 1983”

By |October 1st, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

In what we hope will be the first of many posthumous releases from the Prince estate, “Prince - Piano & A Microphone 1983” gives us a stripped-down stark window into the artist's monumental talent and imagination. Recorded between his 5th album “1999” and his breakthrough 6th “Purple Rain” this intimate set brings the listener into a studio, where it is [...]

Marc Ribot – Songs of Resistance (1942-2018)

By |September 29th, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Jazz Iconoclast and guitar hero Marc Ribot’s new record (Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018) is simultaneously one of the most culturally diverse, yet powerfully focussed, collections of music you will ever find. The cultural diversity is represented by the presence of artists such as Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tift Merritt, Syd Straw, Ohene Corneliuo, and Domenica Fossati. [...]

Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting

By |September 22nd, 2018|Bill's Picks, NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

Peggy Lee and her ten piece band of Vancouver instrumental stalwarts have made a record for the ages. Walking the same inspiring path as Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, this band has found the beautiful spaces between jazz, folk and soundtrack music. Amongst the soaring saxophones, trumpet, violin, and pedal steel - and of course the leader's soulful cello - [...]

INNA DE YARD: The Soul Of Jamaica

By |August 2nd, 2017|NEW RELEASES & STAFF PICKS|

"To hear one of the best roots reggae albums to come out of Kingston, Jamaica, this spring, you have to drive a long way from Trench Town. In fact, you have to leave the city altogether and head up high into the mountains that surround it..." "The fruits of these sessions can be heard on Soul of Jamaica, a new [...]