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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: H
    Haale - No Ceiling

    Haale - No Ceiling

    Haale
    No Ceiling
    Label: Channel A Music

    A paranormal panorama swimming in foreign palpitations and oceanic orchestration, Ceiling stretch and pulls, enchanting in dancing trances, Persian seductions and prog-pop pomp. New York born with Iranian roots, Haale incorporates her unique position between cultures in a mesmerizing maelstrom of ancient traditions and modern tastes, making transcedent music that stirs the soul.

    Haale WebsiteHaale Wiki

    Hayden - In Field and Town

    Hayden - In Field and Town

    Hayden
    In Field and Town
    Label: Fat Possum/Hardwood Records

    Ambling piano, far-away guitars, trusty harmonicas and Flaming Lips synths - “Field,” testifies, witnessing fresh injections into home-grown alt-folk idioms. Whether playing casual toe-tapping social observer or humble, hum-able broken-hearted tumbleweed, Hayden stamps his grizzly delivery over badlands ballads, newspaper narratives and space-age emo.  Simple yet sumptuous, “Field,” offers sadly hopeful relief.

    Hayden WebsiteHayden Wiki

    Veda Hille - This Riot Life

    Veda Hille - This Riot Life

    Veda Hille
    This Riot Life
    Label: Ape House

    A drawing room renegade politely deconstructing preconceptions, Veda’s mini-symphonies and radiant arrangements trump quirky and transcend odd. Assembling enchanting, organic concertos of modern theater, Veda’s coy, sparring intelligence advances, “Riot,” from fluttering meditations to gale-force hymns, throwing divinity into tailspins and piloting delicate rapture among taunt tangos, lucid dreams trumpeting whimsical marches.

    Veda Hille WebsiteVeda Hille Wiki

    Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

    Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

    Hercules And Love Affair
    Hercules and Love Affair
    Label: DFA/Mute

    Relentless then spooky then retro-groovy, Hercules’ strength lies in funky disco bass swimming inside a programmers paradise of seamless loops. HALA’s old school mirror-ball nostalgia slices sleepy divas into polished percussion; engineering endless nights of throbbing dance floors as late seventies seductions skip several generations to turn up the heat.

    Hercules And Love Affair WebsiteHercules And Love Affair Wiki

    Horse's Ha - Of The Cathmawr Yards

    Horse's Ha - Of The Cathmawr Yards

    Horse's Ha
    Of The Cathmawr Yards
    Label: Hidden Agenda

    Sheathed in courtly attire, Chicago’s THH moves through progressively spiraling circles, encompassing chamber-jazz maneuvers, baroque pirouettes and sweeping, gypsy incantations. Snappy pastorals trot pass calculated counterpoint spiced in enchanted parables. Cooing Canterbury blues fleshed out in Persian accents, “Yard,” blends together familiar sounds in friendly settings, quietly re-inventing nobler histories


    Fritz Helder And The Phantoms - Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition

    Fritz Helder And The Phantoms - Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition

    Fritz Helder And The Phantoms
    Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition
    Label: Last Gang Records

    Pimping PRINCE, PARLIMENT and PET SHOP BOYS, Fritz’s self-effacing Phantoms’s Euro-tooled glitteraria produces superior haute couture. Ripping shiny robo-disco, “Hits,” parties into mirror-ball mania par excellence, groovin’ to DJ voyeurism, synthetic sexuality complete with answering machine interludes; Fritz’s rapid-fire fun works the runway insidiously replicating a club-crazy night out.

    Fritz Helder And The Phantoms Website

    Hoots And Hellmouth
 - The Holy Open Secret

    Hoots And Hellmouth - The Holy Open Secret

    Hoots And Hellmouth
    The Holy Open Secret
    Label: Mad Dragon Records

    Delivering rollicking honky-tonk, twisted mountain music jive and sweetly impassioned ballads, Hoots’ tight, bluegrass flashes and funky country-gospel revivalism weave traditional pickin’ through omnipresent social issues to produce relevant, toe-tapping Americana. “Holy,” rolls foot stompin’ razzamatazz around ironclad narratives shouting out injustices, suspended by suspicions and slathered in talented fretwork.

    Hoots And Hellmouth Website

    Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - hERE and nOW

    Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey - hERE and nOW

    Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
    hERE and nOW
    Label: Bar/None

    Eighteen years since their debut and decades since they co-founded indie-icons THE DB’S, H & S gently jangle hearts and minds, churning chiming Everly Bros. shindigs laced with Marsalis sax. Wholesome and upbeat, the duo’s lifetime hindsight serves up soaring choruses and sighing sentiment, fortified memories seasoned with sympathetic regret.

    Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey Website

    Hot Club Of Cowtown - Wishful Thinking

    Hot Club Of Cowtown - Wishful Thinking

    Hot Club Of Cowtown
    Wishful Thinking
    Label: Gold Strike Records

    A phoenix rising from nests of effervescent finesse, “Wishful,” is packed with upbeat pluck, down-home charm and gracious glissando. Swinging between cocktail country, lonesome folk and chipper pitch-perfect jive, HCOC concoct a spiffy, hep-cat burlesque that addresses modern life in undulating harmonies. Catch the toe-tapping trio playing Beaver Dam October 20th.

    Hot Club Of Cowtown WebsiteHot Club Of Cowtown Wiki

    Hidden Cameras - Origin:Orphan

    Hidden Cameras - Origin:Orphan

    Hidden Cameras
    Origin:Orphan
    Label: Arts & Crafts Records

    Pop songs draped in self-doubt, starched marches hurtling bittersweet syncopation, THC’s insistent post-modern skiffle tackles existential dilemmas through reverberating harmonies, organizing forceful oratory into glorious buoyancy. A Greek chorus of Canadian comedians, “Origin,” unleashes a somber circus whose pratfalls lines roll off the tongue and whose dark forest voices burst into song.

    The Hidden Cameras WebsiteThe Hidden Cameras Wiki

    Curtis Harvey - Box of Stones

    Curtis Harvey - Box of Stones

    Curtis Harvey
    Box of Stones
    Label: Fat Cat Records

    Gently genuine, the congenial, nimble-fingered troubadour whose multi-instrumental skills also include a talent for understated lyrics parlays a childhood affection for bluegrass to fuel his long-awaited solo debut with rich, melodic charms. “Box,” crafts tightly-woven tomes offering immediate relief, imposing subtly constructed rocking chair thoughts to crisp, swinging, altogether calming, fireside desires.

    Curtis Harvey Website

    Kristin Hersh - Crooked

    Kristin Hersh - Crooked

    Kristin Hersh
    Crooked
    Label:

    Mounting electricity rips through, “Crooked,” as acoustic voodoo squalls carved from Hersh’s inscrutably unique dervish curses snake around careening guitars and stun-gun percussion. Irrepressible epiphanies pair punk parables to mountain-music mania, channeling deliberately elliptical folk psychosis with haunting clarity. Available this summer on-line from CASH music, “Crooked,” returns accompanied by a bonus-laden book.

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