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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Arms and Sleepers - Matador

    Arms and Sleepers - Matador

    Arms and Sleepers
    Matador
    Label: Fake Chapter Records

    Birthing slow explosions alongside quibbling rhythms, A&S’s baroque kaleidoscopes spin tingling kinderpop into oceanic ambience, drawing patient cadence from slippery whisperings. Electro-acoustic druids from New England, A&S concoct eerie folk electronica reveling in liberating minimalism. A fluid fog of quietly classical trip-hop chamber-rock, “Matador,” surpasses the passive to float over edgy, enigmatic elegance.

    Arms and Sleepers Website

    Mittens On Strings - Let’s Go To Baba’s

    Mittens On Strings - Let’s Go To Baba’s

    Mittens On Strings
    Let’s Go To Baba’s
    Label: Soungs Records

    A veritable garden of quirky curiosities, existential wit and literate kismet, “Baba’s,” boasts both gray, no wave guitar psychedelia harvesting lofty, alt-Goth waltzes and banjo, cello and mandolin spiking pastoral, prog-rock rodeos. MoS’s smirking, earnest grandeur merges into democratic genre-jumping offering sentimental laments and mocking double-talk, deadpan stanzas and granola-soaked anecdotes.

    Mittens On Strings Website

    Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

    Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

    Christine Vaindirlis
    Dance Mama!
    Label: Ubuntu World Music

    A feisty maestro commanding cool jazz and smokin’ R&B rooted within pan-African grooves, Christine’s honey-covered harmonies and big band stampede feeds your feet sweet, frenetic medicine. Navigating hairpin turns through soulful vocals and whiplash brass, funky zydeco and doo-wop soukous, “Mama,” channels impassioned evangelism; a world-class, booty-shaking bouquet dipped in sass and imagination.

    Christine Vaindirlis Website

    Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend

    Dave Rawlings Machine - A Friend of a Friend

    Dave Rawlings Machine
    A Friend of a Friend
    Label: Acony Records

    Assembling a crackerjack team including long-time collaborator Gillian Welch, revivalist and raconteur Rawlings picks and fiddles contemporary Dust Bowl bluegrass. Toe-tapping happiness grazing cautionary tales, “Friend,” renders and remembers faith-based fables and gospel-flavored shotgun swan songs. Train yard bards shooting the breeze, DRM play Madison’s High Noon Saloon Dec 7th.

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