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    Various Artists :: Atenção!: Novos Sons do Brasil

    Back in print! Compiled by AD founder Justin Gage, Atenção!: Novos Sons do Brasil is not your typical Brazilian music compilation. These ten songs capture a new wave of musicians who are reinterpreting their country’s musical heritage in bold and divergent ways, generations removed from the familiar sounds of breezy bossas or psychedelic tropicália.

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    Van Morrison

    Van Morrison :: Common One

    Common One was the album Van Morrison had been trying to make for ten years. It would mark the furthest he had moved away from the sounds of Astral Weeks, while still maintaining the sonic and literary craftsmanship of the legendary session. The blues and soul records that shaped Morrison’s musical upbringing were still present.

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    Charles Stepney

    Charles Stepney :: Step on Step

    As a producer and arranger, Stepney was at the helm for incredible ’60s and ’70s work with Earth, Wind & Fire, Rotary Connection, The Dells, Muddy Waters, Minnie Riperton, Ramsey Lewis, Terry Callier, and many more before his passing in 1976. But on Step on Step, a mind-blowing new collection from International Anthem, a new vision of Stepney emerges: that of a home recording genius.

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    Joseph Allred

    Joseph Allred :: The Rambles & Rags of Shiloh

    Stringed-thing wizard, and tireless sonic explorer, Joseph Allred’s new album The Rambles & Rags of Shiloh, is a collection of 10 gorgeous instrumental works for acoustic guitar and banjo.

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    Surprise Chef

    Surprise Chef :: Education & Recreation

    On their new LP the Australian quintet digs into the laidback ethos of breezy coastal funk. Like a 70s surf soundtrack with drum breaks, the twelve pieces assembled for their third record finds Surprise Chef charting the ebb and flow of tidal groove with an added emphasis on the need to get up and move.

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    Bitchin Bajas

    Bitchin Bajas :: Bajascillators

    Just about 12 years into their trip, Bitchin Bajas just seem to get better and better. The Chicago trio has just released Bajascillators — and this new four-song collection is perhaps the most skilled and absorbing distillation of their sound yet. Things kick off with “Amorpha,” the kosmische groove strong right out of the gate, jewel-like textures swimming through the mix — this is undoubtedly a record that rewards headphone listeners.

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    Marc Emory

    Marc Emory :: Listening Music / Anfang

    Originally self-released in 1974, and resurrected last month via Scissor Tail Records. The skilled 12-string fingerpicking is perhaps the main draw, but don’t skip the vocal numbers, with Emory finding a fully-hazed If I Could Only Remember My Name / Gary Higgins sweet spot.

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    Lou Reed

    Lou Reed :: Words & Music, May 1965

    Listening to this phenomenal collection of Velvet Underground prehistory, it’s fairly mind-boggling how fast Lou Reed and John Cale moved in the earliest stages of their creative partnership. Less than a year after these acoustic demos were made, the pair were in the studio recording the epochal Velvet Underground & Nico — an LP whose reverberations are still being felt today.

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Transmissions :: Ken Shipley (Numero Group)

On an all-new episode of Transmissions: Ken Shipley of Numero Group. October has arrived, but the storied Chicago label was still in the midst of its September ‘90s month celebration of reissues from Codeine, Karate, Current, and Unwound when we taped this conversation. Shipley and host Jason P. Woodbury discuss how the label has evolved, aesthetics, the new Blondie boxset, Shipley’s midwest emo roots and pre-Numero days at Rykodisc and Tree Records, and more.

Non Plus Temps :: Warm Launderette

Desire Choir, the forthcoming debut from Oakland’s Non Plus Temps, first hit our radar last month with the release of album opener “Continuous Hinge,” a disorienting and groovy cut of post-punk pairing vocalist Amber Serano’s ESP-inspired spunk with sawing throbs of electric viola. With this month’s release of album track “Warm Launderette,” our anticipation skyrockets.

Van Morrison :: Common One

Common One was the album Van Morrison had been trying to make for ten years. It would mark the furthest he had moved away from the sounds of Astral Weeks, while still maintaining the sonic and literary craftsmanship of the legendary session. The blues and soul records that shaped Morrison’s musical upbringing were still present. It was definitely a rock and roll record. And the astral folk leanings for which the critics had held on to the singer for so long, ran through the entirety of the nearly hour-long affair.

Big Time Things (Influences) :: An Office Culture Mixtape

To celebrate the release of the jazzy and deft Big Time Things, Office Culture brings a mixtape of influences encompassing neo-soul, spiritual jazz, and singer/songwriter fare. “Often we think about a very specific element of an artist’s approach—a rhythmic cadence, a weird production choice, or a vocal approach—and wonder how it could work in an unlikely context. Hopefully you find something new you like.”

Dredd Foole & The Din :: Songs In Heat 1982 / 4 Letter Words :: Band In Boston

Total anarchy from Boston’s underground scene of the early 1980s.

First up, we’ve got Dredd Foole & The Din’s Songs In Heat 1982, the first volume in the Unheard Dredd Series from the Corbett vs. Dempsey label.

As thoroughly unpolished as Foole & The Din are, they’re practically Steely Dan compared to 4 Letter Words. These kids can barely play — and it sounds fucking great.

Eddie Constantine :: Strawberry

Culled from Black Solidarity Presents String Up the Sound System, a compilation of tracks released by the Jamaican based Black Solidarity reggae label, Eddie Constantine’s “Strawberry” is a booming, dancehall rendition of Miriam Makeba’s “Love Tastes Like Strawberries,” a sneaking cut of spiritual soul from her 1962 lp, The Many Voices of Miriam Makeba.

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Maston

An American expat based in Paris, Frank Maston crafts sonic worlds of singular origin. Reminiscent of the deepest crates of library music and vintage Italian film scores, Maston’s output (four LPs to date beginning with 2013’s Shadows) feels at once widescreen and cinematic, yet intimate. Following up last year’s collaboration with Swiss septet L’Eclair, Souvenir, this month sees the release of Panorama via the London based Be With Records. To accompany the album’s release, Maston laid down his first Lagniappe Session in Paris, paying tribute to Dutch popper Alice Deejay, along with a tune via a 1966 episode of Star Trek.

Tommy McLain :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

For the uninitiated Tommy McLain’s music has been categorized as Swamp Pop. A term that was popularized by author John Broven in his wonderfully enthusiastic and extremely well researched book about the depth and range of the music of the Bayous of Louisiana entitled “South To Louisiana”. His songs have the emotional feel of soul music, the distinct melodies of the back country and certainly the rhythms of New Orleans R&B. But when he starts singing his voice grabs your attention, draws you in and you don’t want to be any where else.

The Holy Modal Rounders :: Spring of ’65

Following the mind-altering fuck-folk of Indian War Whoop and The Moray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders, Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber reined in their psychic troubadour ambitions and embraced melody once more. 1971’s Good Taste is Timeless finds an expanded Rounders digging into the annals of American goodtime music for inspiration. That is, until we near the end of the first side. As the band tiptoes into “Spring of ‘65” there is a familiar cadence in the delivery—this time from across the North Atlantic.

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Lee Baggett

Lee Baggett’s Just a Minute, released earlier this year, marks his first outing under his own name after decades in the West Coast underground. For his first-ever Lagniappe Session, he breaks out selections from Def Leppard, The English Beat, and Van Halen, reflecting on the cuts as he goes along.