Music Reviews

What we are listening to. Non-critically.

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Bruce Springsteen

Reviewed by Thomas Fine

The Boss's first seven Columbia albums are included in this eight CD box, newly remastered and packaged in miniature LP covers (also available as an LP or Mastered for iTunes). Mastering ace Bob...

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: The Complete Concert By The Sea

reviewed by Tom Fine

Recorded at the Carmel, California, Sunset Center with a single Altec mic onto an Ampex 600 full-track tape deck on September 16, 1955, this concert became one of the best sellers in the Columbia jazz...

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: The Complete Matrix Tapes

reviewed by Larry Crane

This four-CD box set includes 42 live performances by the legendary Velvets at the San Francisco club, The Matrix, in late 1969. Some of the material was on 1974's venerable 1969: The Velvet...

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: Instrumentals 2015

reviewed by Larry Crane

Dave Pearce's first album in 15 years consists of processed electric guitar performances recorded at home, live to tape and CD-R. Textures abound, sometimes jarring or noisy, but more often sedate and...

 |  No. 109

: Songs To Play

reviewed by Larry Crane

Unlike the late Grant McLennan, his former partner in the Go-Betweens, Robert Forster [Tape Op #14], has never been the most prolific of songwriters. But for us dedicated fans of his unique work,...

 |  No. 106

: Stop Time

reviewed by

After hearing an advance stream of Stop Time, I asked our contributor, Jon Regen, to recount how his new album came to be, and what it was like to work with producer Mitchell Froom [Tape Op # 10]. I...

 |  No. 104

: Deerhoof

reviewed by Larry Crane

In issue #55 we chatted with Deerhoof, and learned about Greg Saunier's unique and obsessive ways of working on recordings. Their new album, La Isla Bonita, began as demos that soon became the core of...

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: The Voyager

reviewed by Larry Crane

When I am asked to describe my personal goals when making records, I frequently say that I'm looking to make classic, timeless works of art. I want to make albums that can be listened to for many...

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: The Delines

reviewed by Larry Crane

Songwriter and novelist Willy Vlautin has led Portland's Richmond Fontaine for 20 years. With this new group, The Delines, he's written songs for Amy Boone (The Damnations TX) to sing, and grabbed his...

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: Various Seven-Inch Singles

reviewed by Larry Crane

Over the last few years, my town of Portland has become a traveler's destination for food (as well as beer, coffee, comedy, books, and music). Many come to sample the delights of world-renowned...

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: I, II, III 2014 remasters

reviewed by Jeff Slate

"It's been over 20 years since the original CDs were issued. Since then the technology has improved, and there are all these new digital formats out there, so it made sense to revisit the studio...

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