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John Zorn – Spillane!

Andrei Cucu Where can you even begin to tackle John Zorn? His avant-garde reworkings of spaghetti western soundtracks on The Big Gundown? Or his hardcore miniatures mixed with country, jazz and who knows what else on Naked City? Or maybe his ‘radical Jewish music’ as he calls it, played with the band Masada? Every facet of his work is as …

Andrei CucuJohn Zorn – Spillane!
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The Legendary Marvin Pontiac

Andrei Cucu This week’s English Sunday brings the story of one of the most influential African/Jewish musicians, the legendary Marvin Pontiac. Born in 1932, Pontiac was bound to become an inspiration to artists such as Leonard Cohen, Flea, Iggy Pop, Beck, David Bowie, Michael Stipe (all of which having expressed their admiration for Pontiac) and surely many, many others. But  …

Andrei CucuThe Legendary Marvin Pontiac
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Japanese Dream Pop 101: A Guide To Cuushe

Andrei Cucu Constantly dreaming must be fascinating, but also excruciatingly comfortable and probably raises a number of existential questions. However, you can have your cake and dream it too, thanks to Japan’s front-line dream-pop singer-songwriter Cuushe. Her work manages to turn everything lighter, and make you realize that you have to hold on to something or else you might float …

Andrei CucuJapanese Dream Pop 101: A Guide To Cuushe
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Piano Day Playlist

Cristian Pagu If you didn’t catch my cue, today is oficially Piano Day! And since i’m happy and we’re all happy celebrating this day, the piano has been playing so much since last night that i talked myself  into making a playlist to share with you. A bit of the old and in with the new contemporary pianists. We’ve got Chopin, Johann, Ludwig, Paganini …

Cristian PaguPiano Day Playlist
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Nils Frahm – Wall (Piano Day)

Cristian Pagu Quietly slipping through the internet waves was a new thing that apparently turned out to be a pretty serious thing. And this thing comes from one of my favorite contemporary composers, Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm, who took it upon himself to declare, from this year hence forth, that today, March 29th, the year of our lord, or other gods …

Cristian PaguNils Frahm – Wall (Piano Day)
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Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Andrei Cucu Sadly I have never been into rap so the following review may fall into the errors of a noob. The first time I have sincerely listened to hip hop was Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead! last year where I was taken aback by the power of his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, and how his quick line dropping resonated with …

Andrei CucuKendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
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Grimes – REALiTi

Cristian Pagu This song was never finished. Tried to doctor the mp3 into a listenable state, but it was poorly recorded in the first place and never meant to be heard by anyone, so its a bit of a mess haha. xo Haha – not so much ha! Never finished, poorly recorded, a bit of a mess ? I don’t …

Cristian PaguGrimes – REALiTi
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Einstürzende Neubauten – Lament

Andrei Cucu There’s something about every Einstürzende Neubauten record that makes you want to hide under a table as the world crumbles into nothing but debris and the mechanical remains of modern civilization. It’s no coincidence that their début album is called Kollaps and industrial noise has never been as visceral as on their decade spanning albums. Along their career …

Andrei CucuEinstürzende Neubauten – Lament
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Cosmo Sheldrake – Pelicans We EP

Cătălin Mesaru Cosmo Sheldrake is a British musician that happens to be a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer to boot, as he recommends himself. Pelicans We EP is his latest creation and can (and should!) be devoured on Soundcloud. Pelicans We is just three pieces long and is made up of works he’s previously released, with the exception of Rich, which …

Cătălin MesaruCosmo Sheldrake – Pelicans We EP
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Shlohmo – Buried

Cristian Pagu Shlohmo’s maturity has taken a sudden turn and crossed into that well known dark existential phase. As of late, he’s been hard at work producing some new tunes and his new album is out April 7. For Dark Red, Shlohmo opted for something darker than his usual uplifting sonic shenanigans. His brilliant sound spontaneity has been replaced here …

Cristian PaguShlohmo – Buried