Calexico: Algiers

Speaking of Tucson… …wait, we weren’t? Speaking of Tucson, Calexico has released a new album that is yippy-skippy fantastic, and in addition they have included a live version of the entire record as a bonus. The bonus disc, entitled Spiritoso, was recorded a long way out of Tucson, during the bands 2011 European tour, while […]

King Charles: Loveblood

I took a trip to New Hampshire this weekend and grabbed a handful of CDs for the ride. Included in this pile (of course) were my most recent favorites: Kishi Bashi, Brian López, The Shins, The Beach Boys, and King Charles. Surprisingly, one of our pals riding along in the car mentioned that he had […]

The Shins: Port of Morrow [Bonus Tracks]

I mistakenly left these six tracks out of the original review (two B-Sides and four acoustic takes). And I’ll just put it out there, I think these bonus tracks are the tops. The tracks include some great acoustic stuff, simple, charming, perfect little tunes. A musicians artistic vision must trump total inclusiveness and, plainly speaking, this […]

The Shins: Port of Morrow

We start first with a correction. The Shins: Port of Morrow initially was reported as being released March 16th and that was incorrect. The actual release date is tomorrow, March 20th, 2012. And now, the review: Port of Morrow is the fourth full-length album from The Shins coming 5 years after their lauded release, Wincing […]