Spoon, Keith Jarrett, Kraftwerk

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Remembering lost L.A. with Ry Cooder; 'Bohemian Rhapsody' retooled by Grey Delisle; A new vocal recording from Brian Eno; Legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett; Vivaldi via Bach via Alexandre Tharaud; The return of electronica duo Kraftwerk; A reissued classic by Gang of Four; Masterful indie pop from Spoon; A debut from New York's The Cloud Room.

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Spoon, Keith Jarrett, Kraftwerk

Chavez Ravine

Poor Man's Shangri-La

  • Artist: Ry Cooder
  • Album: Chavez Ravine
  • Song: Poor Man's Shangri-La

Ry Cooder's latest CD is inspired by photos of an old Mexican American community in L.A. called Chavez Ravine. The CD is filled with stories of the community which was lost to urban sprawl in the early 1950s.

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  • "Poor Man's Shangri-La"
  • Album: Chavez Ravine
  • Artist: Ry Cooder
  • Label: Nonesuch
 
Iron Flowers

Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Artist: Grey DeLisle
  • Album: Iron Flowers
  • Song: Bohemian Rhapsody

Grey DeLisle was the voice of Daphne in a direct-to-DVD cartoon movie of Scooby-Doo. She's also a singer with a haunting voice on this inventive cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

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  • Album: Iron Flowers
  • Artist: Grey DeLisle
  • Label: Classics Fr
 
Another Day on Earth

This

  • Artist: Brian Eno
  • Album: Another Day on Earth
  • Song: This

Former Roxy Music synthesizer musician and Talking Heads producer Brian Eno here releases a rare vocal album.

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  • "This"
  • Album: Another Day on Earth
  • Artist: Brian Eno
  • Label: Hannibal
 
Radiance

Radiance, Pt. 3

  • Artist: Keith Jarrett
  • Album: Radiance
  • Song: Radiance, Pt. 3

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett quit recording and performing in the mid '90s because of chronic fatigue syndrome. He's since recovered and released this new CD: his first solo improvised concert album in a decade.

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  • "Radiance, Pt. 3"
  • Album: Radiance
  • Artist: Keith Jarrett
  • Label: ECM
 
Concertos Italiens

Sicilienne from Concerto for solo organ No. 5 in d minor, BWV 596

  • Artist: Alexandre Tharaud
  • Album: Concertos italiens
  • Song: Sicilienne from Concerto for solo organ No. 5 in d minor, BWV 596

Bach originally transcribed this orchestral work by Vivaldi for organ. On his new CD, Alexandre Tharaud takes those organ transcriptions and reworks them for the piano.

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  • "Sicilienne from Concerto for solo organ No. 5 in d minor, BWV 596"
  • Album: Concertos Italiens
  • Artist: Alexandre Theraud
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
 
Minimum-Maximum

Trans Europe Express

  • Artist: Kraftwerk
  • Album: Minimum-Maximum
  • Song: Trans Europe Express

Electronica pioneers Kraftwerk are on tour again and have released this new double CD of past live performances.

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  • "Trans Europe Express"
  • Album: Minimum-Maximum
  • Artist: Kraftwerk
  • Label: EMI
 
Entertainment!

At Home He's a Tourist

  • Artist: Gang of Four
  • Album: Entertainment!
  • Song: At Home He's a Tourist

The Gang of Four are yet another ground-breaking group from the '70s that's reformed this year for a tour. They're also reissuing some of their best work, including their debut album, Entertainment!

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  • "At Home He's a Tourist"
  • Album: Entertainment!
  • Artist: Gang of Four
 
Gimme Fiction

I Turn My Camera On

  • Artist: Spoon
  • Album: Gimme Fiction [Bonus CD]
  • Song: I Turn My Camera On

Spoon first formed in Austin, Texas in 1994. On their fifth and arguably best CD, the band takes a creative leap with an artfully crafted collection of ambitious pop.

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  • Album: Gimme Fiction
  • Artist: Spoon
  • Label: Merge
 
The Cloud Room

Hey Now Now

  • Artist: The Cloud Room
  • Album: Cloud Room
  • Song: Hey Now Now

The Cloud Room gets its name from a speakeasy on top of the Chrysler Building in the 1930s. On their debut, the Brooklyn-based quartet blend New York indie pop with '60s rock.

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  • Album: The Cloud Room
  • Artist: The Cloud Room
  • Label: Gigantic
 

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