January CDotM: Burial "Rival Dealer"

It’s rare that we see career-defining albums released in December, yet Burial has made what is possibly his most revelatory work yet with the surprise EP “Rival Dealer”. While still operating within Burial’s usual style of dystopian house music, “Rival Dealer” presents the most diverse array of sounds we’ve heard from the producer yet, and at times actually manages to sound optimistic.   Thou...

01 Jan 8:32 PM 0 Read More...

CD of the Month: Light In The Attic Records- "I Am The Center"

As far as genres go, there are few that get relegated to punchline status quite as often as New Age does, and usually for good reason. But Light In The Attic’s new compilation, “I Am The Center,” is an eye-opening journey into the innocent roots of the oft-parodied genre, consisting entirely of privately issued New Age releases dating as far back as 1950.   The music on “I Am The Center” is a div...

30 Nov 4:38 PM 0 Read More...

Tim Hecker - "Virgins"

The world of experimental ambient music is a small one, and yet Montreal’s Tim Hecker has built a unique name for himself as one of the pioneers of this constantly evolving scene. His newest release, “Virgins,” trades in some of the hovering synthesizers of his previous work for an actual chamber orchestra, and the resulting album is a haunting yet beautiful expanse of sounds that serves as an ideal introductio...

01 Nov 4:41 PM 0 Read More...

Bill Callahan - Dream River

Autumn is officially underway, and what better way to enjoy a cool Colorado afternoon than with modern cowboy Bill Callahan’s excellent new album, Dream River? The artist formerly known as Smog has grown into one of the most subtlely adventurous songwriters working today, and his unique mix of pastoral Americana and poignant, self-deprecating poetry make an ideal choice for 1190’s CD of the Month for October. ...

02 Oct 3:45 PM 0 Read More...

Califone - "Stitches"

There are few artists with a discography as consistently brilliant as Califone. Since the dissolve of the Chicago roots-garage group Red Red Meat in the late 90's, Tim Rutili and company have been producing folk music as Califone, blending electronic soundscaping, tape manipulations, and open-tuned guitars into profound and undeniably American music.   Their newest release, "Stitches", sees Rutili stepping...

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