Modern Jester

Aaron Dilloway

Modern Jester

November 20, 2011

Experimental

A macabre and deeply disturbing pastiche of blown-out tape loops, heavily-treated vocal samples, and wobbling distorted rhythms, Aaron Dilloway's 2012 LP is a masterwork of contemporary avant garde music.

- Timothy Monger

Ragged Kingdom

June Tabor / Oysterband / June Tabor & The Oyster Band

Ragged Kingdom

October 18, 2011

British Folk

Twenty-one years after delivering Freedom and Rain, a bona fide British folk classic, these artists reteam to deliver another mix of traditional obscurities and unique covers of pop/rock songs. Backed by Al Scott's strident production this set is a much bolder and more expansive affair than its predecessor. They even manage to make such overdone nuggets as "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and "Dark End Of The Street," sound bracing, vulnerable and fresh.

- Thom Jurek