Arthur Verocai

Arthur Verocai

Arthur Verocai

1972

Brazilian Pop

Employing a dizzyingly lush 20-piece string section, stiletto-sharp bursts of brass, and electric piano melodies that twinkle like stars, Verocai's heady productions draw on folk, jazz, and pop traditions from both sides of the equator to make music that is both immediately familiar and quite unlike anything else you've ever experienced.

- Jason Ankeny

The Blow-Up

Television

The Blow-Up

1982

American Punk

Television were well-served in the studio, especially on their masterful 1977 debut Marquee Moon, but their albums didn't always capture the fire of the guitar interplay between Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. For that, you need The Blow Up, recorded at a gig in New Jersey in 1978; the audio is merely adequate, but the performances are bursting with energy and inspiration, and the extended workouts on "Marquee Moon" and "Little Johnny Jewel" are brilliant.

- Mark Deming