This Month's Picks

Time? Astonishing! (CD)

Kool Keith, L'Orange
L'Orange & Kool Keith set out to make something absurd, yet traditional. The album is a loose tale of a time traveler who moves forward through time, settling in the future and living as he would normally. The album seems to imply that adventure is only a step away, but never seems to reach that point. More
Genre: Hip Hop

Heaven Adores You [OST] (CD)

Elliott Smith
The soundtrack to the 2014 documentary about the life and music of indie rock singer/songwriter Elliott Smith. In addition to having at least one song from each of his albums, the track listing contains over a dozen previously unreleased songs, spanning the length of his career. More
Genre: Rock, Soundtracks


The National’s Scott and Bryan Devendorf team with Beirut’s Ben Lanz for an album of beautifully warped electronic textures and hushed bedroom vocals.More
Genre: Rock

A Poem is a Naked Person [1974] [Criterion] (DVD)

Les Blank considered this free-form documentary about singer-songwriter Leon Russell to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Filmed between 1972 and 1974, this marks the first release to DVD/Blu-ray. Mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing in concert and in the studio join many off-the-cuff moments.More

Paper Mâché Dream Balloon (CD)

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
This Melbourne seven-piece makes colorful psych-pop of the old school variety—no Hollywood synths, just acoustic guitars, flutes (!) and some wonderful kaleidescopic melodies. Put on a cool, loungey track like “Sense” on at your next soiree…martini glasses will be a-clinkin’. More
Genre: Rock

Absolute Jest (CD)

John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Legendary composer John Adams teams up with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for brilliant takes on Beethoven’s scherzos.More
Genre: Classical

Sisters [2015] (DVD)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite as two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house. Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their old classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that these ground-down adults really need. More

Jaco Pastorius: Jaco The Film (DVD)

There’s not a whole lot of new information in this documentary, but it’s peerless for the way it sets the scene of South Florida and Jaco Pastorius’s early environment, where he cultivated his unique outlook and sound. Priceless home movie footage and interviews with the principals in his life shed a lot of light on his development. More

Detroit's Son (CD)

Guilty Simpson
Personally my favorite hip hop album this year. Every single person that I’ve played this for freaks out and buys it immediately. You should do the same. I’m a sucker for a gritty baritone. Throw some tense yet hypnotic beats in and I’m good for days. This is a no brainier. More
Genre: Hip Hop

Matador (CD)

Gaz Coombes
This is the second solo album from the former Supergrass frontman, Gaz Coombes, who approached the recording process so organically that he played most of the instruments himself. Matador is the sound of one of Britain's greatest songwriters facing his future with a flourish. More
Genre: Rock