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On the Record: Elvis Costello & The Roots, Mazzy Star, CHVRCHES, Bill Callahan, MGMT and Avicii

9.25.REVIEWS-ELVISCOSTELLOANDTHEROOTSElvis Costello & The Roots
Wise Up Ghost
(Blue Note Records/Universal)
Sounds like:
You can probably hate both of these elements and still dig this collaborative achievement; very little hip-hop (zero Tariq), just tons of organic funk.
Free association: It’s a marvel Ahmir finds all the time to create all this percussive product.
For fans of: The Coup/Fugees/Soul Rebels, Mos Def x George Harrison, fair trade grooves.

9.25.REVIEWS-MAZZYSTARMazzy Star
Seasons of Your Day
(Rhymes of an Hour Records)

Sounds like: Exactly the record you want it to be. Their first in 17 years might as well be the follow-up to their ‘93 sophomore with “Fade Into You” on it.
Free association: Sometimes we don’t need our favorite things to mature and evolve.
For fans of: Big Star/Galaxie 500 x Liz Phair & the Cowboy Junkies, makeout music.

9.25.REVIEWS-CHVRCHESCHVRCHES
The Bones of What You Believe
(Glassnote)
Sounds like:
The Scottish it-trio’s much-anticipated debut’s a third full of songs we’ve heard (and already love) and a handful more to grow obsessed with in time.
Free association: Maybe a little overrated, but for the most part, it’s deserved.
For fans of: Robyn with MGMT, Niki & the Dove/Purity Ring/Depeche Mode, avant synth pop.

9.25.REVIEWS-BILLCALLAHANBill Callahan
Dream River
(Drag City)
Sounds like:
The seasoned professional (aka Smog) gives us some of his best work to date on his fourth under his own name, a deliciously twisted Americana opus.
Free association: Flecks of psychedelia, twang, tropicalia and punk make it a contender.
For fans of: Calexico x Iron & Wine, Cat Power on LSD/Ravi Shankar.

9.25.REVIEWS-MGMTMGMT
MGMT
(Columbia)
Sounds like:
The Wesleyan art boys’ third is, thankfully, a return to their debut’s sound (same producer) but heavier on the weird and experimental times.
Free association: One of those “crazy pills?” moments; Congratulations was shitty, right?
For fans of: Super Furry Animals x Tame Impala, Neon Indian/of Montreal, Toms.

9.25.REVIEWS-AVICIIAvicii
True
(Island)
Sounds like:
A surprisingly complex debut from the Swedish “Wake Me Up” hitmaker, who deftly employs Nile Rodgers on a slick batch of house-y collaborations.
Free association: Much more disco and international than chart-grabby pop schlock.
For fans of:Swedish House Mafia + Adam Lambert, Tiësto/Guetta/Harris.


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