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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
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Elyse Therose, Hank and More - The Beat’s Record Roundup

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Black Pistol Fire

Black Pistol Fire

Rifle Bird Records

Two-piece band that is insanely infectious and may restore your faith in rock ‘n roll. From beginning to end, this record is a foot-stomping good time that encompasses everything a lo-fi band should strive to be. Simply put, a superb album from a superb band.

- Nikki Hedrick

Anet Cohen



The latest from Israeli multi-reedist Cohen takes a Brazilian and Latin turn, but doesn’t stay put there. There’s the New Orleans touch in “La Vie En Rose” (with Wycliffe Gordon on trombone and vocals), the dirgelike “Nightmare” (an Artie Shaw tune, played by Cohen and Paquito D’Rivera), and a bluesy, almost comic “And the World Weeps.” Some of it is very danceable, some suitable to those weird old Max Fleischer cartoons. Anat Cohen has made me like clarinet music, a feat I thought was impossible.

- Bruce Collier

Elyse Therose


Female-fronted Destin band covers a lot of musical ground with their second release. With adult pop, rock, and semiacoustic songs, the band proves they can conquer all. The ballad “Empty” shines brightly for being unforgivingly honest and emotionally raw, along with being perfectly accentuated by a honey-dripped vocal.

- Nikki Hedrick

Diana Krall

Glad Rag Doll


I’d have bought this for no other reason than I always buy Diana Krall records. Glad Rag Doll is not another set of pop classics and standards given the stylish Krall touch. It goes out on a few limbs, and features more offbeat instrumentals (banjo, for example) than the jazzy backup she usually favors. The songs are mostly from the 1920s and ‘30s, including a lullaby, a Kurt Weill-ish cabaret tune, and even a country track. Krall may not do another album in such musical territory, but she did a good job while she was there.

- Bruce Collier

Tig Notaro


There have been plenty of good comedy recordings this year (yes, they still put those out), in descending order of excellence—Todd Barry’s Super Crazy, Matt Braunger’s Shovel Fighter, the late Patrice O’Neal’s Mr. P, Aziz Ansari’s Dangerously Delicious, Ari Shaffir’s Revenge for the Holocaust, and George Lopez’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. But none exhibit the warmth of Notaro’s “I have cancer” set. You’ll feel like you’ve spent a half hour with your new (and funniest) best friend.

- Christopher C. Manson


R.E.M. No. 5: Document (25th Anniversary Edition)


The fathers of alt-pop/rock had been critics’ darlings since their 1983 debut Murmur, but this was the band’s commercial breakthrough thanks largely to tighter production and Michael Stipe’s decision to sing lyrics intelligibly. “The One I Love” cracked the top 10, leading to a major label contract and plenty more fine albums (as well as the dull stretch that lasted from 1994’s Monster until Accelerate in 2008). Document holds up remarkably well, and this package is sweetened with a 20-song live set that covers the entire first chapter of R.E.M.’s history.

- Christopher C. Manson

Too Many Humans

Too Many Humans

Hailing from Fort Walton Beach, Too Many Humans delivers a brand of vibrant indie rock with beautifully crafted songs. Formed by a pair of brothers, the group has expanded to a three-piece as they promote their five-track EP across the Florida Panhandle. With echoes of beloved bands like Queens of the Stone Age, this is a powerful local act that will make waves throughout the music scene.

- Nikki Hedrick

Hank Williams

Lost Concerts


The latest in the (justified) attempt to release every note the man ever recorded is muddysounding, repetitive and offers little in the way of “Oh, gosh!” moments. But unless you happened to actually be at any of the live shows documented here, this is a must-listen.

- Christopher C. Manson