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Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings the Songs of Franklin Bruno by David Krasnow

David Krasnow redefines the word “standard” with his recommendation of Jenny Toomey’s husky-breathy and well-timed performance of Franklin Bruno’s songs.

Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings the Songs of Franklin Bruno by David Krasnow

David Krasnow redefines the word “standard” with his recommendation of Jenny Toomey’s husky-breathy and well-timed performance of Franklin Bruno’s songs.

Rembetika: Songs of the Greek Underground, 1925–1947 by David Krasnow
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As its album cover proclaims, Rembetika is the music of “passion, drugs, jail, disease, death,” Greece’s own subculture rebellion that reminds reviewer David Krasnow of ’60s and ’70s American punk.

Julia Wolfe by David Krasnow
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I heard my first Julia Wolfe work, performed by the Spit Orchestra, in the early nineties.

Glenn O’Brien’s Downtown 81 by David Krasnow

The movies about Downtown are fairy tales. 

Tom Cora by David Krasnow

I used to believe that when Tom Cora played the cello he channeled the voices of the dead. 

Lois V Vierk’s River Beneath the River by David Krasnow
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The Uri Caine Ensemble’s Gustav Mahler in Toblach: I Went Out This Morning Over the Countryside by David Krasnow

Gustav Mahler is reimagined as wholly postmodern, combining jazz improvisors, DJ and cantor in a collision that transcends kitsch.

Arto Lindsay by David Krasnow
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Arto Lindsay speaks as he plays: in tense, measured silences and dense bursts of sound.

Television’s The Blow-Up by David Krasnow

The live double album: an icon, a period piece. Its bombast is still with us, but not its excess (double CDs crimp sales), certainly not its raw aesthetics.

Toe 2000 by David Krasnow
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Textural music tends to be rhythmically, shall we say, challenged. You know, slow. Toe 2000 fronts texture and sound color over melodic development, but drummer David Pavkovic isn’t shy to kick a song along, either. 

Marc Ribot by David Krasnow
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Downtown, no-wave, rock, free-prov guitarist Marc Ribot ventures intrepid into “prosthetic” Cubanismo on his album Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos. David Krasnow asks: “What’s this Jewish guy from Jersey doing playing the son montuno?”

Lhasa de Sela’s La Llorona  by David Krasnow
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Where is a singer with a name like Lhasa de Sela from? The answer is Big Indian, New York, but forget it: lifestyle seems more pertinent to Lhasa than roots. 

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