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Jeff Pinzino posted a page on Dec 12, 2011
Casual Listening A review of cool new music By Jeff Pinzino Best of 2011 While I haven't been doing weekly reviews, I have been doing a lot of listening, and there's been some great music this year. Here are my picks for the best albums of 2011. 1. Hanni el Khatib - Will the Guns Come ...
Jeff Pinzino posted a page on Dec 15, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music
 By Jeff Pinzino December 12, 2010 As you've probably realized, I've stopped publishing the weekly reviews, at least for now. Life changes have left me with a new set of priorities, and I just haven't found the time to continue the music writing. To those who have loved the reviews and even bought the music, I give you my dee...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Sep 2, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music
 By Jeff Pinzino September 2, 2010I've taken an unintentional vacation in August, and there's a bunch to catch up on. Big new releases coming later this month: stay tuned! Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust (rock)Los Lobos are the most under-appreciated band in America. This tour de force will fill you in on what you're missing. Folk-rock, b...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jul 17, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music
 By Jeff Pinzino July 17, 2010 ! Semi Precious Weapons – You Love You (rock) Attitude: The definition of rock & roll. The Rolling Stones built an empire on it, and punk proved you barely needed to play if you had it. Semi Precious Weapons have more than any band I&rs...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jun 24, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music By Jeff Pinzino First off -- a review from Guest Listener Lee Winkelman. Lee follows kids music far more closely than I do, so when he picks an album, it's definitely worth tracking down. When future music historians look back on the golden age of kids music we are now experiencing, Chicago’s Justin Roberts will stand ou...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jun 10, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music By Jeff Pinzino June 11, 2010 ! Watermelon Slim – Ringers (country) Honky-tonk guitar players have always been philosophers, but few have had the kind of penetrating wit to bring their ideas to life. That’s what makes Watermelon Slim one of the most interesting artists around. His is the music o...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on May 28, 2010
Casual Listening A review of cool new music By Jeff Pinzino May 28, 2010 My apologies for the delay – I’m on the other side of a job transition, and hopefully ready to settle into a little more regular writing groove. You’ll be getting the best of three weeks of music today. Also expect a special edi...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on May 6, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino May 7, 2010 Changes at Casual Listening: My apologies in missing last week – there’s been a confluence of factors that may continue to affect CL moving forward. On the personal side, I’m starting a new job, one with a cubicle instead of a soundproof ...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Apr 24, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino April 24, 2010 ! Kings Go Forth - The Outsiders Are Back (R&B) Kings Go Forth are a straight-up 70’s soul express. The band is a well-oiled machine – choral vocals, horns, and lots of percussion (bongos!). You’ll hear whispers of funk, disco, and hip hop because e...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Apr 16, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino ! Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep (folk) Folk music used to belong to all of us – traditional melodies and lyrics from whatever folk you happen to descend. If Merchant in the past has been part of the movement that redefined folk as introspective coffeehouse balladry, consider th...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Apr 8, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino April 9, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! Go to casuallistening.com or click here. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! * Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned the Hard Way (R&B) Even the digital release of this album sounds like vinyl, 1960’s vintage...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Apr 1, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino April 2, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! Go to casuallistening.com or click here. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! * Afrodisiac Sound System – Afroheat #4 EP (electronic) Still mourning the loss of the good time party rap that dominated the 80’s? ...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Mar 25, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino March 26, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! Go to casuallistening.com or click here. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! ! Dave Holland Octet – Pathways (jazz) Even if you’re a jazz beginner with a Miles Davis album and maybe a John Coltrane in your collec...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Mar 19, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino March 19, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! Go to casuallistening.com or click here. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! * Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do (rock) Drive-By Truckers don't write songs so much as novels set to music. In the vein of writers l...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Mar 11, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino March 12, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! Go to casuallistening.com or click here. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! ! Nelson Freire – Chopin: The Nocturnes (classical) It’s the 200th birthday of arguably the greatest composer for piano the world has k...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Mar 4, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino March 5, 2010 Check out the new Casual Listening website! http://casuallistening.com. Sign in and join the conversation in the forums! BONUS – Jeff’s review of the Carolina Chocolate Drops concert at Huffington Post * Shooter Jennings & Hierophant – Black Ri...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 25, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino February 26, 2010 The New Casual Listening Website has launched!!! Check out http://casuallistening.com to see the new look. There will be special features for the next couple of weeks – this week is a Rock & Roll Manifesto disguised as a concert review for King Khan and the Shrines from their sho...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 18, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino February 19, 2010 I think we’ll be ready to launch the new website in a week. Expect a slew of special features as a kind of Grand Opening. ! Nick Curran and the Lowlifes – Reform School Girl (rock) In the beginning, there was Rock & Roll. Before the art form got micro-marketed as c...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 11, 2010
February 12, 2010 First things first. For those whose hearts are with the protesters in Iran tonight, there’s a new recording by Iranian-Canadian band Blurred Focus of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” Check it out here. ! Abdullah Ibrahim – Bombella (jazz) Ibrahim is the most important jazz musician you’ve never heard...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 4, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino February 5, 2010 Casual Listening Wins 5 Grammys While the Grammy voters are notorious for choosing star power over musical integrity, the down-ballot categories tend to be a reasonable benchmark for how much quality and diversity of music you can find on Casual Listening. The following grammy winners ha...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jan 28, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino January 29, 2010 ! Corinne Bailey Ray – The Sea (rock) Writing a convincing love song is almost as hard as love itself. Corinne Bailey Ray makes it sound impossibly easy. She lends a perfectly bittersweet delivery to this collection of pop-soul beauties. Impressionistic guitars and tast...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jan 21, 2010
Casual Listening a review of cool new music by Jeff Pinzino January 22, 2010 ! Eels – End Times (rock) Heaven help us if the end of the world sounds this beautiful. The songwriting sparkles like diamonds intentionally left in the rough. Simple guitar on some tracks, pedal steel and electronics fill in behind the band on others. The apocaly...
Jeff Pinzino posted a page on Jan 20, 2010
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Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Jan 14, 2010
January 15, 2010 * Vampire Weekend – Contra (world) * La Otrabanda – Pueblo Vivo/Vibrant People (world) Two impressive releases with a cosmopolitan vibe bode well for new directions in global fusion. Vampire Weekend combines pop instincts and bouncy energy with southern African rhythms and guitar styles. La Otrabanda combines Venezuelan, American, and a s...