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Wondercore Island Mixtape #4 (Download)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Now that there have been four mixtapes from the Wondercore Island crew down under, it's become standard that these guys would drop dopeness. Hell, by now one should come to expect dopeness from names a little less familiar than Grammy nominees Hiatus Kaiyote. Check out the latest tracks from artist like Astronote, Kirkis, Vulture St. Tape Gang, Marcus Alan Ward, Oisma, and more, as if this label needed any more heaps of mad respect. Check out the mixtape afte the jump and cop it from the Wondercore Island Bandcamp.

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The Line-Up for 12 September 2014

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

It's beginning to look a lot like fall with all the hot new releases coming in. More specifically, I'm actually allowed clearance to play all this new music as opposed to sitting on all of it for a while, hoping my enthusiasm doesn't wane. Dig this new Moran, by the way.

The Line-Up for 12 September 2014

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In Memoriam: Joe Sample (1939-2014)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

I wake up every morning to The Crusaders' version of "Eleanor Rigby" from their Lighthouse '68 live album. It's my favorite song on Earth. Typically, one would think this to be a bad idea, to forever brand one's favorite song with being ripped from slumber. Each time those tremulous chords and crashing cymbals belt out would be associated with panic, skipped heart beats, the sudden crash, the kick. For any other song, it would ruin it completely in day or night.1 That just wasn't the case for "Eleanor Rigby". The earth shattered in Joe Sample's opening chords (and Stix Hooper's sputtering snares), giving birth anew to each day for me. Each morning was filled with promise as the Lord saw fit and as Joe kept playing. Should the song come up at any random time later in the day, I'd still give it a listen. I'd still remember every note of Joe's solo. (I'd still walk in perfect pace with Stix Hooper's driving beat.) It's a song with a swinging brilliance that transcends McCartney & Lennon's original somberness, that would transcend any unpleasant sense memory of being snatched from the blanket of unconsciousness. Joe Sample could just play like that.

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Avishai Cohen's Triveni - 'Dark Nights'

Ben Gray
Staff Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

Triveni's third album, Dark Nights is (it won't surprise you, based on the album title) a nighttime album. With just a few exceptions, the tunes on here are taken at a very slow tempo, creating a moody atmosphere full of the great individual playing and interplay among Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, and Nasheet Waits that you would expect based on their previous two albums together. That said, Dark Nights has a number of new twists that very much set this apart from Introducing Triveni and Triveni II.

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Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge - 'Close to Picture' EP (Download)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

One of the best kept secrets of jazz today is how everyone in Punch Brothers is masquerading as a bluegrass musician. Oh, sure, they claim that they play bluegrass and have thrown the genre on its ear and have functioned as a gateway to the genre at large, but the way the quintet improvises so masterfully really just points to these guys playing a huge ruse on us al. The latest evidence of this fact is in the recent work guitarist Chris Eldridge has done with jazz guitarist (and not afraid to show it) Julian Lage. Last year, the pair released a duo EP called Closer to Picture. Now they're about to release a full-length album, Avalon, out October 7th. In support of the new album, they're releasing the Close to Picture EP for free at NoiseTrade with a new alternate take and an upcoing single from the new album. Check a stream and download link for the charming collection of songs -- the perfect melding of jazz, folk, and bluegrass -- after the jump.