The Best Soul-Blues Album Covers and Other Assorted Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:

Sometimes, you can judge a book by it's cover -- or an album, at least. A look at thirteen soul-blues albums, a genre that's mastered the art of capturing the record's flavor with a perfect cover.

Death Cab For Cutie are releasing a new album, Narrow Stairs, on May 13 but you can get early impressions of it here.

Negativland is still around and not only are they still doing new, groundbreaking material, they are also performing live and giving long, in-depth interviews.

Even better than quaaludes is the verdict on Nigerian disco-funk from the '70s.

A performance by Iron & Wine gets pretty words in review.

Electronic music pioneer Kraftwerk is in Denver this Wednesday. If you want a preview of what to expect, try going here.

An intriguing intro to Motorpsycho, a progressive metal band from Trondheim, Norway.

In Boogie Chillun we learn the way of the "primal one-chord boogie like you’re crab-walking through ninety degree heat in a Mississippi cotton field with a full Mason jar full of corn liquor coursing through your veins and the devil in your soul." Complete with compelling YouTube examples.

An introduction to the sonic pain that is Jandek's oeuvre.

International DJ sensation John Digweed sits down for a Q&A. -- Cory Casciato

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