Album Reviews

Liars – WIXIW – Album Review

More than 10 years have passed since the perennially anomalous Liars released their 2001 debut, They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top.  That title was a thinly veiled jab at the press who had lumped them into the emerging New York dance-punk scene of the time. Genre-leading bands like The […]

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Nude Beach – II – Album Review

Brooklyn by way of North Shore, Long Island — long time trio of friends — Chuck, Ryan and Jimmy, aka Nude Beach present their newest album release, II on the freshly launched label Other Music Recording Co. out August 14, 2012.  The album has all the bounce of power-pop but with the raw edge of […]

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Hot New Music: Dirty Projectors – Swing Low Magellan – Album Review

Ambition. It’s what killed Caesar.  Some have even called it ugly. However, rock music’s very best bands have always had it in spades. Face it, some acts come and go and are very happy to make easy-to-like music. There’s nothing wrong with that, dare I say — we need it? Music listeners can’t always be […]

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Peter & The Magician – Memory – Album Review

Whatever French label Kitsune releases is a bonafide hit in my book and Peter & The Magician’s new remix single for “Memory” has been added to my summer good vibes playlist for its amazing electro flavor that comes in five totally addictive flavors (remixes). Comprised of French producer Yusek and Belgian producer The Magician (a former member of […]

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Hot New Music: K-Holes – Dismania – Album Review

K-Holes are intravenous catatonia for gutter junkies, glam goths and the nocturnal.  Their name is derived from the crucial point of a ketamine-induced high that produces feelings of disassociation and schizophrenia.  The appropriately titled Dismania is more complex than their debut and almost unrelentingly macabre in its dissection of the New York City underworld.  A […]

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Hot Producer Alert: Jonti – Sine & Moon – Album Review

Sydney-resident/Johannesburg-born/Stone’s Throw family member, Jonti (Jonti Danimals) — quietly released Sine & Moon — a very interesting kind of release with a cool story and we’re just catching up with it (released in May). Sine & Moon was never actually intended to be a full-length record, but a little mix he made for the label’s podcast series, recorded on […]

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Hot New Music: Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse – Album Review

  Ty Segall is a man of ferocious talent.  By now his story has been well-documented in this hyperlinked world of tabloid blogs and file-sharing music hoarders.  Chuck Norris, Tupac and a big box of fuzz pedals couldn’t have made a baby more prolific, more outrageously feral than this young man.  Slaughterhouse is the second […]

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Teen Daze – All of Us, Together – Album Review

Teen Daze is the perfect name for a project that produces such ambient drool as that heard on  first album, All of us, Together. This young lad hailing from Vancouver brings all the established irony of our very hip generation of 90‘s kids-gone-hippie. When I first heard the name I expected some fun and dirty […]

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Hot New Music: Mystery Jets – Radlands – Album Review

UK 4-piece Mystery Jets unleashed their fourth album, Radlands upon North America, on Rough Trade Records this past Tuesday, June 5.  Influenced by their trek to Austin, TX to record, Mystery Jets have paved a musical path that maintains an underlying Brit rock groove yet fully utilizes strength, emotion and appreciation from their submersion in country blues […]

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Mount Eerie – Clear Moon – Album Review

Don’t expect tunes that are going to pump you up or really motivate you to shimmy across your bathroom floor as you’re getting ready in the morning. Instead, Mount Eerie’s (Phil Elverum) new effort, Clear Moon, is music that will help you nod off if you’re having trouble sleeping. As the first of two releases […]

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Hot Band Alet: RØSENKØPF – Self-Titled – Album Review

When the hippies all grew up, some people probably noticed that most psychedelic music went with them (not ALL of it, don’t bite my head off in the comments). Then the kids of the hippies remembered their parents’ old records…vaguely. So, amidst a cloud of smoke, some kids blended the old with the new. The […]

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Hot New Music: King Tuff – Album Review

    Whether you want to label it freak-out garage fuzz or some kind of miscreant pinhead-cretin-pop, it’s obvious King Tuff has unlocked the formula for plain old good time rock-n-roll.  In the words of Henry Frankenstein, it’s moving, it’s alive — it’s aliive!! A self-proclaimed troll who calls his guitar Jazzy Jew, Kyle Thomas […]

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Kindness — World, You Need A Change Of Mind — Album Review

Kindness, aka UK singer-songwriter, Adam Bainbridge — brings us the slow jam smooth new album, World, You Need a Change of Mind, released on Casablanca/Terrible Records on May 8, 2012.  Essentially, Kindness made an 80’s album — teetering on the edge of nostalgia, pleasant and technically precise, but lacking a modern twist to fully reach aural fixation […]

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