Album Reviews

Elephant & Castle —Transitions — Album Review

Elephant & Castle (aka David Vincent Reep) has just released his debut album with a little help and support from, Los Angeles’ very own, Low End Theory godfather—Daddy Kev. Elephant & Castle delivers his very own unique style of ambient trance to add to your down-tempo record collections. While the past few years have been flourishing with stellar […]

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Miike Snow – Happy To You – Album Review

Miike Snow first tantalized our musical senses with their hit “Animal” off of their 2009 self-titled debut album, which captured our animalistic souls. Now the Swedish/American trio are back with the same melodic tendencies we fell in love with for their sophomore effort, Happy To You. “Animal” may have introduced us to the indie pop […]

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Hot New Music: La Sera – Sees The Light – Album Review

La Sera at the Satellite – Photo: Monique Hernandez Perhaps best known for her work as “Kickball Katy” in Vivian Girls, bassist Katy Goodman has established herself as somewhat of a pop music wunderkind with her latest record, Sees the Light. La Sera is her new side effort and is the first project that really highlights […]

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Lee Fields – Faithful Man – Album Review

It’s inevitable that music genres evolve and change. Jazz started as dance music and by the late 60s, most hip jazzbos were listening to something more akin to Morton Feldman than Louie Armstrong. Hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. But one of the great things about this evolution is that those who develop affection […]

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Terry Malts – Killing Time – Album Review

San Francisco trio, Terry Malts, have killed it (in a good way!) with their debut album, Killing Time, released on February 21, 2012, on Slumberland Records. While only coming in at a total of 34 minutes, this album is a simple, yet spirited power punk record. Live like there’s no tomorrow-pogo party inducer! Terry Malts […]

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Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light – Album Review

London-based Fanfarlo, recently debuted their sophomore follow-up, Rooms Filled With Light, to their 2009 breakout album Reservoir. Released on February 28, 2012 on CanvasbackMusic/Atlantic, Rooms Filled With Light is an excitable effort that has the band broadening their musical scope beyond their initial pop-folk focus. Introducing a myriad of synth sounds, samples and electric guitar—in addition […]

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Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny – Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose – Album Review

Meet one of Mute Records newest and most promising outfits of 2012, Beth Jeans Houghton and The Hooves of Destiny. Releasing her much-anticipated debut album, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, the Transylvanian-born wolf-raised tobacco chewer has grown up a little and grown up a lot since her 2008 dive into the musical scene. Her voice is still […]

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Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror – Album Review

Sleigh Bells at El Rey Theatre 2010 – Photo by Wei Shi When you come out of the gate with a wallop of an album like Treats, the expectations for a sophomore release are staggering. If you look at the gambit of publications, the number of shows, if you succumb to the in-your-face hype that this what is […]

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Hot Band Alert: Trust – TRST – Album Review

Just when you’ve heard enough of dark electronica with the same beats, baselines and vocals—transcends the duo Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski to formulate Trust (Maya is also in Austra, their 2011 release was one of our favorites of the year). Representing Toronto, Trust is already in my Best of 2012 list. In recent times, the electronic music scene has gone […]

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Lana Del Rey – Born to Die – Album Review

The ubiquitous Lana Del Rey:  Internet meme, late night comedy fodder and sex icon for the blogging generation.  It’s a story that could be told in anecdotal headlines or a simple Google image search. From SNL to Letterman and MTV to NME, Del Rey’s meteoric rise to fame is nothing short of a bona fide […]

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