Album Reviews

Best Albums of 2012
Grimy Goods’ Best Albums of 2012

    They say variety is the spice of life, and the eclectic minds at Grimy Goods like to find the best music in all genres. A few of us got together to put together “Grimy Goods’ Best Albums of 2012” list, which as we all know, is never an easy task. We’ve narrowed our best […]

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Hot Band Alert: Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate – Album Review

Hot Band Alert: Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate – Album Review While the Los Angels-based Viny Williams, led by the 22-year-old Lionel Williams, offer some trippy motives — I prefer to let the sound speak for itself. Falling into the shoegaze and psyche pop genres, Vinyl Williams carves out a much more primal niche with their debut […]

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Hot New Music: Tamaryn – Tender New Signs – Album Review

Silky siren, oh dreamy muse – oh perfectly prodigal duo, Tamaryn. Like narcissus and echo, these musical nymphs once again enchant in the land of goth, dream pop and psychedelia. This bi-gendered duo composed of smokey-throated vocalist, Tamaryn and her main man, Rex John Shelverton — come from the land of hobbits, aka New Zealand, and currently […]

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Hot New Music: Ken Stringfellow – Danzig in the Moonlight – Album Review

From his days as a founding member of powerpop icons, The Posies, to  later work with legendary bands like R.E.M. and Big Star, Ken Stringfellow is something of a savant in the world of heartfelt, meticulously crafted pop music.  Now located in Paris, Stringfellow benefits from the musical synergy of working as a producer for […]

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Hot New Music – Chrome Canyon – Elemental Themes – Album Review

Bravo I say, bravo. Morgan Z stand up and take a bow. Coming at you with his new album, Elemental Themes via Stones Throw — this one-man-band, from the Valley (yes, the valley), is a powerhouse of fantastic creative waves of sound. I am not one to usually love, praise or seek indulgence in the roomy genre […]

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The Soft Pack – Strapped – Album Review

Strapped is an album largely compromised of past demos that stand as strong songs on their own, but suffer from zig zag tracklisting.  The Soft Pack seem undecided on whether or not to risk alienating their fans by completely abandoning their previous sound or to fully embrace their newer ventures. While it is refreshing to […]

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Eraas – Self-Titled – Album Review

From the rubble of the now disbanded, New England experimental rock band, Apse, core members Robert Toher and Austin Stawiarz have regrouped and transformed into the new Brooklyn based quartet Eraas, a group with simpler but more carefully crafted sounds.  Eraas’ self-titled debut, released on Felte on October 2, 2012, plunges straight into the sonic […]

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ESP – Self-Titled EP – Album Review

L.A. trio, ESP, self-released their six-song, self-titled EP on August 28, 2012. Brother/sister duo Aska and Seiya Matsumiya take charge on the keyboards/vocals/electronics while Bobby Evans provides backbone with the drums/additional electronics, bringing us a teaser of tripped out tunes that crisscross through experimental dream pop and shoe-gaze soundscapes with mesmerizing ease. The title-track starts […]

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Hot New Music: Dan Deacon – America – Album Review

 Make way for yet another electronic robot, Dan Deacon, hailing from murder capital USA, aka Baltimore, Maryland — is back with a playfully new symphony. Since 2003, Mr. Deacon has released a whopping eight albums, and while that bulk of musical material is impressive, possibly his greatest talent and the body of his reputation is […]

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Hot New Music – Yeasayer – Fragrant World – Album Review

  The opposite of love is not hate but rather indifference. Arguable, right? I will say this, when a lot of people start loving an indie band, I’m often dubious, and doesn’t really good indie take a while to seep into your pores?  How can someone love a band that’s trying to be different right […]

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Opossom – Electric Hawaii – Album Review

There is something to be said about a band that purposefully misspells their name after the world’s most famous marsupial and then titles their first album Electric Hawaii.  Kody Nielson (Mint Chicks) and his new band Opossom tinker with the idea of oddities and pleasantries existing together.  Theirs is a sound much like the Today! […]

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Redd Kross – Researching the Blues – Album Review

Fifteen long years in the making and Redd Kross (the Neurotica line-up) are back with a new album!  Well worth the wait, as the band has significantly upped the ante since 1997’s Show World, with their 2012 Merge Records release, Researching the Blues – a brief but simply striking 32 minutes of pure, hard power-pop perfection. […]

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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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