Album Reviews

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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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
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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Emily Saex |
Toro Y Moi – June 2009 – Album Review

Toro Y Moi was created by Chazwick Bundick (sounds like a stage name but it’s the real deal), an Americano lad from the Carolinas. Toro Y Moi has served up this collective of interesting real and live instrumentations and productions seem to be put together by unnatural forces with bad quantization but with a nice […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Ty Segall and White Fence “Hair”– Album Review

 If you have ever wondered what it would sound like to cut and paste every major development and style of garage rock into one record, Ty Segall and White Fence’s Hair might be your answer. There are elements of the Standells, the Sonics, 80s retro (and slightly country) Paisley Undergrounders Green on Red—and even recent […]

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Simian Mobile Disco “Unpatterns” — Album Review

On their own, Jas Shaw and James Ford do a multitude of things within the music world. They produce, engineer, DJ and create music together as Simian Mobile Disco. The UK electro duo have been part of the EDM scene for more than five years and released their first effort, Attack Decay Sustain Release, back […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |