Album Reviews

The Doozer – Keep It Together – Album Review

Sooooooo …… I’ve written and re-written this review about four times now. “Why,” might you ask? Because every time I think I have a bead on The Doozer, I find out something new about him that makes me re-think my earlier position. Below is a quick break-down of Doozer’s pros and cons: Pros The Doozer does a […]

More
StepheSykes |
Hot New Music: Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend – Album Review

You know that feeling when you stick your arm out of a car window while it’s moving, and make your hand wave and dance though the air stream? If that feeling needed a soundtrack, my suggestion would be Porcelain Raft’s full-length debut, Strange Weekend. Beginning the album with a track called “Drifting In and Out” […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Matt Pryor – May Day – Album Review

Just because it’s the front man from The Get Up Kids, doesn’t mean it’s all emo.  Matt Pryor’s second solo album May Day was just released on Tuesday, January 24, on his label Nightshoes Syndicate.  No dying cats here, just getting back to the basics with a simple, clean, nuanced effort that is both endearing […]

More
Emily Saex |
Chairlift – Something – Album Review

Chairlift makes the kind of wistful, effervescent music you might imagine hip astronauts would embrace whilst tending to a flock of multi-colored chrysanthemums. Singer Caroline Polachek, possesses a voice operatic in its beauty but at odds with its identity. Ranging in tone from ‘80s inspired dream pop to newer darkwave/goth, the band is capable of making […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music: Matthew Dear – Headcage EP – Review

  If 2011 was the year that dubstep went mainstream, then 2012 just might be the year that old school DJs/dance music moguls begin grabbing the brass ring—or in many cases a mic—and just going for it! This may be the year that DJs start singing and becoming superstars. Matthew Dear (DJ, producer and co-label head of dance music […]

More
Hot New Music: Gary Go – Now Was Once The Future — Album Review

  I don’t know about you, but I’m in LOVE with Benny Benassi’s “Cinema” track (both the original and Skrillex’s bass-filled remix). Its vocals are amazing and its romantic theme just melts my heart. I paid little attention to who sang it, but now I’m wishing I did. Gary Go not only sang on Benassi’s […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Seasons – Autumn – EP Review

Highland Park’s Seasons self-released their new EP entitled, Autumn on January 2, 2012. While previous EPs Spring and Summer were released in their respective seasons, Winter (June 2010) and Autumn (Jan 2012)—well, not so much.  Release date logistics/faux paux aside, Autumn is a damn fine EP—strong, sentimental and perfect for any season. Opener “Monday Nights” blasts […]

More
Emily Saex |
Best Albums of 2011 – Musician, Skateboarder & Photographer Selections

Even with their super busy schedules and creative efforts, these guys still made time to listen to some new albums this year. It’s definitely not easy to put a Best Albums of 2011 list, especially when you’re not a music blogger or journalist with access to hordes of new music. But these guys made it happen. We […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Top 10 Best Record Reissues of 2011

Last year, I said the best thing about being a vinyl collector in this day and age is that everything is being reissued. Guess what? It is even more true now. With the reissuing of at least the top two or three records on the list below, I saved hundreds of dollars! And, with records […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Best Albums of 2011 – Grimy Goods Staff Picks

Well, here we are again — wrapping up another year of extensive album reviews and hot band alerts. Some albums we loved and some albums we hated, how about we just stick to the ones we loved (for now). One thing I absolutely LOVE about the Grimy Goods crew, is the extreme diversity of our tastes. Some […]

More
Sandra Burciaga Olinger |