Album Reviews

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 […]

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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 […]

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The Muddy Reds “Justle Hustle” – EP Review

  L.A.’s Muddy Reds are hard at work getting their name out there and making sure their fans know what they are up to. These guys camp their band, book their face, joined the reverb nation — frankly I wouldn’t be surprised if the dudes had a Friendster page. I applaud their efforts to communicate with all […]

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StepheSykes |
Chelsea Wolfe – Ἀποκάλυψις (Apokalypsis) – Album Review

After her 2010 release, The Grime and the Glow, Chelsea Wolfe releases a sullen expression of her inner thoughts, ideas, and intrigue in the recent 2011 album release — Apokalypsis. Many writers have described her music as this Goth and doom meets folk. I don’t see it just like that. There is an intentional dark mood created […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Wax Idols – No Future – Album Review

Oakland based Wax Idols, fronted by and ultimately the core creation of Heather Fedewa, aka Hether Fortune (former member of Hunx & His Punx, Bare Wires and currently playing with CastleFace Records’ Blasted Canyons) released their album No Future on October 25, 2011 on Hozac Records. It’s a punk-fueled smorgasbord of songs, spot on with the […]

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Emily Saex |
MiMOSA — Sanctuary — Album Review

Electronic music is on the rise and even though Oakland-native MiMOSA has been on the scene for a while, the L.A. transplant producer/artist is currently making waves as he furthers his electronic image. Poised as “one of the best new artists” of the year, he’s already played at some massive events such as Electric Zoo, […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Apparat – The Devil’s Walk – Album Review

“Ka Blam!!!” “Oh My God, the roof is on fire. Look out!” “Fuck you, you motherfucker!” If this kind of melodrama is your normal speed, then I think you’re going to find Apparat’s new release, The Devil’s Walk pretty boring. This is a subtle record. So subtle in fact, last night a music-loving friend and I […]

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StepheSykes |
Heavy Times – Jacker – Album Review

If you are a pizza delivery guy (or in a crappy kidnap comedy flick starring Jessie Eisenberg), Heavy Times new LP, Jacker is the album for you. Clocking in under 30 minutes long, you can listen to the entirety of the album in a single trip and will be so amped from the rush of their […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Spectrals – Bad Penny – Album Review

At first glance Louise Jones, aka Spectrals is a brassy-looking ginger who looks like he was plucked straight out of a J.K.Rowling story. His full baby face is soft and pubescent, and charming in a disarmingly fresh way. Equally enchanting and surprisingly romantic his debut full-length, Bad Penny — released on Slumberland Records is bewitching to say the […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |
Hot New Music – Esben and the Witch – Hexagons EP – Album Review

Esben and the Witch at SXSW 2011 – Photo: Sandra Burciaga Now this is the kind of music to practice your witchcraft to, perhaps a séance or just some deep meditation (probably the latter). England’s Esben & The Witch are all the mesmerizing dark things you seek outside of this bubblegum-indie pop infested sphere of […]

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Sandra Burciaga Olinger |