Album Reviews

Hot New Music: Papercuts “Fading Parade” — Album Review

Papercuts may have a new album and record label, but their music is still the same, which should have fans on Cloud 9…literally. Fading Parade is a 10-track album filled with dreamy melodies, soulful chords, lovable beats and lyrics that are fit for love letters. Papercuts’ fourth release beautifully showcases the group’s principal member Jason […]

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Nicole Atkins “Mondo Amore”– Album Review

With a death march beginning and a startling chorus the track “Vultures” off Nicole Atkins new album Mondo Amore, is hauntingly beautiful. It definitely makes a mark and grabs your attention. The East Coast songstress sings this tune with a storyteller’s tone, and tends to sound a lot like Stevie Nicks. The song makes you […]

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Darwin Deez “Wonky Beats Mixtape” — Album Review

“My dear friends, you’re now about to enter the nerve center to the entire Wonka Factory. Inside this room all of my dreams become realities and some of my realities become dreams…” – Willy Wonka from the OG Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971) The corky, hip-hop-indie-pop geek, Darwin Deez is at again, this […]

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Young Prisms “Friends For Now” – Album Review

Although I’m a sucker for the swirling, textured psychedelic sounds of yesteryear, sometimes these hipster bands can really drench themselves in a genre that has been used more often than a Mexi hooker from Adelitas. San Francisco outfit, Young Prisms, have released their debut long-player, Friends For Now, and it’s full of all things psychedelic: […]

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“Deerhoof vs. Evil” by Deerhoof – Album Review

It’s hard to tell if the “Evil” pitted against Deerhoof on its latest record is becoming complacent in the ability to challenge its listeners with songs that are equal parts avant-garde and pop. One thing for sure is that their latest album, Deerhoof vs. Evil, has more in common with the excellence, perhaps more listener […]

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Corinne Bailey Rae “The Love E.P” – Album Review

Let me start this off by saying ALL these songs are fantastic to begin with so a cover version is probably going to be good as well. This applies to Grammy award winning artist, Corinne Bailey Rae’s new release, The Love E.P. She has this unique voice that could be described as disco, soul, doo-wop […]

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“Cape Dory” by Tennis – Album Review

When listening to the swaying tunes of Tennis’ new album, Cape Dory, two very generic cinematic images come to mind. Not akin to a particular film, but the lo-fi simple melodies and sweet vocals seem as if they would be the accompanying soundtrack to a scene depicting a ‘50s prom slow dance or a couple […]

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Hot Band Alert: Braids “Native Speaker” – Album Review

For all the music bloggers that like to make those popular lists of bands to watch in 2011, here’s one to add to your roster: Braids. We’ve been extremely hyped on Braids ever since we received their tracks, “Lemonade” and “Plath Heart” in 2010. And when we found out they were playing a show here […]

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Foster The People: Self Titled Debut EP Review

Wow, this is some bubbly electro-pop. To say Foster the People have that overused 2009-10 electro sound in the likes of Miike Snow and Delphic with a boy-band twist would be a bit harsh. Foster the People’s self-titled debut EP is dance pop at its best. They exude a pliable sound that attracts the kind […]

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Contestants and Winners Announced for Grimy Goods’ Readers Choice – Best Albums of 2010

As part of our end of the year Best of 2010 extravaganza, a few weeks ago we decided to set up a contest that would feature five of our most avid readers/Twitter followers in a contest titled: Readers Choice – Best Albums of 2010. We know that many of our readers have some exceptional taste […]

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