Album Reviews

“Sinister Devices” by Viernes – Album Review

I really would like to know what that intoxicating sound at the beginning of “Glass Windows,” the opening track on the album “Sinister Devices” by Viernes is. It’s some sort of electronic drum sound thingy, and I want to play one.   This album is soaking in all kinds of electronic textures and sounds layered with […]

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“Measures” by Walking Sleep – Album Review

Walking Sleep used to be called The Flying Tourbillon Orchestra. So if a couple years ago I told you to listen to them, this is what you should be listening to now. Their first full-length album, “Measures,” came out May 25, 2010 and after listening to it I can proudly confirm that I’m still a […]

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“True Love Cast Out All Evil” by Roky Erickson with Okkervil River

The halfway point of “True Love Cast Out All Evil” is “John Lawman” where just after the three-minute mark, the music crashes and a far-away sound of an announcer speaks: “Roky’s going to take a break, he’ll be right back in just a bit…” and we hear the singer thank us and walk out. For […]

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“Clay Stones” by We Are the World – Album Review

Bands within the same genre can’t help with some crossover and similarity of sound. But when that similarity cuts a little too close, it’s basically imitation (which is flattering or something right?). So, that in mind, if you really like The Knife, you will kinda like We Are the World. Granted it seems a little […]

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“This is Happening” by LCD Soundsystem – Album Review

“This is Happening” is apparently the end of a decade (well, nine years to be exact) for disco Renaissance man James Murphy and his LCD Soundsystem moniker. By helping to propel the ‘dance-punk’ tag after his cranky, but endearing landmark single “Losing My Edge” in 2002, Murphy continued on with three nine-song albums, a Nike […]

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“Brothers” by The Black Keys – Album Review

The crazy hype continues to grow as The Black Keys’ new and heavily anticipated album “Brothers” has finally been released. I along with many other fans was far too excited to get my hands and ears all over my copy of “Brothers.” Being a huge Keys fan since their early days and watching this infectious […]

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“Sea of Cowards” by The Dead Weather – Album Review

Many physical signs indicate someone is pumping a badass piece of music into their headphones. There is the head bob or thrash. There is the glazed-eyed jam session with head sway, and of course, the silent sing-along with air drumming (or guitar-ing). But perhaps there is no greater compliment to a piece of headphoned rock […]

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“Extra Wow” by Nice Nice – Album Review

Sound orgy, noise, music, post-everything, are words that equal the debut album “Extra Wow” by Portland band Nice Nice. It’s different from most work I hear in this genre if one exists, and a giant sound for duo Jason Buehler and Mark Shirazi. The very first sound you hear when you hit play is a […]

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“Avi Buffalo” by Avi Buffalo – Debut Album Review

Photo by Jeff Antebi In one of Avi Buffalo’s press photos from Sub Pop, it shows the foursome; two dark-haired girls and two dark-haired guys sitting in what looks like the family living room from the set of “Freaks and Geeks.” Fresh-faced on a tweed couch in thrift store tees, Chuck Taylors and torn jeans, […]

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“La La Land” by Plants and Animals – Album Review

Photo: Caroline Desilets With a album name like “La La Land” and timely song titles such as “American Idol” and “Tom Cruz,” you might expect some glam-laced rock tracks or at the least, an album chalk-full of songs that are of the indie electro mash-up ilk that is so popular right now. Well, the Plants […]

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