Album Reviews

“In This Light And On This Evening” by Editors – Album Review

The Editors are Tom Smith, Chris Urbanowicz, Russell Leetch, and Ed Lay and they have presented their new album “In This Light and on This Evening.” Yes, it’s easy to say this band is reminiscent of historical music in the post punk era where men of lyrical genius and vocal presence lead the way in […]

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“Freedom Tower” by Masterface – Album Review

Electronic layers and vocoded vocals peppered in with some dub and ambient elements lend the debut EP by Masterface a subtle charm. Producer Cedar Apffel and engineer Rory O’Connor from Natureboy rally their electro skills for “Freedom Tower.” Relying on their ability to create textures of electronic sound, Masterface turns out tracks that will lull […]

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“End Times” by Eels – Album Review

Eels’ last album “Hombre Lobo” (12 Songs of Desire) had me by the fuckin’ titts! Howling like a werewolf with a broken heart, front-man Mark Oliver Everett (aka “E”) and his band put out a stellar seventh album.  So what does Eels’ eighth studio album “End Times” have in store for us? It’s pretty damm […]

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“Heartland” by Owen Pallett (Formerly Final Fantasy) – Album Review

Complexity and a bit of confusion surround the album “Heartland.” Owen Pallett is the mastermind behind the electronic and multi-instrument infused disc that is his last under the Final Fantasy name to avoid confusion with the video games of the same moniker. His style is definitely hard to pin point and doesn’t quite fit in […]

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“Monster” by Inu – EP Review and FREE MP3 Download

Coming at you from famed San Francisco-based producer, Count (Radiohead, New Order, DJ Shadow), featuring the talented cellist, Zoe Keating (Imogen Heap, Dresden Dolls) and dueling guitarist/ bassist, Tim Hingston (Nyles Lannon), check out this eclectic new project: Inu These three innovators  have come together to create a beautifully blended array of magnetic soundscapes, elegant […]

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Malakai “Ugly Side of Love” – Album Review and Free Download

WTH! Warriors come out and play? No they didn’t bring that back … any East Coaster knows.. WAZ UP WIT DAT … As my editor likes me to extend my musical listening horizons, I’m taking a listening to this two-piece of ingenuity of samples of the past, beats, trips, and lyrical twists and retro morphs: […]

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“3000 Days” by The Pineapple Thief – Album Review

To make it 10 years in the fickle music industry, and still fly relatively under the radar means you must be doing something very right or very wrong. In this case, in the past 3000 days, The Pineapple Thief has done some things very right, and created a loyal fan base in doing so. With […]

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Daptone Gold – Album Review

Fuel the funk fire and bring on the soul, Brooklyn’s Daptone Records has brought forth the “Daptone Gold.” Just as Binky Riptide’s intro states, “Daptone Golds” is for solid sides of soul—classics, new and old from the whole Daptone Family. With 23 tracks of vivacious sound and rhythms that will make you get down, you’ll […]

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“We Animals” by Monogold – Album Review

The latest EP released from the Brooklyn-based band, Monogold, has subtle charm mixed with a little monotone. On first, second and even third listen; the album didn’t make a strong impression. However, a listen deeper with a more patient ear detects and begins to appreciate the layered complexity and embrace the whispery, dream-like vocals. Monogold […]

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Top 20 Albums of 2009

What a fuckin year! 2009 was candy to our ears! It’s always tough picking a certain amount of albums to represent the year’s best, because there’s always so many damn good ones and everyone has their own opinion. This year Grimy Goods features four debut albums on their Top 20 Albums of 2009 list, in […]

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