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“Revelation Skirts” by The Capstan Shafts – Album Review

Okay kids, you know my favorite way to start an album review by now … (push play and the first few seconds is the first impression) well I have to say The Capstan Shafts first track “Fairweather Triumphalist” off of “Revelation Skirts” fails this test. I like the first 12 seconds, but then it explodes […]

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“Personal Life” by The Thermals – Album Review

Punk-pop over sugary hooks is the game for the Portland-based band, The Thermals. Though “Personal Life” is their fifth album, their sound harkens back to the power punk flare of bands such as (old school) Green Day or Propagandhi. For those who are in their late 20s or early 30s, the band creates an aura […]

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“Strange Weather, Isn’t It? ” by !!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Album Review

I probably listened to !!!’s (Chk Chk Chk) new album “Strange Weather, Isn’t It? ” about five times over before writing this review and with each listen I gladly found myself puckering my lips and bobbing my head like a duck on crack as soon as their second track “The Most Certain Sure” took its […]

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“Minotaur” by The Clientele – EP Review

Incepted in 1997, Britain’s The Clientele has always successfully combined its influences into a tasteful form of pop music that has over the years been equal parts melancholy, wistful and cerebral. Its latest EP, “Minotaur,” finds the band in top form from its Byrds-esque title track to spoken word “The Green Man,” the latter of […]

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“Pickin’ Up the Pieces” by Fitz and the Tantrums – Album Review

You know, the organ is an instrument just not heard very often on pop albums these days. And then what’s this? No guitar?!? While this may sound like a bad polka album in the making, Fitz and the Tantrums have a style that doesn’t require the typical pop instrumentation and styling. Their throwback 60s soulful […]

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“That’s How We Burn” by Jaill – Album Review

Sub Pop’s post-grunge resurgence seems to be rooted in finding good jangly pop bands from a particular geographical location and signing them to a deal – take a look at some of its roster beginning with The Shins (Albuquerque) until you get to, say, Avi Buffalo (Long Beach, Calif.). The label’s Milwaukee discovery, Jaill, fits […]

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“Rivers” by Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Album Review

With only the knowledge that Wildbirds & Peacedrums is a Swedish husband and wife duo, thoughts of a death metal White Stripes popped in my mind. Then learning that “Rivers” was originally two vinyl EP releases, now combined to one album, I became skeptical that this could be any good. Hodgepodge death metal duo might […]

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“Libraries” by The Love Language – Album Review

Last year, The Love Language’s self-titled release led us to believe they were after a piece of The Strokes market share. With “Libraries,” The Love Language ensures us that any Strokes connection was purely coincidental, and that The Love Language and The Strokes just, maybe, shared a few influences. That’s all. This time out, the […]

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“Alive As You Are” by Darker My Love – Album Review

Since 2004, one of the leading purveyors of revivalist psych rock, Darker My Love, have succeeded in a delivery that gives the ever-cited era an added and welcome spice. Cosmic reverb and thick gloomy haze were key features on their ’06 self-titled debut whereas sophomore effort “2” was supported by a chunky, guitar-led Brit rock […]

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“On the Ones and Threes” by Versus – Album Review

For all the talk of “greatness” and “perfection” that floats around when the topic turns to the music of Versus, the topic doesn’t turn that way all too often.  In the annals of jangly nineties indie rock; Pavement, Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth are the medalists, and Versus also ran.  They were robbed.  Now […]

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