Label: Wilsuns RC Genre: Rock 'n' Roll Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
*So much grit and filth. Sheer Mag are back with another four song shredder where everything is coated in distortion and hair metal licks sound sick. Music like this just isn’t made anymore but Sheer Mag revives the style with no mercy and the attitude of real rock and rollers. They also got one of the most badass looking bandcamps I’ve ever seen. Keep an eye out for these peeps in the future. *
Aero Flynn - Aero Flynn
Label: Ooh La La Genre: Folk/Ambient Pop Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Originating out of the same tightknit Wisconsin music scene that birthed Bon Iver, Josh Scott aka Aero Flynn makes delicate and hazy pop songs that indicate his Bon Iver relations. Electronics are sprinkled in that remind me a lot of Radiohead. This is thought to be a record that he created to deal with depression and an autoimmune disease.Justin Vernon of Bon Iver produces.
Toro Y Moi - What For?
Label: Carpark Genre: Electro Infused Guitar Pop Reviewed by: Pierce Sprague I went to a Toro concert once. It was fun because his songs were so energetic, but Chaz just kind of stood behind his keys the whole time and sang indifferently. What For? is kind of like that, but this time, the sound guys put his mic too far away and he’s too lazy to move it. Don’t be dissuaded by the uninspired singles, though (2,4,9)—he still shows his creativity on this album, you just have to dig a little bit to find it.
Label: Mute Genre: Avant Instrumental Electronic Reviewed by: Len Comaratta The principle force behind Depeche Mode returns with another solo album that once again is far removed from the more accessible pop of DM. Some of this reminds me of Eno’s darker ambient themes (#2) and some of it reminds me of John Carpenter films of the late 70s early 80s. #12 reminds me of Fuck Buttons
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
Label: ATO Genre: Soul / Blues Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Exquisite blend of soul, blues and even some funk. Relix described this as “the festival world’s leading retro-soul revivalists turn in a psychedelic, sci-fi epic”. Brittany Howard and troupe return with a soul stirring follow-up to a phenomenal debut filled with “volcanic thrashers (8)…silky soul (3)…spacey psychedelic soul jams (4)” [Rolling Stone]. The ballads are phenomenal
Death - N.E.W.
Label: Tryangle Records Genre: Punk / Rock Reviewed by: Len Comaratta YES!!! A Brand new Death album! III wasn’t a fluke. This is some hard hitting rock (more so than than harder punkier earlier stuff). Inspired by the positivity brought to them by ever-increasing numbers of new fans, the current lineup (Bobby and Dannis Hackney, Bobbie Duncan) completed several songs started back in the 70s by brothers Bobby and David Hackney. Reminds me a lot of OFF! if that band was about half-speed. Heck, “At the Station” reminds me of Bowie!!
Mew - + - (plus minus)
Label: Play It Again Sam Genre: Psych Pop / Psych Folk Pop Rock Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Mew’s first album in 6 years. Danish prog rock psych noise meisters soar on their latest album. The band has been evolving into a far more vibrant, expansive sounding band over the course of their albums and this is certainly a grand next step in their journey. GOOD STUFF!!!
Squarepusher - Damogen Furies
Label: Warp Genre: IDM / Drum n Bass / Electronic Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Another phenomenal notch in the belt! A wonderful blend of pretty much everything he is known for – experiments w/ musique concrete, spastic boundary warping drum n bass, aggressive interpretations of ensemble jazz. He attempts to recapture the passion, innovation and retromanic tendencies that have fallen on the wayside as the medium and genre blew up into the mainstream….And he does it. CoS described it as “the hyperactive love child of EDM and traditional jazz”.
Saun & Starr - Look Closer
Label: Daptone Genre: Soul / Soul Revival Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Saundra Williams and Starr Lowe aka THE DAPETTES. Yes, the back up singers to the one and only Sharon Jones are now stepping out in front and they do so with every bit of soul, style, class and gravitas you’d expect. This is a wonderful album. And it’s an ALL ANALOG production!!! Any fan of soul and especially DapTone will get down with this!! GOOD GOOD GOOD STUFF!!!!
Rose Windows - Rose Windows
Label: Sub Pop Genre: Post Rock / Indie Rock Reviewed by: Len Comaratta
*The follow up to Sun Dogs opens with a gloomy haunt laden with gorgeous sonic imagery that drops you into a smack down of musical templates and textures that once again prevent any blanket labeling of this band. This album has a more playful feel to it with some of the arrangements. If you are a fan of My Morning Jacket you’ll dig this. *
Metz - II
Label: Sub Pop Genre: Noise Rock / Post Punk / Indie Rock Reviewed by: Len Comaratta per their press release “the 10-track effort promises to be “much heavier, darker, and sloppier,” its lyrical tone stemming “from a year of loss and doubt, of contemplating [the band’s] relationships with death and the planet.” These guys are touring with FIDLAR and Lightning Bolt!!!
Wire - Wire
Label: Pink Flag Genre: Post Punk Reviewed by: Len Comaratta Album 13!!!And it smokes (despite it also being way mellower than most Wire) If only Buzzcocks could maintain the way Wire has. Filled with swooning pop melodies with a hint of 60s nostalgia and irresistible rhythms. Fans of classic Wire will find things to enjoy here. Think of these songs as something of a little brother or cousin melodically to Chairs Missing and 154.
Label: Merge Genre: Indie Rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Wielding an arsenal of crunchy guitars and a sweet (but mild) Southern voice, Katie Crutchfield is able to whip together some 90’s reminscent guitar pop gems. She refers to the album title as "a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complacent life path of our parents and grandparents." which I think is something most of us can relate to as lost college students….
Shlohmo - Dark Red
Label: True Panther Genre: IDM/Electronic Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez An appropriate title, this record feels murky and claustrophobic. Distorted synths lead you through the dark until you get lost in the seasick wails and glass shattering drums. Puts you in a trance. Works well for bed music.
The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
Label: Merge Genre: Folk Rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez When John Darnielle isn’t writing novels or lending a hand in various other musical projects, he constantly records lyrically whimsical songs under the Mountain Goats moniker. The record is thematically built on professional wrestling (???), though it’s probably a big metaphor for “nameless bodies in unremembered rooms…” - Joseph Fink
Ava Luna - Infinite House
Label: Western Vinyl Genre: Indie Rock/Math Rock/Soul Pop Reviewed by: Joe Turner Slurp. Mmmm. Juicy. This album is like one of those mysterious fruit smoothies with a bunch of vegetation that you like mixed in with other vegetation that you didn’t know you liked, or that you didn’t know you liked in the context of the fruit you already knew you liked. And then there is the question of which ingredient makes the title of the smoothie… Is it a banana smoothie with mango or a mango smoothie with banana? And where the heck does the coconut come into play?
Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart - Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart
Label: Secretly Canadian Genre: IDM/Indie Rock Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez
*An unlikely pairing, Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart team up to craft a swirling and entrancing journey of a record. Middle Eastern flavors appear courtesy of Lebanese Jerusalem In My Heart. The songs take their time to blossom completely, with interesting electronics bubbling in and out in a repetitive trance-like state. Suuns apply some subtle guitar and drum work to distinguish this electronic record into something that feels more like a collaboration. Works well for bed music. *
Pale Blue - The Past We Left Behind
Label: Captured Tracks/2MR Genre: EDM/Ambient Reviewed by: Steve Ibanez Layers and layers of loops and reverb lift you to space, losing yourself in your own mind, before thumping bass unfailingly grounds you back to earth. The name of the group is a reference to Carl Sagan’s description of a photo of Earth taken from Voyager 1 back in 1990: “Pale Blue Dot.”
Some local shows that are happening over the next few days!
Thursday April 16th- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ 7 pm
Friday April 17th- The Broadcast
Saturday April 18th- The Fat Catz w/ TBA
Thursday April 16th- Soupbone @ 7 then Mumblr, Soda @ 10pm
Saturday April 18th- Doc Greenburg's Patient Jazz @ 7pm
Sunday April 19th- Left Right, Sports Coach, & Kidaudra @ 7pm
622 North (21+):
Thursday April 16th- The Mad Anthonys w/special guest Giles McConkey @ 10pm
Friday April 17th- Boogieburg Soundsystem presents Catch 22 @ 10pm
Saturday April 18th- Planet Full of Blues w/special guests The Bell Hornets @ 10pm
Monday April 20th- Atoka Chase [album release party] @10pm
Saturday April 18th- DJ RO & ADHG @10pm-1:45am