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Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Real Hair Album Art

Title: Speedy Ortiz - "Real Hair"
Label: Carpark
Genre: Indie Rock
Description: This is the new EP from Speedy Ortiz.

Ghosts of Then and Now Album Art

Title: Illum Sphere - "Ghosts of Then and Now"
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronic
Description: This is pretty rad stuff. Definitely some Four Tet influences felt. A breadth of samples, instruments, and influences are seen throughout but this album is entirely its own. Just solidly put together tracks with a slightly dark tone that are definitely worth a spin.

Sun Structures Album Art

Title: Temples - "Sun Structures"
Label: Fat Possum
Genre: Psychedelic Pop Rock / Neo-psychedelia
Description: If you like your rock and roll music sun drenched in psychedelia from a bygone era of long hair, recreational drugs, and Volkswagen buses then look no farther than these kids who perfectly encapsulate that sound. This album sounds straight out of the late 60’s. Warm synths, vocal harmonies, and all that other good stuff.

Burn Your Fire For No Witness Album Art

Title: Angel Olsen - "Burn Your Fire For No Witness"
Label: Jagjaguwar
Genre: Folk Pop / Lo-fi
Description: I love this women’s voice! Really personal and relatable songwriting that will pull on your heart until it is string cheese. It alternates between slow burners and lightly fuzzy guitar pop. Like any good friend, she’ll punch you in the gut then hug you until you forget all your problems. A truly great album.

 
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Tuesday, 04 February 2014
Warpaint Album Art

Title: Warpaint - "Warpaint"
Label: Rough Trade
Genre: Alt Pop / Post Punk
Description: Every time I listen to this it gets better. Hypnotic guitar with ghostly, gorgeously textured vocals. Post punky drums that sometimes get dancey. It’s proficient without ever being showy, with every member knowing when to hold off and when to swell, giving it a lush atmosphere of sound and an ethereal feel.

N.A.P. North American Poetry Album Art

Title: Juan Wauters - “N.A.P. North American Poetry”
Label: Captured Tracks
Genre: Freak Folk / Singer/Songwriter
Description: This guy is one cool cat! Half of the time it is ultra silly and half the time it tackles a wide range of philosophical questions (solipsism, existentialism, mind body problem) but all the while maintaining an irreverent attitude, leading to the most important question of all: Who needs life when you’re high on drugs?

Dad Claps at the Mom Prom Album Art

Title: Sun Club - "Dad Claps at the Mom Prom"
Label: Goodnight Records
Genre: Indie Pop
Description: Energy and yelps, energy and yelps. This band is too much fun to see live. This one is a little more polished than the last EP we got from them. Sun Club will help you take away the problems you create inside your head.

Ghettoville Album Art

Title: Actress - "Ghettoville"
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Ambient Drone
Description: Repetitive drums that drone on and sometimes get fractured push these songs on for what feels like an eternity over these bleak, minimal soundscapes that change just unpredictably and off-beat enough to make it intriguing. This is the best music for bedroom robot dancing, because if you lock into it, you’ll be in a robo dance trance for hours!

Badillac Album Art

Title: Together Pangea - "Badillac"
Label: Harvest
Genre: Surfy Garage Punk
Description: These guys have a ton of energy and sound like a mixture of Wavves and a less drugged up FIDLAR. It is mostly pretty rocking but a few slower tracks are in the mix. Music for when it’s 3 a.m. and the drunken fun has turned into anxiety and self-doubt. You’re gonna feel the pain of excess, waste, and wanting.

Alternate/Endings Album Art

Title: Lee Bannon - "Alternate/Endings"
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Drum & Bass / RPM
Description: Debut from a kid who has produced for Joey Bada$$, but this is a lot less hip-hop than you’d expect from that fact. He likes to sample some Darren Aronofsky films. Some motifs running throughout give it a nice cohesive continuity.

Angel Guts : Red Classroom Album Art

Title: Xiu Xiu - “Angel Guts : Red Classroom”
Label: Polyvinyl
Genre: Avant Garde / Experimental
Description: This is admittedly way better of an album than the Xiu Xiu I just added and basically redeemed him in my eyes. Vocals buried beneath a strange haze of electronic stuff. This album is dark, weird, and very, very sensual. I don’t even know, man. But you should play it to weird up your show.

Long Car Rides Album Art

Title: Kasim Keto - "Long Car Rides"
Label: Babygrande Records
Genre: Electronic / Instrumental Hip Hop
Description: Dude is pretty good at creating some chilled out electronic music with them hip hop beats. Some of the tracks have hazy, background vocals that are generally some way related to the song title. It’s super easy to get into but also has some staying presence.

 
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Trouble Album Art

Title: Hospitality - "Trouble"
Label: Merge
Genre: Indie Rock / Indie Pop
Description: Vocalist Amber Papini, who sings of anxiety and unease a lot, leads this trio through well arranged pop rock that is sometimes accentuated with some synths, strings, and piano. This one’s like a good book that climaxes, with the last two tracks being the acoustic falling action.

Transgender Dysphoria Blues Album Art

Title: Against Me! - "Transgender Dysphoria Blues"
Label: Total Treble Music
Genre: Punk Rock
Description: Laura Jane Grace gives no cares and uses her observation skills to comment on men on their misogony and cover heavy stuff like death and our horrible perception of beauty and gender roles.

Habibi Album Art

Title: Habibi - "Habibi"”
Label: Burger Records
Genre: Garage Pop
Description: Four chicas out of NY playing short, sweet tunes about relationships mostly. Culturally enlightened by Nicky G and Shaun Z to the meaning of Habibi, which means beloved. This is as straightforward as it gets.

Hotel Valentine Album Art

Title: Cibo Matto - "Hotel Valentine"
Label: Chimera Music
Genre: Art Pop / Experimental
Description: A weird concept album about a romance set in a hotel full of ghosts where everybody is dancing to make up for the previous life they wasted. It has been 15 years since their last album and these girls still absolutely kill it and they are awesome. These songs are a blast and traverse musical ground across art pop, trip-hop, new wave, synthpop. It weird is weird exceptionally weird weird weird.

Bad Weed/But Still Weed Album Art

Title: Native America - "Bad Weed/But Still Weed"
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Garage Pop/Post Punk
Description: This budding band may have dirt weed but they got a sweet noisy garage pop sound that will make you feel good. They sing a lot about love and use tempo changes and shifting from hazy guitar to that crystalline sound to keep things interesting.

Dunes Album Art

Title: Gardens & Villa - "Dunes"
Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Electropop
Description: These dudes love the electric flute on this one. This is super bright and bubbly pop music with a cornucopia of sounds. Definitely got some 80’s vibes going in the synths. It’s like riding a bicycle through a field of wheat on a breezy autumn day.

Nina Album Art

Title: Xiu Xiu - "Nina"
Label: Graveface Records
Genre: Avant Experimental
Description: It is Xiu Xiu covering Nina Simone. It is making me super depressed. It is usually nothing more than piano, saxophone, minimal, yet spastic drums, some guitar and his breathy vocals. Some interesting interpretations for sure. You’ll probably really enjoy it or hate it.

 
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Saturday, 18 January 2014
Rave Tapes Album Art

Title: Mogwai – “Rave Tapes”
Label: Sub Pop
Genre: Post Rock
Description: These Glasgow guys show no sign of slowing on their 8th album. Beautifully rich and flowing instrumental rock with a much heavier dabbling into electronics than past work. An interchangeable front cover let’s you participate in art! Words on tracks 5, 8, and 10. Most of these tracks are pretty dang sweet, if I do say so.

Wig Out at Jagbags Album Art

Title: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - “Wig Out at Jagbags”
Label: Matador
Genre: Indie Rock
Description: Malkmus is still capable of writing some good songs, albeit a little goofier than his Pavement days. It’s hard for me to not like an album with tracks called cinnamon and lesbians, j smoov, and so on. If you like your music playful and fun, wig out to this.

Hi-Tech Boom Album Art

Title: Pow! - “Hi-Tech Boom”
Label: Castle Face
Genre: Garage Punk
Description: These guys play garage punk with balls to the wall deep synth bass with the volume cranked up! It’s fairly rough but still has a lot of pop, with some interesting percolating noises intermittent.

Join The Dots Album Art

Title: Toy - “Join The Dots”
Label: Heavenly Recordings
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Description: The band says they prefer to play late at night to people in altered states, and it’s easy to see why, with their druggy synth progressions, love of Krautrock and driving rhythms, hazy vocals, and psych pop leanings. If you dig The Horrors, Tame Impala, etc. you’ll like this.

Forever Album Art

Title: Painted Palms - “Forever”
Label: Polyvinyl
Genre: Indie Pop
Description: A 21st century album created from Reese Donohue sending music over the interwebs to his pal and vocalist Chris Prudhomme. Blends of 60’s psych pop with modern electronic production with a lyricist who is too stuck in his head for his own good. I seemed to prefer the slower jams to the dancey ones.

I'm A Dreamer Album Art

Title: Josephine Foster - “I’m A Dreamer”
Label: Fire Records
Genre: Americana
Description: This one’s got that old timey feel to it, and Foster has a very nice voice to compliment that style. A good blend of old country, jazz, and blues for an exceptionally well arranged album. 10 is a cover of Vernon Duke, the lyrics to 6 come from a Rudyard Kipling poem.

Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son Album Art

Title: Damien Jurado - “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son”
Label: Secretly Canadian
Genre: Folk Pop
Description: Soft-psych freak folk that generally stays pretty soft and employs vocal echoes a lot.

Farewell Young Lovers Album Art

Title: Crushed Stars - “Farewell Young Lovers”
Label: Simulacra Records
Genre: Soft Pop Rock
Description: The cover art, band and album name led me to believe this would suck giant balls, but it’s actually pretty decent. Quiet, quiet piano and guitars make this record so soft it’s like a baby’s butt resting on a cloud.

Gunther Doug EP Album Art

Title: Gunther Doug - “Gunther Doug EP”
Label: Rhed Roll Recordings
Genre: Garage Pop / Lo-fi
Description: Three college aged, goofball kids playing noisy, loud, rambunctious jams about getting drunk, getting stoned, and getting evicted. Took me a few listens before it grew on me. If your underestimating the goof, realize they sell a save the humanity shirt with a doodle of a half man half manatee.

 
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013
R Plus Seven Album Art

Title: Oneohtrix Point Never - “R Plus Seven”
Label: Warp
Genre: Sound Collage / RPM
Description: Lots of fleeting ideas for a transient, glitchy, trippy, and just weird and random album. That isn’t to say this isn’t good because it is very much is. Love the artwork. Let the sounds envelop you as you drift into the abyss.

Beautiful Rewind Album Art

Title: Four Tet - “Beautiful Rewind”
Label: Text Records
Genre: Experimental / IDM
Description: It feels crazy to me that this is Kieran Hebden’s 7th studio album, but I guess when you consistently put out great music people forget about the time and space between albums. I don’t really feel like I need to say too much, as the music speaks for itself and if you are a fan, you’ll enjoy this.

Ideas+Drafts+Loops Album Art

Title: Flying Lotus - “Ideas+Drafts+Loops”
Label: Self-Released
Genre: Electronic / Trip-Hop / Left Field Hip Hop
Description: Fly Lo released this for free after amassing 300K followers on Twitter. That sounds like the kind of thing that would result in a loose album with lots of filler, but this truly has some great stuff. If you don’t like the track with Viktor Vaughn and Earl Sweatshirt you don’t like hip-hop. Guests Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Baths, Niki Randa, and more. As a fan, I’m so glad he released this project for our ears to hear. Great stuff.

Peace On Venus Album Art

Title: Bardo Pond - “Peace on Venus”
Label: Fire Records
Genre: Psych Rock/Post Rock/Space Rock
Description: 5 tracks that run for 39 minutes? That’s some epic stuff. Both the last tracks are over 10 minutes alone! As ten million pounds of sludge begins to bury you, the gorgeous flute of Isobel Sollenger swoops in to carry you away on a magic carpet! Yea, I really enjoyed this.

Wenu Wenu Album Art

Title: Omar Souleyman - “Wenu Wenu”
Label: Ribbon Music
Genre: Dabke / World
Description: Wedding performer extraordinaire Omar Souleyman has over 500 bootleg recordings, but this is hist first proper album, produced by Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden. It’s traditional line dancing Dabke music infused with western synthesizers and trance. The keyboarder plays like a madman! They be gettting down in Syria!

Live at the Cellar Door Album Art

Title: Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door
Label: Reprise
Genre: Folk Rock
Description: High quality Neil Young live material from late 1970, around the time After the Gold Rush was released. Neil plays the guitar, the piano, and the harmonica, and then sings too! An especially interesting solo version of Cinnamon Girl is Winfield's album highlight, but fans of Neil Young and his early solo work will find many parts to be interesting here.

 
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Friday, 13 December 2013

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