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Topic: cd reviews

James and Evander — Constellating EP + 2

Like the Postal Service. But not.


Indie

Stephen Carradini
I love The Postal Service. I’ve yearned for the day that their long-rumored second album comes out; I’ve pretty much resigned myself to it never appearing. In its stead, I’ve sought out other ge
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Washed Out — Within and Without

Has a band's name ever better captured its sound?


Electronica

Matt Carney
Back in 2009, Ernest Greene recorded two of the year’s most widely praised EPs with cheap, airy synthesizers at his parents’ house in rural Georgia.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Kendrick Lamar — Section.80

RZA helps Lamar cook up a classic


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
Rapper Kendrick Lamar recently released his long-awaited project, “Section.80,” and it seems well worth the wait.
 
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shabazz Palaces — Black Up

Hooks? We don't need no stinkin' hooks


Hip Hop/Rap

Ryan Querbach
To assign adjectives to Shabazz Palaces’ music is a difficult task, but if I had to take a stab at it, I’d call it original, often offbeat, weird and yet, still awesome.
 
Friday, July 15, 2011

Patti Smith — Outside Society

Can anyone but Patti Smith pen a gorgeous piano ballad out of the lyrics ‘pissing in a river’?


Rock

Matt Carney
Well, yeah — the song ends with tectonic plate-splitting crashes of pre-punk circa 1976.
 
Friday, July 22, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks — Mirror Traffic

Pavement legend still plenty feisty.


Indie

Matt Carney
So what happens when you pair a couple of 1990s indie legends, setting the one known for bizarro, folky hip-hop at the control panel, and the one who famously dissed Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots behind the microphone?
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Jackie-O Motherf***er — Earth Sound System

Earth to Jackie-O: Do you read me? No? OK, then.


Folk

Matt Carney
Naming your band Jackie-O Motherfucker is the titling equivalent of purchasing a license to record whatever the hell music you want, as far as I and the Americana-experimentin’ Portland indie collective are concerned.
 
Friday, August 5, 2011

Small Sur — Tones

Doing more with less.


Indie

Matt Carney
Baltimore, Md. is so very rich with quality music right now. Bands like Beach House, Wye Oak and Animal Collective (AC relocated to NYC, but some of their first media coverage came from Baltimore City Paper) have established themselves as national-caliber indie acts with large-scale sounds to boot.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Hendrix in the West / Winterland

How many different versions of ‘Hey Joe’ do you need to hear, really?


Rock

Matt Carney
I’m absolutely, totally, 100 percent, completely in support of reissues. There is great music in the past that often gets neglected or forgotten once the generation that popularized it ambles a few years into their first mortgages.
 
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know

Womanhood told by a lovely English nymph.


Folk

Matt Carney
Labeling Laura Marling and her British ilk with the awful tag of nu-folk makes about as much sense as nu-metal does, in general. Which is to say, very little.
 
Monday, September 12, 2011
 
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