Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Mac DeMarco – Another One

Though he performs ceaselessly with superhuman energy, though he’s already dropped two records this year (Demos Vol. 1 and last week’s Some Other Ones) and this will be his third for 2015, and though his character and charisma both shine like a demigod of whimsy, Mac DeMarco is more human than all of us. LastRead more…

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Album Review: Mas Ysa – Seraph

Thomas Arsenault is not afraid of feeling. He did it in droves on his debut EP Worth, and he does it again on this week’s full length effort Seraph. On song after song, Mas Ysa brings joy, pain, abandon, doubt, and suffering in quantities that most bands hope to capture once in their career. Meanwhile,Read more…

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Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents

With the exception of maybe Kendrick Lamar’s epic To Pimp A Butterfly cover, Tame Impala‘s Currents should win the award for 2015’s best artwork. The Australian psych outfit are no stranger to great art – 2012’s Lonerism sported a similarly self-describing title, on the outside of an iron gate looking in at happy people inside.Read more…

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Album Review: Wilco – Star Wars

What’s better than a surprise free album from one of your all time favorite bands? A surprise free album from one of your favorite bands that puts them at the top of their two decades and running game. Wilco wrapped up their contract with Nonesuch back in 2010, after their fourth release on the label,Read more…

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Album Review: Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

November ’05 through the summertime ’06, Vince Staples became a man. He was 12. By the end of the summer, he was 13. There was no celebration of manhood, no joyful birthday parties, with a sense of earned responsibility that comes with adulthood. Age wasn’t gifted to Vince Staples. Instead, youth was stolen from him.Read more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Wes Tirey – Journeyer​/​Forward, Melancholy Dream

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As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealthRead more…

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Album Review: Class Actress – Movies

When we were spinning Rapprocher back in 2011, we knew it was only a matter of time before Class Actress became a full-fledged pop star. There’s just something magical about the high tension melancholy Elizabeth Harper has on her records. It’s a very “this is where I find myself for better or worse” type ofRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Valet – Nature

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As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealthRead more…

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Album Review: DJ Koze – DJ-Kicks

This year, !K7 Records celebrates a massive milestone, entering the twentieth year of their ongoing DJ-Kicks series and releasing the fiftieth entry in the series. Over its fifty entry catalogue, DJ-Kicks has carved a niche that no other electronic serial really taps into. For Fabric, it’s the club translated to a recording. For Back toRead more…

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Album Review: FFS – FFS

FFS, the eponymous debut album from the collaboration project between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, feels a bit like a beautiful car crash in slow motion. I say slow motion because the two objects that make up the collision seen here have been careening towards each other since the good old days of 2002. For Sparks,Read more…

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