Category Archives: Album Reviews

Album Review: Jim James – Eternally Even

Recently, Seattle Weekly posted a piece called “A Year of Emergency“. While the piece deals with the city’s prevailing homelessness epidemic, the societal range to which the phrase could be extended this year is nearly infinite. Human empathy is facing a year of emergency, and for better or worse, much of it comes to aRead more…

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Album Review: Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells have changed. I still remember the afternoon that my friend introduced me. “It’s like a pep rally for gladiators”, she said, laughing, pointing me to the self-titled EP, “their cover looks like Jimmy Buffett but their Myspace says they like Korn”. It was a reasonable introduction, effortlessly embodying the dichotomy that was SleighRead more…

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Album Review: Ricky Eat Acid – Talk To You Soon

With his work as Ricky Eat Acid, Say Ray functions inside a sporadic group of bedroom production geniuses, whose works are as intentional and impactful as they are fleeting. Under an output heavy Bandcamp-driven new model, the line between album, EP, mixtape, or otherwise is blurred or disregarded in favor of real experience. We gotRead more…

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Album Review: The Radio Dept. – Running Out of Love

Swedish indie pop band The Radio Dept. have never been optimists, but with new record Running Out of Love, they are really going out of their way not to see any silver linings. “There’s nothing gracious about our kind”, Johan Duncanson sings on opener “Sloboda Narodu” (yes, that is the famous Yugoslav Partisan motto), asRead more…

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Album Review: Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere

Timely does not even begin to describe the new record from NYC rappers Heems and Riz MC, a.k.a. Swet Shop Boys. While it’s depressing as hell, these two dudes seriously could not have picked a better week to drop an album about basic human rights being put up into contention. As the race towards VotingRead more…

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Album Review: Jagwar Ma – Every Now & Then

Back in 2013, Noel Gallagher said he was too busy talking about Jagwar Ma to reform Oasis. That was before their first record was even released, and once their debut, Howlin, hit the airwaves, Sydney’s Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma quickly entered the ranks of Tame Impala and Django Django. Jagwar Ma scoured a fewRead more…

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Album Review: American Football – LP2

“Everyone is dressed up, everyone to the nines”, Mike Kinsella whispers on the album’s closing track, “Someone must have found love or someone must have died”. That sentence – perhaps better than any other on the record – embodies the perfect mixture of awareness and distance that has haunted American Football throughout their unorthodox career.Read more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Johnny Jewel makes music that calls upon the venue of cinema so regularly, that when he actually creates something meant to go along with film, it almost seems more meta than the imaginary films he’s themed in other projects. Likewise, the whole of the Italians Do It Better catalog exists in this space between albumRead more…

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Album Review: Confrontational – Kingdom of Night

Man alive, is it a good time to be the 80s or what? We have Stranger Things still tearing up the Netflix ratings, and the show’s soundtracking band S U R V I V E on a world tour behind their new album (you can catch them at Crocodile 10/12). Death Waltz and Mondo areRead more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Music To Drive

This week, it’s been five years since Drive came out. If, somehow, you’ve lived under a rock for most of those, Drive is a 2005 novel by James Sallis, adapted into Danish film director Nicholas Winding Refn’s most popular (and probably most approachable) film. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and OscarRead more…

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