Category Archives: Album Reviews

Agitated Atmosphere: Tim Hecker, Chris Abrahams, Dreamboat, D.K.

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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: Yeasayer – Amen & Goodbye

There’s a great scene in Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood where Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) is about 10 or 11 years old and is in Houston sleeping over at his dad’s place when he asks him this great question. “Dad, there’s no, like, real magic in the world is there?” Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke) asks himRead more…

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Album Review: The Range – Potential

If the Internet age is defined by one thing, it’s probably disposability: the temporal state of everything we define ourselves by. We live in a world that is exponentially unsatisfied with singularity and smallness. Our good intentions for globalization and interconnectedness have gone by the wayside as technology continues to evolve, and now, we areRead more…

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Album Review: Operators – Blue Wave

“I felt a blue wave coming on.” If there were any way to sum up the trying events that led up to the amalgamation of Dan Boeckner’s latest project Operators, the album’s title track does it pretty well. Dan Boeckner, responsible for Wolf Parade (alongside Spencer Krug) and Handsome Furs (alongside Alexei Perry), is aRead more…

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.

Kendrick Lamar has developed very quickly to one of the most intelligent and humanely aware persons of our generation. This is only what we have been able to see. Kendrick has developed through his whole life, every experience, to what he is now, and he keeps us updated through his music. Following one of theRead more…

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Album Review: Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are

Nada Surf have made a career out of finding their place in the world. When they were just kids, they wrote the teenage guide to popularity, navigating a close proximity between love and lust and insecurity. When they grew up and into real relationship, they found the inside of love, discovering that it’s always loveRead more…

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Album Review: Prince Rama – Xtreme Now

Over decades of milquetoast radio throwaways and sales taking precedent over content, it’s undeniable: pop music has lost its sensibility of the extreme. But all is not lost in the brave new world of the digital age. Need evidence? Look no further than Prince Rama‘s press release for their new album, Xtreme Now, which explainsRead more…

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Album Review: School of Seven Bells – SVIIB

“I got knocked down, but I’ll get up.” That’s how School of Seven Bells’ Alejandra Deheza said goodbye to bandmate Benjamin Curtis a little more than two years ago. The Joey Ramone cover was recorded from Benjamin Curtis’s hospital room in late 2013. After a long battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, the band found itselfRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: Good Willsmith, Ryan Garbes, Aron Ottignon & Rodi Kirk, Maxwell August Croy, LACING

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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: Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Kanye West is crazy. Or so people like to say with a sort of flippant superiority. Only thing is, this time around on his highly awaited, hotly debated, and incessantly fiddled with latest album, The Life of Pablo, he’s saying it, too. In three separate instances on it, he declares instability. The first two comeRead more…

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