Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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Album Review: David Bowie – The Gouster

We lost an irreplaceable artist this year when David Bowie passed away on January 10, the Monday after his last LP, Blackstar, was released. Given the gravity of Blackstar and its accompanying play, Lazarus, the weight of his passing only felt heavier, leaving many fans contemplating their own mortality for the months and months thatRead more…

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Album Review: Negative Gemini – Body Work

Brooklyn label 100% Electronica has, in its short existence, become a great hub for low profile electronic music in New York. Their releases span the electronic spectrum, riding every wave (chill, vapor, etc.) but also diving deeper into the subterranean bass houses that pepper the ground floor of the city. While George Clanton’s LP ofRead more…

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Album Review: M.I.A. – AIM

Back in July, Annie Mac interviewed M.I.A. to announce the official release date for delayed fifth album AIM (formerly called Matahdatah). With the announcement, Maya gave us the bass-heavy single “Go Off” to mask the pain of some bummer news: this is going to be the last M.I.A. album before she goes on hiatus. JustRead more…

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Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

The cover of Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is the most minimal and least revealing artwork of their career. Against a black backdrop in computerized font, the title of the record glares menacingly like the stuck screen of a heart rate monitor. It’s quite ironic actually, givenRead more…

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Album Review: Wilco – Schmilco

Legacy is such a weird concept. “We tried so hard”, Wilco sing on Schmilco closer “Just Say Goodbye”, “as if I have the answers”. Back in a July 2009 interview with SPIN mag, describing the band’s self-titled record contract wrap-up seventh album, frontman Jeff Tweedy told the world, “I think people are ready to laughRead more…

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Album Review: Ice Choir – Designs in Rhythm

Through years of hard work and countless projects, producer Kurt Feldman has made a name for himself as one of the greatest auteurs of the 80s who was also born in the 80s. Earlier this year, Feldman brought this knack for timeless synth pop to Kristin Welchez for her debut as Kristin Kontrol. Elsewhere, heRead more…

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715: How Justin Vernon Walked Away from Bon Iver and Returned with the Stunning 22, A Million

While a room full of journalists listened to 22, A Million, the highly-anticipated third Bon Iver album, in the Oxbow Hotel on a Friday night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Justin Vernon did what anyone else would do before a big interview: he smoked a cigarette. He knew he was maybe twenty minutes away from sittingRead more…

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Agitated Atmosphere: The Dead C, Loren Connors & Tom Carter, Blackrune, SKY H1, The Robert Bensick Band

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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: Vince Staples – Prima Donna

While he’s been building steam for quite some time now, California rapper Vince Staples hit most people’s radar hard with last year’s excellent double LP studio debut, Summertime ’06. Here, Vince showcased far more than bloodthirsty hooks and ravaging technique – he also displayed a keen awareness of the world around him, all starting fromRead more…

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