Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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Album Review: Animal Collective – Painting With

It feels like a long time since we last saw Animal Collective, not because three and a half years is an egregiously long time to wait for a new album, but because so much has happened since then, both within the Collective and out of it. Centipede Hz came out in September of 2012, anRead more…

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Album Review: Essaie Pas – Demain Est Une Autre Nuit

Essaie Pas is Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau, a married singer and engineer from Montreal, who have worked as individual artists as well as making three prior Essaie Pas records before this one. Demain marks a special milestone for them as their first for DFA, a label which continues to give home to the lostRead more…

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Album Review: Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit

“Voodoo in my blood is living” – that’s how Young Fathers kick off the third track on Massive Attack‘s return to the scene after nearly six years away. And after all that time, Young Fathers aren’t lying – the voodoo is still strong. Last time we saw them was 2010’s fantastic Heligoland, their first recordRead more…

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Album Review: Junior Boys – Big Black Coat

Junior Boys return this week with their first record in five years. Listening to it, it’s hard to picture the space in between. Truly, the electronic scene to which the Ontario duo belong has seen a massive shift in that time period, largely towards a directive that Junior Boys initiated. For comparative context, think aboutRead more…

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Album Review: Porches – Pool

You’d be hard pressed to find a list of 2016’s most anticipated albums without Porches on it. The moniker of New York’s Aaron Maine and friends makes its Domino debut this year with Pool, a record that sounds and feels like a breakout ready to happen. Here, Maine ditches the lo-fi indie rock basement soundsRead more…

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