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Total Audio Reviews: 213 | Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
The primary triumph of Santogold’s self-titled debut is how well it translates the energy of her live show onto disc. Tracks like “You’ll Find a Way,” “Creator,” and “Unstoppable” are just as infectious coming through the speakers as from the stage. Not for a lack of polish, the production value is top-notch and the songs have a wonderful attention to texture. Santogold is done a bit of a disse ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 2nd, 2008

Beginning with a sweet yet strong call of “hello, my friend,” in “Body Buzz,” Aloha’s latest Light Works (2007) is as welcoming as the band’s name. The album is a surprisingly robust and round offering considering its mere seven-song duration. Still, it’s not perfect manna from heaven. There are slight lulls like parts of the tracks “Broken Light” and “Trick Spring.” The overall melodic effect, ho ... Continue Reading

Posted: May 1st, 2008

It’s been difficult to understand whether Atmosphere’s now signature sound has become redundant or a masterful recipe to continue. On their sixth official LP, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold, Slug (MC) and Ant (producer) collaborate for another array of third-person heavy narratives and catchy piano melodies. Their recent releases (You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having, ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 29th, 2008

Deep Sleep's 2nd 7" EP finds the bands settling into it's own sound a bit more than on their debut, which was pretty much straight up Adolescents meets Descendents worship. Those influences are certainly still here on this record but they've started to develop their own unique identity with some quirky guitar noodle parts and more of a mid-paced tempo throughout. Tony's vocals have also developed ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 23rd, 2008

It occurred to me the other day, over the course of four separate trips to and from my place of work, that Unwed Sailor is perhaps the most sublimely brilliant band name that I have ever heard. Think about it: by tradition—which is to say, by virtue of a popular saying and a widely-held stereotype—sailors were married to the sea. True, there were plenty of sailors, first mates, boatswains, sergean ... Continue Reading

Posted: April 13th, 2008

For the sake of full disclosure and fair play, I’ll come right out and say it: Pele is one of my all-time favourite bands. We’re talking Top-5 favourite, with Enemies being a strong contender for "Desert Island" status. As such, there is a certain amount of bias here—also familiarity, possibly even expertise, depending on how you wish to interpret this avowed affection. Bias though it may be, it i ... Continue Reading

Posted: March 26th, 2008

If you’ve ever seen me at a show, then you know for a fact that I cannot dance. This is not a matter of choice. It is not a lifestyle decision, nor is it a simple matter of how I do and do not like to spend my time. Really, I have a decent sense of rhythm—I can tap my toes and shuffle-step with remarkable precision, bobbing my head with the punching kick-drum, clapping along with the crash of the ... Continue Reading

Posted: February 14th, 2008

Remember when you were a teenager first getting into all kinds of cool new music to the point of holding feelings of superiority for all those brainwashed-by-mainstream-radio fools? You were digging anything you could find so long as the preps and jocks at school had never heard of it, be it metal, punk, goth, shoegaze, indiepop, noise, whatever. People would ask you what kind of music you listene ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 21st, 2007

You know these guys. Every town has a few of their own. Dudes so ridiculously talented that the creation of something amazing happens so effortlessly that its pretty much become second nature to them. So much so that they don't really see what the big deal is. It doesn't help that they're generally more focused on getting some cheap liquor and free pills than they are on remembering to bring their ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 21st, 2007

The debut 7” EP from Towson, Maryland duo Rosemary Krust contains a mere nine and a half minutes of tunes, tape hiss, flushing toilets, and (somewhat) random yelps, but I dare you to find even a second of it that you don’t enjoy. These songs are thick with texture. Relentless, fuzz-driven guitar, background drones, and the almost-too-pure vocals of leading lady Katherine Plummer are the duo’s hall ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 11th, 2007

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