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Musically, Hip Hop is Dead is a pretty good album. In the effort to defend his passion, Nas fights his way through like a prizefighter; one can almost hear the sweat dripping, the blood oozing out of open wounds, tears squirting from between clenched eyelids. The strength is monstrous, and the album as a whole stands as an admirable defense against those who would dare defile the art of hip hop, ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 19th, 2007

Sometimes bands come along who so badly want to be famous that their desire paints visuals through the sound. It's easy to picture The Killers, for example, as gangly eleven-year-olds sprawled across their bedroom floors, tapping their shoes against the wall in time with "Bohemian Rhapsody." Unfortunately for Librarians, it also is easy to picture them circa last year sometime, doggedly collec ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 19th, 2007

Please note that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Some Loud Thunder is not set to drop until January 30th. But, as of January 16th, the band has arranged for a pre-order deal through that includes a free digital download of the album with your purchase. As such, it's (technically) fair game to review the album two weeks ahead of the set release date. Given the huge amount of blog-based lo ... Continue Reading

Posted: January 17th, 2007

Baltimore's Page France best expresses the intent behind Hello, Dear Wind in the track "Junkyard," "I'm the truest song that was never true." Singer Michael Nau's plaintive voice has earned comparisons to Ben Gibbard, but while Gibbard looks for emotion in everyday situations, Nau explores sweeping themes of love, death, and eternity through one 14-track ethereal saga. More than a concept album, ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 28th, 2006

I suppose that the basic rule of thumb for instrumental music—especially the post-rock variety—is to question how well it communicates without the use of a common verbal language. Secondary to that rule and somewhat specific to the expansive movement-riddled works of "narrative" rockers like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Unwed Sailor is the question of how intriguing the unspoken story behind t ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 19th, 2006

Lo Moda’s debut release, Gospel Store Front starts out with the aptly named, driving, jangly guitar and strings romp “Seduction.” The opener is a perfect example of the band’s most alluring traits; repetitive and catchy vocals, throbbing backbeats, and angular guitar and violin all mashed into a hypnotic, four-minute package. Unfortunately, the casual listener may have difficulty staying en ... Continue Reading

Posted: December 12th, 2006

Upon first listening to Pontiak's Valley of Cats, I was struck by how consistently I wished to make comparisons to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Eagles, and My Morning Jacket. This was positively confounding, since I know full and well that Pontiak is a well-known Baltimore establishment.* "Huh," I wondered, "when did Maryland become a 'southern' state?" I've pondered that question more than once duri ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 29th, 2006

Oh, Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and Frog Eyes. Was the strain of playing in three bands just not enough for you? And you, Dan Bejar of Destroyer and The New Pornographers? Weren’t you busy enough? Carey Mercer! Lead singer for Frog Eyes! Let me guess—you felt like you and your buddy Spencer were growing apart as people! Krug, Bejar, and Mercer: these three Canadian superfriends ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 27th, 2006

With Your Mom's Favorite DJ, Kid Koala manages to look to his own past and the future, without a moment of discordance. The album, recorded on a 4-track in a 10th anniversary homage to his cassette debut Scratchcratchcratch, is made up of only three tracks: side one, side two, and 'bonus cricket' which, in keeping with the cassette conceit, plays after an extended silence. However, 'side one' and ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 22nd, 2006

Excerpted from the Bon Savants' online biography: "Music is a yet greater rebellion against thermodynamics, complex patterns that arise from the serendipity of the human experience. From the chemical thought of a melody or beat, through the muscle responses of the hands and feet, to the strings or skins or keys or metal or keyboard, on out to the sound source and across the room the complexity ... Continue Reading

Posted: November 18th, 2006

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