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Timbre

Timbre

Ethereal recordings are always the hardest to evaluate. The term itself means “of the ether,” as though listening to it makes you feel like you’ve been gassed. And the music does have a mildly intoxicating effect to it. On the downside, though, much of it sounds the same, which may explain why the artists who […]

Paul Westerberg

Paul Westerberg

“I never liked being part of a group or a team or anything. I want no part of it… I like to be alone and have my own idea.” -Paul Westerberg, 1984 Despite inexplicable urgings by music fans to take on a musical/business relationship with Guns ‘n’ Roses bassist Tommy Stinson, Minnesotan visual artist Chris […]

Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman

Jon Foreman’s Summer EP is the final disc in the Switchfoot frontman’s solo seasonal endeavor. The acoustic collection features six tracks that meld together some eclectic influences with Foreman’s (now) usual indie-folk vibe. Lyrically, the disc is a surprisingly open reflection of Foreman’s views on spirituality. Unfortunately, blatant lyrics seem to be the only distinguishing […]

Irmin Schmidt & Kumo

Irmin Schmidt & Kumo

It’s hard to objectively review the album Axolotl Eyes by German Duo Irmin Schmidt and Kumo. The thing is just so intimidating, you see. Regardless of what The Big Lebowski would have you believe, German Electronic music is kind of imposing. This is true even when the Techno is created by jazz musicians; it’s especially […]

Daniel Christian

Daniel Christian

After living through the teen pop phenomena of the ’90s, it’s easy to see how one would become completely jaded with most of today’s singer/songwriters and long for the classics of the ’60s. But every once in a while, someone with a little credibility comes along and tries to make a change. Daniel Christian is […]

Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby

With the release of The Sole Inhabitant, a live CD/DVD recording, it seems like a good time to give Thomas Dolby’s work a good, healthy reevaluation. To the woefully uninformed, Dolby is only as good as his big MTV video hit, “She Blinded Me with Science.” For dedicated New Wave fans, however, both “Hyperactive” and […]

Beck

Beck

Let’s get this out of the way early: Beck’s Modern Guilt could become his new benchmark for what makes a great, concise album. The songs all pack individual whallops, but taken together as a ten-song suite clocking in at barely thirty minutes, they form a rare masterwork. I’ve always been a fan of Beck, having […]

Revolver

Revolver

Guy Ritchie’s first two films, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, were enjoyable little crime romps that, while similar to each other, offered different brands of humor and was an overall welcome formula anyway. I did not watch Swept Away, but did see Revolver and can soundly tell you that it seems that […]

Gus Black

Gus Black

To say Gus Black’s music is like a solo acoustic version of The National cheats both artists. Both have been making music with an unmistakable signature sound for over a decade, but only one has been on magazine covers and “Top Ten of the Year” lists. Unfair as it may be, the description fits. Black’s […]

Sudden Infant

Sudden Infant

As sacred technicians of the shifting continental cultural drifts, Sudden Infant instinctually create thick tonal slabs of visceral, dark primitive sounds. Imagine a post human party after technology completely takes over where humans dance with androids high on angel dust. Psychotic Einzelkind shambles out a seductively psychedelic primitive political folk album ignoring the concepts of […]