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Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

The casually audacious futurism of Shabazz Palaces is easy to take for granted. If you’re the type that is somewhat ambivalent about the more bombastic elements in modern hip-hop, then Shabazz Palaces sound like just what the doctor ordered: ethereal beats, calmly delivered rhymes, lots of empty sonic space…the very idea of Shabazz Palaces is […]

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Teenage Fanclub – Shadows

Whereas Teenage Fanclub’s prior album, 2005’s Man-Made included only little of the usual spark we’ve come to treasure about the Scottish band, Shadows finds an equivalent to the sky opening with the very second song, “Baby Lee.” Upon first glance, this guy thought – by the title — it was some sort of tribute to […]

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made

Man-Made, Teenage Fanclub’s 2005 album, was produced by John McEntire — best known for his work with Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. The album pales in comparison to other better Teenage Fanclub releases, in that it lacks some of the youthful exuberance that characterized much of its prior catalogue. Granted, the ironically titled “Slow […]

Woods – With Light and With Love

Woods – With Light and With Love

I’m not sure what I expected from Woods, yet another band with an un-Googleable name. Their LP cover is sparse, a black and white stark print with four icons of varying degrees of shamanistic iconography. A skull, a bird, would-be tarot card images. Certainly there’s something signifying a naturalistic and woodsian type of art and […]

People Get Ready – Physiques

People Get Ready – Physiques

Music has always been about movement. From tribal dances to the birth of ballet and on to the modern mosh pit. It’s not clear whether we made the music to move us, or if it was the music that made us to move. This chicken-or-egg question is beside the point. The truth of it is […]

Equals – Tracts

Equals – Tracts

Obvious allusions to the state’s size aside, there is no real inevitable reason why there is a lineage of expansive, searching post rock in Texas. There is definitely a preoccupation with pyrotechnics: The American Analog Set called their 1996 debut The Fun of Watching Fireworks, and then a few years later Explosions in the Sky […]

Sondre Lerche – Please

Sondre Lerche – Please

The first clue that Sondre Lerche’s new album Please is a breakup recording references the tone of his voice. On both “Legends” and “At Times We Live Alone,” the usually chirpier more chipper singer sounds downright downtrodden and weary. The latter is particularly a torturer as it finds the singer vocalizing over a slow, stuttering […]

Ty Segall – Manipulator

Ty Segall – Manipulator

It’s hard to keep up with Ty Segall. Not only is he effortlessly prolific as a solo artist, but his thumbprint is found all over the myriad bands that he plays with. (Of all of his work, Fuzz might be the most prominent.) Segall reportedly took a bit longer than previous LPs to complete his […]

Little Racer – Modern Accent EP

Little Racer – Modern Accent EP

There are some false leads among the references that Little Racer have given concerning their influences. The Squeeze song title (“Black coffee in bed”) used in the description line of their Twitter account is fair enough maybe, but the Smashing Pumpkins lyric appearing similarly on their Bandcamp page (“Life’s a bummer when you’re a hummer”) […]

The Grand Undoing – White Space Flavors and Parties on TV

The Grand Undoing – White Space Flavors and Parties on TV

There’s a restless sense of energy and fun that undergirds the ten tracks of The Grand Undoing’s latest recording White Space Flavors and Parties on TV. Drawing from elements of sound that range from David Bowie and Frank Zappa to roots country and Americana, Seth Goodman, the artist behind the moniker, crafts a sound that […]