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Painted Palms – Forever

Painted Palms – Forever

Atmospheric, poppy, and psychedelic are three easily identified adjectives used to describe this debut LP Forever, by San Francisco-based duo Painted Palms. Released under Polyvinyl Record Co., Forever is by no means a bad record. Cousins Christopher Prudhomme and Reese Donohue are excellent at their craft. Their music is well written and catchy for the […]

Owls – Two (take 2)

Owls – Two (take 2)

A new record from Owls was bound to raise a few questions, but you wouldn’t expect the first one to be “is that…a bloodied Noel Gallagher on the cover?” And yet. Is it a random call back to the time the Oasis leader was assaulted on stage in the middle of a show in Toronto […]

Owls – Two (take 1)

Owls – Two (take 1)

Two comes thirteen years after one. After thirteen years, indie eccentrics Owls deliver on the promise of their beloved self-titled debut. In those interim years, the members of Owls have proven to be prolific. Frontman Tim Kinsella has delivered a sizeable catalogue under the banner of Joan of Arc. Kid brother Mike Kinsella—here postured at […]

Stoney – More Than Animals

Stoney – More Than Animals

All right, show of hands here: Who among you, if you heard an album where almost every song sounded different from the one before it, would think the album was a random mishmash of songs put together by an artist who just had no idea what he wanted the album to be? I’m assuming most […]

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

With Wig Out at Jagbags, Stephen Malkmus has released more LPs more under his own name than he did with his seminal ’90s slack-rock band Pavement. While Pavement’s indie legend status means that Malkmus’ “solo” output (no disrespect to backing band The Jicks) will be perpetually cast in the shadow of his earlier material, it in no […]

Kraftwerk – Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Kraftwerk – Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall

It is impossible to underestimate Kraftwerk’s influence on popular music. You could say Krafwerk is to electronic music what the Ramones were to punk rock, but let’s face it: many of the young people today sporting trendy Ramones t-shirts probably don’t even listen to the band’s songs anyway. Suffice to say, EDM — and all […]

Tokyo Police Club – Force Field

Tokyo Police Club – Force Field

It’s not often that a rock album opens with an 8 minute three part opus. Sure, Arcade Fire can get away with it, but Tokyo Police Club? Their last record didn’t have a single song that reached the 4 minute mark. This anomaly certainly leaves the listener ready to see what other surprises they have […]

Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

Bless their hearts: the Numero Group has done it again. The label – perhaps best known for their Eccentric Soul series which, as the name kind of suggests, highlights lesser known labels and scenes from the sixties-soul era – has once again dug deep into an underexplored scene and unearthed a wellspring of could-have-been/should-have-been hits. […]

Nina Persson – Animal Heart

Nina Persson – Animal Heart

The common stereotype of Swedish music is that of bright, clean pop with every hair in place. Nina Persson, former lead singer and primary writer for The Cardigans breaks that stereotype — just a little bit. This new solo album, Animal Heart, finds the singer starting to reveal her some sincere emotion. You may not […]

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War on Drugs last album, 2011’s Slave Ambient, felt like a cohesive work; the sort of album that could only come from a band with a good idea of who they are and what they want to sound like. It starts with a careless stumble of lo-fi drums, watery guitars, mumbly vocals and buzzing […]