Wednesday, February 2 2011
Phil Manley (Trans Am, the Fucking Champs) pays his respects to his Krautrock heroes, but doesn't make enough out of his own voice to keep this record afloat.
"Levels" has Flying Lotus’s sonic fingerprints all over it, even if he was only involved with a "re-edit" here.
Tuesday, February 1 2011
Lo-fi devotees Sic Alps shred a good deal of the layers of noise that shrouded their past releases in favor of more straight-forward, blues-inspired songwriting -- it's a good experiment, but they haven't quite worked out the kinks yet.
Thursday, January 27 2011
Smith Westerns make an unfussy record full to the brim of subtle pop brilliance and unimpeachable rock touchstones.
Wednesday, January 26 2011
This follow-up EP to last year's brilliant Clinging to a Scheme delivers more pop delicacies from the Swedish trio.
Tuesday, January 11 2011
Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! offers the screeching guitar tones and blurting organs you'd expect, with spirited and blissful head trips peppering its 20 thoroughly researched selections.
Thursday, November 18 2010
Modest Mouse reissue Sad Sappy Sucker and The Fruit That Ate Itself, both works that give an interesting glimpse into the band's early days -- and one definitely worth the time to listen.
Wednesday, November 17 2010
Girl Talk returns with a surprise (and free) new album of mash-up fervor, but the formula's wearing thin by now.
Sunday, November 14 2010
Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong.
Sunday, October 31 2010
The equally venerable Brian Eno and Warp Records come together for the first time, and the electronic music pioneer manages yet another astonishingly immersive creation.