Monday, February 21 2011
Yes, Radiohead has rediscovered their love for electronica, but they've also infused it with a dubby, R&B-laced humanity that proves -- shall we say it? -- sexy, even.
Real Estate side project offers similarly chilled-out soundscapes for your summer haze.
Tuesday, February 15 2011
Sometimes revisiting the influences of the past can be a way to rekindle one's own inspiration and the Robert Johnson material seems to be firing up this crew.
Joan Wasser's third album with her Joan As Police Woman proves a dense listen, but one that rewards patience and attention with gems of blues and soul for the new decade.
While it might not be the best place to start your foray into classic R&B, Wasa Wasa is still a respectable collection, not to mention fun as hell.
Thursday, February 3 2011
Not the Wizard, but the Trio. Popular rock tunes translated into drums, piano, and bass. There's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz, there's no place like jazz…
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.