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Thursday, June 19 2014

Emmy Wildwood: Mean Love EP

New York’s Emmy Wildwood is one fashionable indie rock goddess.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

Hollie Cook: Twice

Treating listeners to tropical pop reggae and dub, this record resoundingly contains all of these elements, and more.


Julianna Barwick: Rosabi

Rosabi is of a piece with Barwick's other recordings but continues to push the limits, making this four-song release far more ambitious and generous than it seems on its face.


Wharfer: Eyelids EP

A pleasing affair, and not much else.


Various Artists: globalFEST Selector

None of the megafamous names are on here, but nobody's going to miss them.


Tuesday, June 17 2014

Empires: How Good Does It Feel EP

The How Good Does It Feel EP feels pretty darn good, and listeners looking for the next big thing should be tempted to go out and search these guys out.


Mia Dyson: Idyllwild

The solid Idyllwild is further evidence that the Australian singer can be both comfortable in her own skin and restless enough to push her boundaries.


Monday, June 16 2014

Radio Moscow: Magical Dirt

Ry Cooder + Raw Rhythms = Radio Moscow.


Stick Against Stone: The Oregon Bootleg Tapes

A veritable melting pot of post-punk styles, Stick Against Stone’s bootleg recording shows a rather raucous group in its creative element.


Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove

Customer satisfaction almost universal on this one.


Eyelids: Seagulls Into Submission

Eyelids has a wealth of experience to draw from, but on the band's first release, the players use all that history not to borrow but to shape that experience into a new, fresh sound.


Friday, June 13 2014

Dirty Aces: Sinnin’ ‘Gainst Me

New EP from the revamped Dirty Aces a raucous and loud success.


Tom the Lion: Sleep

Limp, insipid melodies, listless vocal performances, and impossibly precise arrangements make for a dreadfully dull listen.


Bad Cop/Bad Cop: Boss Lady

Bad Cop/Bad Cop charges through these four songs with a combination of punk fury and pop sweetness.


Tunde Olaniran: Yung Archetype EP

There is no standout track on Yung Archetype. They're all standouts in their own way, as individual as their creator.


Thursday, June 12 2014

The Donkeys: Ride the Black Wave

The best parts of Ride the Black Wave uses the band's experimental streak and easy charisma to create internal tensions in otherwise breezy tunes.


Anansy Cissé: Mali Overdrive

Execution is king here.


Camera Obscura: 4AD Session

There simply isn't enough to make this installment in the 4AD Session series more than just a mild curiosity.


Mount Carmel: Get Pure

No-nonsense three-piece kicks out the jams.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

Greys: If Anything

The best trick on the debut album from Toronto's Greys is the way the band can strip away the howling vocals and chunky guitars to show a sneaky pop sensibility behind these songs.


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