Tuesday, November 12 2013
Arriving sooner than anyone expected, #METIME improves on the 2 Chainz experience in almost every way while delivering exactly what fans have come to expect.
This is the kind of record that gives rise to lots of associations -- intentional, unintentional, whatever -- and while for some bands that kind of provocational association can be a good thing, it is bad news for Young Rebel Set.
Monday, November 11 2013
Lady Gaga can see all the smiling faces in the funhouse mirrors nodding in approval, but she refuses to believe that she's the only person in the room, the smiles all her own.
Boombastic instrumental grime from one of the rising talents in Bristol's new grime wave.
Fade Away is a presentation of more of the same music that Best Coast has already made. Whether or not that's bad news to you depends on how big of a fan you really are.
The debut solo project from Cherry Ghost vocalist Simon Aldred is sophisticated synth-pop for the incurable romantic.
Niger rock: Small country, big sound
Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura push up and out and up and out some more on their third, fourth and fifth release of the year.
Friday, November 8 2013
A London trio releases their first album in 19 years, and it's a noisy, beautiful masterpiece.
With 19 (full) albums in their catalogue, (the) Melvins may be eligible for stalwart "elder statesmen" status, at least in their own unique genre. But it's hard to imagine "King Buzzo" and the band ever taking themselves seriously enough to play that role.
The live album provides a good introduction for newbies, and a strong tease for long-time fans that there still might be more to come from the Chills.
Grails further defines their midnight-movie aesthetic on this compilation.
Some of Jack Johnson's most beautiful songs can be found on this album, if you can stomach the endless romantic references and the abundance of similar-sounding guitar melodies.
Alive Naturalsound reissues a lost album of political soul.
Thursday, November 7 2013
Wig-outs, freak-outs, and tripped-and-fuzzed-out rock 'n' roll is accepted from French trio Aqua Nebula Oscillator. But, in keeping with the band's enigmatic persona, it's pulled a sinister swerve on its latest album, Spiritus Mundi.
The Kronos Quartet perform the work of a composer who wasn't even alive when they first started playing together.
Trance Percussion Masters of South Sudan is a valuable ethno musicological document and the spirited and highly skilled playing and performing allows a glimpse into an otherwise rarely seen world.
Yoko Ono and the reformed Plastic Ono Band have the ability to take you on a trip you've probably never taken before. Handbasket not included.
Grave Miasma's debut full-length, Odori Sepulcrorum, speaks of ages past, but not with any sense of love or fondness. The band is here to prove that quintessentially evil death metal has never gone out of fashion.
No Malice is a changed man. Don't expect this Christian Rap album to sound like a Clipse album.