Thursday, June 19 2014
The reconstituted smarty-pants rock band, in the studio, still wonderful, still weird and tuneful and a delight.
On their fourth album, it seems like Miniature Tigers are heading towards the rest of the power- and synth-pop crowd and away from the niche they carved for themselves early on.
Eyedress’ first born Hearing Colors offers a pretty persuasive invitation for living life after dark.
7 Skies H3, like the majority of The Flaming Lips albums, ‘beats to its own drum’.
Wednesday, June 18 2014
Who knows what kind of soul-searching the Horse Meat Disco guys did during their hiatus, but whatever they did, it worked: Horse Meat Disco IV is disco at its very finest.
Paradise of Bachelors offers reissues of Cooper's early '70s albums and reveals a time in which the ever-shifting, ever-experimental musician was at his creative peak.
Recorded live in the same Nashville studio where Williams made his records, these tracks separate the singer’s mournful vocals just enough from their backing to echo the eerie, unmoored loneliness of the lyrics.
Wovenhand's central sound remains, but it's expressed through something heavier and, if not more manic, maybe a little broader.
A jazz drummer creates elaborate compositional structures that pulse with rhythm, yes, but also generate thrills through arrangement, layering, and the sheer power of sound.
A melancholy estrangement from previous work, suggesting a kind of collapse.
Tuesday, June 17 2014
Familiars is perhaps the Antlers’ most affirmative release, but it's also their most complex to date, filled with moments of profundity and reflection.
R.E.M. finally follow up Dead Letter Office with the orphaned Warner Bros. tracks. Prepared to be overwhelmed.
There is room for growth on Seek Warmer Climes, but Copenhagen's Lower still presents itself here as an exciting and volatile act on its debut.
With cross-cutting vocal harmonies and menacing purity, This Love is a cohesive statement by a band that is a welcomed voice in a genre of acoustic clutter.
This is the kind of record, if not to take in the car with you, then to listen to on a Friday afternoon, knocking back a few beers after a long week’s worth of work.
Monday, June 16 2014
Occasionally uninspired lyrical content aside, Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence is a beautiful argument for her relevance and her potential longevity.
The legendary band allocates the oddities of their underdog years, shining a light on the scrappier side of R.E.M.
Lost in Cyco City, aside from a theatrical and cheesy intro to opening track "The Ugly" is basically an album that is mostly killer, with little filler.
The "downtown" guitarist works at the white-hot center of the jazz tradition in this swinging, out, tender, essential live recording from the jazz basement of legend.
Thee Oh Sees made a studio album. It's different in the right way.