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Album reviews

KAMASI WASHINGTON: THE EPIC

July 14th, 2015

Kamasi Washington is at the vanguard of the new Los Angeles jazz scene. With sheer presence that commands an audience and the ingenuity to make things happen, this tenor saxophone player has been creating a storm in Los Angeles that will soon build to global proportions. His debut is boldly titled The Epic, and it lives up to its name.

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BEST COAST: CALIFORNIA NIGHTS

June 26th, 2015

Their first album, Crazy For You, with its serious lo-fi action and teenage-diary lyrics (complete with an obsessive love of cats, weed and boyfriends) may be beloved for its stripped-down sound, but California Nights is like a real adult now, and ready for some stadium rock-sized love. Basically, Best Coast are the contemporary version of Cheap Trick, a band primed for mass consumption and adoration. And really, what’s the fault in having or wanting that?

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SMOKEY: HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?

June 18th, 2015

Smokey’s got the urban-wasteland feel of Kill City, the dark-future sound of The Idiot and the calculated-for-maximum-potency presence of two or three Bowie incarnations. Like Annette Peacock’s semi-contemporary I’m The One, this collection is a fascinating document of an pre-punk universe where the rules of rock ‘n’ roll physics were somehow slightly different and art and personality were the same thing.

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VUG ARAKAS: STRANGE WAY CS

June 11th, 2015

Everything here sounds like its barely holding together, especially Vug himself, who writes and sings within the few inches between desperate, desolate and determined. These really are artful, crafted, heartfelt songs, but he doesn’t treat them gently. Instead, he gives them more than he probably thought he had to give.

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LITTLE WINGS: EXPLAINS

June 3rd, 2015

Explains is another solid entry in Field’s prolific career, a Little Wings album through and through, an old friend coming through the speakers, which is incredibly comforting these days.

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THE MOLOCHS: SLEEP IN DOOM 7″

May 21st, 2015

This time the Molochs throw some grit between the gears of their 1966-gone-1976 rock ‘n’ roll machine, and it turns out that rougher sometimes does mean better.

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