Album reviews

Album reviews

TOGETHER PANGEA: BULLS AND ROOSTERS

August 23rd, 2017

Collaborating again with engineer/producer Andrew Schubert—with mixing help from Chris Coady—the recordings here capture the band at their tightest and most comfortable, and they're absolutely swinging for the fences with their songwriting.

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OH SEES: ORC

August 22nd, 2017

John Dwyer is an expert in subversion. Right as his Thee Oh Sees project nears a decade under one name—and hits the peak of their popularity—he shortens it to Oh Sees. But despite the leaner moniker, their new album Orc is anything but stripped-down, instead jam-packed with the breakneck beats, scuzzy riffs, and delay-soaked “Whoo!”s we’ve come to know and love.

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TOM BROSSEAU: TREASURES UNTOLD

August 21st, 2017

The collection, a warm, intimate document, calls to mind others who inverted or resewn the American myth—David Lynch imagined the 50s and its diners, jukeboxes, and convertibles as airtight containers of America’s soul; Jim Jarmusch imagined Elvis as a kind of holy American spirit. In Brosseau’s hands, American songs, for all their inherent grittiness, flutter and float, and some essential element is laid bare.

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WILD WING: DOOMED II REPEAT

August 18th, 2017

They want to listener to acknowledge that the collapse is both within and without, and how not to ignore what is happening. Doomed II Repeat is a siren call of self-awareness in the midst of insanity.

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THE RASPBERRIES: POP ART LIVE

August 17th, 2017

This is without doubt one of the all-time great reunion gigs and sounds nearly miraculous coming as it does out of high-energy teen music played by men in late middle-age. After a show-stopping pass at “I Can Remember,” Carmen is heard to muse “That was something ambitious for a bunch of twenty-two year olds, wasn’t it?” No kidding!

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RAMONDA HAMMER: DESTROYERS EP

August 14th, 2017

RAMONDA HAMMER Destroyers EP New Professor L.A.’s Ramonda Hammer demonstrates a sound both familiar and unique on their new Destroyers EP, matching the grungy guitar-driven sound of the indie 90s to the feel of the tumultuous, stress-inducing present. This quartet delivers killer hooks and powerful…