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ST. VINCENT: ST. VINCENT

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

The main difference with St. Vincent is that Clark has found a way to make her protectionism the comment of her work instead of its white elephant.

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BART DAVENPORT: PHYSICAL WORLD

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

With a smooth, likeable baritone Davenport kicks out ten crafted and polished pop gems that are as slick and shiny as a dolphin’s ass.

FROTH: PATTERNS

April 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Shimmering Omnichord, subtle 12-string jangle, not-so-subtle fuzz guitar: wielding these, the band propels the songs forward with unfettered exuberance. If to-the-point garage psych is what you’re after, buy a ticket for Froth’s ride.

GENERATION SUICIDA: CON LA MUERTE A TU LADO

April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Generation Suicida is actually too good to be limited to MP3 and FLAC. Take note, labels: Give these guys the wax platter they deserve.

THE ENTRANCE BAND: FACE THE SUN

April 1st, 2014 · No Comments

The Entrance Band have taken the contemplative approach, delivering a (relatively) quiet album of bluesy, introspective tunes with names like “Temptation” and “Medicine” and “the Crave” that leave very little to misunderstand.

SETH KASSELMAN: MMEDIATE ROLLS (FOR CLARINET)

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

This album overall doesn’t feel clinical, but warm, personal, expressive, naked, proud–I think I’m gonna have to go with calling it “jazz.”

THE WARLOCKS: SKULL WORSHIP

March 28th, 2014 · No Comments

While Heavy Deavy Skull Lover, this album’s closest predecessor, gloried in death, this new one feels like the resignation of the dying.

CARLA BOZULICH: BOY

March 19th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Since the Geraldine Fibbers disbanded in the 90s, this is the first album of original music from Bozulich in which the drums keep a standard beat, the bass holds down the root of each chord, and the guitar … well, it doesn’t splinter into shards of echo that halt violently as Bozulich stretches out phonemes over a void of darkness, as it mighta done on an Evangelista album.

RED SPACE CYROD: EN DEVENIR

March 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Not sure how to describe these guys except by their seeming influences, so here goes: Pere Ubu, Red Crayola, early DEVO, early Ween, early Zappa, Faust, Captain Beefheart, Syd Barrett, the Fugs…

LOVEYDOVE: LOVEYDOVE

March 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Not since Wings wrote “Silly Love Songs” has a couple captured a love so sugary and yet so recognizable to those who have ever tasted the good stuff.