Album reviews

Album reviews

JOHN CARROLL KIRBY: TRAVEL

October 26th, 2017

There are moments of quiet elegance and others of overblown exotica, but this is a wonderful transformative record that must be taken whole.

Album reviews

UNNATURAL HELPERS: WONDER YEARS EP

October 24th, 2017

Wonder Years isn’t just a document of a bygone time in the life of a great band—it’s also proof that Unnatural Helpers could do a lot with very little.

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JOSIAH STEINBRICK: MEETING OF WATERS

October 22nd, 2017

At times, the way Steinbrick's fragments of sound ricochet before settling perfectly into place makes Meeting of Waters sound someone assembling a musical puzzle. And the way Steinbrick puts it all together satisfies the most obsessive compulsive desires—in the end, it's a perfectly symmetrical pattern.

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ZIG ZAGS: LIVE ON KXLU 88.9

October 22nd, 2017

Here Zig Zags deliver a sound that reverberates through the skull, a faithful representation of a live Zig Zags gig with enough scorching acid energy to burn a hole in your throat. Knowing that this played out over the airwaves in Southern California is somehow very comforting.

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MASTON: TULIPS

October 19th, 2017

Equal parts film score and frothy 60’s pop-rock—think Ennio Morricone composing songs for yé-yé queen Sylvie Vartan.

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FLAT WORMS: SELF TITLED

October 18th, 2017

Look, I wanted to be objective in this review, but this album just won’t allow it. I try to have integrity when it comes to writing a review and I try to not inject myself into the writing, but I’m going to violate that principle with this album ... I’m going to Vonnegut this shit.