Album reviews

Album reviews

JOYCE MANOR: MILLION DOLLARS TO KILL ME

September 5th, 2018

After a decade in the game, Joyce Manor sound bigger than ever—they’re headlining the Palladium in January—but they’re still writing songs that wouldn’t be out of place at VLHS or Bridgetown. Hopefully they can treat us to another decade or two.

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SADGIRL: “BREAKFAST FOR 2” EP

August 13th, 2018

Listening to “Breakfast for 2” feels like a Sunday morning in Long Beach, waking up to the sea breeze and overcast skies with the victorious partiers from the long night before—it’s the perfect accompaniment to a stroll through the neighborhood to the diner at 11:30 AM.

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NICK FLESSA: FLYOVER STATES

August 5th, 2018

This is music made for drinking beer alone at the bar on a warm evening, smirking about how damn ridiculous and unexpected the turns of one’s life can be. But it’s the hope that keeps you going. As Flessa sings: “There is mercy in this night / a backyard sanctuary...there is mercy, there is grace.”

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SALT LICK: “DOCTOR (OF LOVE)” 7″

August 3rd, 2018

In the Eddie Cochran classic, “Summertime Blues”—later beautifully mutilated by Blue Cheer—he sings “I’m a-gonna raise a fuss / I’m a-gonna raise a holler.” Salt Lick’s debut double-sided sludgsicle seven-inch does just that.

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DANIEL AGED: SELF-TITLED

July 30th, 2018

Waves of swirling kosmische atmosphere, elastic lap-steel and gentle acoustic strumming are braided together on this compact 8-track instrumental outing, and while his signature wah-wah funk moments emerge here and there, this album is markedly meditative.

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KATZÙ OSO: PASTEL

July 28th, 2018

It’s Hernandez’s clarity of emotion that gives his debut its addictive charm—something that will appeal to fans of Cuco and the like. It feels fuzzy and intimate even at its most tragic, thanks to consistently bubbly production and poetic lyrics in both English and Spanish. (See “Pastel” and “Coqueta.”) Pastel has its moments of darkness, but it’s a bright beginning for this boy from Montebello.