CD Reviews

Review: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside — <i>Untamed Beast</i>

Review: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside — Untamed Beast

Paste Magazine called her a “lost librarian,” but Sallie Ford shouldn’t be giving you overdue book notices anytime soon, for two reasons. The first is her venom on Untamed Beast is frightening, surprising, and satisfying. As her fantastic band stomps around from one track to

Alex Hall

February 21st, 2013

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Review: Jamie Lidell — <i>Jamie Lidell</i>

Review: Jamie Lidell — Jamie Lidell

There was a compilation of electronic music the record label Warp released many years ago, and on the cover was a robot reclining in a chair listening to music through his headphones. That image describes many of Warp’s bands: stationary, subtle, head music. Not so for Jamie

Alex Hall

February 21st, 2013

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Review: Ian Pooley — <i>What I Do</i>

Review: Ian Pooley — What I Do

Ian Pooley is a very hard-working producer and DJ. Not only has he released 11 albums since 1993, he has recorded dozens of singles under his name or at least 13 other alter egos. German-born, Pooley takes many cues from other countries, especially Brazil, and on his new ...

Alex Hall

February 15th, 2013

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Review: Beach Fossils — <i>Clash the Truth</i>

Review: Beach Fossils — Clash the Truth

As long as recording equipment is relatively cheap, we will always have kids who learn three chords and then record an album in their bedroom. It’s not a bad thing at all, but it does increase the volume of CDs we get considerably. So it’s nice when one of those bands, Beach

Alex Hall

February 15th, 2013

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Guided By Voices – “The Bears for Lunch”

Guided By Voices – “The Bears for Lunch”

A week or two ago I wrote about A Fine Frenzy’s album “Pines,” the third record she’s released since her debut in 2007. Today I have another third record for you: Guided By Voices’ “The Bears for Lunch.” However, while “Pines” is A Fine Frenzy’s third album to date, “The ...

Alex Hall

December 21st, 2012

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Review: Ty Segall — <i>Twins</i>

Review: Ty Segall — Twins

If you weren’t able to catch Ty Segall’s performance at the GNU Gallery last week, you’re in luck, because the next best thing dropped Tuesday, Segall’s sixth LP “Twins.” I canvassed the station to find an appropriate title for theCaliforniarocker; the two most accurate I ...

Alex Hall

October 12th, 2012

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Daphni — <i>JIAOLONG</i>

Daphni — JIAOLONG

Caribou is from Ontario. So is Manitoba. Now, Daphni is too. They are all pet bands headed by Dan Snaith, a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and doctor of mathematics who toured with Radiohead this year. Caribou isn’t really the thing you’d play in a discotheque, but ...

Alex Hall

October 12th, 2012

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Review: TKTTSM — <i>TKTTSM</i>

Review: TKTTSM — TKTTSM

If the band is an acronym for anything, it could very well be “The Killer Tittering Triage of Sado-Masochism,” since this band is both cute and disgusting. Girl pop that could very well frame a Mandy Moore rom-com morphs surprisingly into punk that could complement a Slits ...

Alex Hall

September 20th, 2012

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Review: Brad Mehldau Trio — <i>Where Do You Start</i>

Review: Brad Mehldau Trio — Where Do You Start

Mehldau, along with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, leads perhaps the finest piano trio in jazz today. Along with his collaborations with Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, and Joshua Redman, the trio regularly releases quality covers of music we often play on ...

Alex Hall

September 20th, 2012

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Review: Van She — <i>Idea of Happiness</i>

Review: Van She — Idea of Happiness

Celebrating their second full-length release in 4 years, Australian quartet Van She show they have lost none of their potency. Their unabated electronic style has attracted listeners for not only its uniqueness but also its honesty. The band distills Caribbean influences on ...

Alex Hall

August 30th, 2012

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