Category: Albums

Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

Shopping – ‘The Official Body’ (album review)

The Official Body by Shopping Since the early part of this decade, Shopping have established themselves as the one of the most unexpected bands on the planet – a trio that is making post-punk danceable. Call it disco-punk if you will, but whatever the categorization their music is contagious musically and extremely witty lyrically. Their debut album, Consumer Complaints, introduced […]

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Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS – ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’ (album review)

With the best name in indie rock and a style that can best be described as Ariel Pink co-hosting an episode of Sesame Street with Elmo, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS‘ sophomore album, ‘Jazzbelle 1984 / 1988’, is a riot. Its eleven songs are more fun than singing the “Pinball Number Count” or “C Is for Cookie”. […]

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Typhoon – ‘Offerings’ (album review)

Typhoon – ‘Offerings’ (album review)

Typhoon’s excellent 2013 record White Lighter was a mostly folk affair. There were hints here and there of a breakout from that classification, but on their latest record, Offerings, the Portland, Oregon-based band shed all attempts at being pigeon-holed. The result is a truly epic record that is full of quiet, intimate moments as well as loud, triumphant ones. And […]

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Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

Juan de Fuca – ‘Solve/Resolve’ (album review)

R.E.M., Drive-by Truckers, of Montreal, The B-52s, and Juan de Fuca? “Juan de who?” you might be asking. If you’re a history buff, you’re thinking that Juan de Fuca is a famous 16th Century Greek explorer and not five blokes from the southeast American city that made college radio popular. Fast forward to 2018, and Jack Cherry (vocals), Jack Webster […]

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – ‘Wrong Creatures’ (album review)

Seventeen years ago, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announced themselves with their fantastic debut, B.R.M.C. It wasn’t just a celebrated album – it had some critics calling the band “revolutionaries” because they were making psychedelic and garage rock relevant once again. Maybe the term was unfairly applied to the Los Angeles-based trio, but it was clear Peter Hayes (vocals/guitar), Robert Levon Been […]

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Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Shame – ‘Songs of Praise’ (album review)

Is it too early to say that one of the year’s best albums has arrived? Given 2018 is only 15 days old, it is likely the case, but Shame‘s debut LP, Songs of Praise, will not be immediately forgotten. For that matter, this post-punk titan of a record will long be remembered come December because, unlike so much music these […]

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Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

Sophie Coran – ‘All That Matters’ (EP premiere)

We’re always happy to hear a new, uniquely quirky, yet supremely talented artist. So when Sophie Coran dropped her single “All That Matters” back in August ’17, we were delighted to premiere it. We knew that it was a portent of things to come, so we awaited her sophomore EP with eager anticipation. Our patience has been repaid, as Coran’s […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2

Once again, due to the avalanche of new music released this week, today we have two mini-playlists. The Matinee ’18 January 11th – Part 2 features songs by some familiar names and others you ought to know. To hear Part 1, click here.   Loma – “Relay Runner” (Dripping Springs, TX and New York City, USA) Loma by LOMA RIYL: […]

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Corniglia – ‘Corniglia’ (album review)

Corniglia – ‘Corniglia’ (album review)

 Who knew Perth, Australia would be the new music hotbed on the planet? Everyone knows Kevin Parker’s outfit Tame Impala and fellow psychedelic warlords POND, but the city that straddles the Indian Ocean is also home to some of the world’s finest artists. In 2017, for instance, Stella Donnelly was named Triple J Unearthed’s Artist of the Year, which […]

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Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

Alanna Eileen – ‘Keepsake’ (EP review)

The phrase, “put on your headphones”, is often associated with the energy and bass-heavy music found in hip hop, dance, electronic, pop, and occasionally rock music. It also applies to Alanna Eileen‘s music because only with your favorite buds on can you truly appreciate the delicate beauty expressed on her sophomore EP, Keepsake. The Melbourne-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter’s style is […]

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61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Today we share our 61 Most Anticipated Albums of 2018, a list that includes long-awaited debuts, returns of some legends, and plenty of emerging talents destined for superstardom. Some of the LPs listed have definite release dates; others are based on substantiated rumors. Then there are a few that are just us desperately hoping for a new record. Let us […]

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Favorite 50 Albums of 2017 – Full List

Favorite 50 Albums of 2017 – Full List

2017 has been another fabulous year for music. Numerous bands and artists made triumphant returns, dozens of newcomers took music to new heights, and some established stars aged like fine wines. With the holiday season upon us, it’s the perfect time to review the year that was. For the last five days, we shared our Favorite 50 Albums of 2017. […]

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Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked

Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked

Do you know someone a huge music fan who knows artists and bands that most people would not know? That person you go to for new music advice or has a vinyl collection that overwhelms yours? How do you impress this person? We’re here to help you, offering Thirty 2017 Albums Not to Be Overlooked. You’re sure to find something […]

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Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 5

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 5

We have arrived at the conclusion of our Favorite Albums of 2017 with Part 5. Today’s list is filled with legends – whether artists and bands who indeed exemplify the term or who channel some of music’s most influential songwriters. After reading through today’s ten LPs, revisit the other 40 in Parts One, Two, Three, and Four. Happy Holidays!   […]

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Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 4

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 4

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 4 includes 10 albums that are among the most inventive, refreshing, and exhilarating of the year. Not surprisingly, today’s list is also our most geographically diverse, with six countries represented. The first 30 albums are available on Parts One, Two, and Three. Noga Erez (ISL) – Off the Radar (via City Slang) Every once […]

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Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 3

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 3

Eight of the best singer-songwriters, an electronic band re-defining the term cinematic, and an indie giant of a band are among today’s Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 3 edition. All of them released heart-stopping songs and show-stopping records that we kept on repeat because they were simply captivating. Take a moment as well to revisit the first two albums […]

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Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 2

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 2

Ten more of our of Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 2 are shared today. The list includes artists who refine the familiar approaches, others who completely re-invented themselves, and some who released records that bordered on pure cinematic ecstasy. After reading the below, revisit Part One.   Dan Auerbach (USA) – Waiting on a Song (via Easy Eye Sound) […]

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Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 1

Favorite Albums of 2017 – Part 1

We have arrived at the time of the year when we reflect on our Favorite Albums of 2017. These are the records that will forever hold places on our vinyl shelves and digital libraries because they are timeless treasures. Our list features the triumphant return of several legendary bands, the meteoric rise of some of music’s finest, and spectacular debuts […]

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White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

White Room – ‘Eight’ (EP review)

For anyone who has followed the five Brightonions who call themselves White Room for the past two years already know they are one of the most promising and underrated psychedelic bands around. While fellow Brits Temples helped usher in a new wave of neo-psychedelia, Jake Smallwood (vocals/synths), Jacob Newman (guitar), Tristan Sava (guitar/keys), Josie McNamara (bass), and Hen Sava (drums) […]

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Hater – ‘Red Blinders’ (EP review)

Hater – ‘Red Blinders’ (EP review)

Red Blinders by Hater Despite their name, Hater is a band that everyone will love, assuming you have not done so already. Earlier this year, they released their spellbinding debut album, You Tried, which evidenced the Malmö-based quartet’s ability to effortlessly write songs that are devastating in their lyrical impact yet bewitching to hear. Demonstrating that there are no limits […]

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