Category: Albums

Album Review: Ace Frehley’s still a Space Invader

Album Review: Ace Frehley’s still a Space Invader

Ok, Ace fans. In the 21 Century, Ace has reclaimed his title of geetar god, and had proven himself (finally!) as a album recording artist. 2009’s Anomaly was a fine return to form for a guy who shredded on all of Kiss’ earliest records, and found himself solo success back in 1978. The 80s and 90s were a tough haul […]

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Mundo Musique: Celebration’s “Albumin”

Mundo Musique: Celebration’s “Albumin”

In her review of Celebration’s Albumin, Alice Severin of the music blog Northern Transmissions asked the question that I have long pondered, “(W)hy isn’t this band better known?” Really, why aren’t more people celebrating the exploits of the Baltimore quintet that makes some of the best art-rock-synth music in the business? While frontwoman Katrina Ford has received notoriety for her […]

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Weekend Stream for August 15: Nine Albums to Stream

Weekend Stream for August 15: Nine Albums to Stream

There are approximately 35 new albums coming out next week. Some of those albums were listed in last week’s Weekend Stream (namely by JJ and Sarah Jaffe). This week, we highlight nine albums that you might want to listen to: The self-titled album by Benjamin Booker, the 22-year old guitar master, is streaming on CBC Music and NPR. You don’t want […]

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Mundo Musique: The Triumphant Return of Christopher Denny

Mundo Musique: The Triumphant Return of Christopher Denny

For Those Who Like:Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle From Christopher Denny‘s story to the music on his second LP, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us, it may seem a more appropriate album title would have been Jubilant or Jubilation. For starters (and if you were not already aware), If the Roses Don’t Kill Us is Denny’s first album in seven years. In the […]

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Mundo Musique: Sturgill Simpson

Mundo Musique: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson has been very busy over the past year. The Jackson, Kentucky native has recorded and produced two full length country albums in the past 16 months. Originally the lead singer of the band Sunday Valley, Simpson’s solo work has been garnering him both critical acclaim and word of mouth buzz. Simpson’s brilliant sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, perfectly balances […]

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Mundo Musique: Bishop Allen

Mundo Musique: Bishop Allen

It’s weird to think that we’ve been waiting for a new record from Bishop Allen for 5 years.  The New York based indie/pop band released one EP each month in 2006, as well as three LP’s, most recently 2009’s  Grrr…, so for a while there was no shortage of new Bishop Allen.  But after five years, Bishop Allen will release […]

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Mundo Musique: Pale Seas

Mundo Musique: Pale Seas

English band Pale Seas, the project of singer-songwriter Jacob Scott, have released singles here and there since 2011 as both Netherlands and Pale Seas. Today marks the release of their first proper EP, the four track long Places To Haunt. The four tracks are gorgeous, lush guitar work and harmonies are heard throughout the EP.  “Wicked Dreams” is an incredible […]

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Mundo Musique: “Lacuna”, the Debut Album by Childhood

Mundo Musique: “Lacuna”, the Debut Album by Childhood

For Those Who Like: The Pains of Being Pure of Heart, Blouse, Temples, Real Estate, Lenny Kravitz If you look beyond the One Direction and Coldplay rubric, it has been a stellar year for the UK music scene. Earlier this year, Temples, Eagulls, and Young Fathers released stellar debut LPs that are three of the finest of the year.  This […]

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Mundo Musique: The Dying Arts

Mundo Musique: The Dying Arts

Earlier this year, The Dying Arts released their self-titled, debut EP – a five-song compilation of old-fashion alternative rock (if you think the ’90s is “old) or as the band likes to say, rock/punk/wimpy indie schlock. Their music is in the mould of Fugazi, Moist, and Against Me!. Like these bands, The Dying Arts can play thrashing tunes with soaring […]

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Weekend Stream for August 8: Sinead O’Connor, Bunji Garlin, Childhood, JJ, & Sarah Jaffe

Weekend Stream for August 8: Sinead O’Connor, Bunji Garlin, Childhood, JJ, & Sarah Jaffe

Your weekly feature of new albums being streamed in advance of their releases. Quite the eclectic mix this week. Sinead O’Connor is back with “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss”. CBC Music and NPR both have it. The UK is fast emerging as an indie rock factory with several bands releasing their debut LPs this year to critical acclaim. The […]

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Mundo Musique: The Terminals releasing Singles EP

Mundo Musique: The Terminals releasing Singles EP

The Terminals to release Singles LP 90’s New Zealand goth rockers The Terminals are releasing a collection of singles called Singles and Sundries in September on Ba Da Bing! Records.  Known for their dark and unique sound, you can listen to “Witchdoctors” below.  The influence and reach of The Terminals includes contributions to bands including Scorched Earth Policy, The Axemen, The […]

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Mundo Musique: Broken Witt Rebels

Mundo Musique: Broken Witt Rebels

UK indie rockers Broken Witt Rebels just released their latest EP, Howlin. It’s an awesome, groovy, and soulful EP. We shared the video for The first track on the EP, “Shake Me Down”, which instantly recalled memories of early Kings of Leon. “Bottom of The Hill” builds on that feel, but slows things down a little bit with a pretty […]

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Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

For Those Who Like: The Great Lake Swimmers, PHOX, Lily & Madeleine This Saturday, The Wild Reeds will be releasing Blind and Brave. Last month, the title track was shared widely, and the gorgeous, dreamy tune has raised expectations of the California indie-folk quintet’s forthcoming album. Let’s be honest – often times when a band releases a single, it’s usually the […]

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Mundo Musique: “Being” the Debut Album by Mozart’s Sister

Mundo Musique: “Being” the Debut Album by Mozart’s Sister

For Those Who Like: Jessie Ware, Grimes, Solange, Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange Two years ago, Vancouver’s Claire Elise Boucher – a.k.a., Grimes – and London’s Jessie Ware became stars. Last year, it was New Zealand’s lla Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor – better known as Lorde – who became the latest musical sensation. The success of these three women has shown […]

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Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels’ “Double Bind”

Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels’ “Double Bind”

In May, I wrote about 25 year old singer-songwriter Johanna Samuels from New York, and her single “For You To Do”.  Today, I’m taking a look at her first full-length record Double Bind which was released July 22nd.  I really loved the single, and Double Bind does not disappoint, and fits in quite nicely with some of our favorite albums […]

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Mundo Musique: Emily & The Complexes

Mundo Musique: Emily & The Complexes

On August 19, Ohio based four-piece band Emily & The Complexes will release their EP Dirty Southern Love.  That title instantly reminds me of one of my favorite records, Drive-By Truckers’ The Dirty South. And musically, that comparison holds up.  Emily & The Complexes’ style is similar to the Truckers, the EP was mixed by Drew Vanderberg who has worked […]

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Mundo Musique: Bear In Heaven’s Epic “Time Is Over One Day Old”

Mundo Musique: Bear In Heaven’s Epic “Time Is Over One Day Old”

If Jon Philpot, Jason Nazary, Adam Wills are reading this, hopefully they will not be offended when their band, Bear in Heaven, is being compared to New Order and Pet Shop Boys. While there are similarities in terms of musical styles, the comparisons are more with respect to their innovative and forward-looking approaches, which have successfully merged different musical eras, […]

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Weekend Stream: Bear In Heaven, Naomi Punk, Tony Dekker, Mozart’s Sister, and Christopher Denny

Weekend Stream: Bear In Heaven, Naomi Punk, Tony Dekker, Mozart’s Sister, and Christopher Denny

Our weekly list of music to stream in advance of the album release. Bear In Heaven‘s fourth album, Time is Over One Day Old, is still being streamed on NPR. The album officially drops Tuesday. The sophomore album, Television Man, by Naomi Punk is being streamed at Pitchfork Advance. Tony Dekker, the frontman for The Great Lake Swimmers and who […]

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Mundo Musique: Brazilian band Farol Cego

Mundo Musique: Brazilian band Farol Cego

Brazilian Band Farol Cego (english: Blind Lighthouse) are an indie rock band from Curitiba, Brazil.  Recently, they released an EP, Zênite, (English: Zenith), which is really good.  I wish I was a bit more familiar with the language, but you can really feel the emotion and passion behind the music.  The ambient instrumental “Catatonia” opens up the EP with a […]

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Mundo Musique: The Black Angels Release “Clear Lake Forest”

Mundo Musique: The Black Angels Release “Clear Lake Forest”

When The Black Angels released their debut LP in 2006, they were envisioned by some as forerunners of the psychedelic rock revival, and they cemented that status with 2010’s Phosphene Dream, which heightened their popularity among indie and mainstream music listeners. However, in the past four years, in particular the last two, the landscape has changed significantly with the emergence […]

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