CD Review: Datarock — Red

CD Review: Datarock — Red

DatarockRedNettwerk By Micah McLain The Norwegian duo in the flashy red tracksuits have returned. Red, the followup to 2005's Datarock Datarock, finds the band paying homage to the '80s and questioning our current society's obsession with technology. While none of the tracks on Red approach the sheer funk and danceability of the massively ad-friendly "FaFaFa" […]

CD Review: Assjack — Assjack

CD Review: Assjack — Assjack

AssjackAssjackSidewalk Records By Al Kaufman Say what you will about any of the three Hank Williams', but the one thing they all have in common is a rebellious streak. But the most rebellious of them all has got to be the grandson, Hank III. Instead of going the country route like his grandpa and his […]

CD Review: Ladyhawke — Ladyhawke (Special Deluxe Edition)

CD Review: Ladyhawke — Ladyhawke (Special Deluxe Edition)

LadyhawkeLadyhawkeDecca By Al Kaufman Since the inception of CDs, artists have been getting the re-issue treatment. Most of the big-wigs have had their back catalogs that fans previously had only on vinyl freshened up, or digitally re-mastered. The record label throws in a few outtakes or live versions of the songs from the album and, […]

CD Review: Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack

CD Review: Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack

Various ArtistsInglourious Basterds SoundtrackA Band Apart/Warner Brothers By Al Kaufman First, two confessions: 1) I believe Quentin Tarantino to be the greatest living American director behind Martin Scorsese. 2) I embarrassingly admit that I have yet to see Inglorious Basterds. Without first seeing the movie, the songs on the soundtrack will need to stand on […]

CD Review: The Whiskey Gentry; Playing Unplugged in the Park, August 30 & The EARL, September 9

CD Review: The Whiskey Gentry; Playing Unplugged in the Park, August 30 & The EARL, September 9

The Whiskey Gentry The Whiskey Gentry Self-released By Al Kaufman Yee-Haw!! Only a few months old, and created from the ashes of Missy Gossip, The Whiskey Gentry is here to make you remember how music ought to be. Imagine old time country and gospel meeting punk with just a dash of Vaudevillian flourish, and you start […]

CD Review: Rhett Miller — Rhett Miller; Plays Unplugged in the Park, August 30

CD Review: Rhett Miller — Rhett Miller; Plays Unplugged in the Park, August 30

Rhett MillerRhett MillerShout Factory By Al Kaufman One need look no further than the first line of his new self-titled CD to know that Rhett Miller likes playing with words. "Keyboards and keystrokes and keystones and keys," he sings on "Nobody Says I Love You Anymore." The song also includes the clever turn of phrase, […]

CD Review: The White Rabbits – It’s Frightening; Playing Variety Playhouse August 20

CD Review: The White Rabbits – It’s Frightening; Playing Variety Playhouse August 20

The White RabbitsIt's FrighteningTBD Records By Eileen Tilson The White Rabbits must be exhausted. After extensive touring with the likes of Spoon, The Walkmen and Tokyo Police Club, and festival stops at Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Sasquatch, and signing with TBD Records (U.S. home to Radiohead, Other Lives and Hatcham Social) the Brooklyn based six-piece returned to […]

CD Review: Colin Hay — American Sunshine

CD Review: Colin Hay — American Sunshine

Colin HayAmerican SunshineCompass Records By Al Kaufman Anyone over the age of 30 knows Colin Hay. He was the guy with the lazy eye fronting the reggae influenced pop band Men at Work, who invaded America from Australia with songs such as “Who Can It Be Now?” and “Down Under,” and had us wondering what […]

CD Review: The Fiery Furnaces — I’m Going Away; Playing Variety Playhouse August 20

CD Review: The Fiery Furnaces — I’m Going Away; Playing Variety Playhouse August 20

The Fiery FurnacesI'm Going AwayThrill Jockey By Ben Grad What do The Fiery Furnaces play on I'm Going Away? They play a lot that you've heard on their previous albums, but dulled, continuing the progression towards a more accessible, less challenging, sound that they began with Bitter Tea in 2006. Within minutes, you're reintroduced to […]

CD Review: The Antlers — Hospice

CD Review: The Antlers — Hospice

The Antlers Hospice Frenchkiss Records By Julia Reidy Pete Silberman’s warbling voice exposes a beautiful but deep-rooted anger throughout Hospice, the breakthrough full-length from Brooklyn’s The Antlers. After a wildly successful self-release earlier in the year, the record is getting a proper reissue August 18 via Frenchkiss records, home of other heavyweights like Les Savy […]

CD Review: Yim Yames — Tribute To

CD Review: Yim Yames — Tribute To

Yim Yames Tribute To ATO Records By Scott Roberts A successful tribute record should accomplish at least two things: one, the chosen source material should reveal some historical insight into the musical influences of the particular artist performing the songs, and two, the new performances should pique the curiosity of the listener enough to explore […]

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