THIS WEEK'S ALBUM SPOTLIGHT

Tiny Victories - Haunts

 

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Album Spotlight



 





  Polyphonic Spree - Holiday Dream

    

 


CMJ Charts

12/03 & 12/04!

ADDS! 

1 DR. DOG Wild Race [EP] 
2 LITTLE ONES Argonauts [EP]
3 NIGHT MOVES Colored Emotions
4 CUB SCOUTS Told You So [EP] 
5 MEMORY TAPES Grace/Confusion

 CHART! 

1 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man

2 TY SEGALL Twins

3 SAN CISCO Awkward

4 TURNPIKE GLOW Inflatable Optimisim

5 BLONDFIRE Where The Kids Are

6 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold

7 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze

8 TORO Y MOI So Many Details [7-inch]

9 MOGWAI A Wrenched Virile Lore

10 TOY Toy

11 SHINY TOY GUNS III

12 TAME IMPALA Lonerism

13 SAVOIR ADORE Our Nature

14 BLAUDZUN Heavy Flowers

15 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Cobra Juicy

16 CLINIC Free Reign

17 RHYE The Fall

18 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud

19 DIRTY PROJECTORS About To Die

20 BLACK LIGHT DINNER PARTY BLDP

21 IL ABANICO Crossing Colors

22 ERRORS New Relics

23 FLASHBULB FIRES Gasconader

24 ANGEL OLSEN Half Way Home

25 A FINE FRENZY Pines

26 THE XX Coexist

27 MUMFORD AND SONS Babel

28 FREELANCE WHALES Diluvia

29 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory

30 FIRST AID KIT ITunes Session

 

Monday
Apr012013

SUUNS - IMAGES DU FUTUR

Images Du Futur sort of got mixed reviews, but some of our staff is really diggin' it.

According to pitchfork, "Pretty much any way you slice it, Images Du Futur is just too clinical."

NME Album Reviews says that, "Ben Shemie on murmured vocals and clipped rhythm guitar, Joe Yarmush combining bass and guitar duties, Max Henry less prominent this time but still shaping the mood on synth, and Liam O’Neill piecing together an inspired mesh of syncopated beats – and the unit sculpts its menacing, brainy rock with a winning balance of power and restraint"

I think that this album sounds sort of like their last album Zeroes QC, but it is nice to hear some new tunes by Suuns.

Why don't you see for yourself! Listen below to this track from the album.

 

Monday
Mar252013

PURLING HISS- WATER ON MARS

Purling Hiss’ fourth album, Water on Mars,  is the project’s first release for Drag City and their first recording as a trio; Polizze is now joined by bassist Kiel Everett and drummer Mike Sneeringer. For all its polish, Water on Mars retains a sense of spontaneity, with a handful of soft, folky tunes like “Dead Again” and “She Calms Me Down".  “Mercury Retrograde” is the most unapologetically catchy rocker he’s written yet. Listen below and see for yourself!

 

 

Tuesday
Mar192013

YOUTH LAGOON- WONDROUS BUGHOUSE

This record broadens Powers' musical and lyrical scope into something universal in a literal and figurative sense, evoking the cosmos, heaven, and hell. But Powers sounds curious and awestruck rather than naïve, someone who explores this lush and frightening soundworld instead of explaining it. The production is an upgrade from their previous album titled The Year of Hibernation. The main improvement is thematic. The previous album focused on escape and became defined by its limitations; however, Wondrous Bughouse looks inward and discovers the endless possibilities of imagination and introspection. Listen below to "Dropla". Enjoy!

Tuesday
Mar122013

LOCAL NATIVES- HUMMINGBIRD

Album Review:

Local Native's signature agile vocal harmonies and tight instrumental interplay remains, the most noticeable change on Hummingbird is that the tone is decidedly more blue than the light-infused mindset of their 2009 debut Gorilla Manor, and it’s resulted in a richer, more layered album from the group. The shift in mood could be attributed to a number of things - notably bassist Andy Hamm’s 2010 departure from the band and the death of Ayer’s mother last summer - but the band’s ability to channel their reactions to the lows of the past two years shows an incredible musical growth from the last record. As musicians, they’re more aware of their melodic gifts and, even better, how to restrain them in order to create a polyphonous tension. They no longer use three-part harmonies as their go-to tool to make a song explode out of the listener’s speakers; instead, they’ve learned a sense of restraint that suits them well, often letting one singer take the reins while the other three members form a swirling, circular rhythm to support him. Listen to the album here!

 

Wednesday
Feb272013

Ducktails - Flower Lane

Matthew Mondanile was thought of as regarding Ducktails as the lackadaisical counterpart to his other, more famous band, Real Estate. The Flower Lane is the latest progression for what now resembles a fully fledged group. Mondanile's hasn't tempered the echoes of his other band in Ducktails, but he isn't confined to Real Estate's shadow, either. This album also seems to have a larger musical vocabulary. For instance, a distinct difference in this album is its production. Fuller, smoother, and more polished, it’s Mondanile’s most sonically pristine effort. Previous Ducktails albums wove a flawed tapestry in which different synthetic sounds and tones were combined to emphasize a more intimate, imperfect whole; The Flower Lane, on the other hand, has clearly pronounced parts contributing to its larger, refined sound. Although, few critique this album and say that Mondanile needs to open his heart because there is a general lack of soul. Pitchfork ranked this album as a 7.1 Listen below to Letter of Intent. Enjoy!!