The National @ The Kimmel Center, December 4: Preview

The National @ The Kimmel Center, December 4: Preview

Eighteen years into their career and still going strong, The National bring their international tour to Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center on Monday, December 4. Sleep Well Beast, the band’s seventh studio album, was released on September 8. My first impression was that they’d loosened up a bit – it had seemed that each … Continue reading “The National @ The Kimmel Center, December 4: Preview”

Slowdive @ Union Transfer (11/15) – Text Review

Slowdive @ Union Transfer (11/15) – Text Review

I saw Slowdive (with Cherry Glazerr opening) at Union Transfer on Wednesday. It was an Experience™. I texted my friend Mackenzie (not her real name) throughout with my thoughts and feelings. Here are those thoughts and feelings. Matthew Eisenberg: Cherry Glazerr is frickin great, wow I loved the album but they’re so good live also … Continue reading “Slowdive @ Union Transfer (11/15) – Text Review”

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Jlin – Black Origami

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Jlin – Black Origami

This album is synthetic meat that bleeds like the real thing, a drumline of cyborgs cadencing at the robot football game, the iPhone X made from flint and burnt wood, the Neanderthals inventing spaceflight, a tribal dance animated in such high quality so as to become real, what Picasso wishes he could have created in … Continue reading “Run-On Sentence Reviews: Jlin – Black Origami”

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Brand New – Science Fiction

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Brand New – Science Fiction

This album is your brain vacillating between actively wanting to die and desperately needing to live, between getting dragged down in the murk and vaporizing the murk with an atom bomb, between burning slowly down to nothingness and exploding with the blinding white light of vitality, between offering itself to the god of Existential Dread … Continue reading “Run-On Sentence Reviews: Brand New – Science Fiction”

Run-On Sentence Reviews: PU$$EIDXN – Save for a Rainy Day

Run-On Sentence Reviews: PU$$EIDXN – Save for a Rainy Day

This album is a fire fluctuating between crackling and roaring in the fireplace of a contemporary apartment built into the W in the Hollywood sign on a night when the temperature is both refreshingly cool and comfortably warm and a rain that’s simultaneously heavy and light is pattering on the floor-to-ceiling windows and obscuring the … Continue reading “Run-On Sentence Reviews: PU$$EIDXN – Save for a Rainy Day”

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Mark McGuire – Ideas of Beginnings

Run-On Sentence Reviews: Mark McGuire – Ideas of Beginnings

This is an album for when you’ve just gotten back to New York City from a weekend on a lake in Maine and you were on a long bus ride during which you texted about a lot of deeply personal things with a friend to whom you’ve recently become particularly close and when you got … Continue reading “Run-On Sentence Reviews: Mark McGuire – Ideas of Beginnings”