Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece

The first time I heard Lou Reed’s Berlin, I didn’t notice the distressing nature of the album.  The music was so beautiful that I forgot to listen to the lyrics, which follow the relationship between Caroline and Jim, a prostitute and a drug addict, respectively.  As the album progresses, we watch Jim become controlling and jealous, … Continue reading “Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ in Retrospect: A Macabre Masterpiece”

Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised

Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised

Phoebe Bridgers may be the hardest working musician of the past year, especially when it comes to collaborations. After spending last year putting out an EP with Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker as boygenius, releasing a Christmas single with Jackson Browne, and otherwise touring with songs from her debut Stranger in the Alps, she now … Continue reading “Better Oblivion Community Center’s Self-Titled Debut Is Less Than Promised”

EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)

EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)

Born in Denver, raised in Israel and currently based in New York; Slim Reaper is a resurgent lyricist and boom bap revivalist. Drawing inspiration from rappers like MF DOOM, Nas and Earl Sweatshirt, Slim uses complex rhymes and unique imagery to flow confidently and tell personal stories. His debut EP “RiP to the PEACEFUL (me)” … Continue reading “EP Review: RiP to the Peaceful (me)”

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review

Black Belt Eagle Scout’s Mother of My Children feels like a biography out of order, a collection of old photographs thrown together in a drawer somewhere. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Katherine Paul plays every instrument in Black Belt Eagle Scout, from drums to bass to guitar. She grew up on a small Indian reservation, … Continue reading “Black Belt Eagle Scout – Mother of My Children Review”

boygenius EP Review

boygenius EP Review

Although scheduled for release on November 11th, October 26th marked the surprise digital release of the highly-anticipated EP from “indie-rock supergroup” boygenius. The trio, comprised of singer-songwriters Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, was named with a firmly tongue-in-cheek nod to industry sexism and the generalization of “women in music.” Each of the three … Continue reading “boygenius EP Review”

Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview

Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview

I met Inbal for coffee in January. “You’re a musician? You have to listen to my cousin, Ely. He’s a jazz guitarist. He has an EP online. Check him out!” I was skeptical. How many aspiring young musicians have posted half-finished pieces online? But a few days later I checked out his SoundCloud and I was … Continue reading “Ely Perlman EP Review & Interview”

Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy

Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy

On Be The Cowboy, Mitski enters into her phase of exploration, having reached a level at which she can finally stretch out her musical limbs and take more creative liberties than before. For starters, the album is composed of 14 tracks, only a couple of which exceed three minutes. It’s representative of her tastes diversifying, … Continue reading “Album Review: Mitski – Be The Cowboy”

Years & Years’ Palo Santo is Pop Perfection

Years & Years’ Palo Santo is Pop Perfection

Years & Years have kept relatively quiet since they saw mass success with their single, “King.” Their debut album, Communion, charted at #1 on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums, and the effort won the band multiple awards, most in their home country of the UK. Through 2016 and 2017, the synthpop trio toured around the … Continue reading “Years & Years’ Palo Santo is Pop Perfection”