Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro

Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro

Think back to your high school cafeteria. Picture the far corner where, behind a tray of Mashed Potatoes and Beige, one student always sat wearing outsized headphones and a look of practiced indifference.  Perhaps, like me, you always wondered what music allowed them to transcend grim reality and reach such a serene mind-state. In hindsight, … Continue reading “Album Review: Island Universe Story Four by Helado Negro”

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

In light of Belle and Sebastian’s newest project, a trilogy of EPs titled How to Solve Our Human Problems, it might be well worth the time to revisit their last full-length album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Idiosyncratic and whimsical in an unusual blend of rhythmic playfulness and lyrical depth, Girls in Peacetime Want … Continue reading “Looking Back and Looking Forward: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

Album Review: Sleigh Bells’ Kid Kruschev

Album Review: Sleigh Bells’ Kid Kruschev

On November 10, Sleigh Bells duo Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller released the new seven-track album, Kid Kruschev. This 21-minute-long album comes a year after the 2016 release of Jessica Rabbit, and features a refreshed take on Sleigh Bells’ signature noise pop sound. The first track of the album, “Blue Trash Mattress Fire,” has already … Continue reading “Album Review: Sleigh Bells’ Kid Kruschev”

Mike’s Picks – ‘The End of Comedy’ by Drugdealer

Mike’s Picks – ‘The End of Comedy’ by Drugdealer

An interesting artifact: an album that sounds like it was written 50 years ago.. that’s only a year old.   This is an exquisite pick-me-up album. When I first heard this album all the way through I was having a pretty terrible day: it was rainy, I was sick, and was totally swamped with work. … Continue reading “Mike’s Picks – ‘The End of Comedy’ by Drugdealer”

Mike’s Picks – Songs of Her’s

Mike’s Picks – Songs of Her’s

Silky, enchanting vocals laid over a curiously complex aggregation of instrumental melodies.   Overall this is a very reflective album, though there are a couple of breakaway songs that don’t place perfectly into the mood. It’s littered with longing choruses like: ‘Where did I go wrong?’, ‘You don’t know this guy’, and ‘I’ll try for … Continue reading “Mike’s Picks – Songs of Her’s”

Mike’s Picks – Big Pop For Chameleon World

Mike’s Picks – Big Pop For Chameleon World

If you’re not careful (really, even if you are careful) this album will make you lose faith in your sense of reality …but in a sort of good way.   Jerry Paper, who describes himself as an ‘11th dimension musical entity’ who occasionally occupies the body of Lucas Nathan, is absolutely obsessed with the simulations … Continue reading “Mike’s Picks – Big Pop For Chameleon World”

Album Review: MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent

Album Review: MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent

Masseduction is Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent)’s fifth studio album and follow up to her 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled album. The album opener, “Hang on Me,” includes a repeating call to another to “hang on me/ ‘Cause you and me/ We’re not meant for this world.” It’s an interesting introduction to ideas Clark addresses later … Continue reading “Album Review: MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent”