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Released on Kill Rock Stars, 10/13/09
By Lynne Angel (Sep 23, 2009)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. [b]Know Better Learn Faster[/b] makes it easy for listeners to step outside of themselves and treat this album as one that transcends the typical stigma of breakup albums. More »
Released on Rough Trade Records, 10/6/09
By Lynne Angel (Sep 09, 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Alela Diane has been touring incessantly over the past year to support the success of her third release, [b]To Be Still[/b]. Released last February on Rough Trade, it is wonderfully layered, both delicate and commanding, and a wholly significant modern folk album in structure and sound. More »
Released on 4AD, 8/17/09
By Lynne Angel (Jul 21, 2009)
Merrill Garbus, the woman behind Tune-Yards, never wanted to be a musician. She studied theater and was a puppeteer for years before discovering that it was the songwriting elements of her chosen field that she was truly drawn to. What to do then but run about, from Martha’s Vineyard to Montreal, recording kitchen-made beats and homemade instruments on low-fi gear until, two years down the road, [b]Bird-Brains[/b] is born. More »
Released on Domino Records, 6/09/09
By Lynne Angel (Jun 06, 2009)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars The name Dirty Projectors has been bouncing around the music kingdom for quite some time now, and it is no wonder. Founder and current musical arranger/director Dave Longstreth has been steadily releasing albums for the past seven years, but not just any ol’ albums -- [i]concept[/i] albums. It does sound a little far-reaching at first, an entire album about Don Henley followed by [b]Rise Above[/b], an album of Black Flag covers arranged solely from memory. But after a listen to [b]Bitte Orca[/b], the band’s latest release on Domino Records, you begin to understand just how someone like Longstreth might get away More »
Released on Jagjaguwar, 6/23/09
By Lynne Angel (May 05, 2009)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Sunset Rubdown’s latest release, [b]Dragonslayer[/b], is not one to be passed over or ignored. If there was a spell that made people’s ears perk up in a strange and Spock-like fashion, these Canadians have cast it upon us. For example: I put said album on and within the first twelve minutes had no less than eight people approach to ask - who IS this? More »
Released on Dead Oceans, 5/19/09
By Lynne Angel (Apr 24, 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I am going to be honest with you and let you know how many times I get “White Dove” from John Vanderslice’s last album [b]Emerald City[/b] stuck in my head: probably about six times a week. And I haven’t even listened to that album in over a year. This particular earworm is the most persistent one I have had in some time and it has become my mantra as I move through this life. More »
Released on Jagjaguwar, 5/5/09
By Lynne Angel (Apr 08, 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Stephen McBean, perhaps best known for his contributions as lead singer, songwriter and guitarist to the Vancouver-based rock band Black Mountain, has a sensitive side and he is not afraid to show it. But fear not children, I am not talking about whiney, nasal, voice-quavering emotional songs wearing skinny pants. I am talking about quality sensitivity. Delicate songwriting. Organic emotion. More »
Released on 4AD Records, 2/17/09
By Lynne Angel (Feb 13, 2009)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Almost exactly fifteen years ago The Red Hot Organization released [b]No Alternative[/b], a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks from the who’s who of popular music in the mid-nineties. We’re talkin’ Pavement, Sonic Youth, The Breeders and a brand spanking new track from Nirvana. Needless to say, my little grunged-out mind was blown. More »
Released on Jagjaguwar, 3/10/09
By Lynne Angel (Feb 13, 2009)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The latest release from Julie Doiron, [b]I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day[/b], is both reminiscent of her days as bass player/singer of low-fi revolutionaries Eric’s Trip, and reflective of the long road traveled to reach her current perch in life. The lyrics -- blunt, playful and honest -- speak of the present time but the tendrils of music burst forth a full three hundred and sixty degrees, giving the listener insight into Doiron’s pilgrimage through the last sixteen years of her creative process. More »
Released on Rough Trade Records, 2/17/09
By Lynne Angel (Feb 13, 2009)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Listening to [b]To Be Still[/b], the third release from Nevada City native Alela Diane, what immediately comes across is the confidence Diane projects within the song structure and sound. More »
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