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Album Review: Cloudy October

The Metal Jerk (Fieldwerk)

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[DEAR DIARY HIP-HOP] When people tell me they’re not really feeling the Portland hip-hop scene, I point them to Cloudy October. The Portland MC resides at the corner of massive ego and crushing a   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Richmond Fontaine

The High Country (El Cortez)

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[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Death Songs

Self-Titled EP (Post-Consumer)

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[ACOUSTIC WORLD-POP] The disconnect between the band name “Death Songs” and the sunny, celebratory music made under the moniker is something not lost on Nick Delffs. The instantly recognizable D   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Old Growth

Out of the Sand and Into the Streets (Bakery Outlet)

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[PRE-GRUNGE] Upon dropping his band’s new album by the WW office, Old Growth co-frontman John Magnifico noted disparagingly that Out of the Sand and Into the Streets was recorded quickly and under    More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Nurses

Dracula (Dead Oceans)

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[PSYCHEDELIC POP] On 2009’s Apple’s Acre, Nurses sounded like a gang of tykes who had snuck off to their parents’ basement and recorded an album after the babysitter fell asleep. Think an ava   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

American Goldwing (Sub Pop)

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[WEIRD AMERICANA] Blitzen Trapper tends to write checks, in its opening songs, that its albums don’t care to cash. That was the case with the proggy opener to last year’s Destroyer of the Void,    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: YACHT

Shangri-La (DFA Records)

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[DISCO INFERNO] The fifth album by the discofied pop outfit YACHT is also the second to feature a solidified lineup of leader Jona Bechtolt with ingénue/foil Claire Evans. Not that she follows Bec   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Big Black Cloud

Shitty Vibrations (Stankhouse)

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[FUZZ BOMBS] As its mid-career name change might imply, Big Black Cloud (formerly “Here Comes a Big Black Cloud!”) isn’t the same band it was while soundtracking summer house shows with its c   More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vanimal

Self-Titled EP (Self-Released)

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[SLICK SYNTH-POP] O come, all ye corporate America heatseekers, I have the perfect 30-second snippet for your next iPad/Target/Electric car ad. “Lift Me Up,” the opening track from Vanimal’s    More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Doubleplusgood

Here They Come, The Birds Of My Youth (Sohitek)

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[ELECTRONIC POP] The air of romantic and erotic longing that presides over Doubleplusgood’s latest CD might be hard to breathe in without some effort. This drums-and-electronics duo doesn’t push   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 ROBERT HAM

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