Album Review: Cartridge

Black Heron and the Spoonbill (PJCE)


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[AVANT WORLD JAZZ] After the lonely, shakuhachi-like flute of “Korean Blues,” the opening track of Cartridge’s Black Heron and the Spoonbill, the second track, “Murphy’s Hook,” rudely    More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Red Yarn

Deep Woods Revival (Self-Released)


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[ANIMAL FOLK SONGS] It’s rare that you get to think critically about an album mostly concerned with cabbage, squirrels and jigging along home. But here we are with Red Yarn’s Deep Woods Revi   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Lunch: Album Review

Let Us Have Madness Openly (Mass Media)


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[POST-PUNK] It doesn’t take a geneticist to map the DNA of post-punk resurrectors Lunch—only a BBC radio host from the 1980s. On its second album, the band wears its debt to such harbingers of Eng   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Máscaras: Album Review

Máscaras vs. Máscaras (Party Damage)


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[INSTRUMENTAL PSYCH] Of the 20 or so bands drummer Papi Fimbres makes time to play for these days, desert-psych group Máscaras is getting most of his attention right now, with good re   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 CASEY HARDMEYER.

Brownish Black: Album Review

Life Lessons (Breakup)


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[GARAGE SOUL] Don’t call it a throwback. On its debut LP, Life Lessons, Brownish Black is a band serrating the edges of soul music. Sure, the blend of R&B and funk might sound old-school, but wh   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 TED JAMISON

Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)


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[HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)


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[HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)


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[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Mackintosh Braun

Arcadia (Chop Shop/Island)


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[PASSION PIT PANDORA] Portland synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun just want you to love them. Playing together since 2006, the pair are well known to television execs—they’ve placed songs on Gre   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Guantanamo Baywatch

Darling…It’s Too Late (Suicide Squeeze)


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[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there, reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

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