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[Album Review] Best Coast: Crazy for You

Crazy for You doesn’t feel forced or contrived, but more genuinely lackadaisical. The Best Coast album is a nice blend of shoegazey sixties girl pop more akin to Vivian Girls or Dum Dum Girls than, say, She & Him. Frontwoman Bethany Cosentino has damn near perfect old-school rocker pipes with sneer to match, but the tracks tend to run together. All of the tracks on the first side are enjoyable in their own right, they’re just somewhat indistinguishable from one another. I do really love the stand-out songs, but they’re all stuck at the end of the disc. On the whole, it’s an enjoyable summertime listen, but be forewarned, these tracks are growers. There’s no real wow factor, even though there easily could have been. This girl is more the type to gradually wear down your resistance and win you over rather than sweep you off your feet. Give the album the chance to do so. Read full review at inyourspeakers.com

Best Coast – I Want To


Best Coast – When the Sun Dont Shine

You can stream the entire album here.

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[Review] Here We Go Magic: Pigeons


If one more stellar indie band comes from Brooklyn this year, scientists should probably start testing the water in the East Side area. With their 2009 self-titled debut under their belts, the Luke Temple-fronted quintet is ready to deliver unto us their fantastic sophomore effort, Pigeons. Significantly, where the band’s debut was essentially a Luke Temple solo project, Pigeons represents a more collaborative effort between Temple, Michael Bloch, Jen Turner, Kristina Lieberson, and Peter Hale. The record opens with the funky, pop-driven “Hibernation.” For a record with such a sleepy title, you might think that the song itself would be down tempo and subdued, but this track is quite the opposite. It’s peppered with bouncy synth lines, fast-paced drums, and a smattering of guitar. If this is what the new Here We Go Magic is to sound like, we could definitely get used to their style. Read full post at inyourspeakers.com

Here We Go Magic – Casual

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[Album Review] Fol Chen: Part II: The New December

Part II the New DecemberUnderstanding the ever strange and mysterious Fol Chen is a lot like solving a Rubix Cube without first studying the algorithms. Either you’re a genius, or you’re full of it, and just pulled the stickers off. Signed to the prestigious Asthmatic Kitty label, which was founded by none other than Sufjan Stevens and his stepfather Lowell Brams, Fol Chen’s previous releases have been met with high praise, not to mention anticipation for the next album from these new hit-makers with their bitingly intelligent, if whimsical, musical tendencies. Part II: The New December starts off strong with “The Holograms”, showcasing the glitchy electro-instrumentation and dissonant, polyphonic percussion that will soon emerge as hallmarks of the album. In this song, more than those that follow, Fol Chen succeed completely in creating a song that, by way of its myriad melodies and other minor avant-noise qualities, evokes a sense of pleasant confusion. Read full review at inyourspeakers.com.

Fol Chen – The Holograms

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[Album Review] The Gaslight Anthem: American Slang

Bruce Springsteen is, without question, the hip old-school rocker of the moment. Everybody loves the guy, and with that love comes the unfortunate side effect of hundreds of ham-fisted and half-assed attempts to rip off the guy’s music and persona, or at the very least to toss out the requisite namecheck in an interview. Fortunately The Gaslight Anthem’s music can be described as anything but half-assed, and in many respects, it could be said that the Jersey foursome are well adept at using their whole asses. Indeed, their previous album, 2008’s The ’59 Sound, offered listeners the best Bruce-inspired tunes this side of The Hold Steady, in the process catapulting the band to veritable superstar status. To say that American Slang arrives with bloated and unreasonably high expectations that have little possibility of being matched in this world, or any other, is a bit of an understatement. And disappointed I was when I queued up the record’s title track, a meek opener by Gaslight’s lofty standards. But when “Stay Lucky” and “Bring It On” roll around the corner, any fears of The Gaslight Anthem growing old, tired, and lazy quickly evaporate. Both tunes are bruising, straightforward rockers bleeding with the kind of desperate optimism and nostalgia that made “Old White Lincoln” and “Red In The Morning” such fan-favorites. Read full review at inyourspeakers.com

The Gaslight Anthem – We Did It When We Were Young

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[Glitch Hop] Steamy Experimental Baths

Baths Cerulean review

Released under the Baths moniker, Wiesenfeld’s Anticon debut is a solid and mature vision sutured by a few elements that Wiesenfeld has mastered. First and foremost, Baths is a beat maker. He reigns in the propensity to let auxiliary instrumentation and formless segues wreak havoc on his airtight beats by never straying too far out of a lock-step, definable beat pattern as a sturdy backbone. Baths’ use of sampled acoustic guitars, organic, household sounds, and piano lines often fall a half-step behind the propulsive beat, deepening the texture, but they always support and lend to the musical superstructure. It was only a few years ago you couldn’t mention an artist on the Anticon label without somehow acknowledging the incestuous level of collaboration that went on within the core of the roster. The latest release by Baths, while full of odes to the Anticon of the past, is a bold step for a ceaselessly genre-defying record label and an audacious, inspired debut for a young beat-maker. Coming in half-way through the album, “Hall” starts out as a delightfully twisted, lo-fi freak-folk strummer before being edited percussively into the rhythm and time signature of the beat. If we can compare Baths to recent Chillwave artists such as Toro y Moi and Boyfruit we can do so favorably in terms of Wiesenfeld’s use of non-percussive rhythmic elements to augment his beats with which he creates a disorienting underwater headphone trip. Pretty amazing stuff. Read full review at inyourspeakers.com
Baths - Cerulean

Baths – Maximalist


Baths – Lovely Bloodflow


Baths – Hall (The One AM Radio Remix Feat. The Los Feliz Ladies Choir)

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[Indie/Pop] Rafter : Animal Feelings

Rafter Animal feelings album review
To quote the venerable MrFukhed’s musing on Rafter’s YouTube video for “Paper,” “i bet theres gonna be a bunch of indie fucks swingin from the balls of this group.” As a dyed-in-the-wool indie fuck, I can attest to the categorical truth of this statement. Although Rafter Roberts has been releasing albums for almost five years, there really couldn’t be a better jumping off point into the world of Rafter than Animal Feelings. Working backwards through his catalogue ought to increase your appreciation of his earlier, more difficult material. Rafter has always had his finger to the pulse of pop, keeping even his most experimental tendencies grounded. His latest effort is a testament to that fact. Nothing sets toes to tapping like a quality pop song. Right from the start “No Fucking Around” comes straight down the middle. Literally, Rafter is flat out telling us there will be no fucking around with sampling snippets of improvised chaos and piecing together of randomized over-thoughts (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Previously Rafter made music for the mind, now he’s making it explicitly for the hips. Read Full Review at inyourspeakers.com

Rafter -No Fucking Around


Rafter – Timeless Form, Formless Time


Rafter – Fruit (Baths Remix)

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[Album Review] Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

Imagine this: Nightmare on Elm Street is real, you just fell asleep, and now you’re in the boiler room of a creepy sleep away camp building where a bunch of teenagers were murdered last year. You’re with a gang of rockabilly motorcyclists and a friendly cannibal and you just heard a strange noise nearby. You walk towards what could either be an inevitable doom or your salvation from this nightmare….Ok, so what’s the soundtrack? Answer: Before Today. If the album’s track titles (“Fright Night (Nevermore),” “Beverly Kills,” “Butt-House Blondies,” etc.) sound kitsch it’s because Ariel Pink’s whole album is wrapped in an endearing blanket of horror flick nostalgia. Before Today is like an acid-wracked, psychedelic music version of the ‘80s B-horror movies your film freak friends worship. Continue reading at inyourspeakers.com

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round

’Round And Round’
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