Album Reviews

Minimum R&B

The Dirty Nil: Minimum R&B

This is the shit that makes me angry about modern “rock” music. Angry that all that alt-folk, drowned-in-reverb garbage can still appear under the rock…

Guppy

Charly Bliss: Guppy

Sometimes there is only so much peer pressure a guy can take before he breaks. And so it went with Charlie Bliss’ new album, Guppy….

Hot Thoughts

Spoon: Hot Thoughts

Spoon is a band I’ve been listening to for years. I’ve seen them live and created playlists on Apple Music and its predecessors that I…

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Japandroids: Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Japandroids have always toed the line between indie noise rock, rollicking anthemic arena rock and old-fashioned Springsteen Americana. Their music, regardless of its leanings, has…

Welcome

Slaughter Beach, Dog: Welcome

The oddly named Slaughter Beach, Dog is apparently a side project of Modern Baseball lead singer, Jake Ewald. It’s not a huge departure from his main…

Goodness

The Hotelier: Goodness

Let’s talk about spoken-word shit. Actually, let’s not talk about spoken-word shit. Even if The Hotelier somehow thinks this most high school of emotive communication…

The Dream Is Over

PUP: The Dream Is Over

Rocking and roiling punk noise from up North of the border is honestly on my list of things that make me consistently happy. And, on…

Return to Love

LVL UP: Return to Love

I believe this is the second LVL UP album I’ve reviewed in 2016, but why not stick with what you like, right? That said, I…

Head Carrier

Pixies: Head Carrier

Pixies are a pretty large touchstone for me in my musical evolution. It honestly started back in 1989 with Doolittle, and I subsequently, and quickly,…

Boronia

Hockey Dad: Boronia

There is nothing more exuberant on this planet than young Australian dudes. Hockey Dad, indeed a couple of teenagers from New South Wales, are what…

Camp Cope

Camp Cope: Camp Cope

Jesus, I just want this album on repeat in my head all day long. No, Camp Cope isn’t some horrible MTV rehab show hosted by…

Testerossa

Yoni & Geti: Testarossa

Testarossa is a very specific reference for males of a certain age. So is Countach. I had posters of both on my wall as an…

The Life of Pablo

Kanye West: The Life of Pablo

Oh Kanye. You silly, silly, self-important man. Kanye is one of the few musicians I had the opportunity to interact with on a deeper level…

Hoodwink'd

LVL UP: Hoodwink’d

When I first saw this band, technically on the undercard with Pinegrove at a show I was to attend in Montclair, NJ, all I could…

Higher Power

The Dirty Nil: Higher Power

I’ve been listening to this Dirty Nil album on repeat for weeks now. And in this day and age of on-demand media, that’s saying a…

Cardinal

Pinegrove: Cardinal

Dateline Montclair, NJ. Home to Stephen Colbert, media types and hippies of all stripes. An ethnically and economically diverse NYC-adjacent commuter town filled with Priuses…