Album Reviews

Dager Beach

John Vanderslice: Dagger Beach

John Vanderslice isn’t what I would call a “happy” guy. He uses the word “alone” and “fear” quite a lot in his songs. Granted, when…

Goblin

Tyler, the Creator: Goblin

This album would literally make Hipster Father-in-Law’s head explode. And, yes, I know when people say “literally” they usually use it incorrectly as hyperbole and…

Campfire Punkrock

Frank Turner: Campfire Punkrock

I actually bought this album after hearing “The Real Damage” on a podcast of some sort. It just spoke to me in that plain old…

Forcefield

Tokyo Police Club: Forcefield

C’mon guys, an 8:30 minute song for track one? I honestly thought they had lost their damn fool heads. Have they gone all prog rock…

The Monitor

Titus Andronicus: The Monitor

I can’t stop listening to this album. Easily the best album of 2010 so far. It brings to mind the unbridled energy and fury of…

The Loon

Tapes ‘n Tapes: The Loon

I always forget about these guys. Lost in the wash of mid-aughts indie music and Surfer Rosa-era Pixies idol worship, these guys put together a…

Swearin'

Swearin’: Swearin’

Who’s happier than me that the latest trend in indie music is the 90s college radio throwback sound? It sure beats the hell out of…

Surfing Strange

Swearin’: Surfing Strange

Swearin’s first, self-titled album was on my list of best albums of 2012, so you could imagine my joy when they followed it up quickly…

Enemy Mine

Swan Lake: Enemy Mine

This album comes roaring out of the gates with “Spanish Gold, 2044,” one of my favorite songs of 2009, and must be a Mercer song…

Beast Moans

Swan Lake: Beast Moans

Look, it’s a Destroyer album! Psyche. There’s no mistaking Dan Bejar’s voice, and this album starts off with him strongly behind the mic. Despite his…