Album Reviews

Lisbon

The Walkmen: Lisbon

Lead singer, Hamilton Leithauser, sounds like Dylan if Dylan thought he could sing. It’s not to say he can’t, but close your eyes and imagine…

Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring for My Halo

I generally stay away from the low-key singer/songwriter stuff since Elliott Smith snuffed himself. I saw one of his shows at Irving Plaza back when…

Venomous Villain

Viktor Vaughn: VV2: Venomous Villain

I’m not much for instrumental albums or albums filled with guest spots. So imagine my disappointment when the second Vik Vaughn album turned out to…

Vaudeville Villain

Viktor Vaughn: Vaudeville Villain

More stripped down than his straight-ahead MF Doom stuff, and a little more dark, Viktor Vaughn is a great alter-ego in and of itself. He’s…

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…