Music

Music is life and all that accompanies it — along with tinnitus.

31 Knots

31 Knots: Talk Like Blood

Employing some theatrics, and a whole bunch of technical proficiency, 31 Knots escapes the math rock pitfall of being too clean and meticulous. They're not afra...
I Sold Gold

Aqueduct: I Sold Gold

It's kind of like The Rentals meet 12 Rods. I'm not sure where that gets us other than into the land of 80s retro weirdness--as if the album cover isn't enough ...
Plans

Death Cab for Cutie: Plans

What would they do as a follow-up? Popular indie bands moving to major labels after whoring themselves out on every teeny-bopper TV show on earth, and almost be...
Downed

Butterglory: Downed

I’ll never really understand what makes an album a classic. Or a movie, really. I hear and see (and read for that matter) all sorts of things that are considere...
The Evens

The Evens: The Evens

Did you ever wonder what a Fugazi sing along would sound like? Or if Ian MacKaye showed up in your living room to play your failed Kerry in '05 party? Well, now...
Silent Alarm

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm

No, but seriously, the first time I heard this album I almost shat myself. The opening drums on “Like Eating Glass” made me want to pummel something--and appare...
No. 4

Stone Temple Pilots: No. 4

What a title! Yes, it is STP's fourth album. I skipped that Tiny Music thing (I think that's the album they went disco or lounge or something). Now they've turn...
Zhigge

Zhigge: Zhigge

I'm not really sure why this CD made its way into my collection other than it must have dropped around the time when I would buy anything that was remotely danc...