Alternative Pop

Prolonging the Magic

Cake: Prolonging the Magic

By the time this, their third album, rolled around, Cake had established a sound that was genuinely theirs. You have the vibraslap, the mix in of South American...
Fashion Nugget

Cake: Fashion Nugget

Cake is kind of the nerd's alt band. The Jeremy Piven-looking lead singer sports a stupid fisherman's hat and plays some instrument that sounds like a rattlesna...
Comfort Eagle

Cake: Comfort Eagle

And as if my oracle self was looking down on the world and saying “you sure are a bunch of pasty mutherfuckers” I called the whole Cake/tv show synergy. “Short ...
Days Are Gone

Haim: Days Are Gone

There's so much about this album that I really want to not like. There's like some serious Taylor Dayne action going on here, which would normally make me run s...
Port of Morrow

The Shins: Port of Morrow

The Shins are a funny band. Nobody, with the exception of Natalie Portman's character in Garden State, goes insane over them. The truth is, their music really w...
Cults

Cults: Cults

Not to be confused with my high school hard rockin' heroes, The Cult, this band would seriously disappoint if you were looking to head bang to a Rick Rubin prod...
Broken Bells

Broken Bells: Broken Bells

Gotta say, I'm pretty disappointed with this album. I generally like The Shins, and appreciate Danger Mouse's production, but he does this thing where he strips...
Let Go

Nada Surf: Let Go

This is honestly the album on which I “rediscovered” Nada Surf. I mean, we all heard “Popular” a million and half times on the radio and MTV and in CMJ samplers...