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. Donald Trump was even suppla...

Cymbals Eat Guitars: Lose

I still hate the name of this band. Granted it's better than Diarrhea Planet, Ugly Kid Joe or 4 Non Blondes. But barely. Luckily their music is way better than ...
Moms

Menomena: Moms

I honestly had very little hope for this album. After all, the guy I assumed was the creative brain behind the Menomena outfit, Brent Knopf, had skedaddled to p...
Prophet

Ramona Falls: Prophet

For this album to live, something good had to die. Brent Knopf, lead singer of one of my faves, Menomena, announced that with this Ramona Falls release, his for...
The Orchard

Ra Ra Riot: The Orchard

So your drummer and songwriter dies after recording your debut album. It's met with decent, and deserved, accolades. It's like Vampire Weekend Jr., but much mor...
Mines

Menomena: Mines

I declare albums ‘album of the year!’ on a regular basis. Actually, I’m often disappointed by much of the music I purchase. This is something different. One co-...
Intuit

Ramona Falls: Intuit

As the front man for Menomena, Brent Knopf makes great sounding, big music. Ramona Falls is his solo outlet to explore his inner singer songwriter, making great...
Friend and Foe

Menomena: Friend and Foe

Like a whacked out Flaming Lips (if that’s possible), Menomena mixes keys, horns and mostly atmosphere on an amazingly original sounding album. There's almost a...
The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot: The Rhumb Line

It's hard to believe, after spending four years there, that anything good could come out of Syracuse. It's a gray city cursed with some of the worst weather in ...
Or Give Me Death

Aqueduct: Or Give Me Death

I never get sick of this album. There's something just so familiar about it, all throwback and achingly current at the same time. It has cool drum machines and ...
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 ...
Travistan

Travis Morrison: Travistan

Lord, Jesus, this album is not good. I wanted so badly to like this thing, but Morrison, the former lead singer of The Dismemberment Plan, decided to turn up th...