Recent Articles in CD Reviews

Luke Rathborne – ‘ I Can Be One/Dog Years’ Split EP

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He’s been a live force in both folk and rock circles around NYC for the past couple of years, but Luke Rathborne, at 23, has just released his first EP, and he’s gone and made it a double. It makes sense that his lush, sometimes even catchy Dog Years songs, written in Maine and prior to his move to Brooklyn, should be seen alongside his more recent, paired-down work.

8 Mar 2011 | More

Autolux – ‘The Bouncing Wall’ EP

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Autolux’s latest 5-track digital release is a look at the band’s more obscure work, with three new songs that give the listener a chance to delve into the deeper recesses of the band’s collective, artistic mind.

3 Mar 2011 | More

Alexander – ‘Alexander’

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Growing up, breezy Saturday afternoons took a turn to Kooktown in my house thanks to a singular catalyst: Mungo Jerry’s early-70s AOR staple mongo hit, “In the Summertime.” My father had a slap-happy, one-legged, Rocky Balboa-esque boogie he would do as it played, as its irresistible blend of incendiary jug-band swagger…

1 Mar 2011 | 1 comment | More

Dolorean – ‘The Unfazed’

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The fourth release from Portland, OR’s alt-country outfit Dolorean plays like an intimate gathering of friends spanning time under the setting sun on a breezy afternoon in a wheat field. Refreshing in its candor and windswept minimalism, The Unfazed tackles heartbreak, resentment and resilience with a true grit in the truest sense…

28 Feb 2011 | More

Nicole Atkins – ‘Mondo Amore’

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Low-hanging fog and heartache loom large and heavy over New Jersey-bred firecracker Nicole Atkins’ sophomore release, Mondo Amore. Written against the backdrop of tremendous personal and professional upheavals and break-ups in 2009 and 2010, the album plunges any willing listener straight into the maelstrom of Atkins’ own Blue Valentine…

8 Feb 2011 | More

White Lies – ‘Ritual’

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While a great and mighty assumption, many of us would like to have the ability to leap into A-ha’s “Take on Me” video and sit a spell and observe. London trio White Lies seem to harbor the same aspirations, but with INXS’s dreary “Never Tear Us Apart” video.

29 Jan 2011 | 1 comment | More

Tapes ‘N Tapes – ‘Outside’

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Oh ye fickle bloggers. Though this latest release from Tapes ‘N Tapes has been widely discounted as a watered-down, predictable rehashing of the band’s greatest Loon era material, I don’t think the disc has been given a fair trial, since there are a handful of gutsy gems that could easily stand on their own…

11 Jan 2011 | 2 comments | More

Nine Inch Nails – ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ (2010)

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My first experience with Nine Inch Nails’ seminal debut effort arrived in conjunction with the sand-encrusted drive home from a boating trip. I was 14 and in the backseat of a popular surfer’s car as we sped down the highway from Jupiter Inlet in South Florida.

30 Nov 2010 | More

Matt and Kim – ‘Sidewalks’

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Jack White, of another guy-girl duo we all love, sang in 2003, “Give me a sugar pill and watch me just rattle down the street.” This is how the third full-length effort by irrepressible Brooklyn duo Matt and Kim tends to feel throughout its frenetic bursts of delicious synth popcorn.

9 Nov 2010 | 1 comment | More

Dinosaur Bones – ‘Birthright’ EP

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Toronto’s Dinosaur Bones have a Canadian sound, and though I’m not exactly sure what that means, certain parts on this 4-song EP do remind me a bit of earlier work by Montreal’s The Stills.

3 Nov 2010 | 1 comment | More