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CD reviews

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
 

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This week we’ve got a local rapper, some electronic dudes and one name you should know: Cohen.

By January 25th, 2012

L.T.Z. — “360 Dunk”
Oklahoma City hip-hop dude rolls with nice guys Jabee and Beetyman, and he may even be the nicest of the bunch. He and DJ Chips stopped by my office with a hard copy of this solid album last week, and I subsequently spent the entirety of my weekend listening to it. “Steeze Me Up” and “Rehab” are both standout examples of well-produced backpack rap here:



Two Suns — “Dirty Industry”
Normanite Jake Davidson is back with another new track from his forthcoming (well, sort of forthcoming) “Dream Familiar,” which he’s releasing track by track. “Dirty Industry” is true to its name, featuring some pretty scuzzy synthesizers and a wooden, skitter backbeat:



Andrew Bird — “Eyeoneye”
I’m sure glad this whistling indie dreamboat’s back. Did I just say that out loud?



Leonard Cohen — “Old Ideas”
Glad you're back, Leonard. And thanks, NPR!


Craig Finn — “Clear Heart Full Eyes”
The Hold Steady singer Craig Finn recently found some time to record a proper solo album. Give it a listen over at AOL Spinner and compare notes with me when I’ve got an album review up later in the week. Also, he’s coming to The Conservatory soon. Very excited.

Theresa Andersson — “What Comes Next”
Horns, echoing voices, a pretty lady singer and Peter, from Peter Bjorn & John? What more do you need, I ask?

Mannachine — “Ant People”
If you have yet to hear of Mannachine, then you should definitely check this oddball, post-dubsteppy act out. I caught Jonathan Martin (once an Uglysuiter) this summer when he opened for Colourmusic, and seem to remember a more rock-oriented show. Times change, I suppose; enjoy this freaky five minutes of sonic ambience:


 
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