Monday, March 30, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted January 14, 2015in Sound Check

Sleater-Kinney “No Cities to Love” Sub Pop The fact that we are now living in 2015 and there are still people in the world who don’t know about Sleater-Kinney makes me sad. Now, after a nearly eight-year break, the Olympia, Washington, trio is back from a new location (they live

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Posted January 07, 2015in Sound Check

Charli XCX “Sucker” Asylum Records The odds are that if you know of Charli XCX, it is for her credits on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” You can decide whether or not that is the kind of thing that will get you interested in hearing more

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Posted December 31, 2014in Sound Check

Peace Love & Stuff “Too Lonesome to Cry” Independent   Much like with the Love Songs for Lonely Monsters album last year, there has been a lot of built-up anticipation over Peace Love & Stuff’s debut full-length. Well, the wait is over, and the result is glorious. Lead singer Lavonne

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Posted December 24, 2014in Sound Check

  Unknown Component “Arbitrary Ambiguity” Independent   Unknown Component is entirely the work of Ames-based Keith Lynch. At the end of the day, I don’t know if the things Lynch has to say as Unknown Component are vital or important, but the ways in which he says them are often

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Posted December 17, 2014in Sound Check

Nicki Minaj “The Pinkprint” Republic   Nicki Minaj is like a vaguely easier to palate Lil’ Kim with better marketing and a less dirty past. As pop music goes, it is OK, and there is an obvious reason why she is popular if you are into that kind of thing.

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Posted December 10, 2014in Sound Check

She and Him “Classics” Columbia What Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have proven with their most recent album release is that it is nearly impossible to screw up a great song. “Classics” is exactly what the title says it is: a collection of songs from the ’30s through the ’60s

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Posted December 03, 2014in Sound Check

AC/DC “Rock or Bust” Columbia On a personal level, it has not been a good year for AC/DC. Their drummer was arrested for trying to get a couple people killed, and guitarist Malcolm Young has announced his departure from the band for health reasons. But through it all, the band

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Posted November 26, 2014in Sound Check

David Bowie “Nothing Has Changed” Parlophone There are three versions of David Bowie’s new compilation album for you to choose from; I chose the massive, three CD, 79-track version, because if you’re going to go, you might as well go big. Since Bowie operates on a wavelength above that of

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Posted November 19, 2014in Sound Check

Pink Floyd “The Endless River” Parlophone Pink Floyd has always had a keen eye toward higher concept material. In that vein, “The Endless River” isn’t the kind of album that’s going to provide Floyd fans a lot of radio-ready moments. Instead, the album is broken up into four conceptually-distinct parts.

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Posted November 12, 2014in Sound Check

Ani DiFranco “Allergic to Water” Righteous Babe Ani DiFranco has come a long, long way, emotionally speaking. Those of us who cut our teeth listening to her early work — where lyrics were spat out like accusations, and you’d think her guitar was going to come apart in her hands

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