The Year in Review: Editor’s Favorites, Spring 2014

            An incredibly bountiful spring made up for the lackluster winter to the point of being almost too generous. Three of my absolute favorite albums of the year were released: The Amazing Snakeheads’ Amphetamine Ballads - a raw, driving-through-the-desert-at-sundown-in-a-muscle-car-esque British rock record that’ll put hair on your chest; Recent McGill graduates Ought release...

29 Dec 2:52 AM 0 Read More...

The Year in Review: Editor’s Favorites, Winter 2014

                 Winter produced many of the popular picks for album of the year, including Sun Kil Moon's Benji, St. Vincent's self titled, and The War On Drug’s Lost in the Dream, but it was a disappointingly slow start for me. Despite topping many critics’ charts, I felt all the aforementioned were all just barely above average, and not even as good as other lesser acc...

28 Dec 1:18 AM 0 Read More...

Album Review: Foxygen – ...And Star Power

Los Angeles based experimental-pop group, Foxygen, has a reputation for being odd, and now they're back more glittery and prolific as ever. What began as the project of middle school friends Jonathan Rado and Sam France, mercurially evolved into an avant garde retro pop duo. After the success of their second full-length LP, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, the band was quickly recognized fo...

24 Oct 12:56 AM 0 Read More...

Album Review: Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Death From Above 1979 have released their second studio album, The Physical World, after announcing a reunion in 2011. (The band had previously broken up in 2006 after five years together). For those of you who have not experienced Death From Above 1979, and believe me, if you had heard them before you would know, they are like The Black Keys or The White Stripes on steroids. Consisting ofSebastien Grainger o...

13 Oct 2:01 PM 0 Read More...

Album Review: Flying Lotus – You're Dead!

From the very beginning, coming out of it’s earliest roots as ritual African music that developed into slave spirituals and religious hymns, which then developed into blues and ragtime; all the way up to the avant-garde and free jazz work that came out of the late 50s and early 60s from the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and many others, to the psychedelic jazz fusion era of the late 60’s into the...

09 Oct 6:39 PM 0 Read More...