Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Owen Pulls The Covers On His "Girl In A Box"

What do Owen and The Blake Babies have in common? They both have a “Girl In A Box.” “Wife don’t mind if I give her a child. My wife don’t mind, she thinks it’s pretty wild. I’ve got this girl in a box, I got a girl in a box.” -John Strohm, of the Blake... Read more »

Ghostface Killah's "Ironman" Is Best Solo Album Yet By Any Wu-Tang Member

For those unfamiliar with this classic album: Ghostface Killah was a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Ironman was the debut LP from Ghostface, and could possibly be the best solo project by any member of the group; ever. Artist/Album: Ghostface Killah-Ironman Reason For Purchase: I had the digital version, but have been looking... Read more »

The Kooks Take A Soulful Approach On Latest Album Listen

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Anytime you change musical styles, or go in a different direction then your fans expect, there is always going to be some blow back. British band The Kooks did just this on their fourth studio album, Listen. It’s very accomplished, and another one of my favorite listens from 2014. I must admit, this record took... Read more »
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The Shins-"Oh, Inverted World," For $1?

Artist/Album: The Shins-Oh, Inverted World Reason For Purchase: If you remember the movie Garden State, then you might remember the incredible soundtrack that followed?  This is where I first heard The Shins. I’ll never forget those first chords of  ”Caring Is Creepy.” Well, first the eerie whistle, then the chords, and then the cold, high-pitched... Read more »

Hozier's Debut A Sweet Surprise From 2014

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A friend of mine went to Lollapalooza 2014, and came back championing this new artist Hozier. This was the first I’ve heard of the Grizzly Adam’s lookalike. Then, while watching The Leftovers, I heard “Take Me To Church.” It was gripping. After a little investigation I found out who it was: Hozier. Next, I heard... Read more »

"World Peace Is None Of Your Business:" Best Of 2014

I think it’s been a little while since I placed a Morrissey album in my year end Top 10 list. As a quick precursor, I should mention that The Smiths and Morrissey have been favorites of mine for the last 25 years. Loving him over the last ten years has been a bit harder, as... Read more »
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Frank Ocean Better Watch His Back, Here Comes Daye Jack

Frank Ocean better release something quick, cause this 18 year “got game!” If Ocean waits too long, Daye Jack might just take his spotlight. With a style very similar to Ocean’s and blog sites like Paste calling this kid the one to watch in 2015, his star is about to shine. He flows like Frank,... Read more »

Haim Goes Retro In "If I Could Change Your Mind" Video

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Not sure if you saw this Haim video, but it’s worth taking a peek at. These girls are usually rocking, but here in the video, they are taking the 80′s very seriously, as well as pop music in general. They have been slowly growing on me, but things started moving quicker for me after this... Read more »

Kevin Drew's "Darlings" Highlight Of His Career

Kevin Drew’s second solo album Darlings slowly became a staple for me in 2014. First it started with “Mexican AfterShow Party,” conjuring eerie thoughts of a dimly lit all-nighter. Then it was “Body Butter,” and it’s general theme of love. “Good Sex” runs along the same lines with lyrics you don’t hear everyday: Good sex... Read more »
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The Dirty Heads "Sound Of Change" Is A Great Progression

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If you weren’t bumping “My Sweet Summer” in your wood grain ‘Lac this summer, well, you’re probably not cool. I’m not very cool either… But, I rocked this single and the Sound Of Change a lot this summer, and that’s why it’s making my “Top 10 Of 2014.” I first found The Dirty Heads playing... Read more »