Posts in category "Album Reviews"

Why "The Internet" Is Album Of The Year? "Because" It Should Be.

I haven’t taken Childish Gambino‘s Because the Internet out of the five disc changer since it was released last December. Speaking of December, Gambino argued with his label on whether it should be released during that month in 2013, or sometime later in 2014. He fought hard to have it out around Christmas, and it... Read more »

UB40-"Rat In The Kitchen"

UB40-"Rat In The Kitchen"
Artist/Album Title: UB40-Rat In The Kitchen Reason For Purchase: Simply put, it was a “Dolla, Dolla Ya’ll!” I’ve always loved the song “Rat In Me Kitchen,” and wondered how the whole record was. For a dollar, it was the perfect gamble. Songs To Hear: “Rat In Mi Kitchen,” “Sing Our Own Song,” “WatchDogs.” Why You... Read more »

Bears Hands "Distraction," RECORD OF THE YEAR?

At this point in 2014, Bear Hands has created my favorite album. It’s a stellar outing of high energy, surging vocals, and colorful instrumentation, that power this record from start to finish. The single “Giants,” which was released before the full album, is what originally drew me in. A mixture of rap and rock, or... Read more »
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Chris Whitley "Perfect Day"

Chris Whitley "Perfect Day"
Artist/Album Title: Chris Whitley-Perfect Day Reason For Purchase: I pretty much love all Chris Whitley’s work, so I’d buy anything with his name on it. If it’s floating around in the cut out bins, and I don’t have it, I’m scooping that up. Songs To Hear: “4th Time Around,” “Perfect Day,” “She’s Alright” and “The... Read more »

The Cut Out Kids Are A Band

The Cut Out Kids Are A Band
What began as a blog idea, has now morphed into a band name. The Cut Out Kids are now a three piece rock outfit from Chicago who are playing their first show at the Double Door this Friday, the 28th, @ 8pm. Guitarist Adam Franklin heard someone drumming in the coach house behind his apartment.... Read more »

Born Ruffian's "Birthmarks" Album Is One You Shouldn't Miss

In between the glut of albums I have waiting for listen on Spotify, I somehow lost track of this gem. The worst part is, that I forgot to add Born Ruffians Birthmarks to my Top Albums of 2013. First off, check out “Needle,” and the sparse arrangements that make it so enjoyable. Everything is clear... Read more »
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Shout Out Louds-Optica

Artist/Album Title: Shout Out Louds-Optica Reason For Purchase: Love the dynamic of the guy/girl vocals, and the songwriting ranks up there with some of the best in the alt-rock world. Look no further than album opener “Sugar” for justification (listen above). Songs To Hear: “Sugar,” “Illusions,” “Blue Ice,” “14th Of July” & “Destroy.” Why You... Read more »

The Second Wave-A Must Own

The Second Wave-A Must Own
Artist/Album Title: Various Artists-The Second Wave Reason For Purchase: All of my favorite bands in one place, a no-brainer. Songs To Hear: Roxy Music “More Than This,” is just an amazing song. I love the rest of this compilation, but this is the song that fills me with emotion. Lost In Translation made it all... Read more »

Polyvinyl's Painted Palms Teach The History Of Pop Music On "Forever"

Painted Palms are teaching the history of pop music with their latest LP, Forever.  It’s one of the best listens released in 2014. When you hear their first single “Spinning Signs” you might compare them to an early Depeche Mode. Maybe even a bit like label mates Of Montreal, both of which are good things... Read more »
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Paperboy's "City To City" Is Pure G-Funk Bliss

Paperboy's "City To City" Is Pure G-Funk Bliss
Artist/Album Title: Paperboy-City To City Reason For Purchase: Loved his first effort, especially the single “Ditty.” So when I was out in St. Louis at Vintage Vinyl, I reeled this puppy in. Songs To Hear: “Swayz Groov,” “So Many Ways,” “City To City,” “P’s Cure” Why You Want It?: It’s pure G-Funk era fun, with... Read more »