Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Wig Out At Jagbags Review

On his sixth album with The Jicks, the ex-Pavement man settles into his role as elder statesman of rock

“We lived on Tennyson and venison and The Grateful Dead”, sings Stephen Malkmus on ‘Lariat’, adding another food pairing to the menu that’s already given us oysters and dry Lancers wine on Pavement’s ‘Shady Lane’ and saag aloo with gin and tonic on ‘Pink Indıa’ from 2001’s ‘Stephen Malkmus’. This time though the 47-year-old is matching his food with the books and records from his past on an album that sees him squinting through rose-tinted specs at “the music from the best decade ever” (‘Lariat’ again), and writing tunes devoid of the sourness and inertia that characterised much of late-period Pavement and his solo career.

the Kitchen - Hieroglyphics Review

Genres: Rap, Underground Rap West Coast Rap Alternative Rap

Release Date: November 19, 2013

Review: 3rd official Hiero release is a let down. Whatever recipe they were using in 'the kitchen' left a bad taste in my mouth. Listened a few times and it's just not listenable. The production quality is average at best as the vocals are drowned out by the beats at certain points. There just weren't any catchy hooks, beats, or witty lyricism I'm used to. The songs that did have good lyrics like All as above so Below, had the same melancholy music playing in a loop ad nauseum. Possibly the Hiero group needs to filter out some of the members and let the prominent members shine like they did on Souls of Mischief. I found the song talking about "merch" to be a little offensive to the listeners.. that's purely a sales term and to brag about how they are making money off selling t-shirts, preying on the fans was a bit insulting.. that's just me. They had plenty of time to put this album out, I view this as failure.. let's hope they can team up with better producers and work on those lyrics.
Verdict: 40/100

The Knife - Shaking the Habitual (2013) Review and CD Covers

It's been 7 long years since the excellent Silent Shout graced our ears (3 if you count the Fever Ray project,

The Knife do what they're good at, and what they're really good at is causing a cacophony of melodic noise and haunting vocals, with a dash of foreboding beats and ominous atmospheres to set the mood. A good portion of this album has some great cuts on it, including Cherry on Top and Full of Fire, while few others are just plain filler and tend to drag out the album to unnecessary lengths (Fraking being the prime example).

David Bowie - The Next Day Review and CD Covers

This is a very good David Bowie album, in my view. It's a great relief
to say it, because when some of the

We have had a little time now to digest the track Where Are We Now? and to assess its true merit now that the "Blimey!" factor following its surprise release has worn off a bit. I still think that it's a very good song indeed. I did worry that some of the fragile, almost-out-of-tune vocal wasn't a deliberate effect but the voice of a man who can't quite sing as he used to, but - thank heavens - I was quite wrong. It is followed on the album by Valentine's Day, a track which wouldn't have been out of place on Aladdin Sane and which Bowie sings superbly, and there's plenty of other evidence here that he's still got it.

Eels - Wonderful, Glorious Review and CD Covers (2013 album)

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In just under a year, from June 2009 to May 2010, Eels released three albums (Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning). Despite the sheer volume of music (those last two had a handful of bonus tracks as well), I honestly believe that there was one really amazing Eels album there.
Then, they toured, then, they disappeared.
At the end of October 2012, the Eels website dropped a bomb: a brand new Eels album would arrive in just over three months.Eels would return.
It would be wonderful.

Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Genres: Alternative/Indie Rock Ambient Experimental Electronic

Release Date: August 20, 2013

Review: California singer songwriter Julia Holter is three albums in and improving on each outing. "Loud City Song" is the album where she paints a much more accessible musical canvass. This does not diminish the fact that this is a complex and often celestial work which demonstrates a sharp musical mind at work. Those who own her previous albums respectively "Tragedy" and "Eckstasis" will generally approve of this new one since it rekindles some of the best moments contained in those records and develops them further. In doing so she has not lost her cutting edge and songs like the fragmentary avant garde jazz of "Maxim's II" will still leave the listener scratching their head and wondering what chemical aids were its source inspiration.

Sam Phillips - Push Any Button

Genres: Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Release Date: August 13, 2013

Review: This new CD has very entertaining melodical pop music from prolific singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. It's her 10th studio album titled 'Push Any Button' (10 brand new tracks). Indeed Sam Phillips has 10 great new tunes, press on any tune you'll hear quite melodical enjoyable pop music.

Bread - The Best of Bread

Genres: Soft Rock Contemporary Pop/Rock AM Pop

Release Date: 2001

Review: Bread has a general image (for those even familiar with them) of being a "soft rock" band. While it is true that the band made plenty of great ballads, this collection includes at least one tune to break that mold, hard rocker "Mother Freedom". For the most part, though, it has to be admitted that the group was mostly a singles act, so it becomes a game of "Which single CD collection has the best tunes?"

Kanye West - Yeezus

Genres: Hardcore Rap, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Midwest Rap

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Review: Before I begin, let me just say that I gave this album 3 stars based on the fact that I appreciate the fact that Kanye kept his word and created an absolutely chaotic and polarizing album that has little to no chance of any form of mainstream success. With that said, listeners will either love or hate the album and I highly suggest you preview it before spending your hard earned money on it.

Heavy Blinkers - Health (July 30, 2013)

Health is the fourth studio album by Canadian band The Heavy Blinkers. It was released in July 2013 under their self-titled record album. It is their first album within 10 years, after their 2004 album The Night and I Are Still So Young.

1. "As Long as You Have Your Health"   2:21
2. "Anna Karina, I Was Wrong"   3:47
3. "Child of the Radio"   3:54
4. "God Bless Hazel"   3:20
5. "Call It a Day"   3:53
6. "I Should Be Sleeping"   2:58
7. "Perfect Tourists"   3:26
8. "Silence Your Drum"   3:05
9. "Crystal Clear"   4:10
10. "It Sounds Better Than It Sounds"   4:15
11. "Waiting for a Riverboat"   4:16
12. "Why Must You Hide Your Light?"   4:31
13. "Mes Craintes Oubliées"   3:44
14. "Someone Died Today at the Ice Capades"   5:26
15. "When You Go"   4:33
16. "Everything Is Magic"   4:13
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Medicine - To The Happy Few (August 6, 2013)

Over ten years after they called it quits as a working band, 2013 finds the original members of Medicine reunited and proudly offering a recorded LP on Captured Tracks. To The Happy Few is the sound of a highly inspired group reclaiming its creative legacy, thoroughly immersed in the practice of mixing harsh noise with obsessive melodic detail and heavily groovy rocking. "Long As The Sun" is the first song we shared from the 2013 Medicine LP. It simultaneously references the origins of the band and explodes into brand new territory. An exuberant, belligerently pounding carnival.


Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson are thrilled to release their anticipated new album In A World Like This tomorrow, July 30th via their own label K-BAHN, under exclusive license to BMG. 

Continuing with their 20th Anniversary celebrations - which included a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame - BSB will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow, July 30th, and on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson the following day, July 31st. 

Camera Obscura - Desire Lines 2013 Album Review

Camera Obscura has taken another step in the direction of sounding like an American band, specifically, a band that might be on American AM radio in the 60's or 70's. Fans of earlier Camera Obscura albums will find Desire Lines to be a logical progression from My Maudlin Career, although it's really only a small step considering four years have passed since that album. Production is a bit more polished, perhaps, but the songs themselves come from the same general direction. And it's a good direction.

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City Album Review

With each record is seems that Vampire Weekend expands their unique sound ever so slightly. The summertime pop and world beats of their debut and the electronic loops and mellow ballads of Contra are all here, albeit with a fresh coat of paint and some challenging instrumentation that demands repeated listens. With Modern Vampires of the City they've crafted some of their finest work yet and have dispelled any doubts about whether they could survive beyond the initial hype that first surrounded them.

Pistol Annies - Annie Up Album Review

This is the Pistol Annies' second album, and they have continued to put forth great music! I happen to be a fan of the Annies, so this is coming from a fan. I loved their first album, so I was very excited when the new one came out. They are not only three talented vocalists, but they are also gifted songwriters. Every song on this album was written by 1, 2 or all three of the Annies.

The album starts off with the song "I Feel a Sin Comin' On". I think it's one of the best songs on the album! It starts out with Miranda Lambert singing in a sultry a cappella. The first part of the song is sung in a cappella with each of the girls (Miranda, Angie, and Ashley) taking a verse. Then the song goes into a sultry melody to match the mood of the song. I think this song is very nicely done. It's one of my favorites.

Django Unchained 2012 Film Review and Screenshots

As an avid fan of Quentin Tarantino, there's a level of quality that I expect from each film that he makes. I expect to connect with his characters, but not necessarily like any of them. I expect to see a film that satisfies the film geek in me. More than anything, I expect to see a film that entertains throughout the prerequisite bloated running time.

Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio (Pop-Rock)

'Berberian Sound Studio,' which contains Broadcast's soundtrack work for the recent Peter Strickland film of the same name (and which was composed and partially recorded before singer Trish Keenan's death in 2011), is a rather strange and unique--even scary--listening experience that recalls the band's collaboration with the Focus Group from a few years ago. It's more of a musical collage than an actual album, with 39 "songs" stuffed into its 38 minutes, producing a myriad of sounds and moods, and resulting in an extremely kaleidoscopic listen.

Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Review

Still have tears in my eyes after replaying the Epilogue for the second time (yes, I was a dork and did the Mis March step...). It is RAW, especially Jackman throughout and Hathaway is so heavenly in the final scene (no, it blesses your soul, like God is saying, "You are worthy").

Jackman's voice is very, very, very unique. It will be hard for the Wilkinson and other Jean Valjean fans to accept his quality, I think. BUT, again I will use the word, RAW! It has an emotion that is real time REAL. It is an adjustment from the recordings we've been listening to for years. But give it its due. And then wait the three days to see the visuals!!!!!