Category archives: Album Reviews

  • New Electric Needle Room Album Causes U.S. Gov't Shutdown

  • Amidst concerns over the new Electric Needle Room album, House Republicans and Senate Democrats failed to reach a consensus for a continuing resolution on spending that would allow non-essential governmental operations. Earlier, the Kansas band had announced a poll to name their latest album. However, after tallying the results the band chose to ignore popular opinion and named the album It's G[...]
  • Obligatory review of reviews: Sebadoh-Defend Yourself

  • I hate music journalists. They're about as useful as a weatherman. In the post-apocalypse would anyone look around and howl "Who will tell me what music is worth hearing?" No one says that--the question was rhetorical. My main problem with these so-called journalistas is that they flip between outrageous strings of adjectives or regurgitating a press release. This has been on display over the past[...]
  • Review: Sacred Slut--Don't Kill The Kids

  • Don't kill the kids isn't just a cool album...it's great advice. It can soothe your auditory taste buds and, potentially, save you a lot of time in jail. Jeff 'Sacred Slut' Spisak has prepared another set of prolific songs with your safety--and the safety of your children--in mind. Oddly enough, it's one of those albums where the title track (in this case, Don't Kill The Kids) is the best on the a[...]
  • Album Review: Cocoon Life - The Power of Nightmares

  • It's difficult for me to review The Power of Nightmares. I started off writing about the first line of the opening track, Four Chambers, but it was hard not to get too personal. See, I've known members of the band since their founding in 2002 and some of them even longer. Perhaps it's a foux pas for me to attempt to write about a band I'm so intimately acquainted with, but god damn it. this EP is [...]
  • The Sound Logic self-titled debut

  • This review will continue my new series "Shit I Should Have Reviewed Long Ago". This week I present the Sound Logic's self-titled release which came out on June 1st. I just saw the two-piece over at the No Wave Rave and goddamn was it cool. If you don't get off on guitars caked in fuzz and kick-ass drumming, then I suppose you won't really like the band's overall sound. But when you're ready ro[...]
  • Album Review: Lord Scrummage-Triangle or Die

  • It is now time for my long overdue review of the new Lord Scrummage. Why long overdue you ask? Because if it had not been for a recent 'How to Brush Your Teeth' lesson with Nolan (sidenote: he has a lot of good advice--it's all about making slow, tiny circles with the toothbrush and working up to--not down--from your gums) the album, released in February, would have slipped my attention.  The albu[...]
  • Record Review - El Monte Slim - If I Could Just Break Even

  • El Monte Slim is a California band with Michigan roots.  Lead singer/gee-tar picker Ian Trumbull was the front-man for 90’s Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor-based bar-room juggernaut The Deterants before packing up and setting out towards the Pacific.   He landed in San Diego and, with fellow `Rant Jimmy “Jazz” Ayala and ex-Holy Cow John Popovich, formed Ghost Town Deputies for a string of impressive recor[...]
  • Hospital Garden unveils new album Mover

  • Standing around an old factory in the heart of Chicago are the members of Hospital Garden. Between the indie-rock trio rests a large, draped object. Our group of nervous journalists slowly pushes in...what should we expect? "Ladies and gentleman," Lucas Hollow--Hospital Garden guitarist--announces, "We present...Mover!" Flashbulbs fire in rapid succession. Hushed tones become a chorus of gas[...]
  • New Jamaican Queens video 'Water'

  • The latest Jamaican Queens video is now available on YouTube. The video premiered on IFC's site yesterday but a buggy player prevented me from enjoying and, apparently, the video was only available for viewing in the U.S. when it went live anyhow. The video is fun--a sort of meditation on what happens if you crowd too many hipster girls into a house. The song is good too--a sort of meditation on s[...]