White Denim – “Fits”Downtown-due out Oct. 204 / 5 Crashing, thrashing rough punk prevails on White Denim’s second release. It’s thick, viscous music that gets stuck in your throat; the opening tracks are full, well-executed twisting streams of sound that glut and flow, replete with guitar and drums. Any band that sets themselves to it can craft songs of these quality, but what sets Denim apart is their ability to change over to a calmer, more melodic and controlled M. Ward versing starting on “Paint Yourself,” which goes acoustic against the Strokes-ish feel of “I Start to Run.” The unpolished edge they cut into theirRead More →

OOIOO – “Armonico Hewa”Thrill Jockey-due out Oct. 20 In case you’re wondering where Yoshimi P-we disappeared to after guest voicing on the Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” then here’s your answer: forming a once-fictional electronic band. Displayed here is an array of the unusual, a Japanese electronic experiment consisting of drums, discordant electronics, and varying vocal effects. To say the music here is different is an understatement: “Uda Hah”s pastiche of guitars and vocals that creates a incredibly non-traditional view of modern music. But while “Uda Hah” and the playfulness of “Polacca” may be passable, several of the other tracks opt instead forRead More →

Hello ones and all,So, can you smell it? Here in NE territory, it’s starting to smell something like Fall; which means, to the undiscerning music listener, fall CD releases. Right now I’m thinking of the Flaming Lips’ new one, due Oct 13th. Just crossing my fingers to see if that one gets through.Sorry for the seeming drought of CD reviews, for some reason I’ve been not getting a whole lot back. Come Oct., just looking ahead, there should be a dearth of albums, piling on my doorsteps. Can’t wait, can’t wait…In most important music news, I was somewhat disappointed by Zooey Deschanel in “500 DaysRead More →

Rose Melberg – “Homemade Ship”K Records-due out Sept. 22 Melberg’s third solo record is a slight bit of gentle enchantment. It’s a modest little record, composed mostly of acoustic guitar, her vocals and harmonies, and rather simple songs. But these songs are pleasant, enjoyable, and quiet in a deep and somewhat meditative way; “Things that We Do” in someone else’s hands may come off too saccharine, but the simplicity and lack of embellishment is refreshing and enjoyable. “Old Days” is a more somber and fulfilling course in supporting guitar and gorgeous harmonies. At times, it is difficult to pin down exactly what makes this albumRead More →