Archive for the ‘High Fidelity’ Category

Antemasque – Antemasque

November 14th, 2014
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A Cornucopia of Experimentation

On paper Antemasque’s self-titled debut demands high expectations. The new band is made up of former members of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on bass and frequent Volta collaborator Dave Elitch on drums, which seems to lend itself to a cornucopia of nimble and ecstatic experimentation. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews , , ,

Guano Padano – Americana

November 11th, 2014
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Italian Americana

Guano Padano is a dynamic force of Italian experimental prowess. Achieving the Mike Patton rubber stamp of approval through the release of both their 2012 release of 2 and their recent release Americana, this band has proven time again that they are masters of psychedelic weirdness that will serve as the background tunes to many of life’s important moments. Americana is a grand master styling and experimental modernization of the traditional Americana and Western music and would cause even the most serious cowboy to tip his hat. Read more…

By Colin Moore Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

November 6th, 2014
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Hip Hop at it’s Finest

After last year’s successful self titled album, Killer Mike and EL-P continue onward with Run The Jewels 2. Over the course of a year these two’s bond has grown more tightly knit and it definitely shows. Whether live onstage or in an interview at a studio the chemistry between these two is undeniable. The way they talk and vibe off of one another you can tell they truly like and enjoy the other’s company. On RTJ2 EL-P plays duel roles as both producer and MC and juggles each job with ease, but it’s Killer Mike who shows the most improvement since their last get together. Killer Mike was never weak on the mic but on RTJ2 he stepped up his game and it is phenomenal. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (III)

November 4th, 2014
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A Great “New Beat”

In 2007, hard rock band the Bronx announced that they would be releasing a mariachi record El Bronx alongside their standard punk record, The Bronx. After the success of their first mariachi record, they decided to keep the trend going by releasing Mariachi El Bronx in 2011, confirming that their shift in sound was no novelty, but something they planned on expanding upon. And expand upon it they have, with their newest release Mariachi El Bronx (III) which they’ve released under the artist name Mariachi El Bronx. This change in style is no joke, and no fleeting fad, these guys have really nailed the mariachi and hard rock blend. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Bonobo – The North Borders Tour. – Live

November 3rd, 2014
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King of the North

In the past 50 years, there have been but a handful of seminal live albums released. Among the best perhaps are Queen at Wembley, The Who’s Live at Leeds, Simon & Garfunkel’s The Concert in Central Park, and Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison. What made these albums so monumental was that these artists were not simply great musicians, but that they were entertainers in the rawest sense, that they put on a performance, something to see as much as to hear. Although this tradition may be something largely lost to many today, it is precisely the reason one of England’s most audacious electronic music impresarios, Simon Green – better known by his stage name Bonobo – chose to release his very own live album, The North Borders Tour. — Live. In these digitally flush times, virtually anyone can make a studio-quality album steeped in high production value sound with very little money. However, taking the show on the road still requires raw talent. Read more…

By Jamie Robash Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

October 22nd, 2014
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A Better Way To Fall

Wonder Where We Land is like jumping out of a plane. You have an idea of where SBTRKT’s second full-length studio album might drop you but as you float through it the terrain becomes more uncertain. None of the potential drop zones are frightening or harmful, but vastly different. You could end up on a soulful piano melody, a speedy dance tune or even on a strange disorienting interlude. SBTRKT has given us the opportunity to jump into something fantastic. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

The Bots – Pink Palms

October 15th, 2014
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Poised for Stardom

Just barely out of teendom, brothers Mikaiah Lei and Anaiah Lei are taking the garage punk world by storm in their group The Bots. Catchy, energetic, and upbeat, the Bots are exactly what the rock world needs right now. Their newest album Pink Palms is an extraordinarily strong record for their age, and is bound to be remembered as one of the best albums of the year. Their sound is so full you’d never believe there was only two of them, and their voices blend perfectly together. Equal parts pop, punk, and dirty garage rock, their unique sound is going to stick in your head for weeks to come. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

October 15th, 2014
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Dearly Beloved

To anyone not in the know, Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison to his friends) has been one of the premier up-and-coming figures in the L.A. music scene for several years now, and he’s out to solidify his reputation on a fifth full-length album. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who actively dislikes this artist, and it’d be difficult to throw a rock in any circle of music-lovers without hitting one of his many fans. With You’re Dead!, Lotus continues his trend of pushing genres inside-out to create a body of work that blurs the boundaries of DJ, producer, composer and performer. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Super Deluxe Reissue Edition)

October 15th, 2014
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30,000 Feet Above the Competition

In electronica’s rise through the 1990s, we discovered prolific recluse Aphex Twin, French revolutionaries Daft Punk and really good drugs from The Chemical Brothers. Nine Inch Nails and The Prodigy brought anger to the table, while Moby’s and Fatboy Slim’s music and mixes were as ubiquitous as furniture. The London group Underworld reached their brief yet highest peak with the 1996 use of non-album cut “Born Slippy .NUXX” in Trainspotting. While that track left an indelible mark on both dance and movie music, those in the know probably felt that Underworld and their 1994 LP Dubnobasswithmyheadman had been lost in the shuffle. So what better time to nail down the album’s true place in techno canon than on its 20th anniversary? Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

October 11th, 2014
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It’s The Little Things

About halfway through Danish group Iceage’s Plowing Into The Field Of Love, on the stellar track “Abundant Living,” lead singer Bender Rønnenfelt groans, “And when I fall, I’ll bring it all down here with me soaked in alcohol.” And listening to the album it sounds like he succeeded. It is incredibly heavy, burdened and dragged down by Rønnenfelt’s bellowing baritone voice and the powerhouse rhythm section and it’s that much better because of it. One can easily imagine the band, soaked in sweat and booze, simultaneously hungover and drunk, just playing their hearts out in a smokey Copenhagen bar giving every ounce of strength they have to churn out their music. It’s a compelling image and the sound of desperation makes the music incredibly exhilarating. Read more…

By Jake Romm Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews