Archive for the ‘High Fidelity’ Category

Pilgrim – II: Void Worship

April 11th, 2014
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Much better than Misery Wizard!

For those who don’t know, Pilgrim is (currently) a duo out of Rhode Island who capture the musical relevance of fantasy and doom. Regretting to mention the departure of original bassist Count Eric the Soothsayer, the band now consists of Krolg, Slayer of Men on drums and The Wizard on guitar and vocals. While touring they picked up a friendly drummer from a friendly band to fill in on bass. Read more…

By Birdie Garcia Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

EMA – The Future’s Void

April 9th, 2014
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Dark and Powerful

Enigmatic electronic artist EMA (Erika M. Anderson) has a knack for choosing strikingly appropriate titles for her songs and albums. The Future’s Void, her third album, teeters on the edge of a syntactical abyss: it’s either a depressingly cynical statement (the future is void), or a possessive, a taking hold and a staking out of unexplored, unknowable territory (the void of the future). It seems she chooses the latter, filling the void of the unknown with a haunting, memorable soundtrack sure to plague your dreams. Read more…

By Charlee Redman Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

Nickel Creek – A Dotted Line

April 4th, 2014
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A Blend of the Old and the New

Bluegrass indie trio Nickel Creek made waves from 2000 to 2007 for their tactful approach to the genres of folk, bluegrass and country, over time incorporating sounds of alternative rock and pop into their music to wide appeal. After five albums and a commercially successful year of touring and playing festivals, however, the group announced an indefinite hiatus in favor of pursuing individual projects. So their announcement of a new album and a 2014 tour came as a pleasant surprise to fans of the indie-folk genre, which had since flourished in the late 2000s with the success of outfits like Mumford and Sons and The Decemberists. However, Nickel Creek’s reentry poses an important question: can Nickel Creek readapt to the genre they undoubtedly shaped, and with what success? Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Thievery Corporation – Saudade

April 4th, 2014
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Beautiful, Sad, Life

Soul, zen, the blues, Tao, oomph, je ne sais quoi– every culture has its own untranslatable and barely describable terms for feelings and philosophies that are common to all of humanity. Scholars and linguists attempt to describe saudade as a feeling of melancholy that stems from the longing for something that is gone. Read more…

By Sean Taras Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Johnny Cash – Out Among the Stars

April 3rd, 2014
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Pretty Near Perfect

Out Among the Stars represents a significant change in the relatively recent posthumous releases of the great Johnny Cash. Rather than continuing in the same vein of the American Recordings, which capitalized on the dramatics of Cash’s aging voice and somber subject matter, Stars draws from lost sessions with producer Billy Sherrill that had been shelved by Columbia. The recordings, rediscovered by the man in black’s son, John Carter Cash, in 2012, utilize the original 1981 recordings in addition to recently added studio sessions, and were released under Legacy Recordings. Read more…

By Connor McInerney Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews ,

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

March 28th, 2014
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You Will Be Found

Lost In The Dream, the latest from The War on Drugs, offers up a larger, more polished take on the band’s 2011 masterpiece, Slave Ambient. That album’s blend of laid back Americana, hazy and ethereal synthesizers and Adam Granduciel’s breezy Dylanesque chanting gave the world a new standard on which to judge a genre not always known for the most intriguing and colorful sonic palettes. On Lost, they build on that in an extraordinary way. Read more…

By Aaron Vehling Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

S.O.A – First Demo 12/29/80

March 28th, 2014
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Re-Flex Your Head

Before Black Flag changed the punk and hardcore game forever, easily their most notorious vocalist Henry Garfield (better known as Henry Rollins) joined forces with other members of early DC punk band The Extorts to form State of Alert, or SOA. During their one active year as a band, S.O.A released one short 7”, No Policy, and contributed a few songs to the now legendary Flex Your Head DC hardcore compilation. Now, 30 years later, they have released their first eight-song demo, from December of 1980 and it is a must buy for any hardcore and punk fan. Including songs that long time fans will recognize from No Policy and a few other short and angry singles, this demo will serve as a great flashback to the salad days of hardcore punk as well as a quintessential introduction for any younger punks who might find it. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch

March 25th, 2014
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Case of Ringworm

Ringworm has, for the better part of 20 years, given us some of the best metal-tinged hardcore. The band began in 1991, bringing their brand of metal and hardcore to the streets of their native Cleveland. Since then, they have gone through lineup changes that would rival Menudo’s and changed labels like the seasons. The current lineup, with singer James “Human Furnace” Bulloch has put out one hell of a barn-burner. Hammer of the Witch, released on Relapse, is obnoxiously good. This is not a surprise; for 20 years, they defined the genre that would grow to become a huge influence on so many bands today. Read more…

By Brian Adler Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Barren Womb – the sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken

March 18th, 2014
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Womb-stone Blues

Once again Norway has shown that it is paving the way for inventive and exciting heavy music with noise punk duo Barren Womb, who have just released their debut record, the sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken. As their name might suggest, their music is raw, bleak and guaranteed to make you bang your head. Combining elements of hardcore, crust, black metal and even some country, Barren Womb has created a truly unique sound that you won’t soon get out of your head. It may not make you particularly optimistic about the future, yourself or life in general, but if that’s what you’re looking for then the sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken is going to blow your mind to pieces and bury it deep, deep in the ground. Read more…

By Laura Ansill Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Various Artists – House of Lies Soundtrack

March 15th, 2014
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The Beautiful Lie

Recipe for romance: grab your special lady or gent, hop in the car, pick a nice stretch of highway, and put this on. It’s not quite right to call a soundtrack an album, so we’ll go ahead and call the this what it is – the late-night seduction mixtape. And it’s so, so good. Read more…

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