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Zola Jesus – Taiga

October 23rd, 2014
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The Taiga Sheds Its Stripes

Electronic ambient music doesn’t get much more pop than Zola Jesus, the nom de stage of Nika Roza Danilova. Since her 2009 debut, The Spoils, she has mixed the aforementioned elements with goth, classical and industrial meanderings. On each album, she has become more focused and less experimental. Her latest LP, Taiga, may be her most accessible release to date, and it will be up to her fans to determine if that’s a good or bad thing. Read more…

By Chad Gorn Posted in Reviews

Mono/Poly – Golden Skies

October 23rd, 2014
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Mellow Gold

Long time Mono/Poly followers will yet again be left scratching their heads after their first listen to his long awaited Brainfeeder debut, Golden Skies. Mono/Poly, AKA Charles Dickerson, has for some time now been the IDM frontrunner of the LA underground beats scene. And like any true frontrunner he has once again stylistically jettisoned the noises he was previously making, beginning with his first self-released full-length, 2010’s Paramatma – a robotic dubstep epic swathed in soundscapes of American politics and Eastern philosophy. Read more…

By Jamie Robash Posted in Reviews ,

CMJ Day Two Part One – A Discussion about Publicity and Roundtable Talk

October 23rd, 2014
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The CMJ panelists gave a lot of great advice today for those starting their careers in the music industry. Festival attendants were able to hear from many different label executives, entrepreneurs and media specialists about what is going on in the music industry and how artists or music promoters can have a better understanding of how everything works. Read more…

By Megan Hatfield Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

King Fantastic – The Great Man Theory

October 23rd, 2014
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Close to Perfect

King Fantastic consists of rapper Killer Reese and DJ/producer Troublemaker. On their latest LP Great Man Theory, these two expand on the sound they’ve already made semi-famous.  They describe their sound as “Westcoastsynthesizerbeachbumgangstermusic” and it’s the perfect summation of what they do.  Killer Reese has a certain charisma on the mike that is rare these days, both funny without coming across as silly and real and without coming across as faking it, he has all the qualities it takes to be a good MC. On the other side Troublemaker creates some of the most unique beats heard on a hip hop track.  Troublemaker incorporates indie rock-ish instrumentals morphed with more traditional hip hop elements making something that truly sounds unique. Read more…

By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

CMJ Day One Part Two – Secret Chiefs 3 Perform at Le Poisson Rouge

October 22nd, 2014
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The CMJ Music Marathon has brought some of the most talented musicians into the festival like the Secret Chiefs 3 who performed at the Le Poisson Rouge.

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By Megan Hatfield Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews ,

CMJ Day One Part One – Casual Sex and September Girls

October 22nd, 2014
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The CMJ 2014 so far is starting out right. It has been a very eventful day, as bands like Casual Sex and The September Girls performed songs from their latest albums.

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By Megan Hatfield Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Bass Drum Of Death – Rip This

October 22nd, 2014
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A Garage Anthem

Rip This is the latest project from Bass Drum Of Death. The opening track, “Electric,” brings you into the garage with the duo from Mississippi, right next to the dusty skis and that untouched treadmill. Bass Drum Of Death sounds more like the good ole boys from across the pond than something out of the deep south. What they do, they do well. Two to four minute tracks, a handful of chords, break downs and plenty angsty lyrics about being “Out for blood.” It is what one looks for in a garage band. Read more…

By Patrick Leone Posted in 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

Greylag – Greylag

October 22nd, 2014
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Like Led Zeppelin, but from Oregon

On first listen, from beginning to end, you get the impression that the members of Greylag are very serious about being very serious musicians. This initial impression is solidified as you look around for information about the band. There are a handful of brooding pictures, an oblique write-up on their label’s website, a few unplugged sessions on YouTube and a few extended interviews. Read more…

By Chris Ernt Posted in Reviews

Maggie Bjorklund – Shaken

October 21st, 2014
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Death and the Pedal Steel

What we have in Maggie Björklund’s sophomore album Shaken is, at its core, a rumination on death by way of what can be described as pedal steel guitar with a Danish twist. The Danish twist is a simplified way of describing Björklund’s approach to this instrument. Her style of playing is dramatically different from what most would be used to hearing. Read more…

By Jared Schultz Posted in Reviews