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Napalm Death – Apex Predator – Easy Meat

January 28th, 2015
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Grade A… and Humane Too!

Apex Predator – Easy Meat may, at first blush, sound like another morbid tough-guy boast of heavy metal superiority. Given that the band behind the release is called Napalm Death, it is easy to imagine a brutally bludgeoning overload of metal mayhem. Well, it is, as Napalm Death are the grindcore pioneers, arguable inventors and definite torch-carriers of the fastest, loudest, and most violent subgenre of rock music to hit the scene in decades. However, those familiar with Napalm Death will naturally anticipate an album full of thoughtful lyrics and righteous anger – and Apex Predator is that too, delivering a collection of protest songs that rail tirelessly (though with some subtlety) against capitalism’s global dominance and its harsh reshaping of life within societies both rich and poor. On the introductory title track (whose first section bears an odd sonic similarity to Captain Beefheart’s “Well”), vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway chants from the perspective of the broken down and luckless, inviting predators to feast on his easy meat. In this image is the tension that has kept Napalm Death interesting for decades, and keeps them interesting here – the push and pull between their uncompromising sonic assault and the underdog-championing, progressive nature of their lyrics and themes. Read more…

By David Sano Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Chavez – Gone Glimmering/Ride The Fader (Reissues)

January 28th, 2015
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Another Dose of Nostalgia

It’s proven to be a smart business move for all of these semi-popular indie alt-rock bands from the 90s to have revivals more than a decade later.  They re-release their records, sell a bunch of merch, plan a national tour and only have to write a few new songs. It worked for Dinosaur Jr. It worked for Guided By Voices. And now it’s about to work for Chavez. The group from New York has re-released their first two full-length albums: 1993’s Gone Glimmering and 1995’s Ride the Fader. Read more…

By Nicole Goddeyne Posted in Reviews ,

Young Ejecta – The Planet

January 28th, 2015
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Something New to Grok

It’s still early, but Young Ejecta (formerly Ejecta) may be the victims of the most unfortunate name change of the year. In an era when “Young” YouTube hip-hop artists have made the word almost unfashionably popular, it seems an odd and ill-fitting moniker for this act. Fortunately, it’s only the name that’s been transformed – not the music – and The Planet is the same kind of melancholy synth-pop that caught our attention on the group’s first album.
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By Sean Taras Posted in Reviews

Erase Errata – Lost Weekend

January 27th, 2015
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More PUNK than Post

Erase Errata is an all-girl trio that hails from the neon paint-splattered punk scene of San Francisco. Lost Weekend marks the group’s first emergence from the East Bay’s murky depths in almost a decade, capping off a four year-long hiatus and standing as their first ever self-released album. Within the seven tracks, listeners will find far fewer moments of the dissonant, Captain Beefheart-inspired avant-gardia that defined Erase Errata’s days as a quartet, but the band’s bombastic punk side is still intact and more prominent than ever.
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By Conor Fagan Posted in Reviews

Milo Greene Live at Sonos Studio

January 26th, 2015
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An invite-only crowd at LA’s chic Sonos Studio enjoyed a listening party with local indie folk-pop band Milo Greene on January 15. Moderated by KCRW’s Anne Litt, members of the band discussed their new album “Control” before performing an acoustic set.
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By Brett Padelford Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews

Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2

January 25th, 2015
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Give the Drummer and Pianist Some

Richard D. James exiled his popular Aphex Twin persona into near-silence following the release of Drukqs in 2001. He rose back to electronic music’s surface in 2014, buoyed mostly by the triumphant Syro LP. His newly embraced accessibility and surprising flood of output continues with the EP Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2. It’s the fourth distinct iteration of his sound in the last 12 months, a period that’s been downright revelatory even by Aphex Twin standards. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

The Rails – Fair Warning

January 25th, 2015
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Folk Rock Renewal and Pink Labels

The story of this release has been one of British folk rock royalty and revivals of rare record labels and musical genres. These things underlie the beautiful harmonies and guitar work of husband-and-wife team Kami Thompson and James Walbourne on their recently released record, Fair Warning. The release represents something of a revival of the British folk rock style made popular by Kami Thompson’s parents, Richard and Linda Thompson. Think back to the days of Fairport Convention and you get an idea of the kind of pressure laid on this pair. They are most certainly not seeking to fill her parent’s shoes, but rather to do their due diligence to continue to keep this music vibrant. After all, pop music tends to be the dominant force in the British music industry. Who can forget the era of the Spice Girls and other pop ensembles? In the face of that culture, you could argue that Thompson and Walbourne are doing God’s work.
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By Jared Schultz Posted in Reviews

Lights All Night 2014

January 24th, 2015
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On December 26th and 27th, Dallas, TX held its fifth annual EDM festival – Lights All Night. The festival, for the past few years, has been held at the Dallas Convention Center and features giants of the EDM industry. This was another great year for Lights all night- this year they brought in some amazing artists paired with some newer talent as well. This wider variety of artists brings fans not just from Dallas, but from all over.
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By Mehreen Rizvi Posted in Reviews, Show Reviews , , , , ,

Jneiro Jarel – Flora

January 22nd, 2015
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Jarel’s Perfect Bouquet

Brooklyn native Jneiro Jarel has had an extensive career. With roles ranging from recording artist to music producer to DJ, Jarel has done it all. On his latest EP, Flora, Jarel puts his talents together on five tracks. Jarel’s work is often described as “experimental” and “abstract” –  another adjective that should always appear in that conversation is “talented.” Even if what he does isn’t necessarily your cup of tea, you have to give credit were credit is due – and Jarel does what he does well.
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By William Hannan Posted in Reviews

Étienne de Crécy – Super Discount 3

January 21st, 2015
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The Best Deal in Town

Super Discount 3 marks the third record in the Super Discount series for Étienne de Crécy. It also marks the French DJ/Producer’s return from a ten-year hiatus from releasing both a full-length studio album and also an album under the Super Discount moniker. Read more…

By Jamie Robash Posted in Reviews