Archive for March, 2010

She Loves My Car

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Album Review: A Faulty Chromosome, "Craving To Be Coddled…"

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Pretty much textbook chillwave (Neon Indian, Memory Tapes). Alternatively, a lo-fi, sometimes atonal Architecture in Helsinki. Some deej will love this. Parts are good, but overall didn’t really hold my attention. I just don’t care that much about your middle class childhood.

Play: 2, 3, 4, 8, 9

Album Review: Anaïs Mitchell, "Hadestown"

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

So this is the music from a “folk opera” Mitchell wrote around 2006, performed by Mitchell and several relatively big voices (Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco, Petra Haden & the other two Haden Triplets). Putting the Orpheus/Eurydice myth into a post-apocalyptic yet Depression-like setting, this brings together a ton of great sounds: tin-pan-alley, ghostly folk, Waits-ian narrative, Appalachian bluegrass, and some terrific songwriting.

At times, the lyrical content gets a little wrapped up in narrative and therefore loses a little focus as a recording, but this is really a captivating release.

A very nice touch is that Vernon, as Orpheus, is usually the only singer with multi-tracked vocals, emphasizing the beauty of Orpheus’s song – it works wonders to utilize both his soulful baritone and his haunting falsetto. Mitchell, as well, has a fascinatingly strange voice, which is beautifully used here.

Try: 1+, 2++, 3+++(a burner!), 5+, 7++, 8, 10++(Ani!!!!), 11+++(Gorgeous), 13+, 16++, 19++(beautifully dark), 20+

Album Review: The Ruby Suns, "Fight Softly"

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

New Zealand based band (mostly the solo project of Ryan McPhun) continues to expand their joyful sound, this time with a move towards electronics. This is definitely an immersive experience with some excellent sonic texture. If you liked “Merriweather Post Pavilion” but wanted a little bit more in terms of [slightly more] conventional structure/killer hooks, this is a record for you. It’s an early-summer record, if you will.

The Ruby Suns, on “Fight Softly,” continue to develop an amazing balance between interesting sounds and pop-music chops and it continues to work wonders. There’s also a lot of great world-music influence here, so check it out!


1++(Nice beat, chill); 2+(groove); 3++; 4+++(synth-y hook, tropical); 5 (loping); 6++(fun); 7+++(killer midsection, synth EXPLOSION); 8+(afro-pop guitars); 9++(neat percussion, build); 10+(title is “Olympics on Pot” for crying out loud!, great instrumentation/production)