REVIEWS

JULIE DOIRON – I CAN WONDER WHAT YOU DID WITH YOUR DAY (JAGJAGUWAR, 2009)

Most of Julie Doiron’s post-Eric Trip’s output has been a pretty somewhat somber affair. Her intimate little songs have always exhibited a sense of emotionally fragility. This, of course, is not a weakness in the realm of singer songwriters, but it is a dangerous line to toe; the line between melodrama and earnestness is a …

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PREFUSE 73 – EVERYTHING SHE TOUCHED TURNED AMPEXIAN (WARP, 2009)

Scott Heron a.k.a Prefuse 73 proves that instrumental hip-hop can take listeners into a different world without the use of Biblically inspired half-tanks-half-armadillosor trite tales of a future society in which music is banned. No where on this album is a made up mythology about a doomed alien race sung in a made up language (I’m looking at you Magma). While it …

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DM STITH – “HEAVY GHOST” (ASTHMATIC KITTY, 2009)

Proving to be the most polarizing release of the year (at least until the new Grizzly Bear drops), Heavy Ghost has garnered equal amounts of praise and derision. On one hand critics are calling it the Kid A of 2009, on the other a unrecognizable wad of self pretentious caterwauling. Writing this review has been a rock in my shoe ever since I picked …

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