REVIEWS

MONO – HYMN TO THE IMMORTAL WIND (TEMPORARY RESIDENCE LTD., 2009)

Hymn to the Immortal Wind is a milestone achievement for post-rock. MONO puts to rest the somewhat justifiable lament that all post-rock are prisoners to their art form. How many times can ascending chords and towering crescendos be relevant or memorable when you have heard them a million times from a million like-minded bands? Don’t get me wrong …

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LAURA GIBSON – “BEASTS OF SEASONS” (HUSH, 2009)

Beasts of Seasons is a beautifully subtle, or a subtlety beautiful, record from Portland’s most precious singer/songwriter. Back from a whirlwind tour supporting Decemberists and Portland’s native George Byron, Colin Meloy, Laura Gibson seems to have taken a few cues from her much fawned over tour mate. But where Colin Meloy gets his kicks from overly verbose, thesaurus nerd browbeating, Laura’s …

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Lymbyc Systym / This Will Destroy You – Field Studies (Magic Bullet, 2009)

While relatively short offerings the re-release of Carved by Glaciers and the recently released European tour split EP with Austin’s This Will Destroy You chronicle a band in it’s gradual evolution to one of the most creative groups putting out music today. I was completely floored by the Lymbyc Systym’s 2007 albums Love your Abuser and its subsequent remix …

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PAST LIVES – “STRANGE SYMMETRY” (SUICIDE SQUEEZE, 2009)

The Blood Brothers, love them or hate them, were undeniably talented. When these unlikely torchbearers broke up the reverberation around the music community was felt deeply. Although 10 years deep, The Blood Brothers still felt like a band in their prime, Young Machetes was an exciting step with more focus on percussion with their trademark math time …

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ABE VIGODA – “REVIVER” (TOUCH AND GO, 2009)

Emerging from L.A’s all ages circuit with much deserved critical praise, Abe Vigoda are poised to take over 2009; take that post-high school malaise! While barely in their twenties Abe Vigoda has toured with legendary noise makers XBXRX, No Age and most recently M.I.A beat maestro Diplo. Coming off 2008’s noise/caribbean/shoegaze/angular art pop punk masterpiece Skeleton that Vampire Weekend wished they …

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