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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ANIMAL HOSPITAL – “GOOD OR PLENTY, STREETS + AVENUES”

Besides being a frequent cause for derision from my fiance, music that falls into the “ambient-drone” category is a staple for me. It lends itself to heavy headphone affairs in which I can be completely lost in washes of synths and looped guitar distortion to a diligent companion to late night War and Peace read-a-thons …

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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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