two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in august

Dash Hammerstein — Bito Cabrito: sort of slinky ’50s garage pop, lots of keyboards and drawling vocals and weird orchestration. Charming as hell. Great songwriting, loads of earworms, A+ recommendation from Fuel/Friends. Have Gun, Will Travel — Fiction, Fact, or Folktale?: this is the fourth LP from Florida’s Have Gun Will Travel, and it’s just…

two sentences reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in july

Two Cow Garage — The Death of the Self-Preservation Society: not out until September, and obviously given my history there will be a big fat wordy full review later, but basically, if you’ve never heard of Two Cow Garage, this record is about to find you your newest favorite band, and there’s not a band out…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in june

Boxed Wine — Cheap, Fun: cheerful, complex synth pop with choruses full of hooks and funky ’70s garage rock and hand claps. These guys hooked me when Katie from Speakers in Code found their EP, and their full-length isn’t a letdown. Fuzzy and shiny and distorted summer dance party music. Also, it has a song…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in may

Basically I listened to the new National record all month, so I’m behind. Again. Futurebirds — Baba Yaga: more delicious Southern pedal steel flavoured freak out psych-folk from Athens rockers Futurebirds; I occasionally forget how much I enjoy their music, and how soothing and inspiring and visually compelling I find it. Visually compelling seems like…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in march and april

I didn’t listen to much new in March; my vacation threw me off my podcast schedule, and I felt like I spent a month just getting that up to speed. But I did listen to a few in March, and way more new music in April. BANG. The Speechless Radio — Care EP: horn-laden, vaguely twee…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in february

Two from my buddies at This Is American Music this month, with one (Great Peacock) not quite out yet; I didn’t listen to nearly as much as I wanted to this month, and wrote about even less of what I did hear. I promise March will be improved! I have a lot to catch up…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in january

A Mad Affair — Retro Honey Pop: the title of this record, from a new-ish Triangle trio, is a pretty good descriptor; it’s noir-y, sultry, rootsy pop, all dominated by Valerie Wood’s gorgeous, enormous voice. Torch songs for the new generation, really, and I’m deeply impressed by this release, which hooks into the current Americana…

two sentence reviews of new records i listened to in october

I listened to a lot of records in October. Golden Gardens — How Brave The Hunted Wolves: dreamy indie pop from a Seattle duo, this sounds like wind chimes on a lonely porch at twilight. It’s sunrise after a thunderstorm on the beach, the closing credits of a horror movie with a happy ending, goosebumps…