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

California Wives — Art History: sparkling, thickly layered guitar pop that makes great use of vocals as instruments, and repeated choruses as sonic texture. Really compelling listening, and the only word for it really is ethereally beautiful. (Saw them this week opening for Stars, and they fucking blew me away. Get this album now, because…

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

Short on numbers, long on excellence! Rhett Miller — The Dreamer: Rhett always saves some of his strongest songwriting for his occasional solo records — “I Need To Know Where I Stand”, off the self-titled, would have made a killer 97s rock anthem, except that instead it’s a gorgeous acoustic plaint — and his June…

show preview: modern skirts & the district attorneys

Convincing you to come to the 506 tonight, my reviews of the latest releases from Athens’ Modern Skirts and the District Attorneys. The District Attorneys — Slowburner (2012): pealing and guttering modern guitars with Garth Hudson organ and ’50s doowop backing vocals and handclaps, this is a phenomenal follow-up from Atlanta’s District Attorneys to their…

two sentence reviews of albums i listened to in may

Reptar — Body Faucet: if the weather is getting hot where you live, and you have been thinking to yourself, self, I really could use an excellently danceable, shimmer-chime electronic pop album with surprisingly clever and catchy songwriting for the summer, look! Reptar made you an album. If you can listen to this without dancing…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in april

I swear I listened to more than this, but apparently I didn’t write about them. I’ll do better in May. Anyway: boom, new albums, including two from my beloved This Is American Music. Carolina Chocolate Drops — Leaving Eden: Triangle GRAMMY winners follow up 2010’s spectacular Genuine Negro Jig with this one, which is a…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in february

Damien Jurado — Maraqopa: psychdelic, ringing, and bleak, this is my first encounter with Jurado beyond a perennial favorite promo photo of him smoking a cigarette in a bathroom, and I love it. It’s scary and huge, and the guitar work on it is otherworldly in both talent and sound. Estrogen Highs — Irrelevant Future:…

two sentence reviews of new albums i listened to in november

The final Two Sentence Reviews of 2011! December is all year-end lists and Christmas songs. And maybe six paragraphs of gibbering about the new Black Keys. Maybe not, though. Anyway: two sentence reviews, boom. Behind the jump: Grand Tetons, Los Campesinos!, Ian Cooke, Low Roar, Frank Turner, 13ghosts, the Miracals, the Violet Lights, Matthew Mayfield….

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

Two sentence reviews of reasonably new albums I listened to in October; one of the only good parts of October! Quiet Americans — Medicine EP: belying their name, this EP is fantastic fuzzy garage rock, full of distorted vocals and guitars run through so many pedals it’s amazing they sound like guitars at all. It…