Album Review: Father John Misty—God’s Favorite Customer

Father John Misty, né Joshua Tillman, is a talented guy. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, producer...the guy can do it all. Unfortunately for him (or, more accurately, for the listener), simply being able to write and perform a song doesn't automatically make it compelling. While there's nothing inherently bad about the songs on God's Favorite Customer, … Continue reading Album Review: Father John Misty—God’s Favorite Customer

Album Review: Let’s Eat Grandma—I’m All Ears

An album created by two 19-year-olds that will keep you guessing. Rosa Walton & Jenny Hollingworth create a twisted mix of bubblegum harmonies and synth-pop one minute that amazes – the battle cry of “Hot Pink”, or the beautiful yet stuttering “Falling Into Me” – but then becomes overwhelmingly stunted by its own aesthetic the next. Think: … Continue reading Album Review: Let’s Eat Grandma—I’m All Ears

Album Review: Snail Mail—Lush

A dreamy, dissociative collection of lamentations written by ingenue (b. 2000) Lindsey Jordan. It shows potential – it’s replete with a distinct guitar effect and an unabashed melancholy – but if lo-fi ballads aren’t your bag, you’re going to find this quite boring. Nonetheless, we look forward to seeing what comes next from Ms. Jordan. 7/11 … Continue reading Album Review: Snail Mail—Lush

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails—Bad Witch

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross don’t stray too far from their formula here on what some are calling their first proper album in years, although at 6 songs and 31 minutes, it’s hard to see how it could stand next to The Downward Spiral or Year Zero. Either way, we’re calling it an EP that … Continue reading Album Review: Nine Inch Nails—Bad Witch

Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

In the eyes of many fans, there is no crime more reprehensible a band can commit than "selling out." And while the times have changed with regard to the actual selling of one's music for commercial purposes (ask anyone old enough to remember about the backlash regarding The Rolling Stones being featured in a Windows … Continue reading Album Review: Earthless Bow to No One on Black Heaven

Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant

As anyone who's read his autobiography can attest, Ministry's Al Jourgensen is undeniably an asshole. However, he is also responsible for some of the most innovative heavy music of the late 80's and early 90's. With an incredible three album run of The Land of Rape and Honey (1988), The Mind is a Terrible Thing … Continue reading Album Review: Ministry Clears A Very Low Bar With AmeriKKKant

Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

The last Hot Snakes album was released 14 damned years ago, and while it's unclear why John Reis, Rick Froberg, Gar Wood, and drummers Jason Kourkounis & Mario Rubalcaba decided to get the band back together, it is abundantly clear that it was a very, very good idea. They're back with Jericho Sirens (Sub>Pop), the fiercest … Continue reading Album Review: Hot Snakes Don’t Do Decaf

Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

In the first of what will be an ongoing series, we're taking a look back at some classic albums celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, to see if the music of 1993 has aged like fine wine or rotted like a heap of stinking garbage. First up, Nirvana's follow up to the 1991 breakthrough, game-changing … Continue reading Album Review: Nirvana—In Utero (1993 Retrospective)

Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell Williams' pet project, N*E*R*D, has always occupied a strange space in the musical cosmos. While Williams focused his efforts on producing hits for others (and later himself), N*E*R*D was a place he could—along with fellow Neptunes collaborator Chad Hugo and producing partner/musician Shay Haley—put some of his more out there ideas, sort of a … Continue reading Album Review: N*E*R*D—No_One Ever Really Dies

Album Review: Mudhoney—LiE (Live in Europe)

    When many people think of Seattle bands, and grunge in general, it's the same handful who made it big: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains. But if you dig deeper you find bands who, while never breaking through commercially the way grunge's 'Big 4' did, were in many ways just as good … Continue reading Album Review: Mudhoney—LiE (Live in Europe)