Death Cab For Cutie Drive Down the Middle of the Road with Thank You For Today

In the 20 years since Death Cab for Cutie made their debut with 1998's Something About Airplanes, the band has had their ups and downs: indie cred that built to mainstream success, followed by a couple of lackluster albums with dwindling sales and, most recently, the departure of a core member. With the release of their ninth … Continue reading Death Cab For Cutie Drive Down the Middle of the Road with Thank You For Today

Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World

We Count So We Don't Have to Listen, the opener to Birds in Row's new album, starts with melodic, jangling guitar. That proves deceptive—a thirty second red herring, to lull you into a false sense of security before assaulting your ears with blasts of noise and rage-filled screams. The abrupt transition from soft, pleasing melodies … Continue reading Album Review: Birds in Row—We Already Lost the World

Episode 15: Best Sophomore Albums

No sophomore slumps here! Jeff and Jobe review their picks for the second albums from artists who really knocked it out of the park. As always, we have our Spotify Wager and Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and there’s  a new feature, too! In the first ever Listener Challenge, Ringing Ear fan Eddie asks the guys to … Continue reading Episode 15: Best Sophomore Albums

Album Review: Tanukichan—Sundays

Hannah Van Loon, aka Tanukichan, is not exactly reinventing the wheel on her debut LP Sundays, as much as she's modifying it. She creatively toys with shoegaze and dream pop, with plenty of indicators to give one the inkling that, while this is clearly familiar territory for the Oakland-based musician, it may be only a temporary … Continue reading Album Review: Tanukichan—Sundays

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