Reviews - Page 125

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx, ‘We’re New Here’ (XL/Young Turks)

Hip-hop godfather Gil Scott-Heron was 2010's comeback kid, but his I'm New Here was remarkable for the former Rikers inmate's grizzled reflections more than its…
Marc Hogan / February 22, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga!’ (World Psychedelic Funk Classics/Now Again)

The West looked to India during the psychedelic '60s, and India returned that gaze, incorporating Shadows/Ventures-style guitar instrumentals with Eastern scales and later, wah-wah funk,…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Joell Ortiz, ‘Free Agent’ (E One)

Brooklyn's Pillsbury corner boy (and Slaughterhouse member) pops fresh rhymes about project life's ills with such high-spirited, ingloriously precise detail that he renders voyeurism unseemly…
Charles Aaron / February 22, 2011

Vagrants, ‘I Can’t Make a Friend 1965-1968′ (Light In The Attic)

A Queens, New York proto-punk band that earned a spot on Lenny Kaye's original 1972 Nuggets comp, Vagrants featured future Mountain guitarist Leslie West, backed…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Dirty Water: The Birth of Punk Attitude’ (Year Zero)

Compiled by Kris Needs, former editor of U.K. magazine ZigZag, this two-CD roots-of-punk anthology places Sun Ra, the Last Poets, Silver Apples, and Can alongside…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Loch Lomond, ‘Little Me Will Start a Storm’ (Tender Loving Empire)

Elegant yet uneasy, this intriguing Portland sextet echoes the nervous grace of Arcade Fire and the New Pornographers, minus the electric charge. Frontman Ritchie Young…
Jon Young / February 22, 2011

Danielson, ‘Best of Gloucester County’ (Sounds Familyre)

When squeaky-voiced savant Daniel C. Smith begins his jubilantly diverse eighth album by announcing that he's "opening up the Book of Daniel," it's more of…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 22, 2011

Chain & the Gang, ‘Music’s Not for Everyone’ (K)

Ian Svenonius -- spastically charismatic frontman for Nation of Ulysses and the Make-Up -- loves shtick, though he prefers to call it "philosophy" or "manifesto."
Josh Modell / February 22, 2011

Willie Wright, ‘Telling the Truth’ (Numero Group)

A singer-songwriter with bar residencies in 1960s -- '70s New York, Boston, and adopted home Nantucket, Wright followed a hard-to-pigeonhole folk-soul muse reminiscent of Bill…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Tim Buckley, ‘Tim Buckley: Deluxe Edition’ (Rhino Handmade)

Largely known by younger generations as "Jeff's dad," Tim Buckley was a similarly prodigious, mercurial talent with a multi-octave tenor and heartthrob good looks, who…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Review: Adele, ’21’

Throughout 21, the sequel to her smash debut 19, Adele Adkins comes armed with a who's who of producers and songwriting collaborators, spending much of…
Barry Walters / February 22, 2011

Bayside, ‘Killing Time’ (Wind-Up)

With charged-up opener "Already Gone," Bayside immediately obliterate the rigid scolding of 2008's disappointing Shudder. Thank producer Gil Norton, who helped shape the sound of…
Kenny Herzog / February 22, 2011

Michael Chapman, ‘Fully Qualified Survivor’ (Light in the Attic)

This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon)…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Johnny Cash, ‘Bootleg Volume II: From Memphis to Hollywood’ (Columbia/Legacy)

Starting with an ingratiating 1955 radio performance, broadcast the same day that Cash and the Tennessee Two (guitarist Luther Perkins, upright bassist Marshall Grant) recorded…
Andrew Hultkrans / February 22, 2011

Discodeine, ‘Discodeine’ (Dirty)

French beatmakers Pilooski and Pentile have courted indie-rock acceptance by remixing LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala, but compared to the crossover attempts of their DJ-duo…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 22, 2011

Toro Y Moi, ‘Underneath the Pine’ (Carpark)

With 2010's Causers of This, Chaz Bundick ambled to the front of the bedhead synth-pop scene -- dubbed chillwave after a blogger's in-joke. The South…
Marc Hogan / February 22, 2011

Review: Radiohead, ‘The King of Limbs’

In a 2009 issue of the literary magazine Believer, Radiohead main brain Thom Yorke said he was tired of the "creative hoo-ha" of releasing full-length…
Chris Martins / February 22, 2011

Ke$ha Kicks Off Her ‘Get $leazy’ Tour

"I'm going to bring the planet an epic dance party," Ke$ha promised SPIN last week, and Tuesday night's kickoff of her Get $leazy tour at…
Mark Lore / February 16, 2011

The Skull Defekts, ‘Peer Amid’ (Thrill Jockey)

After post-hardcore savants Lungfish went on hiatus, their cultish fan base despaired of ever again hearing frontman Daniel Higgs go electric. Though Higgs' psych-folk solo…
Joe Gross / February 16, 2011

Mogwai, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ (Sub Pop)

These builders of instrumental skyscrapers have evolved almost imperceptibly: Casual listeners won't find massive differences between the Scots' seventh album and 1997's classic debut Mogwai…
Josh Modell / February 15, 2011
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