Reviews - Page 133

The Beach Boys, ‘The Smile Sessions’ (Capitol/EMI)

Brian Wilson's vision always was aligned more with America's myth than its reality — his brother Dennis was the surfer. And on the Beach Boys'
Mike Powell / November 1, 2011

Portishead, Goldfrapp Members Premiere Hypnotic ‘Joan of Arc’ Soundtrack

On Saturday night, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Goldfrapp's Will Gregory, and a small orchestra performed the duo's haunting soundtrack to Carl Theodore Dreyer's harrowing 1928 film…
christopherschultz / October 31, 2011

Crown Royal: Kanye West and Jay-Z Launch Throne Tour in Atlanta

On the opening night of Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne tour in Atlanta on Friday, there was a lot to look at. The…
David Peisner / October 31, 2011

Black Milk and Danny Brown, ‘Black and Brown!’ (Fat Beats)

On Danny Brown's recent XXX mixtape, the Internet-beloved MC moved beyond his Detroit hometown's hardhead style, rapping over Hawkwind and This Heat samples in a…
Brandon Soderberg / October 26, 2011

El Rego, ‘El Rego’ (Daptone)

First heard by many on Analog Africa's 2008 compilation African Scream Contest, Benin's Theophile Do Rego looms large among the lost giants of West African…
Richard Gehr / October 26, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM’ (Dust-To-Digital)

One continent, 100 songs, all transferred from old 78s that probably would've never made it to CD otherwise. The project is archival at heart --…
Mike Powell / October 25, 2011

Raleigh Moncrief, ‘Watered Lawn’

This Sacramento-based engineer is trying his hand (and pipes) at bedroom rhythms and beats, casting himself as a disheveled James Blake. On more guitar-saturated delicacies…
Chris Martins / October 25, 2011

Russian Circles, ‘Empros’ (Sargent House)

These Chicago post-metal hypnotists spent three albums navigating the ?Oceanic waters of ambient-metal innovators Isis. But here, Russian Circles update that repetitive, feel-good churn for…
christopherschultz / October 25, 2011

Surfer Blood, ‘Tarot Classics’ (Kanine)

Despite a reliance on familiar, guitar-driven tunes, Surfer Blood's latest has no interest in embracing traditional rock'n'roll swagger. Blame (or thank) John Paul Pitts, whose…
Nick Murray / October 25, 2011

A Classic Education, ‘Call It Blazing’ (Lefse)

These aptly named Italians have done their homework, showing masterful proficiency in the subjects of Coiffed Counterculture (Spector sheen, Orbison swoon) and Millennial Indie (Strokes…
Chris Martins / October 25, 2011

Hurricane Bells, ‘Tides and Tales’ (Invisible Brigades)

Hurricane Bells went from being Longwave frontman Steve Schlitz's low-key side project to his main concern right about the moment "Monsters" soundtracked Robert Pattinson strutting…
David Peisner / October 25, 2011

James Ferraro, ‘Far Side Virtual’ (Hippos in Tanks)

If Ariel Pink is the father of chillwave's pop pastiche, then consider James Ferraro its weird uncle. Since the demise of his noise-scrape duo the…
SPIN Staff / October 25, 2011

Phantogram, ‘Nightlife’ (Barsuk)

"This is the future, this is the future," singer-keyboardist Sarah Barthel repeats in a breathy, insistent murmur over a loping drumbeat and Josh Carter's chiming…
David Menconi / October 25, 2011

Prurient, ‘Time’s Arrow EP’ (Hydra Head)

This year's Bermuda Drain was the least chaotic album yet from New York noise savant Dominick Fenrow, the brutalist electronics artist doing business as Prurient.
Joe Gross / October 25, 2011

Various Artists, ‘Fac. Dance: 12″ Mixes and Rarities 1980-1987′ (Strut)

Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays: Manchester-based, Factory Records bands who built careers by asserting that post-punk's rigor and austerity was not altogether different…
Mike Powell / October 24, 2011
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