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The Hotelier Find Love In a Hopeless Place

It’s a love record. I feel like we are allowed to do that now. A new Hotelier album has always been accompanied by…
Ian Cohen / March 22, 2016

The Roots, ‘undun’ (Def Jam)

Does anyone still consider the Roots to be harbingers of a kinder, gentler, more approachable iteration of hip-hop? Because ever since 2004's The Tipping Point…
Ian Cohen / December 6, 2011

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., ‘It’s a Corporate World’ (Quite Scientific)

"It's a corporate world / I'm a corporation cutting back," sings Joshua Epstein on the zippy title track of this duo's debut, and it's not…
Ian Cohen / June 7, 2011

Micachu & the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta, ‘Chopped & Screwed’ (Rough Trade)

Chopped & Screwed isn't Micachu & the Shapes' official follow-up to 2009's Jewellery, but it does feel like the next logical step. While their debut…
Ian Cohen / March 28, 2011

Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘Ventriloquizzing’ (Yep Roc)

What's the difference between "conceptual" and "gimmicky"? On 2006's Transparent Things, this British group were cheeky assimilators, combining a Can-like percussive pulse and deadpan vocals…
Ian Cohen / January 25, 2011

Tapes ‘n Tapes, ‘Outside’ (Ibid)

Tapes 'n Tapes' more polished yet underwhelming second album, 2008's Walk It Off, made the Minneapolis group a "live by the blog, die by the…
Ian Cohen / January 11, 2011

Women, ‘Public Strain’ (Jagjaguawr)

Women aren't a metal band; just one whose frigid, clattering lo-fi guitar racket sounds like it was composed on metal. The fidelity hasn't improved much…
Ian Cohen / November 3, 2010

Badly Drawn Boy, ‘It’s What I’m Thinking Pt.1 — Photographing Snowflakes’ (The End)

Damon Gough's seventh album tacitly acknowledges the artistically lost decade that the English singer-songwriter has endured since his shambolic, charming debut, The Hour of Bewilderbeest…
Ian Cohen / October 29, 2010

Twin Shadow, ‘Forget’ (Terrible)

A pitch-perfect rendering of New Romanticism is probably not the sort of thing you'd expect from a vanity label run by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor.
Ian Cohen / September 28, 2010

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