Jason Gubbels

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Review: The Paranoid Style Make the Trump-Era Send-Up of the Year on ‘Rolling Disclosure’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: July 15, 2016Label: Bar/None"American politics has often been an arena for angry minds." So wrote Richard Hofstadter in "The…
Jason Gubbels / July 11, 2016

SPIN World Report: Ukandanz’s Ethiopian Crunch, Kel Assouf’s Tuareg Stoner-Grunge

In these end times for music labels and record stores, the crate-digging claque apparently has yet to receive the memo. Collectors, unite — below, find four…
Jason Gubbels / May 23, 2016

Review: Konono Nº1 and Batida Redefine Trance on ‘Konono Nº1 Meets Batida’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: April 29, 2016Label: Crammed DiscsAlthough one should never underestimate the international pleasures of the big beat, Western festival enthusiasm…
Jason Gubbels / April 25, 2016

Review: Bombino’s Red-Hot Guitar Sings the Desert Blues on ‘Azel’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: April 01, 2016Label: PartisanPatriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but musical censorship runs close behind. Be it…
Jason Gubbels / March 22, 2016

Review: Wussy’s Ragged Ohio Racket Hits Biblical Proportions on ‘Forever Sounds’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: March 04, 2016Label: Shake ItAs one of American indie’s premier songwriting projects, Cincinnati-based five-piece Wussy have set high standards…
Jason Gubbels / February 29, 2016

Review: Charlie Puth’s Dire ‘Nine Track Mind’ Proves That We Can’t Handle the Puth

3SPIN Rating: 3 of 10Release Date: January 29, 2016Label: AtlanticGo ahead, blame Wiz Khalifa. Casting about for some kind of hook delivery system to anchor…
Jason Gubbels / January 27, 2016

SPIN World Report: Radiohead Guitarist Aids an East-West Summit, Karina Buhr Punks Brazil

This latest dispatch from the great musical world extending beyond American shores is dedicated to the inauthentic, with absolutely no pejorative connotations intended. Let the…
Jason Gubbels / January 22, 2016

Review: Erykah Badu Continues R&B’s Longtime Game of Telephone on ‘But You Caint Use My Phone’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: November 27, 2015Label: self-releasedIn this pop moment of 17-38 squads, Gap Band pastiches, and Queen Adele looming on her…
Jason Gubbels / December 1, 2015

SPIN World Report: Mbongwana Star’s Congolese Street Music, Fabiano Do Nascimento’s Afro-Brazilian Folk Shredding

The term "world music," ick — a marketer’s desperate pitch more than tangible genre, suggesting either Yankee provincialism (there’s Americana, British rock, and, um, The World) or…
Jason Gubbels / August 14, 2015

Review: Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Shred Without Guitars on ‘Ba Power’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 12, 2015Label: GlitterbeatBassekou Kouyaté’s band is Ngoni Ba, which translates roughly as "The Big Ngoni," a…
Jason Gubbels / May 11, 2015

Review: Built to Spill Enter the Rock-Will-Never-Die Stage on ‘Untethered Moon’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: April 21, 2015Label: Warner Bros.Even in those bygone days when guitar wranglers prowled all-ages clubs, Doug Martsch’s method seemed…
Jason Gubbels / April 22, 2015

Review: J. Cole Goes DIY on the Reflective ‘2014 Forest Hills Drive’

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: December 08, 2014Label: Roc Nation/Columbia"No singles." So decreed J. Cole in mid-November, when word first came of his December…
Jason Gubbels / December 9, 2014

Review: Foo Fighters’ ‘Sonic Highways’ Is the Missing Link Between Dio And Big Star

These are weird times for alt-rock lifers. During a recent week-long residency on Late Show with David Letterman, the Foo Fighters hauled Zac Brown onstage…
Jason Gubbels / November 11, 2014

On Handjobs and Hopelessness: The Lovesick Zeal of Jenny Lewis’ ‘The Voyager’

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: July 29, 2014Label: Warner Brothers"I've been wearin' all black/ Since the day it started." That's how Jenny Lewis opens…
Jason Gubbels / July 28, 2014

Parquet Courts Are Inscrutably Awesome on ‘Sunbathing Animal’ (Which Does Not Sound Like Pavement)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 03, 2014Label: What's Your Rupture?Parquet Courts are tough lads to nail down. There are geographical inconsistencies at play:…
Jason Gubbels / June 2, 2014

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