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Tag Archives: Alternative Rock

Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill


★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening What’s it sound like? The best of 90s radio alt rock. Thoughts A very important record to me, I could not stop listening to this when it came out in the summer of 1995. I know I wasn’t alone cause it was played constantly on the radio. It’s an important […]

Bill Callahan – Woke On A Whaleheart


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? Folksy rock. Chilled out, just being bill. Thoughts This is the 2nd album I’ve heard of his and I’m thoroughly impressed. The music strikes a great balance between classic freewheeling folk rock and modern indie. He’s got a great voice, deep and sure, and is sharing heartfelt but […]

The XX – XX


★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening What’s it sound like? Precious trio that creates spacious but intimate indie rock Thoughts An incredible debut album for modern indie. Its very sparse but incredibly effective, somehow they’re able to sound both as expansive as a desert landscape and intimate as a dark cozy room. A technically […]

X – More Fun In The New World


★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? New Wave Punk, erudite bar hero Thoughts Another heavily played wfmu album. X is an intriguing band, reminds me of new wave punk like later Talking Heads. Instrumentation has a good energy if nothing that special. Lyrically distinct, I like the straightforwardness and humor of the lyrics, […]

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do


★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening What’s it sound like? Singer songwriter with pop sensibility and a strong backing band Thoughts An all around masterpiece: compositionally, lyrically, sonically. I like the mastering as the sparse instrumentation is brought forward in the mix, creating a distinct texture as if you could reach out and feel each of […]

Daniele Luppi,Parquet Courts – Milano


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? Indie, alt, art house punk. The opposite of overly produced, raw but articulate. Thoughts I like this band and promote the type of rock their making: straightforward pop with witty lyrics. I appreciate their not hiding behind layers of electronic mess. Karen O adds a good element lyrically […]

Swan Lake – Enemy Mine


⭐⭐ Suggested by a friend for pre-kaputt destroyer, this fell flat on my ears. Lacks chemistry and seemed pretentious, not surprising coming from these drama queens. Bejar’s lyrics are good, album highlights are tracks where he’s singing. More Info: Listen! Spotify: Youtube:

Portugal. The Man – It’s Complicated Being A Wizard


⭐⭐⭐⭐ Revisiting this since it first came out almost 10 years ago and it’s no surprise this band had it’s break out. The album keeps a good groove throughout, woven together with interesting electronic textures. I particularly love the first half of opal magic, I’ve listened to it dozens of times and still think it’s […]