Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Crunchy punky early aughts NYC indie rock.

Thoughts
Fantastic album. Short potent songs that capture a jagged balance of guitar and Karen O’s strength as a leader.

Feels like a seminal LES album of the times. Cleaner than NY in the 80s but still a bit dirty.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
an indie rock band doing drunk late night lounge

Thoughts
Remarkably different than I remember the arctic monkeys, there’s something intriguing about the direction. After reading the wikipedia its clear Alex Turner is clearly inspired by all the right people. Production is gorgeous with that modern style where everything is turned up in the mix and makes for a rich listen.

I think the lyrics are the weak point: self indulgent, forced poetry that’s trying too hard to be weird. Its not bad but at best like a cult record I’ll enjoy as passive listening; unnecessary at worst.

I want to love this record, and believe I haven’t given it the full chance, but after two listens it still hadn’t set in.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Chairlift – Moth

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Slick modern synth pop with a good female singer

Thoughts
Good for a light pop record, reminded me of that grouper album I like. However it was lacking substance and inconsistent.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
jagged raw indie rock

Thoughts
An OK record, likely one of their more accessible and it’s interesting hearing them in this stripped down setting as they aren’t one for ‘pop’ formats.

Falls short of something good in my opinion. Daydream Nation remains my one and only sonic youth album.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Slow Mass – On Watch

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?
Varied punk: quiet personal songs to pop to post-hardcore.

Thoughts
I dig the dynamic nature of this band who is able to accomplish hardcore as well as personal moments. True post-hardcore (emo) revivalists, this reminds me a lot of bands I grew up listening to in the 90’s.

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Rating: 4 out of 5

 

Little Joy – Little Joy

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
A west-coast chilled out version of the strokes

Thoughts
A gem, perfect little beach acoustic record.Nothing extraordinary but a positive vibe like a precious local band at an outdoor spot.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Beach House – 7

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?
Electro rock. Spacey and ethereal at times, trip hop like.

Thoughts
Reminds me of the electro rock blonde redhead was popular for like 10 years ago but with better songwriting.

Revisiting this a month or two later, really haven’t found a lot to come back to.

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Rating: 3 out of 5

 

Drinks – Hippo Lite

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?
Bare indie art rock

Thoughts

I like it, backended with simple guitar chords or melodies, the album seems to float through a variety of ideas. Vocals typically repeat a catchy mantra of some sort.

Deliberately strange, the album gets a little tired and pretentious towards the end, nothing I really want to come back to.

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Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Pinegrove – Cardinal

★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening

What’s it sound like?
Young alt rock band with personal exploratory singing.

Thoughts
Pinegrove is one of my favorite new finds over the past few years. Something about this band really just clicks for me. Maybe it’s the familiarity of the chord driven songs with lyrics that I connect with. Either way they’re entire catalog has gotten repeat listens and is a+.

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Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Black Mountain – Black Mountain

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

A desert rock version of arcade fire: authentic and anthemic.

Thoughts

The band sounds very different here than on in the future. Elements of modern indie are at play and things seem more hopeful than dark and epic (though there is still a rich vision to their sound).

I like the tracks that incorporate sax, it’s used in a kind of jazz freak out way that I think is particularly effective.

Good band.

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https://www.discogs.com/Black-Mountain-Black-Mountain/release/745333

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