Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quick Spins

Ghostface Killah12 Reasons To Die
Taking his love of mafia films, horror movies, comic books, and music and rolling it into one epic album, Ghostface Killah returns with his best album since 2000’s Supreme Clientele. Working with Adrian Younge, Ghost brings a storyline that Hollywood wish they could write. 12 Reasons to Die is a concept record set in the 1960’s about Tony Starks, a man who is muscle for the Italian mob, when Starks falls in love with a don’s wife, they whack Starks but little do they know he will return as the Ghostface Killah. Rapping over an orchestral soundtrack, Ghost delivers a supreme hip-hop opera.

Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart
The British folk punk returns with his latest record and Turner drops the politics and picks up his desire to show that everyone is beautiful. Turner, who has been a master songwriter since leaving his hardcore outfit A Million Dead, nearly a decade ago, has shown his personal side and political side in each song he pens, yet, Tape Deck Heart, surprisingly may be his most introspective to date and is a feel good free for all.

Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito
The New York indie punks return with their fourth album and still keep is weird, and we love it. Yeah Yeah Yeahs link up again with David Sitek of TV on the Radio for production on Mosquito and even gain some help from a gospel choir and Dr. Octogan to really bring out the sound and substance on Mosquito. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs simply know how to have fun and that seems to be what Mosquito is all about.

Iggy and the StoogesReady to Die
The Godfather of punk returns with The Stooges and since reuniting in the early 00’s, finally – FINALLY, release a record that lives up to Stooges standards. Ready to Die is a guitar driven manifesto that shows that age is just a number and if anyone else thinks otherwise, then go fuck yourself.

Black Angels Indigo Meadow
The Austin, Texas, Velvet Underground inspired band return with their fourth album and display a much tighter and conscious sound than every before. Indigo Meadow is a step in the right direction for a band that really tries very hard to take a page out of previous bands books, but finally make a mark on their own.

Kurt VileWalkin on a Pretty Daze
The Philly guitar punk returns with his fifth record and is his most personal to date. Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze is Vile’s musical autobiography that fills with angst driven guitars, pounding drums, and presents itself as a full on rock and roll circus.

The Front Bottoms Talon of the Hawk
New Jersey’s punks return with their fourth album and bring with them their most well-rounded and richest sounding album to date. The Front Bottoms capture the energy and excitement of their live shows and with just the perfect amount of magic in the studio and make Talon of the Hawk the bands best yet.

Oberhofer – Nostalgia EP
For years this Brooklyn band has been gaining attention thanks to their leader Brad Oberhofer’s finger picking, however, the band were a total Vampire Weekend rip off and a poor one at that. However, since singing with Glassnote in 2011, the band are turning things around with their latest EP, Nostalgia, and are finally coming into their own. This EP is chock full of catchy anthems and stadium sounds that makes us want a full record of all of this.

Glimmering Brooklyn rockers comeback with their new album and after the success of 2011’s CoCo Beware, Caveman still roar and still make their own fascinating mind bending rock and roll.

Orchestral Maneuvers in the DarkEnglish Electric
The British New Wave legends return with their second album since reuniting in 2010 and bring forth more of their tactical synthpop meets classic electronica and after all of these years, still know how to make people move.

MudhoneyVanishing Point
The Seattle grunge legends return and bring forth the same formula that have had them creating and crafting their career all these years. Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Alison Moyet The Minutes
Making a welcomed return to her electronic roots, British singer Alison Moyet comes back in full form with a very dark record that one could dance to. A worthwhile listen that may rally in new fans.

House of Love She Paints Words in Red
The English New Wave band return with their first album eight years and while they may be a bit older and a bit wiser, they lack the fire to make any sort of a comeback. While The House of Love remain to be one of the most underrated bands of the 1980’s, this record will quench lifelong fans pallets but will not gain them any new ones.

Cold War KidsDear Miss Lonelyhearts
Between 2008 and 2011, something happened to Cold War Kids where their sound altered in a direction that had them sounding very swampy and stormy but also very unique, to simply sounding like nearly everyone else. Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is a combination of the bands early sound that got them on everyones radar and the unoriginal dull that turned some fans off.

Everyone’s favorite neo-New Wave band returns and after the mega success of 2010’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, Phoenix saw heights that they never thought possible from headlining major festivals to Madison Square Garden and bringing along fellow French favorites, Daft Punk. Now, after some becoming parents, or husbands, Phoenix come back and try to sustain their acclaim, but fail to capture the magnificent magic that Wolfgang had three years ago. Bankrupt! was recorded using the same control deck that Michael Jackson used to make Thriller, but falls short in trying to gather the sound, energy, and most of all, originality that both MJ and the bands previous efforts had. Bankrupt! sounds nearly effortless and very uninspired and unfortunately, at many points, straight up dull and boring, which is unfortunate for a band of this caliber.

The Flaming Lips The Terror
The Flaming Lips do not need to prove anything at this stage in their game. Hell, they can do whatever they want and they do and we love them for it. However, when a band this original decides to release a record of new material it is something to rejoice about, but The Terror, is nothing to cheer for. While it is supposed to be played as one long song, and not just album cuts, The Terror is a redundant sounding, distorted calamity that makes us wish they had done something more.

The Knife Shaking the Habitual
The Knife return with their new record, which sounds like a cat with the worse case of herpes walking across a Casio keyboard while the cat’s owner presses record. It is unlistenable a weird for the sake of being weird.