Albums

Wolf Parade – Expo 86

Wolf Parade – Expo 86 It’s hard to believe this is only the 3rd album by Wolf Parade.  Spencer and Dan have put out a total of 11 albums under different monikers since the modern classic that is Apologies To the Queen Mary.  And while none of this material has been quite a good as that debut (Sunset Rubdown‘s 1st… Read more →

Eminem – Recovery

Eminem – Recovery This is a case of ‘they listened so I had to’.  Over the past week I’ve had 4 people tell me how good this album is.  This album that the critics have been ripping apart.  This album that follows one of the worst hip-hop albums I’ve ever heard, Relapse.  This album from a rapper that used to… Read more →

Lissie – Catching A Tiger

Lissie – Catching A Tiger The debut full length from the singer-songwriter from Rock Island, Illinois who recently covered KiD CuDi‘s Pursuit of Happiness is not as good as her live shows, but it does have some great material mixed in with the good. We fell in ‘like’ with Lissie when she came to Denver to open for Ray LaMontagne. … Read more →

Against Me! – White Crosses

Against Me! – White Crosses Even though I understand the backlash against this band, I can’t help but like them.  I’m sure if I was into Against Me! when I was 15 I wouldn’t be able to handle their crossover into the mainstream.  But I only discovered them a couple years back and I like their folk-punk/alt-rock sound, even if… Read more →

Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP

Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP The new(er) EP from the singer/songwriter from Phoenix is a dark one.  You will have no doubts that Zola Jesus was logical choice to open for Fever Ray on her recent tour. Zola Jesus – Night Reviews: PopMatters 7/10 Pitchfork 8.1 One Thirty BPM 84% Read more →

Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II

Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle, Part II Not your father’s black metal…or is it?  This album seems to be influenced more by Trent Reznor and Roger Waters than it does by Varg Vikernes or the corpse-painted Norwegians.  These guys from Illinois are labeled psychedelic black metal, but I swear some of these songs are downright danceable.  Definitely not for everyone,… Read more →

Stars – Five Ghosts

Stars – Five Ghosts Another super dramatic offering from the Canadian band Stars.  I don’t think they will ever be able to top 2005’s Set Yourself On Fire, but I also don’t think they will ever release anything I don’t like.  You just can’t beat the tragedies that play out between Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell. Stars – I Died… Read more →