Label: Friction Records
Released: October 20, 2009
Albums that rely heavily on noisy dissonance and angular rhythms as a means of expression seldom even dabble in accessibility, but Person Place or Thing, the latest from Michigan’s mathy post-punkers Victor! Fix the Sun, is clear evidence of what’s missing from that narrow view.
From the ringing guitar and wild, [...]
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Released: November 4, 2008
Few albums start off with the level of frantic energy of Thursday’s “As He Climbed the Dark Mountain.” There are songs with fireworks and there are songs that are like the fireworks factory exploding and this is clearly the latter. Thursday’s dense layering walks the fine line [...]
Label: Jagjaguwar Records
Released: October 7, 2008
Some albums kick off with the strongest or most accessible song as a means of sucking the listener in. Others, ease their way into the real meat of the album so as not to scare the listener with their boldest material. But very few jump in with their [...]
Released: November 10, 2008
This CD took me back to a sunny spring afternoon in high school, when the promise of summer vacation filled the air with excitement. I was driving down a little side street in Albuquerque when my friend Dave put on Poland by Tangerine Dream. I immediately made fun of Dave and [...]
Released: October 27, 2008
The first time I listened to Original Darkness, I wondered what in the world I’d write about it.
Now that I’ve listened to the CD a half-dozen times, I wonder how I can possibly say everything I want to say within the confines of a record review. My notes alone are nearly [...]
RatingsSatriani: 5/10Zappa: 6/10Dylan: 6/10 Aretha: 6/10Overall: 6/10
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Label: Jericho Beach
Released: July 29, 2008
When I was 16, my parents took me on a trip out West. On that trip, we spent three days at the Grand Canyon. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the most striking thing I saw on that trip, not because it wasn’t amazing, but because it was just too [...]
Label: Equal Vision Records
Released: March 18, 2008
“The sky was cold-fire sunrise, the clouds alive in wild paint, but all of it blurred in the dynamite crescendo.”
These words from Richard Bach’s Illusions not only give Alive in Wild Paint their name, but also their essence. Not only do they evoke soundscapes every bit as vivid [...]
Download Ryan’s new album for FREE here. It’s different…in a good way. Seriously, it’s not going to be everyone’s thing, but based on what I’ve heard, he could take a lot of people by surprise. A review will be coming soon.
Taking their name from a recent free speech case decided by the Supreme Court in which a high school student sued the school system after being suspended for displaying a banner with this idiotic slogan, Bong Hits for Jesus have a bit of ground to make up before I even played the music. Granted [...]