A New Box Set Could Turn Casual Reggae Fans Into Obsessives
Published 1/30/2013 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music is not necessarily the best compilation of Jamaican music available, or the best introduction for newcomers. But it is just the thing for casual fans who want to step up to a more ...
The Best Music of 2012
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
The best CDs, mixtapes, and downloads of the year.
New Box Set Highlights the Horror Soundtracks of Italian Weirdos Goblin
Published 12/19/2012 at 9:47 a.m. 0 comments
The Awakening makes a solid case for Goblin as one of the most important independent film-music forces of the late 20th century, alongside Ennio Morricone, Carpenter, and Popol Vuh.
30th Century Man: Scott Walker’s Second Act Continues With 'Bish Bosch'
Published 12/12/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Bish Bosch is a meticulous, intelligent, and generally stupefying addition to what has already been one of the most remarkable second acts in pop-music history
Brian Eno's Returns to Ambient Music With 'Lux'
Published 11/14/2012 at 10:12 a.m. 0 comments
Ever since his earliest years, adding his spacey synth treatments to Roxy Music’s polarizing art rock, Eno’s been a musical provocateur, pushing listeners to question traditions and extend the boundaries of what constitutes pop music. But in 2012, Eno’s influence ...
Bat for Lashes' Kate Bush Obsession Provides Diminishing Returns on 'The Haunted Man'
Published 10/24/2012 at 10:05 a.m. 0 comments
On her third album as Bat for Lashes, The Haunted Man, Natasha Khan takes her Kate Bush obsession to new extremes with diminishing returns, channeling her fairy godmother’s brooding soundscapes and ’80s-style production but little of her sensual melodic catharsis.
Dave Douglas Turns His Trumpet to the Hymnal on 'Be Still'
Published 10/3/2012 at 10:20 a.m. 0 comments
The restless trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dave Douglas does not make music for lazy listeners. Since 1993, Douglas has released around three dozen recordings under his own name, and has appeared on many more than that as a sideman. About ...
Animal Collective Throws in the Kitchen Sink on the Experimental 'Centipede Hz'
Published 9/12/2012 at 12:47 p.m. 0 comments
Animal Collective embraces messiness and abrasion on its ninth studio album: playing live instruments together in a room for the first time in nearly a decade, downplaying feathery loops and pillowy textures in favor raw muscle and eardrum-busting mayhem.
Lost and Found: You Can't Go Wrong With Can's New Leftovers Collection
Published 8/22/2012 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
Can's new three-disc set, The Lost Tapes, includes previously unreleased material recorded between 1969 and 1978 and traces the band’s gradual development from eggheaded garage band to prog-reggae experimentalists and, finally, a proto-ambient ensemble.
Technical Ecstasy: What Counts as Brutal in 2012?
Published 8/1/2012 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
What used to come off as a nearly unimaginable extremity—the sort of forbidding musical brutality that Dying Fetus has made its specialty—now can seem almost quaint.
Liars Continue Their Unpredictable Career Path With the Digital-Pop Surprise 'WIXIW'
Published 7/11/2012 at 5:39 p.m. 0 comments
In 2012, pop radio sounds like an airbrushed, Auto-Tuned wasteland, and nobody in their right mind knows what the hell “alt-rock” means anymore. But a number of Pitchfork-approved, taste-making experimentalists have emerged in the past decade—chief among them Brooklyn trio ...
Johnny Lydon Finds New Perspectives on the First Public Image Ltd Album in 20 Years
Published 6/20/2012 at 11:50 a.m. 0 comments
Lydon was perhaps the greatest angry young man ever, twisting with cynicism and contempt, raging against the machine. But at 56, he’s long past his angry-young-man years, and repositions his shtick effectively as a babbling old man.
Sacramento Trio Death Grips Goes Mainstream (Sort of) With 'The Money Store'
Published 5/30/2012 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
Both Exmilitary and The Money Store have offered reviewers a seemingly unlimited supply of influences and reference points to chart, analyze, and argue about: noise rock, Public Enemy, industrial dance, dubstep, Suicidal Tendencies, Gang Gang Dance, Def Jux, Dalek, even ...
Christian Mistress and High on Fire Reclaim the No-B.S. Spirit of Classic Heavy Metal
Published 4/11/2012 at 10:54 a.m. 0 comments
On its sixth album, High on Fire further entrenches its position as the American version of Motörhead, not least because singer/guitarist Matt Pike sounds more than ever like Motörhead main man Lemmy Kilmister. (And also because the initial response to ...
Nite Jewel Escapes the Genre Ghettos of Electronic Music With 'One Second of Love'
Published 3/14/2012 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
On One Second of Love, her third full-length and first on Secretly Canadian, Ramona Gonzalez has finally secured an appropriately widescreen sound to match her biggest, funkiest, darkest, most eclectic ideas.