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Review | Reptar – Body Faucet

Reptar – Orifice Origami Sometime last summer an EP dropped into by inbox. It was called Oblangle Fizz Y’all, and I was intrigued. Sure enough, that weekend was the August Hurricane of 2011 that hit Boston and Oblangle Fizz Y’all became the soundtrack, phrase (‘Hey, what’s up?’ ‘Oblangle Fizz Y’all!’) and drink (essentially a mojito with carbonated cranberry juice for the fizz of course) of the weekend. When the power, and internet, came on a day later I did some investigating. Turns out the four guys from Georgia were still in college, and had created an EP strong enough to nab…

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Review | Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings Forget anything you think you know about Josh Tillman. Father John Misty, Tillman’s new project and name under which he released Fear Fun, out today on Sub Pop, is about as far from Fleet Foxes and his seven albums as J. Tillman as you can get. And this is a good thing. A damn good thing. The first single off Fear Fun, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, is a thrashing folk rock anthem, and the second single off the album, Nancy From Now On, is just as good, and as perplexing as Hollywood Forever…

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Live Review | The Lumineers at Cafe 939

The Lumineers – Ho Hey If you still don’t know who the Lumineers are, let me catch you up. HO! A few years back, lead singer Wesley, and friend Jeremiah abandoned New York City and headed west, settling in Denver. HEY! They took out a Craigslist Ad and met Cellist Neyla and formed The Lumineers. HO! Their sound is the perfect incarnation of stomp-and-clap folk that has become popular over the past few years from bands like Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and The Head and The Heart. HEY! I dare you to watch this video and not sing,…


Live Review | Reptar, Quiet Hooves and Dirty Dishes at the Great Scott

photo credit: David McClister Reptar – Orifice Origami The Athens, GA based foursome Reptar has been described as a ‘synth-based pop’, ‘electro funk,’ and ‘experimental dance’ band. But none of these seem to do the band’s sound justice. In live festival performances, the band throws tamborines across the stage and band members dance in short jean shorts and full-body spandex suits. Their music videos feature talking lips, lazer beams and varieties of fruit. But the one element that comes through whether you’re seeing the band at a festival, watching a music video on YouTube, or catching a small live show,…

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Review | Horse Feathers – Cynic’s New Year

Horse Feathers – Where I’ll Be Portland, Oregon based folk outfit Horse Feathers released their fourth studio album today, Cynic’s New Year. The quintet has always had all of the pieces to make up a great folk group. The combination of fiddles, banjo and strings with lead singer Justin Ringle’s rough but soothing voice have always made Horse Feathers’ sound distinct. But on their fourth album, they have managed to About using dry especially their . Recommend looking. Is make extra free viagra in denver has hair Armani long without order prednisone from canada this It’s a. Wanted…

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Live Review | First Aid Kit and Peggy Sue at the Paradise

First Aid Kit – Emmylou Sweden’s First Aid Kit played a flawless set Monday evening at the Paradise Rock Club in support of their sophomore album The Lion’s Roar. For young sisters – Johanna is 22 and Klara is 19 – who got their start from a YouTube cover of a Fleet Foxes song, I wasn’t expecting the absolutely polished stage presence and excellent performances that they brought to the Paradise. But from the moment they stepped onto the stage in their flowing 70s-inspired dresses, they had my and the entire audience’s rapt attention. The girls opened with This Old…

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Review | The Lumineers

The Lumineers – Ho Hey I remember a long while back hearing rumors of this band, and seeing youtube videos of them performing their song Ho Hey, and thinking it was pretty good, but skeptical they had more songs like that in them. My skepticism was totally taken away as soon as I played through their album one time. Truly, that was all it took to fall completely, head over heels in love with this album. I can’t recommend any more than that. If you aren’t fully versed in the Lumineers I’ll try and fill in the gaps. They are…

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Last Night! Jonny Corndawg, Shovels & Rope, Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis – What’s In It For Me Shovels & Rope – Boxcar Jonny Corndawg – Shut Up To be completely honest, when last nights show was announced a few months ago, and I saw what day the show was on (4/1) I thought it was either a very early April Fools joke, or a show that was booked entirely just for me. Three of my absolute favorite acts all on one stage, in a small venue one that I really enjoy. Excitedly, I scooped up tickets and patiently waited for the show. Teeming with anticipation, the doors to Great…


Review | Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land

Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown
Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner

Yellow Ostrich’s sophomore album releases today and I’ve got to say I’m extremely impressed with the effort on Strange Land. The difference between Alex Schaaf’s early work when he was a cut and paste artist and now where Yellow Ostrich is, as a 3-piece with a lot of power behind their music is quite a huge gap. This new album features expanded roles in Tapper’s polyrhthmic drumming, and Natchez’ near symphonic addition of horn arrangements and additionally filling out the sound with his bass guitar.

Strange Land begins with the wonderfully summery, breezy track “Elephant King,” a statement song that is anthemic in nature and a great way to start off the album. Leading itself to “Daughter,” my favorite track from the album, a jangly, power-pop / rock track with a really interesting percussion section that seems to layer tons of different sounds atop each other. From there the first single, “Marathon Runner,” with pounding drums, moody guitar riffs another anthemic, hammering,track you’ll be consistently turning louder and louder as the song reaches its climactic, critical mass feel. From there on the album goes through a few waves between moody tracks and more of the anthemic wild eyed feel. Those moody, quieter almost crooning songs, implement Schaaf’s vocals quite a bit more and minimally the sounds tend to sit through the background as the song moves into climax, and they really get powerful.

The band works together really well as the three parts complement extremely well. Together, the blend and the back and forth style really takes this album to another notch. I can’t really find a weak spot on this album, each song has a lot to offer, whether they be the sort of alt-radio friendly (Stay At Home), the in your face bombast (The Shakedown) or the moody crooner (I Got No Time For You) its just a good album that really expand their universe.

Strange Land is a great collection of songs, ones I haven’t been able to turn off for some time now, but it should be noted this does not feel like the album that Schaaf created in his basement, they ditch the loops (save for Marathon Runner) for a more balanced and energetic (and sometimes frenetic) feeling. This feels like quite a different sound yet it just really works for them. Do I think it’s their opus? Maybe not, but this really is a great way for a band to come out of the shadows a bit. It’s also worth mentioning that I am segmenting this album away from The Mistress under the idea that its two completely different bands, and you can definitely feel the energy and creative juice coming not just from Schaaf but from Tapper and Natchez as well. But hey, itss song after song after song of good goddamn music, and leaves us wanting and knowing that there is more to come. I won’t stop listening to it, will you?

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