Robert Pollard – Honey Locust Honky Tonk

Guided By Voices front man Robert Pollard is probably better known for the quantity of music he puts out rather than the quality. His main band released 4 albums in the last 2 years, and he somehow found the extra time to put out two additional records in 2012 under his own name. Confoundingly, his bazillionth album Honey Locust Honky Tonk, like all of his recent work, is just as consistent and enjoyable as any golden-era GBV release. It’s a sharp, focused set of songs that never relies on Pollard’s reputation, even if, at its best, it strongly recalls his ... Read More

Gauntlet Hair – Stills

Gauntlet Hair. OHHHHH Gauntlet Hair what to do about you? Their new album Stills confuses me. It has a nice groovy sound to it but it misses something that I just cannot put my finger on. If you are a Hearing Double fanatic (An H-Doubler as I like to say) you will remember in my review of the albums Palms I also praised the groove that they created. However, in Gauntlet Hair’s album Stills, they were not able to create songs with interesting synths and vocals. Only a couple of songs were able to hold my attention, one of them ... Read More

David Lynch – The Big Dream

  It’s pretty much impossible to talk about David Lynch’s new album, The Big Dream, without constantly referring and re-referring to his career in movies and television. Because, really, who would be David Lynch the musician be without all that?—some kook with a taste for the blues but also electro-industrial with a nasally voice worthy of the Ur-Nerd. Then again, this is the same kook who all but invented a genre of film, with their inverted/subverted logic, inveterate quirks and unsettling premises. And yet, these film are also well done and, in the best of circumstances, highly watchable. Lynch isn’t … Read More

Palms – Palms

Palms, a fruitful collaboration between members of post-metal stalwarts Isis and modern rock veterans Deftones, play woogly, off-kilter cinematic rock that sounds like the result of a couple lengthy cough-syrup binges. The six excursions on their self-titled debut are drenched in reverb and electronic texturing, but in a way that draws attention to the plentiful moments of artistry and elegance rather than masking them. And, when the crescendos hit and the guitars burst forth from their pens, Palms prove they can rock just as well as their parent bands can. One of the main draws here, surprisingly, is Deftones singer ... Read More

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Sigur Rós, an ambient / noise rock band from Sweden, definitely can make ambient noise. On their new album Kveikur, they did exactly that: make noise.  I couldn’t make heads or tails of this album because it is so strange that it makes a tap-dancing alien seem normal.  The vocals were falsetto and calm, the instrumentation is cleverly constructed, and the mood is bleak yet intriguing.  The thing that made me most interested was the vocals, which were like Joey Eppard of 3 but with Swedish lyrics and laid over a mysterious backdrop. One of the major downfalls of the ... Read More

The Lonely Island – The Wack Album

My oldest memory of listening to music is of listening to comedy music artist Cheech and Chong on my parent’s dusty half-broken record player. I remember belting “Basketball Jones” at the top of my tiny lungs. When I got my first iTunes gift card for one of my birthdays, the first thing I did was buy some Weird Al and Cheech and Chong. Yah, from the get go I already had obscure and strange musical tastes. When I first heard that Andy Samberg, of Saturday Night Live fame, and two of his close friends were making a comedy rap album, ... Read More

Megadeth – Super Collider

Being a big fan of more hard rock music I am actually sorry to say that I have never truly listened to Megadeth. So when Super Collider, Megadeth’s thirteenth album, can across my desktop I jumped at the opportunity. Instantly I saw a resemblance in vocals to Russell Allen of Symphony X, but with seemingly less range. The biggest problem that I found with this album was that the vocals are very generic and devoid of all emotion. Where the album really shines is in the guitar instrumentation. On almost all the songs the guitar is seemingly the only saving ... Read More

The-Dream – IV Play

R&B is a great genre when it is done right, and in the case of Terius Nash’s album IV Play, it most certainly was not done right. R&B is a genre that has style, and IV Play most certainly did not have any class to it at all. The entire album was mixed so strangely that it makes it sound like a deaf person put together the tracks randomly. The thing that bugged me the most was that Nash actually has a great voice, but is hindered by the fact that the lyrics are complete garbage with no meaning. The ... Read More

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age were always a band I bypassed when it came to modern music. They were well positioned to worm their way into my heart; Era Vulgaris came out the summer before freshman year—the period where I was well deep into the Indie Rock rabbit hole while still keeping my eye out for any graves or burrows. And yet I never gave a rat’s ass. I couldn’t even have named you a QOTSA song. I had never heard “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” (meretricious, vapid) until it came time to review their new album …Like Clockwork. ... Read More