Note: Government Plates was released as a free download by Death Grips. You can grab a copy of it here.
Imagine lying on a beach. There’s salt in the air and short waves rolling onto the shore. The sun’s high – but its warmth covers rather than bombards. Nothing but the waves and seagulls can be heard. It’s the calm of a paradise, where one can lay back and breath. The pressures of life are lifted – if only for a short moment. This is that moment of Zen that Home | Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions, the latest release by reggae act the Dirty Heads, looks to achieve. And with sandals on the feet and acoustic guitars in … Read More
Recently, I reviewed – in a short blurb – the latest release by Arcade Fire, Reflektor. At the time, I gave it a six out of eleven. Not because it was a mediocre album, but because I had no idea what to make of it. It was an album of ups-and-downs, lifted by successes yet riddled with missed chances. Yet, with Reflektor, there’s no denying that Arcade Fire looked to make an album huge in sound and ambition. Musically, Reflektor travels all over the board. Disco reigns on many songs, most notably on the album’s title track. Haitian music also … Read More
—————— Reflektor is the 4th album by Canadian indie-rock band Arcade Fire. It was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and finds the band incorporating elements of reggae, ska, and funk music into their usual sound. In addition to some forthcoming full reviews, we got the entire Hearing Double staff together to discuss the double album on a track-by-track basis below. —————— 1) Reflektor Tucker Phillips: I feel like this is the most obviously LCD Soundsystem-inspired song on the album. It’s, ya know, funky. Jackson Scott: Yeah. Funky is a good word. TP: 2013 is the year of the disco. … Read More
Back in Middle School, I’d have to say my favorite style of music was hard rock. A friend of mine had introduced me to AC/DC and Metallica and I ran with it, eventually coming across other bands from that era. Before long, that “hard rock” thing stuck with me. Because of this, I make sure to pay attention for upcoming releases from these guys – eagerly looking forward to the guitar riffs, blues-licks, and lightning solos that I fell in love with so long ago. As such, I made sure a copy of Motörhead’s new album, Aftershock, found its way … Read More