Panda Bear and “Buoys”

Every four years or so, we have the privilege of a new album by Animal Collective’s quietest and most introverted member, Mr. Noah Lennox. Lennox has chosen to work under his Panda Bear moniker for as early as 1998, and he’s built an impressive catalog for himself besides his main gig. His 2007 release, “Person Pitch” is, to this date, his best and most easygoing record, but he might’ve just crafted his second best effort behind that one on this year’s “Buoys”. “Buoys” is the first Panda Bear record since Animal Collective’s poppier but ultimately unfulfilling 2016 effort “Painting With”, but somehow Lennox has managed to capture lightning in a bottle, working once again with old AnCo producer Rusty Santos,...

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Classic Album Review: The Byrds – “Younger Than Yesterday”

There are albums that seem to be perfectly tailored for a generation of young listeners, and such records don’t necessarily come armed with revolutionary ideas or innovative sound textures, but instead, some of the best records that represent an entire generation’s ideals form more like a snapshot of a moment, and that is exactly what The Byrds’ 1967 classic album “Younger Than Yesterday” is. At this point in their career, The Byrds had no shortage of popular success in both the U.S. and the U.K. and they had managed to implement 12 string guitar and an adoration for turning Bob Dylan’s protest-themed songs into short pop gems, into the tried and true formula of The Beatles’ 2 or 3 minute...

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