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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Jessica Pratt – “Quiet Signs” album review

Impressive and precocious songwriting skills aside, Jessica Pratt’s voice is one of the most enchanting sounds to ever bless the folk singer-songwriter division of the underground. With music that is at times both surprisingly timeless and obviously rooted in a strong psychedelic songstress tradition, the return of Jessica Pratt is something many people have been anticipating ever since her last album, 2015’s “On Your Own Love Again” captured the hearts of thousands through only a soft but commanding voice and a hazy 4-track aesthetic that fit nicely among that record’s labelmates at Drag City. Most Realized Project So Far Out in 2019 through Mexican Summer, “Quiet Signs” is quite possibly Pratt’s best record, and probably her most realized effort to...

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Newest Deerhunter Album Review

Let’s talk about the state of rock music in 2019. Is it dead? Is it gone? Is it in need of being renewed? The truth is that rock music’s lease in current mainstream culture has long-expired and the powers that be, have given up on trying to market angst and loud guitars to the masses. Enter Deerhunter. The Mind Bradford Cox, as standoffish as he’s ever been, is not your typical rock star. He has made a career out of borrowing from the Underground Music Icon’s playlist, from glamorous photoshoots for his solo record “Parallax” as Atlas Sound to his alleged beef with Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins (something he has in common with Stephen Malkmus from Pavement). Deerhunter’s...

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Rosalía – “El Mal Querer” Album Review

Sometimes there’s a reason why the unexpected ends up being the best, and there’s definitely reason to think that with spanish singer Rosalia’s second LP “El Mal Querer”, which is more a statement of promise and confidence than anything else. Co-produced by the ever-so-underrated spanish producer and singer-songwriter Pablo Diaz-Reixa, better known as El Guincho, “El Mal Querer” sounds like the beginning of a prosperous career. Where Did It Start? Rosalia’s first LP, “Los Angeles” obtained minor success and did not immediately give people any clue of the big change that was to come except for maybe her cover of Bonnie “Prince” Billy cult classic song “I See a Darkness”, which resembles his own version featuring North Carolina-based Angel Olsen...

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