Vagabon – Infinite Worlds

I kinda had very similar feelings about Pinegrove’s Cardinal when it came out last year. Let me rehash. Pinegrove released a short record full length—8 songs—and I am usually hesitant with less-than-ten-track-records. It was the first music I ever heard from Pinegrove. And though there were many things that just didn’t click about the record for…

Lo Tom – Lo Tom

Again, let me be quick. Anything David Bazan has his hands on, I’m listening to. And that is the beauty of Lo Tom’s self-titled debut. Bazan is on lead vocals, and the band is playing rock songs again. You can tell by the way this project has been talked about that this first record was…

Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds From Another Planet

First Jay Som, now Japanese Breakfast. Genres are weird, but these two bands kinda go together. They are female led, a bit of alternative, a bit of indie pop, a bit of a lot of stuff. And though Japanese Breakfast’s new record Soft Sounds From Another Planet isn’t quite as well-structured and melodic as Jay Som’s Everybody Works,…

Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

I am just going to be as straight forward as I can in the midst of my tendencies to be long winded, especially explaining something that can be considered controversial. On Pure Comedy (which may contain explicit language)…Father John Misty says a lot of things I don’t agree with. Also, Father Johny Misty says a…

Fleet Foxes – Crack Up

2011 was an unbelievable year for music—at least for what I listened to and still do. Love & War & The Sea In Between by Josh Garrels, Children of Fire by Oh, Sleeper, and Vice Verses by Switchfoot were among the best albums released by Christians within a decade (pre-high school I almost exclusively listened to “Christian Music”…

’68 – Two Parts Viper

When ’68 released In Humor and Sadness, I remember feeling overwhelmed. There was a lot going on for just two musicians (Josh Scogin—former frontman of the Chariot and Michael McClellan—former drummer from Becoming the Archetype). Though I did not get into the record initially, now looking back the track titles were creative and the instrumentation, vocals,…

VACATIONS – Vibes & Days

Oh the beauty if Youtube. VACATIONS has a lot of the bedroom pop, surfing indie, Mac Demarco kinda vibe going on. I’ve been getting into music anywhere near the ballbark of this genre of music. Just like every genre, there’s some great stuff and some not great stuff. But even more than that, there’s just…

Ásgeir – Afterglow

I usually postpone writing reviews on records that let me down. I want to give it every chance and then some. But I feel pretty confident about my current feelings on Ásgeir’s sophomore record—Afterglow.

Day Wave – The Days We Had

Day Wave’s EP Hard to Read is just so dang good. I don’t even care if you listen to this new album, just go back and listen to that EP (wow, what a great sell on getting you to read this review). Although I do not think The Days We Had is as good, it is far more accessible than the EP. It is also even more straightforward, which is difficult to imagine with how consistent the EP is. But that consistency can become boring and lack the dynamics that the EP had.

Tiger’s Jaw – spin

At the beginning of the year I created a list of artists I knew were good in the indie rock punk scene, and projected to potentially release an album this year, but hadn’t gotten into yet. This list included bands like Title Fight, Superheaven, and The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die. The first record released on this list however is Tiger’s Jaw’s spin.

Hazel English – Just Give In / Never Going Home

Hazel English sounds like a female led Day Wave. I just found out today that Jackson Phillips of Day Wave helped collaborate her new EP Just Give In which is the first half of this new record Just Give In / Never Going Home. The album is a combination of these two EP’s. I have never heard of Hazel English until now though I have been a Day Wave fan for a little while now.

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

Mac Demarco is the first singer to sound like Bob Dylan that I have liked. There’s just something about the way Dylan ends a lot of his notes that I do not have the tolerance for. Yet with Mac, it doesn’t bother me and I don’t know why.