Monthly Archives: December 2013

Album Review: Surfer Blood, “Pythons”

I first heard Florida-based Surfer Blood playing in the background of an Omaha record store several months ago. I later YouTubed a few of their tracks, liked what I heard, and promptly forgot they existed. Then recently, I found myself … Continue reading

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Album Review: The Electric Soft Parade, “IDIOTS”

Trawling through the “Best of 2013” lists that proliferate this time of year is a great way to discover new and interesting music. However, it also means that you’re going to be discovering mostly the kind of music that rock … Continue reading

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Album Review: Steven Wilson, “The Raven That Refused to Sing (& Other Stories)”

In 1976, producer/engineer Alan Parsons and songwriter Eric Woolfson entered the studio to record a concept album based on the short stories of Edgar Allen Poe. The resultant Tales of Mystery & Imagination gave birth to the Alan Parson Project. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Vampire Weekend, “Modern Vampires of the City”

When Vampire Weekend’s third record, Modern Vampires of the City (2013), opens with a hymn to the Millennial Generation (“Obvious Bicycle”), it might not seem like the logical place to kick off an album-length wrestling match with lyricist/singer Ezra Koenig’s … Continue reading

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Album Review: Josh Ritter, “The Beast In Its Tracks”

As a songwriter, it’s tough to step out from the shadow of Bob Dylan, no matter which genre you inhabit. If you make your living with literate folk music, however, your entire professional career is spent in Mr. Zimmerman’s penumbra. … Continue reading

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Album Review: Janelle Monáe, “The Electric Lady”

When Janelle Monáe’s debut LP The ArchAndroid dropped in 2010, it introduced the world to a consummate artist with little time for labels. Her tuxedoed stage persona and omnipresent pompadour challenged norms for female self-presentation in the world of popular … Continue reading

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Album Review: Daft Punk, “Random Access Memories”

I first came across Daft Punk in high school, where a classmate used them as incidental music to their end-of-semester project. In thrall to the Classic Rock back catalog at the time, I had little truck with French duo’s dance … Continue reading

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