Monthly Archives: March 2014

Track Spotlight: Tristam, “Till It’s Over”

ALL GLORY TO THE MONSTERCAT. But really, the folks at Monstercat are supporting some of the very best EDM out there, and you it to yourself to spend a couple hours trawling their YouTube channel. If you care for EDM … Continue reading

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Album Review: Broken Bells, “After the Disco”

“After the disco, all of the shine just faded away,” Shin-in-Chief James Mercer sings on the title track of After the Disco (2014), his second album under the banner of Broken Bells with hip-hop auteur Danger Mouse (Brian Burton). And … Continue reading

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Album Review: The New Mendicants, “Into the Lime”

Power pop is a genre where innovation isn’t necessarily the name of the game. Badfinger and Big Star laid down the general parameters of the genre back in the 70s, and since then success has been a matter not so … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2013

And so, 48 days and 240 albums later, we come to the last of my Top 5 Albums of [xxxx] (until my inevitable Top 5/10 of 2014, that is). This list took all of five minutes to put together, mostly … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2012

As Ralph Ellison once put it, “Eclecticism is the word.” So after several years of  Belle & Sebastian/Camera Obscura/Divine Comedy indie pop consistency, my tastes throw me a curveball in 2012: hip-hop, glitch-hop, throwback prog, piano rock, and anthemic indie … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2011

I don’t have a lot to say about 2011, for a couple of reasons. The first is that it’s Ash Wednesday, and I am a) cutting down on my computer time for Lent and b)  writing this post between four … Continue reading

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Tom’s Top 5’s: Albums of 2010

As the first decade of the third millennium comes to a close, you may have noticed that, when I like a band, I really like a band, to the point that their releases tend to dominate my Top 5’s. So … Continue reading

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