Album Of The Week

Album Of The Week: Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream

By Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012
Before I get into this absolutely lovely new Miguel album, I'd like to say a quick word about the Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats are quite possibly my favorite band on the face of the earth, but their albums almost never reveal themselves to me right away. It takes months, maybe years, for them to… More »


Album Of The Week: Empty Flowers Six

By Tom Breihan / September 25, 2012
The first song on Six, the first album from the Connecticut band Empty Flowers, begins with a rising, chiming drone: Single-chord guitars wrapping themselves slowly around a metronomic drum beat, intensity gradually rising, no words beyond a few barely-audible mumbles buried deep in the track. And then, two and a half minutes in, there's a… More »


Album Of The Week: Grizzly Bear Shields

By Amrit Singh / September 18, 2012
It's not to say that the Album Of The Week selection for this second week of September has always been a foregone conclusion. This slate on September 18th is actually full of great efforts by a broad set of worthy artists, all situated in the upper echelon of their respective niches -- see the laptop-enabled… More »


Album Of The Week: Cult Of Youth Love Will Prevail

By Tom Breihan / September 4, 2012
This is a big day for new albums: Animal Collective's Centipede Hz, Cat Power's Sun, Jens Lekman's I Know What Love Isn't, the Fresh & Onlys' Long Slow Dance, plenty of others. And all the albums I named have good things going on. But other than the stunning Cat Power album, which I've… More »


Album Of The Week: Swans The Seer

By Tom Breihan / August 28, 2012
As a music dork, two of the most transcendent, quasi-religious experiences you can have are going to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Neurosis live. And after I saw Neurosis a few years ago, something occurred to me: The two shows are pretty much negative mirror images of each other. Both bands are full of… More »


Album Of The Week: Jessie Ware Devotion

By Tom Breihan / August 21, 2012
I spent something like five seasons recapping American Idol, so I feel like I can tell you some things about backup singers. Along with church wailers and vocal instructors and major-label refugees and yarly bar-rock frontmen, backup singers are fixtures on shows like Idol, and they almost never work out. Obviously, they can sing the… More »


Album Of The Week: Dead Can Dance Anastasis

By Tom Breihan / August 14, 2012
My wife, just now: "Are you listening to monk music up there?" Close enough! Among the vampire-pop auteurs who first gave 4AD Records its signature sound, Dead Can Dance were the ones whose music sounded the most ancient and ritualistic, and that was certainly by design. The Australian duo pulled from different ancestral-music traditions from… More »


Album Of The Week: Redd Kross Researching The Blues

By Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012
Culturally, at least, it's hard to imagine a worse cultural moment for a Redd Kross comeback. Think about all the strains of underground rock currently running shit -- orchestral chamber-pop twinkle, dazed reverb-damaged whoosh, elegant pop-soul groan, muffled post-chillwave thump -- and you'll notice that none of them have the tiniest bit to do with… More »


Album Of The Week: Nachtmystium Silencing Machine

By Tom Breihan / July 31, 2012
I've already written in this space that black metal, by and large, is just a thing that I don't get. The tinny guitar tones, the hummingbird-fast drum assault, the total abandonment of recognizable song-form -- none of it makes a whole lot of sense to me. But the one straight-up black metal album that… More »


Album Of The Week: The Gaslight Anthem Handwritten

By Tom Breihan / July 24, 2012
When the Gaslight Anthem first crossed my radar four years ago, I remember being overjoyed that a punk band like this could still exist, that there was still gold left in them thar hills. The Gaslight Anthem that recorded The '59 Sound, their ridiculously great 2008 breakout, were proud inheritors of a brawny, no-bullshit Jersey… More »


Album Of The Week: Baroness Yellow & Green

By Tom Breihan / July 17, 2012
Even amidst the ridiculously fertile and fun Georgia metal scene, Baroness have always stood out because they've figured out how to be heavy and approachable at the same time. Debut LP Red Album brought sledgehammer riff-churns, but it married them to a sense of reaching-for-infinity melodic lift that few other underground metal bands even attempt,… More »


Album Of The Week: Twin Shadow Confess

By Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012
You may have already noticed this, but we're having a big week for new music. It seems weird to think that the big-leap sophomore album from a young, hyped-up Brooklyn '80s pastiche-artist might fly under the radar, but that's happening just a tiny bit with Twin Shadow's Confess. Confess happens to land on the same… More »


Album Of The Week: Old Man Gloom NO

By Tom Breihan / July 3, 2012
Some release weeks are just slow. I try to find something to get amped about every week, but this time I just couldn't do it. Last week, by contrast, was a pretty busy one. DIIV, R. Kelly, and eventual winner Ty Segall all released seriously strong albums, albums that had pretty much nothing in commo… More »


Album Of The Week: Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse

By Corban Goble / June 26, 2012
Though he’s got quite the sample size for someone his age -– today’s release of Slaughterhouse is either his sixth or seventh solo release in four years, depending on how you count them -– Ty Segall is a little hard to predict. Take, for instance, something like 2011’s Goodbye Bread, a record that exhibited a… More »


Album Of The Week: Neneh Cherry & The Thing The Cherry Thing

By Tom Breihan / June 19, 2012
If you've spent any time over the last few months reading this website, you know that today is Fiona Apple Day, the day that Apple's long-awaited and crazy-good new album The Idler Wheel... finally sees release. That album is obviously the week's best album, and quite possibly the year's as well. But I wrote… More »


Album Of The Week: Usher Looking 4 Myself

By Tom Breihan / June 12, 2012
This week, a couple of seasoned soul-music professionals are releasing new albums that toy around with sonar beeps and European club-music thumps, trying to find the ways that they can use these sounds to convey some serious emotion. In this particular corner of the internet, we've been hearing a lot more about one of those… More »


Album Of The Week: Japandroids Celebration Rock

By Tom Breihan / June 5, 2012
In their Progress Report interview, and in this Pitchfork interview, the two fairly unassuming late-20s dudes in Japandroids talk a lot about how they love touring and hate recording. Touring the world, for two guys from Vancouver who'd never had the chance, was a revelation, and so they went into the studio to… More »


Album Of The Week: Sun Kil Moon Among The Leaves

By Tom Breihan / May 29, 2012
This week is a big one for new albums. Today, the Walkmen's Heaven finally hits shelves. When we made our list of our 25 favorite albums of the year thus far, it landed at #2. Make no mistake: It's a fucking great albums and you need to hear it. Sigur Rós's Valtari i… More »


Album Of The Week: El-P Cancer For Cure

By Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012
Once upon a time, I hated Company Flow. Their music sounded like rap as rigid noise-attack, all funless bellowing and construction-site clang. El-P's solo yammer "Patriotism" was the one track I always skipped on the great Rawkus compilations Soundbombing II. Whenever his voice showed up on the underground rap albums I loved, like Atmosphere's LucyMore »


Premature Evaluation: The Walkmen Heaven

By Tom Breihan / May 18, 2012
If the Walkmen were a basketball player, they'd be Tyson Chandler: Charming, erudite, handsome, and smooth, but not flashy or self-aggrandizing. Like Chandler, they bring a fundamental intensity to just about everything they do. Chandler has his muscular low-post moves, and the Walkmen have drummer Matt Barrick, who never overwhelms the songs he plays o… More »


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