Reviews

Album Review: ODESZA “Summer’s Gone”

Astro De Rosa, contributor A production duo from the Pacific Northwest, ODESZA create pretty, soulful electronica. There’s a special lightness to their new album. It’s a positive message, utopian chords played over up- tempo trip-hop. Although the music is instrumental, the album seems to have a narrative. The band’s overall sound is pleasing to the ear and will appeal to …

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Album Review: Ghostface Killah (featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna) “Ironman” Reissue from Get on Down (Gold Edition 02)

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I’m admittedly not a hip-hop expert or “gangsta” in any sense. In 1996, when this seminal album was originally released, I was making up bad dance routines to Ace of Base. Fortunately, I’ve opened my mind since then, as has the world to hip-hop’s cultural significance. This is one seriously cool limited-edition box set from Boston-based Get …

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

Kevin Nelson, contributor Divorce is never a happy subject. The inherent sadness and inherent no doubt creates a mournful tone, but mournful is truly the bread and butter of singer-songwriter types, so it’s perfectly suited for Josh Ritter’s latest, “The Beast in Its Tracks.” Written and recorded in the 18 months following a split from his wife, Ritter took a …

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Album Review: Chelsea light moving self-titled (self titled)

Jewelry Franz, contributor Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving has just released its eponymous debut. It’s his first project since Sonic Youth announced an “indefinite hiatus.” The sound is really dissonant and raw, coupled with throwback punk moments and atonal, noisy spoken word pieces. You get the feeling Moore has put his soul into this record. Much of the lyrical content …

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Food Review: The Flavors of Purina Fancy Feast Cat Food

I’m assuming I was volunteered for the task of sampling and reviewing cat food for several reasons. First off, I’m a large man and enjoy eating pretty much anything. There’s also the fact that this is the “Fancy” issue and there happens to be a brand of gourmet feline cuisine with that name. I also enjoy stroking a pussy and …

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Album Review: Barn Owl -“V”

Bagel, contributor Barn Owl is not what they seem. I wanted to use a bunch of Twin Peaks references for this one, but really I didn’t expect Barn Owl to sound this way. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. This is their fifth album, hence the “V” moniker, but if the early stuff is …

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Album Review: The Postal Service – Give up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary edition)

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I remember playing Super Mario Brothers on NES for the first time. Sure, there had been other video games before it, but when that little overall-clad plumber stomped a goomba, something inside me knew technology had changed things irrevocably. The Postal Service’s “Give Up” caused a similarly transformative moment in 2003 where the stars “perfectly aligned” and a seminal indie-electro …

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Album Review: my bloody valentine – m b v

Astro De Rosa, contributor It’s been twenty-two years. We could have conceived, raised, and legally intoxicated an adult between 1991’s “Loveless” and the just released “m b v.” Thanks to Kevin Shields’ psychopathic perfectionist tendencies the third My Bloody Valentine album is finally here, and it is amazing. Soft buzzing tremolo/distortion over layers of lush guitar lines alongside gorgeous hymns …

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Restaurant Review: Woodrose Cafe

I have been to the Woodrose Cafe before. It was on the way home from three days of debauchery at Reggae Rising a couple years back. I had been surviving on V-8s and Indian tacos for three days and was ready for a real breakfast. It was packed, but me and two cohorts were sat at the counter pretty quickly. …

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