Tag Archives: Leah Brzezinski

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Leah Brzezinski, contributor Thirteen-year-old me loved Weezer SO MUCH. 23-year-old me still loved them, got the album autographed at Tower Records, adopted “El Scorcho” as her college anthem. But 33-year-old me was pretty much over it. Everything since the “Green Album” was over-produced and disappointing, and once “Beverly Hills” hit the airwaves, I was done. I figured if Weezer started …

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The Rentals – Lost in Alphaville

Leah Brzezinski, contributor Either there’s been a rash of 90s bands reigniting themselves, or I’m so out of touch with today’s trends that my editor will only assign me albums within my “old lady safety bubble.” I loved The Rentals’ last full-length LP, Seven More Minutes, back in 1999, but former Weezer bassist and Rentals frontman Matt Sharp and his ever-rotating …

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Mumford & Sons 2 – Demo

Leah Brzezinski, contributor This electro-progressive duo sound nothing like the original Mumford & Sons, in case you were worried, but the name is hilariously memorable. They sound more like the love child of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, had they been kidnapped by Humboldt hippies sometime in the early 1990s. Experimental guitar and electronic percussion and synth …

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Leah Brzezinski, contributor  Parody is a delicate art, and make no mistake—Weird Al is an undisputed virtuoso, and one of my personal heroes. He truly studies and understands how to replicate every facet of well-known songs before he re-imagines them with new lyrics or in different musical styles. “Foil”  extols the virtues of the beloved sandwich wrap in the style …

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Captcha Records I N T R O D U C I N G . . .

Leah Brzezinski, contributor  Do you dig experimental psychedelic rock and punk? Lots of noodling around on electric guitars and random saxophone and synth solos? Do you wish you could check out a well-curated sampler of semi-obscure tracks without having to search high and low? If you answered “yeah, I guess” to one or more of the above, then download this …

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Goodman: Designs EP

Leah Brzezinski, contributor Goodman is one prolific dude, with more than 13 releases under his belt, and a  plethora of paintings to boot. I wish I’d had my hands on this latest EP when I was creating my “ADHD mix” of awesome songs under three minutes, because all of these sultry, funky beats would have been contenders. Each instrumental hip-hop …

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Dr. Foxmeat: The Hand of Doctor Foxmeat Paints a Monochromatic Rainbow

Leah Brzezinski, contributor  I’m not sure where Dr. Foxmeat studied medicine, but he certainly operates on a unique musical level. This local Humboldt phenom is reportedly known for his eccentric dress, giant beard, and his love of homemade lip balms and delicious baked goods. His first EP can be described as something between techno and industrial, rife with drum machines, …

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Cole Thomason: Self-Titled EP

Leah Brzezinski, contributor  This former children’s choirboy discovered his love for songwriting, guitar and harmonica in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Thomason hails from the Central Valley, but his first 8-song solo effort has the soul of a seasoned traveler, furtively weaving threads of blues, folk, Americana, and soul into a terrific thigh-slapping road trip soundtrack. Rambling tunes like “Greeley’s …

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Music Review – Wooden Wing – Permanent Daydream

Leah Brzezinski, contributor As S.H.I.T.’s unofficial “Midwestern music correspondent,” it’s high time I covered some of Chicago’s vast local music scene. Wooden Wing’s latest LP is equal parts rustic, groovy, and futuristic. It’s reminiscent of The Postal Service, with indie-pop male/female vocals, but set amidst ambient electric rock, field recordings, and lots of freaky instrumentation. Permanent Daydream is apt—it’s like …

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Music Review: Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

Leah Brzezinski, contributor What is “ARTPOP?”  I’ve purposely avoided giving a rat’s ass about Ms. Gaga, but finally relented. It’s the theme, people! Look at this title — in all caps! It’s already annoying me. A glance at the track list -“G.U.Y,” “MANiCURE,” “Jewels n’ Drugs,” “Sexxx Dreams” — there’s little doubt. This shit is totally ART… and POP! It’s …

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