Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger

The first time I heard Ryan Adams, I was coming up Ocean Parkway from Gilgo Beach while a friend played Love Is Hell. It wasn’t anything I hadn’t heard before, but the material was rich in both style and substance, and I was instantly hooked. That was in 2005, …

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Patton Oswalt: Werewolves And Lollipops

There’s a number of examples of Patton Oswalt’s immense talent for absurdist description. Here’s how he describes his entire set: “Oh, my penis, wah!” In a way, he’s right.

That talent is what holds the appropriately named (in that it is completely irrelevant) Werewolves And Lollipops together. Announcing he’s drunk …

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Savath & Savalas: Golden Pollen

One of the many forms that Prefuse 73 mastermind Guillermo Scott Herren takes, Savath & Savalas is likely his personal favorite, but it’s far removed from his better-known glitch/hip hop project. It’s a lazy, relaxed record, the psychedelic equivalent of a sagacious Latin American balladeer, with a guitar and a …

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The National: Boxer

The release of the 2005 album Alligator made the The National one of the most buzzworthy bands in the country. They became the darlings of critics and bloggers, and the album ended up on a number of “best of the year” lists. That’s all very nice, but it also adds …

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Neurosis: Given To The Rising

If 2004’s The Eye Of Every Storm was an expansive foray into the band’s experimental atmospheric tendencies, then certainly Given To The Rising is Neurosis reinterpreting the sound that established them as underground metal legends in the first place and basically showing everyone who’s tried to sound like them ever …

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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: In Glorious Times

Somebody in the Sleepytime Gorilla Museum must have intended In Glorious Times for a vinyl release, as all the songs on what would be Side-B (or maybe disc two, considering the album’s near 70-minute length), begin with the word “The.” If there’s anything more potentially dangerous than the likes of …

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Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

Sky Blue Sky is yet another strong collection of songs from the Chicago-based sextet Wilco. Well-produced and conceived with focus, the album is a remarkable follow-up to 2004’s A Ghost Is Born. That album, which was the follow-up to the massive Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, bore all the earmarks …

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Black Sabbath: Live At The Hammersmith Odeon

Sure, I know we just had Black Sabbath as Disc Of The Week a couple issues ago for the Rhino collection, The Dio Years, and the challenge I’d issue in response to anyone who’d call me out on these Double DOTW shenanigans is this: find me something better than …

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Porcupine Tree: Fear Of A Blank Planet

Ever since the beginning of Porcupine Tree frontman and principal (read: only) songwriter Steven Wilson’s collaborative relationship as producer with Opeth’s likewise character Mikael Akerfeldt with that band’s 2001 breakthrough effort, Blackwater Park, his own band has undergone an evolution of its own. Though Wilson didn’t produce Opeth’s last …

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Bright Eyes: Cassadaga

Cassadaga is a community for spiritualists in central Florida, with over 100 psychics in residence. It is one stop on the rambling journey through America that Conor Oberst recounts on this sprawling album. He visits the town to “commune with the dead” as he sings in “Four Winds.” The band, …

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