Albums

Candlemass: King Of The Grey Islands

There’s a commercial with a corresponding jingle from Peter Paul candy for Almond Joy and Mounds bars. I’ve already tortured you enough by referencing it, so I won’t bother to type it out, but the general idea ...

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 substa...

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 appr...

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 laz...

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 th...

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 unde...

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, whi...

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...
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