Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Alt-folk mainstay Deer Tick is guilty of a bit of a red herring on its fifth full-length, which, despite the title, isn’t really a downer, and often works up a breezy groove. “When we first came up with the title, it was kind of tongue in cheek,” guitarist/co-songwriter Ian O’Neil says. “There are themes of loss, but there’s also a real pop sensibility on all the songs.” Fans of the band’s dirty rock’n’roll phase, as demonstrated on 2011 LP "Divine Providence," might also be thrown for a loop. “There are a lot of left turns on this album,” O’Neil says. “We wanted something a little more thoughtful and hi-fi.”Reade more >>
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
From its artwork, courtesy of Kanye West’s DONDA multimedia company, to its rhymes, 2 Chainz’ "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time" features the Atlanta rapper becoming self-aware of his success. (His 2012 debut, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.) “Started from a pot, then I took over the spot/Then I took over the block, then I took over hip-hop,” 2 Chainz raps on his forthcoming album’s second single, “Own Drugs.” Me Time is laced with 2 Chainz’ quotable, straight-forward raps carried by addictive beats courtesy of Mike Will Made It (“Own Drugs,” “Fork”), Pharrell Williams (“Feds Watching”) and more. “The vibe of the album is some club and street shit. We just wanted to capture that and it was very organic,” Mike Will Made It says of "Me Time."Reade more >>
Friday, December 23, 2011
This band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. And The Black Keys have done pretty damn well so far this year, with three 2011 Grammy awards for Brothers under their belt, an MTV Video Music Award for Tighten Up, more than 850,000 copies of Brothers sold in the U.S., and upwards of a million units worldwide, plus innumerable licensing placements in film, TV, and commercials. El Camino features one stand-out track after another, such as first single Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven, tempo-shifting Little Black Submarines.
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Going into this I had a high expectation about this album. Yes, Papercut Chronicles was a classic and timeless album. No, I did not expect to hear another PPC with this release. A part of me had hopes that the band would be definitely involved more. The epic Papercut Chronicles we all know and love started with these 4 basic elements: 1. Drums 2. Bass 3. Guitar 4. Vocals. I regret to to feel this is nothing other than a continuation of Travis' solo project. With overbearing audio effects and laxadasical singing, its tough to distinguish weather the band is playing behind Travis at all. This may be the demise of the GCH from Geneva as we know it, but one thing's for sure; there will never be another release more timeless than the debut FBR release Papercut Chronicles