Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2019

January 5th, 2020 · Comments Off on Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2019

1. Purple Mountains, Purple Mountains (Drag City) When David Berman returned suddenly after a self-imposed, decade-long exile, it was cause for celebration. Seeing the world through Berman’s – by turns – caustic, witty, scholarly, devastating, absurd, and wry lens was sorely missed and missing from independent music at large. His suicide merely weeks after his […]

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Tug Baker’s Top Albums of 2019

January 4th, 2020 · Comments Off on Tug Baker’s Top Albums of 2019

I feel like I had more albums than ever in my running yearlong playlist this year, but I didn’t get to spend nearly the time with all of them that I would have liked to. Here’s my list of the albums that rose above the noise in 2019. (Minus metal records. Those might get their […]

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Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2019

January 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2019

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Is Patrick Wall the only one here who gives a shit about the rules? KNEE MEETS JERK: A Tragicomedy in Three Acts Or, In Which a Mostly Retired Music Critic and Journalist Offers Brief, Non-Critical and Non-Sequitur Thoughts Only Tangentially Related to His Favorite Music of 2019. Because, Hey, Music Is Personal […]

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STREAM: New Battles “Titanium 2 Step”

August 11th, 2019 · Comments Off on STREAM: New Battles “Titanium 2 Step”

Having shrunk to a duo within the last year, NYC experimentalists Battles have just released “Titanium 2 Step,” the lead single for the forthcoming long-player Juice B Crypts due out in October via Warp. It’s a frenetic space jam of chaotic funk with Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato lending sporadic vocal yelps. The band is currently […]

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Sony/Legacy Reissuing Three Out-of-Print Prince Albums

August 5th, 2019 · Comments Off on Sony/Legacy Reissuing Three Out-of-Print Prince Albums

Harkening back to the mid-90s, Sony/Legacy is reissuing the first batch of albums released just after Prince had changed his name to the Love Symbol (O(+>) for the first time ever on vinyl. These albums have been out of print for decades and come with exorbitant prices on the collector’s market. The Versace Experience (Prelude […]

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STREAM: Juliana Hatfield “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”

August 4th, 2019 · Comments Off on STREAM: Juliana Hatfield “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”

Alt-rock singer/songwriter Juliana Hatfield returns with her second record of 2019 with a tribute to the Police, covering a smattering of the trio’s classics and deeper cuts. This stands as Hatfield’s second covers record, having paid tribute to Olivia Newton-John back in 2018, and it’s a tradition she hopes to continue. She released the insular […]

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VIDEO: Refused “Blood Red”

August 4th, 2019 · Comments Off on VIDEO: Refused “Blood Red”

Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come was such a visceral, unimpeachable, career-defining classic that it was almost a relief that the band broke up a few months after it came out so as not to risk tainting its lasting legacy. Refused’s dissolution in the face of imminent success was also consistent with its anti-capitalistic […]

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