Alabaster Jones

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Pill (NY) Aggressive Advertising
Some more tasty, jazzy art punk from these lovely New York darlings. Aggressive Advertising showcases some nice songwriting skills, but the two leaders here haven't changed since Convenience; Veronica Torres' wandering and sexy vocals are still excellent, and Ben Jaffe's saxophone still adds a very lovely flavor. Pretty short songs this time around though, all under three minutes.
Ski Mask The Slump God YouWillRegret
Ski Mask The Sl- excuse me, I mean $ki Mask THE SLUMP GOD is, by many listeners' estimate, the leading candidate for the coveted title of "Rapper who got robbed a spot on the XXL Freshman List", and while I may personally disagree, it's not because Ski isn't good enough to be on there, just that a few others are a bit more deserving. But who knows, if he keeps putting out stuff like YouWillRegret and improves each time, he may just wind up on next year's list. Ski throws down a big array of flows on this thing, and the fact that it's only twenty-five minutes leads one to wonder just how many more he's got hidden up his sleeve. Combin
Eglise The Past
These songs were recorded in January of 2012, and though the tracks are somewhat formulaic and not nearly as tight or well-rounded as their self-titled debut full-length, they're taken up a notch by Eglise's original vocalist. Michael Invorsen is his name, and was a wailing beast on these tracks, making songs like "Mina" and "I Am" go from merely average sludge-influenced hardcore to somewhat disturbing and oppressive sludgy goodness. The production isn't quite as good as it'd be for the band in later years, but it's still pretty punchy and gives a nice power to the tracks. The Past isn't anything too incredible, but you can't go wro
Washed Out Mister Mellow
This is easily Washed Out's best full-length record. Mister Mellow eschews a lot of the problems albums like Within & Without had by being a very concise as well as memorable listen. No idea presented on this record overstays it's welcome for even a second, and the touches of dream pop, neo-psychedelia, and even balearic beat give the tested chillwave formula some nice flavor. The album flows near perfectly, with each song leading into the next and the interludes serving the great purpose of telling a story fitting the music. Though it is quite short for a style like this, as if it's one piece of toast short of the fabled "c
The Myrrors Hasta La Victoria
The Myrrors are one of psychedelic rock's most interesting bands at the moment, and that's because of the duo's fluid playing style and free-flowing songwriting. Things aren't that much different here on Hasta La Victoria, which is bookended by two classic Myrrors songs; ten minutes or more of hallucinatory, repetitive, ebbing-and-flowing, enveloping psychedelic rock jams. The middle of the album is a bit different, beginning with "Somos La Resistencia", which is a catchy, rhythmic, quick, and jazzy number, with both of the other two being restrained, sweltering ambient pieces based in that desert-like psychedelia that The Myrrors wo
Thaiboy Digital S.O.S.
It's really not anywhere near as good as his two mixtapes or his collab with Bladee, but S.O.S. does see Thaiboy Digital heading in a different direction than I'm sure many had thought he would. Not that you could tell that from opener "Top Town" or the projects single "Magic", but they're decent enough (Gud's beat on the latter is pretty dope) as a couple of placeholders. The real attractions are "Nothing 2 Fear" and "Ruby" both of which have production more obviously influenced by dance music than anything Thaiboy has been on, and both of which have Thaiboy sounding right at home in his addictive shower of auto-tuned vocals. It wil
Kraftwerk Electric Cafe
Though it's seen as a step far below their best records and even a fair bit behind their second echelon records, Electric Cafe is still the Kraftwerk you know and love, just a bit dialed back from their more experimental outings. In terms of songwriting, these six songs are all wonderful, with that simple-yet-elegant quality that came to define the band, and many memorable moments within them. Take "Techno Pop" for example; it's endless charm is only accentuated further by a catchy chorus and addictive synth lines. The theme of technology and human love and lust becoming hopelessly intertwined with each other reemerges on both "Der T

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