New EP from The Quiet Americans

The Quiet Americans give out "Be Alone" "Be Alone"mp3: http://tinyurl.com/3mlqqaj Fresno California band The Quiet Americans was formed in 2010 by songwriter Luke Giffen and drummer Eli Reyes. The Quiet Americans combine bright melodies and animal like drums with fuzzed out guitar squall. Sort of like Link Wray meets Dinosaur Jr. filtered … [Read more...]

Jay Russell

La Dispute - Wildlife

1). A lot Like Birds - Conversation Piece The guys over at the ALLB camp must have been getting sick of all of the Dance Gavin Dance comparisons because simply put Conversation Piece is a rare feat that almost completely transcends labels and genre in so many ways. Some will want to call it Post Hardcore but god knows that is like calling The … [Read more...]

Jon Gordon

Rayographs - s/t

My musical highlight of 2011 was, for several reasons, The Duke Spirit's quite remarkable Bruiser album. Skilfully played, expertly produced and containing a near mesmeric vocal performance from Leila Moss, every track on the album is a nothing less than masterful display from a band at the absolute peak of their abilities. In some aspects, it's … [Read more...]

January release for album from Walter Rose

Singer-songwriter Walter Rose teams with Lucinda Williams’s band, producer for dusty debut. American Songwriter Magazine says “Cast Your Stone” songs could have been released in 1975. [MP3]: http://www.fanaticpromotion.com/projects/walterrose/mp3/walterrose-headforthehills.mp3  “It’s not every day you open a door and see someone like Lucinda … [Read more...]

Christopher Ballard

War on Drugs - Slave Ambient

#3. Implodes - Black Earth The curtain opens and a lovely siren calls you to join a cult that has been around since before time began. The dreamy guitar welcomes you to a murky world of tribal yet simplistic percussion, washed out vocal incantations, over-driven infinite reverb, delay and distortion. These elements elegantly cloak this … [Read more...]

Kevin Boyle

Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason

Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason Torn Beyond Reason by Woods of Desolation totally came out of left field and quickly made its way into heavy rotation. Upon first listen this album completely blew everything away, including myself. This two man group from New South Wales, Australia really was able to pack the right combination of energy … [Read more...]

Jordan Blum

Phideaux – Snowtorch

1. Phideaux – Snowtorch I’ll just begin bluntly; I have never been so immediately and overwhelmingly impressed with an album as I was the first time I heard Snowtorch. Released in January, it was the first masterpiece of 2011 (at least to me), and I was just about positive that nothing would surpass it in the coming months. Now, looking back … [Read more...]

Video from One Finger Riot

Painter Faris McReynolds turns from fine art to music with One Finger Riot project. “Work/Drink/Sleep” is sunny debut single/video on album about Los Angeles loneliness. “Work/Drink/Sleep” is the first single and video from Come Drag Me Down by One Finger Riot [YOUTUBE]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAtvTymYok4 Faris McReynolds is the man … [Read more...]

Adam Costa’s Top 3 of 2011

Panda Bear – Tomboy

No. 3: Panda Bear – Tomboy Back in April when Noah Lennox’s Tomboy finally hit shelves after months of delay, I was practically gushing about its imminent placement on the inventory of 2011’s finest albums.  I was not alone; after the success of 2007’s Person Pitch and the overwhelmingly positive response to Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 3 Albums of 2011

mr. Gnome - Madness In Miniature

It’s always tough to narrow down a list of favorites, especially to a Top 3, but I’ve finally prevailed instead of failed.  I’m also looking forward to several 2012 releases including albums by Blood Red Shoes, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Twilight Sad, Little Boots, Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy, Rykarda Parasol, Maribel, Therapy?, Lana Del … [Read more...]