Category: Album reviews

The Demands: Let Me Be Myself EP (Big Crown)

The Demands Let Me Be Myself EP (Big Crown) Brooklyn-based Big Crown Records opened its doors a year ago and was founded by producer and multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs, Chicano Batman) and DJ Danny Akalepse. In…

Essence: Black Wings (Self-Released)

Essence Black Wings (Self-Released) Essence is a sixth-generation San Franciscan who was raised by flower children from the Haight-Ashbury Summer of Love era, and yes Essence is her real birth name. The singer/songwriter has been immersed in music since she…

El Michels Affair: Tearz b/w Verbal Intercourse (Big Crown)

El Michels Affair Tearz b/w Verbal Intercourse (Big Crown) Brooklyn-based Big Crown Records opened its doors a year ago and was founded by producer and multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs, Chicano Batman) and DJ Danny Akalepse. In…

The Flywheels: I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn)

The Flywheels I’m For the Flowers (Mystery Lawn) In 2017, any band that offers their debut album in both electronic AND vinyl form deserves major street cred. And thus we should kneel to The Flywheels’ for their release of ‘I’m…

Elliott Smith: Either/Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars)

Elliott Smith Either/Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars) Elliott Smith’s last studio album for the Kill Rock Stars label finally gets a proper re-release 20 years later, complete with some cool added music. ‘Either/Or,’ Smith’s third album, was as well…

Hite: Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees)

Hite Light of a Strange Day (Six Degrees) Hite is the debut of a new band for Georgia native Julia Easterlin and it’s just as intriguing as her earlier efforts (most notably her work with guitarist Vieux Farka Toure). This…

Mark Lanegan Band: Gargoyle (Heavenly)

Mark Lanegan Band Gargoyle (Heavenly) As a longtime fan, it’s been an interesting ride following the music career of singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan. From his early days in the iconic Screaming Trees to working with the supergroup Mad Season and Queens…

Modern English: Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released)

Modern English Take Me to the Trees (Self-Released) The UK-based New Wave band Modern English have had a hell of a time shaking that one-hit wonder label. Ever since their early- ‘80s hit “I Melt With You” took over radio,…

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4: 777 (Self-Released)

Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 777 (Self-Released) Recent transplant to Seattle, vocal power house, and whirling dervish Lauren Murphie found fast friends and kindred spirits in the Sodo 4 and quickly joined forces with them to record debut album…