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Artist: 
Dan Black
Label: 
The Hours

Another British electronic artist. His voice sounds exactly like the singer from Tokyo Police Club. This album is fun and catchy, but I don't feel that it brings anything new to the table. The few songs that are good are really good, but the rest are mediocre.

Sounds Like: 
Miike Snow
Sounds Like: 
Passion Pit
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2010
Artist: 
Inara George
Label: 
Everloving

This is Inara George's third solo album. You might know and love her from The Bird & the Bee. Her solo stuff is very different from that, it's mostly quiet and acoustic. This album does have hints of those electronic elements. She has a beautiful voice, but these songs require a lot more attention than her other project.

Sounds Like: 
Maria Taylor
Sounds Like: 
A Fine Frenzy
Name: 
nina ulloa
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2010

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Artist: 
Retribution Gospel Choir
Label: 
Sub Pop Records

This is a trio composed of Low's Alan Sparhawk, Matt Livingston and No Wait Wait's Eric Pollard. This album is produced by their former member,  Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. It's them just jamming out on their guitars for a really long time with a large percentage of nonsensical lyrics.
They sound like a rhaspy, eerie David Bazan who went to church choir and then had a revelation that they should write strange music. For instance, if you listen to track 1 (unairable) they say "bless us all. bless us all. we were pawns in a fairytale."

Sounds Like: 
If pop punk had a baby with a hardcore rocker and then took David Bazan's vocal chords, put them in a smoke house for a few months to make them rhaspier, during which time the only thing he could do is play guitar, this is that it would sound like.
Name: 
Jen Akazawa
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2010
Artist: 
Motion City Soundtrack
Label: 
Columbia

With this CD Motion City Soundtrack hasn't really gone anywhere in my opinion. Maybe I'm wrong as I haven't followed them that closely, but I think this CD sounds like MCS through and through. The sound is good and the singing is solid. The guitars are light and fluffy--by this I mean they are appropriate for the singing which isn't all gutteral like in metal, but is actual singing. The drumming is light overall, but it works well. The sound on the CD is focused definitely on the singing. The lyrics are pretty good, though I have no idea what they were doing with @!#?@!.

Sounds Like: 
Blink-182
Name: 
Scott Angus
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2010
Artist: 
the Watson Twins
Label: 
Vanguard
Sounds Like: 
Rilo Kiley/Jenny Lewis
Sounds Like: 
Neko Case
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2010
Artist: 
Molina and Johnson
Label: 
Secretly Canadian

Jason Molina, frontman of Austin, TX-based Magnolia Electric Co., has teamed up with the frontman of another local band (Will Johnson of Centro-matic) to produce a superduo of sorts in their first album together. I'll admit that I don't know much about Johnson's work, but I've listened to a good share of Magnolia Electric Co., so whatever comparisons/judgements I make will be based off the work of Jason Molina.

Sounds Like: 
Magnolia Electric Co. (only slower)
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2010
Artist: 
Yakuza Heart Attack
Label: 
Squids Eye Records

Looking at this album cover one could only guess that listeners are guaranteed to have a raucous time. Yakuza Heart Attack a small keyboard eccentric art/noise rock band from Dayton promises just that. The acid like beats bring you on a musical journey equipped with four sweaty compradres who are slamming musical genius down your throat. If you are into enormous synthesizers, video game-esque noises and bathing in your own sweat Yakuza Heart Attack is the band for you.

Listen to: 1!!!!, 2!!, 5!!, 8!!

Sounds like: a Nintendo Game on acid, Black Dice, Kola Kid, Xiu Xiu

Sounds Like: 
Black Dice, Kola Kid, Xiu, Xiu
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2010
Artist: 
Animal Collective
Label: 
Paw Tracks

This reissue of the 2003 release from the experimental New York City band Animal Collective is sure to win at least 90% of you kampers hearts over. If you all liked last years Merriweather Post Pavilion, which from our brief conversations many of you do, then you most likely love Campfire Songs. Although Campfire Songs is a more "relaxed" and rural version of the band, I personally think it surpasses other works. The album gravitates towards a more backwoods sound (especially considering it was recorded on a porch in middle of nowhere Maryland).

Sounds Like: 
Panda Bear, Grizzy Bear, Deerhunter
Name: 
Alex Gendreau
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2010
Artist: 
Spoon
Label: 
Merge
Spoon's seventh album is no different than much of their back catalog (with some exception to their last album "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"), which honestly should be refreshing to most fans. The end result of Transference is consistency in sound, and a pleasant step back from the slightly polished pop of Ga X5.
Sounds Like: 
Pixies, Tapes N' Tapes, Spoon's back catalog (with some exception to Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
01/25/2010
Artist: 
Anna Ternheim
Label: 
Verve Forecast

 

Anna Ternheim is pretty big in Sweden and has won multiple Grammys there. This is her fourth full length album although only the second to be released in the US. Her work has gotten more pop-ish although it still keeps her soulful, rich sound filled with strings and percussion. (See KAMP library for her older EP.) Anyways, regardless of how you feel about the female singer-songwriter genre you should spin this album.

Play tracks:

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5*

6

Sounds Like: 
Regina Specktor
Name: 
Deserae Dias
Date Reviewed: 
09/24/2009
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