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Artist: 
Adam Haworth Stephens
Label: 
Saddle Creek Records

What do you get when you remove the spunk from Two Gallants and insert a hybrid of Norah Jones and John Mayer? You get Adam Haworth Stephens in all his Glory. Despite holding onto that consistent raspy coo that Two Gallants won fans over with, Adam failed at going solo. His vocals are strong, but are backed up my meek melodies that sound as if made for children. The harmonies are all off, much like Adam Haworth Stephens without his counterpart, Tyson Vogel.

Sounds Like: 
Two Gallants gone soft
Sounds Like: 
Carl Broemel
Name: 
Mari Weber
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2010
Artist: 
Let's Wrestle
Label: 
Merge

Simple yet catchy, Let's Wrestle, wakes up the chilin (children) with an energetic and upbeat style. The lead singer moans through every song invoking the listener's inner desire to sound like Chris Martin. In fact there is a lot of moaning. Unless you enjoy being moaned at, you will find yourself putting in another cd after one or two songs. However, that is no reason to deprive yourself of the euphoric journy through the technicolor fractal that is Let's Wrestle.

Sounds Like: 
Coldplay gone indie.
Sounds Like: 
Dinosaur Jr.
Name: 
Damian Mason
Date Reviewed: 
10/27/2010
Artist: 
Abe Vigoda
Label: 
PPM

I really love Abe Vigoda. They remind me of being on a beach but alone, and during winter. I'm sure this will make sense once you listen to a few tracks. They have really intricate, hollowed-out melodies that are perfect for muggy, overcast weather. At first the synth is very reminiscent of 80s pop, but as you listen throughout the record, they use it such a dark, modern way that makes their sound really unique. I actually like almost all the tracks on this album, but I'll just recommend the ones that stand out above all the rest.

Sounds Like: 
The Cure
Sounds Like: 
No Age
Sounds Like: 
HEALTH
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2010
Artist: 
Johnny Cash
Label: 
Columbia

Ok I'm sure everyone and their mom/dad/grandma/grandpa knows how awesome and badass Johnny Cash is. This is the classic recording of Johnny Cash performing live at Folsom Prison... I don't know what else I can say. It's probably one of the best performances ever recorded. Ever. I could recommend every track, it's all so so so good. But you probably already knew that.

SPIN THE SHIT OUT OF THIS, EVERYONE! PLEASE!!!!!

Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan
Sounds Like: 
Hank Williams
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2010
Artist: 
Frankie Rose & The Outs
Label: 
Slumberland

Frankie Rose (Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Grass Widow) stays pretty true to her roots, but expands upon her work with her previous groups. While past groups showcase a Black Tambourine-influenced noisy punk sound, Rose's (almost) solo album takes this influence and pushes it farther, to the groups that influenced BT themselves. Rose draws upon girl groups of the 50s and 60s to make a much more muted and beautiful album than she's ever done.

Sounds Like: 
Black Tambourine
Sounds Like: 
The Ronettes
Sounds Like: 
Vivian Girls
Name: 
Kevin Cottingham
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2010
Artist: 
The Walkmen
Label: 
Fat Possum records

This album's a tough one to review. The word on the tip of my tongue is "boring", but it's not necessarily boring. Withdrawn and muted, maybe, but not boring. The Walkmen, however, are at their best when they're most energetic, and the song that most exemplifies this is "Angela Surf City." There's a reason this album was supposed to have the same name. The song starts off like other ones on this album: jangly, warm, surfy–sonically something like Vampire Weekend led by Tom Petty–but suddenly the band lets loose, throwing restraint out the window. Play it. It's good.

Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend
Sounds Like: 
The National
Name: 
Kevin Cottingham
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2010
Artist: 
The Orb featuring David Gilmour
Label: 
Columbia Records

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Sounds Like: 
The Orb, Plastikman, Aphex Twin + David Gilmour
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2010
Artist: 
Hey Rosetta
Label: 
Sonic Records

A Canadian Indie Rock group with an very instumental sound, incorporating violin, cello and piano in their songs. Hey Rosetta was formed in 2005 and this most recent ablum "Into Your Lungs" was named album of the year in 2008 by XM radio station "The Verge".

Sounds Like: 
The Weakerthans
Sounds Like: 
Hawksley Workman:
Name: 
Erin Ogram
Date Reviewed: 
10/20/2010
Artist: 
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Label: 
Warp Records

!!! is an incredibly danceable band. It doesn't matter whether you see 'em at a concert or hear 'em on the radio: you will always get your boogie on. !!! has a very original sound. Their songs typically have a great buildup and an explosive climax, and a few of the songs off this album truly deliver. That being said, the majority of the album is sub-par. The first and last songs sandwich a slightly boring middle of experimental electrofunk. 

Sounds Like: 
LCD Soundsystem
Sounds Like: 
Spoon
Name: 
Briana Anderson
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
Artist: 
Starfucker
Label: 
Polyvinyl

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"Julius" by starfucker is an interesting album.  It sounds sort of 80's but has many different feels.  This artist sounds like they have a traditional chinese influence with an alternative backbeat.  The vocals are hard to understand and it sounds very trippy.  Overall, its not bad.  It reminds me of weird 80's synth music with a hint of new age rock.  Very interesting to play with an alternative mix.  It reminds me a little bit of the final countdown by Europe.

Play #1

Sounds Like: 
Europe
Name: 
Michael Brilliant
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2010
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