Noise

Artist: 
Xiu Xiu
Label: 
Polyvinyl

Xiu Xiu has always straddled the line between noise and pop. They've covered Nick Cave, Rihanna, and "Under Pressure" with Michael Gira (Swans). They've collaborated with Merzbow, Deerhoof, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Beaches, Grouper, and more. They've done an album of Nina Simone covers and reinterpreted the Twin Peaks soundtrack. They've even composed songs with a Nintendo DS. If you're unfamiliar with their work, they basically do everything, they always make it sound like Xiu Xiu, and I find that admirable.

Sounds Like: 
Future Islands
Sounds Like: 
Deerhoof
Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Dirty Beaches
Name: 
Andrew Boring.
Date Reviewed: 
02/24/2017
Artist: 
Christian Fitness
Label: 
self-released

Christian Fitness is the solo project of Andrew Falkous, singer of Cardiff-based band Future of the Left. His recent album, This Taco is not Correct, is a phenomenal album with influences from all over the Alternative scene. It's noisy, punky, and a super fun listen. Most of the songs consist of layers of noise rock guitars topped by Falkous' deadpan delivery reminiscent of classic post-punk bands.

Sounds Like: 
Future of the Left
Sounds Like: 
The Fall
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016
Artist: 
A Giant Dog
Label: 
Merge Records

Just to start off, I hated this album. But I'm going to describe it anyway because probably some people won't hate it and who knows you might even like it.

This album is very loud. VERY LOUD. The screamy female vocals are almost unintelligible, I took the FCC information straight off the sticker on the case because I cannot understand a thing she's saying. But it's not painful to listen to, she's a decent singer. There was one slower song, Get With You and Get High, which is about exactly what you think it's about. 

Sounds Like: 
screamy girl punk music
Sounds Like: 
idk very loud though
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
09/12/2016
Artist: 
The Body & Full of Hell
Label: 
Neurot

The collaborative LP of (relative) youngsters Full of Hell along with the ever-creative duo The Body has been a fantastic mashup of styles. If you have ever listened to the bands, you know that The Body is typically slower-paced, generally more in the doom metal region (and sometimes blackish metal). Full of Hell is generally noise-ridden grindcore, they even did a different collaborative LP with Merzbow a few years back.

Sounds Like: 
Destroyer Destroyer
Sounds Like: 
Merzbow
Sounds Like: 
The Haxan Cloak
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/23/2016
Artist: 
The Body
Label: 
Thrill Jockey

The veteran two-piece metal outfit known as The Body has absolutely nailed it with this album. What is 'it' that they have nailed? Well, they have self-described No One Deserves Happiness as "the grossest pop album of all time" in most cases I've seen (which I like calling "disgusting pop" after listening to the album); a style/genre I can't say I've heard of before.

Sounds Like: 
Beyonce
Sounds Like: 
Assembly of Light Choir
Sounds Like: 
The Body
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2016
Artist: 
Destruction Unit
Label: 
Castle Face Records

It is kind of crazy that Live In San Francisco is Destruction Unit’s first live album, as a band that draws so much mad respek for their deafening psychedelia, it is kind of amazing that it took until 2k15 to release one. Live In San Francisco rips through six bangas from their Sacred Bones release, Deep Trip, with a running time of about thirty minutes. Each song noisily segues into the next, while fully retaining a clear production value that allows the listener to hear individual instrumentations without losing artistic intentions.

Sounds Like: 
Spacemen 3
Sounds Like: 
The Reatards
Name: 
Ben Wifler
Date Reviewed: 
04/22/2015
Artist: 
Suuns & Jerusalem in My Heart
Label: 
Secretly Canadian

In 2012 the group Suuns decided to do a collaboration with their friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh to experiment with creativity and produce as much recordings as possible. This album is filled with lots of synths, electronic sounds, and Arabic influences. The song “Metal” is really cool as it has a really edgy guitar, spacy kind of sound with some upbeat tempo as well and plays around a bit with the synths.

Sounds Like: 
Bear In Heaven
Sounds Like: 
The Soft Moon
Name: 
Eric Heirshberg
Date Reviewed: 
04/14/2015
Artist: 
The Blind Shake
Label: 
Slovenly

The Blind Shake is back again with a killer EP. You might remember them from last semester with Breakfast of Failures, and now they have sent us Fly Right, which lives up to expectations. A small note before I get into details- is band is from Milwaukee. Milwaukee! And yet they manage to be one of the best surfer punk bands out there. Anyways, Fly Right is fairly short, clocking in with 9 songs, each about two minutes each, but it doesn't disappoint. The songs are fast, noisy, and just sound like The Blind Shake, you know?

Sounds Like: 
The Clash
Sounds Like: 
Fugazi
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
03/30/2015
Artist: 
Jack Name
Label: 
Castleface

Alright, there are some things I dig and don't dig about this album. I dig all the sound fusion - you have all these weird pop melodies submerged in fuzz, noise, and bizarre psychedelic twists and turns that make you feel like you're floating around in space. "Werewolf Factory" is a pretty stellar, dark track that makes you slightly uncomfortable but entraces you with a funky bassline and layers of noise. It's pretty sweet how he uses all these old school synths and drum machines that make it sound like a basement project from the 80s.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
White Fence
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/18/2015
Artist: 
Pharmakon
Label: 
Sacred Bones

Pharmakon is an experimental industrial noise project from New York. After her debut Abandon received critical acclaim for being PRETTY DAMN BRUTAL, Pharmakon is back with a solid and thoughtful follow-up.

Sounds Like: 
Prurient
Sounds Like: 
Vatican Shadow
Sounds Like: 
Hanatarash
Name: 
Jakub Safar