Field Music :: “I Keep Thinking About (A New Thing)” Album: Plumb (Memphis Industries; 2012)
Record Review / Apparat
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/6558/apparat-thedevilswalk-2011 By wielding hindsight, Apparat’s transformation sounds far less incredulous and, in some cases, churns with the melodious awe that Walls sought to pierce; a parallel mood for the afterhours. “Black Water”:
Record Review / Geoffrey O'Connor
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/6559/geoffreyoconnor-vanityisforever-2011 Like its predecessors, Vanity Is Forever is an indie pop record. But it finds O’Connor trading his former band’s low-key orchestration in favor of synthesizers and drum machines, building lush takes on balladry that showcase his thin tenor as he mines ’80s synthpop and the Balearic pop that Scandinavia has...
The Kinks :: “End of the Season” Album: Something Else by the Kinks (Reprise; 1967)
Concert Review / The Smoker's Club Tour
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/feature/6578/concert-smokersclub-2011 These guys like smoking weed; they also like rapping. Often, they like to rap about smoking weed. So they decided to go on tour and do both of those things more or less simultaneously. They called it the Smoker’s Club Tour. That’s pretty much it.
Concert Weeview / Jens Lekman w/ Geoffrey O'Connor
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/dailyops/6543/weeview-jenslekman-2011 Though he often performs with large backing bands designed to recreate the sounds in his head and on his records, his stripped down performance for a small but reverent audience gave huge amounts of open space for his jokes, patient ears over to new songs, and a sense that everyone in the room, performers included, were...
7k Oaks :: “Church of Neutral” Album: 7000 Oaks (Die Schachtel; 2008)
Record Review / Rich Aucoin
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/6557/richaucoin-werealldyingtolive-2011 We’re All Dying to Live’s sense of unity is especially remarkable when you consider the sheer volume of contributors involved in the production of this project, which by Aucoin’s official count totalled “over 500 musicians, friends and fans from across Canada.” You can certainly hear the numbers in...
Mos Def :: “Mathematics” Album: Black on Both Sides (Rawkus/Priority; 1999)
Track Review / Aquarelle (NBH)
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/dailyops/6556/aquarelle-bluelight-2011 “The Blue Light Was My Baby,” Symmetry’s concluding 25%, is all sparkling acoustics like a pre-demonic possession Xela, the strings so crisp they could form their own song. “The Blue Light Was My Baby”:
Record Review / V/A: Not the Spaces You Know, But...
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/6555/va-notthespacesyouknowbutbetweenthem-2011 What Three Lobed and its founder Cory Rayborn have generously done here is offer over two-and-a-half hours of exclusive, unreleased material from some of the most important acts associated with the label, from indie godheads like Sonic Youth and Sun City Girls to lesser known but enticing fringe artists...
Badly Drawn Boy :: “Say It Again” Album: Hour of Bewilderbeast (XL/Twisted Nerve; 2000)
Choice Selections from the CMG Hatebag
I read the review of Trail of Dead’s So Divided by Eric Sams and, I must say, his classmate got it right…he’s a “musical elitist”…and I mean that in the “he is the transcendental prodigy of progressive dissonant prowess while those who cannot understand his inexplicable love affair with Source Tags and Codes are pathetic pop-tart peons devoid of musical...
Podcast / CVII
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/podcast/6563/cmgpodcast-cvii Featuring: Twin Sister, Wild Beasts, Vondelpark, Curren$y, Timber Timbre, the Luyas, Panda Bear, Angel Olsen, Bill Callahan, Hauschka, Bibio, Alexandre Navarro.
Record Review / Dum Dum Girls
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/record_review/6553/dumdumgirls-onlyindreams-2011 This record is a catharsis of sorts for Dee Dee, who lost her mother in late 2010, and here she offers a full-breadth’d, emotional performance. Unfortunately, the songs, mired in the band’s well-established sound, come off as one-note, trapped in “My Boyfriend’s Back” territory, afraid to match her intensity. ...
Track Review / The Roots f/ Big K.R.I.T.
http://www.cokemachineglow.com/dailyops/6550/roots-makemy-2011 It’s complex yet airy funk, symphonic in execution and sweetly listenable; perhaps an overdue replacement of the middle fingers and raised fists of the most recent Roots singles with a bobbing head in the clouds. “Make My”: