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    There are several spots where beats are missed and the tempo lags or speeds ahead (and not in a good way). I kind of feel this way about New Moon, too, and it is making me reconsider my position on this band, which makes me sad, too.
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    HEY
    9/20 - Crosby, Stills & Nash - Santa Barbara Bowl
    9/21 - Caetano Veloso - Hollywood Bowl
    9/26 - William Basinski - Pasadena Arts Council
    9/28 - Bob Mould - Roxy (?)
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    Prawn – Kingfisher has been such a pleasant surprise, emotionally tip toeing on a sound that is just as clear as glass
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    So after a bit of a lull in June and July I've really hit a glut of good to great new releases:

    Stein Urheim - Stein Urheim: this one was on the Quietus' mid-year list, and is a wonderfully varied instrumental album which sees Urheim playing primarily acoustic guitar but with a variety of other acoustic, stringed instruments as well. There's a lot of percussion in there too, something which helps these 5 songs not meander too much (although "After the Festival" gets a bit too noodley for my tastes).



    Yvette - Process: another Quietus pick; technically a 2013 album (it received a physical release this year), Process sounds like a long-lost collaboration between Liars and HEALTH as LOTS of these bands' signifiers can be heard throughout. These similarities made my first couple of listens a bit awkward, but the more I've dug into the album the more I can start to hear the band's unique qualities come out.



    Heterotic - Weird Drift: a solid, if somewhat unspectacular, collection of synth and guitar pop songs which would appeal to fans of Tycho ("Rain," "Triumph"), Classix ("Florence"), and even some of the neu-R&B acts ("Amniotic" and "Boxes"). I think what keeps drawing me back is the variety of the songs, as while a lot of the tracks sound rather different from one another it's not so pronounced that it doesn't feel like the same band.



    I realize I'm super late to the party, but I want to echo the earlier praise for Posse's Soft Opening, as it is fantastically melancholic indie pop, and for Under the Color of Official Right by Protomartyr. Same with Perfect Pussy and especially Dave Aju - "Clean Street" has been my fucking jam for the past two or three weeks.

    Ty Segall's Manipulator doesn't feel like a new start as much as it does a culmination of what he's done to this point in his career, and I think it's one of the strongest and most consistent albums he's released.

    There's a few others I've been enjoying but still need to dig into a bit more, including Leon Vynehall, Joey Anderson, SD Laika and Lee Gamble.
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    I've heard about half the FKA Twigs album at this point I think. The music's fine, very 2014 sounding. It's just...not music that compels me to rush out and see in concert.
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    The production of the FKA Twigs album reminds me an awful lot of a lot of witch house albums I have already heard. Like you said, it's fine, but to me it already feels kind of dated and sounds very samey throughout the whole album. The vocals are very nice, but just not strong enough. She stays in this weird mid range the entire time. It's possible it could grow on me, but I wasn't very excited about it and listening to the whole album felt like it took a really a time.
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    Mt initial impression - a very solid album but not as interesting/intriguing as EP2 - really hasn't changed much, but I certainly don't think it's as boring or bland as you guys are making it out to be. I also think that critics are perhaps letting the story/narrative influence their reviews a bit more than they should, and maybe that's setting some up for disappointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    The production of the FKA Twigs album reminds me an awful lot of a lot of witch house albums I have already heard. Like you said, it's fine, but to me it already feels kind of dated and sounds very samey throughout the whole album. The vocals are very nice, but just not strong enough. She stays in this weird mid range the entire time. It's possible it could grow on me, but I wasn't very excited about it and listening to the whole album felt like it took a really a time.
    These are my thoughts on the album exactly. The album felt like it took AGES to listen to. I remember thinking "This is cool, but its got to be almost over now, right?" But no. It was at the halfway point. The music itself is interesting enough for me come back to, but yeah, it feels way to samey from song to song. I wish her voice a little less sugary too. I do like the pop affectations to her voice, but it would be nice if she was able to break that and do something weirder or more gruff with her voice from time to time. Not a bad album in anyway and it may very well grow on me - these were just my thoughts after my initial listen.
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    The debut self-titled from Royal Blood is a really solid record to enjoy. For it being just 2 guys they do a good job of looping the bass to mimic guitar sounds that generate heavy riffs. Songs like Out of the Black and Figure it Out are very mainstream friendly that mimic Queens of the Stone Age, Local H, and Jack White. I wouldn't call it a mind blowing record but Little Monster is an example of them busting out the loud grooves and making it sound like there's more than 2 people performing.
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    The new Cymbals Eat Guitars record is the truth.
    I have been looking forward to this so much after how good the singles have been. On my first listen right now and I'm very happy.
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    Holy crap I love The Newest Pornographers! So much better than their past two albums. The opening three songs are hard to beat. The momentum drags a bit at the end, but even those moments are as good as the best moments on Together. I hope the energy carries through to their live show this fall. Last time I saw them (5 years ago, granted), Okkervil River blew them off the stage, as the NPs seemed to be phoning it in. This new one has me pumped up.

    I am also really liking the new Bishop Allen record. As those of you that have been around here for a long time know, I was a huge proponent of BA in 04-06. Then they kind of went on hiatus and then the released a very lackluster album in Grrrrrrrrrr!!!!. This new one brings back a lot of what I like on Charm School and the best of the EPs they did in 2006. Still twee and precious, but the songs have movement and momentum and avoid the saccharine balladry that their last album leaned too heavily. Interestingly, they kind of adopted a Graceland-vibe that Vampire Weekend originally also had in the mid aughts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Please don't turn into one of those Steely Dan-type guys Jeff. please.
    No, I really like the album, but it didn't hold up as much as I wanted and I am just trying to pinpoint what it dropped off for me a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by york707 View Post
    Last time I saw them (5 years ago, granted), Okkervil River blew them off the stage, as the NPs seemed to be phoning it in.
    Hey, was that at The Pageant? I was at that show.
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    Hey, was that at The Pageant? I was at that show.
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    I've heard about half the FKA Twigs album at this point I think. The music's fine, very 2014 sounding. It's just...not music that compels me to rush out and see in concert.
    This...seems like it would be a snoozefest live. So probably will get Lordes 8:30 Saturday Outdoor theatre slot in 2015
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    Quote Originally Posted by york707 View Post
    Yes it was
    I agree that the NP's seemed to be bored, probably my least favorite of the 4 times I've seen them.

    I had never seen Okkervil River before, I remember Will Sheff wore this brown suit and I was like, "this dude looks like Napoleon Dynamite." I enjoyed them, they were quite good.
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    I also really liked the new NP album, seems way more energetic and in line with some of their earlier releases.

    Avi Buffalo's new one was a bit of a disappoint for me on first listen. Didn't have as many guitar earworms as the first and some of the lyrical material seems forced.

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    The new album from Earth, Primitive and Deadly, is fantastic. Very heavy but not too droney like some of their previous work. Good balance between doom and drone on this one. There is also a slight psychedelic feel to it. It's definitely not for everyone but it's certainly not too abrasive for people not normally into metal.
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    Lose by Cymbals Eat Guitars is pretty good. It's got a fairly disparate sound, jumping between 90s indie/emo, acoustic rock stuff, guitar heroics and one song that sounds straight out of the 80s. There are no bad tracks on the record, but there is one absolute stunner. Place Names started as I was reading an article, and I immediately stopped reading and just fell in love with the song. I'm not going to bother describing it, because y'all should just listen to it.

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    I'm just finishing up Merchandise's new one, After the End. I didn't much care for their last two releases despite some bright spots, mostly because they sounded so thin and rigid. That has changed. The production is clean and big, and a real drummer livens things up quite a bit. The sound is drenched in Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths and Head on the Door-era The Cure. Like anything this referential, it lives or dies on the songs. They wrote a great batch here, catchy and emotive songs full of lush sounds, chiming guitars and shiny synths. I am surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanfairchild View Post
    The new album from Earth, Primitive and Deadly, is fantastic. Very heavy but not too droney like some of their previous work. Good balance between doom and drone on this one. There is also a slight psychedelic feel to it. It's definitely not for everyone but it's certainly not too abrasive for people not normally into metal.
    Is it not as meandering as his last 3 or so albums have been? If so I'll look into it.
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    Sólstafir – Ótta

    this album is just brilliant, such a lovely listen all the way through, I couldn't get my mind off the gorgeous Icelandic alien like landscapes afterwards

    It's also a very easy to digest album for non metal listener's
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    Currently on my back porch grooving to the new Dave Aju. Great stuff.
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    I LOVE MANIPULATOR. Can't stop listening to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by casey View Post
    I LOVE MANIPULATOR. Can't stop listening to it.
    I've had it on repeat for about 2 weeks now, "Feel" is my shit. I like it even better after seeing most of the songs live at FYF.
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    Is it not as meandering as his last 3 or so albums have been? If so I'll look into it.
    Yeah I thought it was way more accessible than Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1 and 2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LickTheLizzard View Post
    I've had it on repeat for about 2 weeks now, "Feel" is my shit. I like it even better after seeing most of the songs live at FYF.
    Exactly! So so good at FYF. From the second Ty Segall was like, "TONIGHT WE ARE MANIPULATOR!!!" I had a huge smile on my face and it didn't go away the whole show. Have been listening nonstop and reliving Saturday night since, except when I've been reliving NIN at the Bowl.
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    I don't know why I rarely jump on his records right when they come out. Usually I wait a few months then am floored. Well, I'm midway through Manipulator, and I am floored. Today was a very good day for new music.
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