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Review: Their/They’re/There – “Curtain Call”

[Image Courtesy of Topshelf Records] Their/They’re/There “Curtain Call” Topshelf Records, 2013. by Trevor Johnson Side projects are the most fun when they achieve two things. 1) They don’t prevent the primary project from making music and 2) They don’t suck. Anyone that got mad about Desaparecidos was wrong and stupid. The New Amsterdams were fine...

Review: Doley Bernays – ‘Just In Case’

[Image courtesy of Doley Bernays] Doley Bernays Just In Case by Chad Jewett For a genre so profoundly rooted in individuality and persona, it’s a bit surprising how many rappers have begun allowing their voices to become just one of many instruments in hip hop’s current production renaissance. There can’t be much doubt that rap,...

REVIEW: Foxing – ‘The Albatross’

[Image Courtesy of CYLS Records] Foxing The Albatross by Chad Jewett It has seemingly been less than a year since the renewed interest in emo has flowered into a renaissance, and already we have, in Foxing’s The Albatross, our first headphone album of the revival. If there has been a drawback to the rebirth of this...

REVIEW: Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’

[Image Courtesy of Merge Records] Arcade Fire Reflektor Merge Records, 2013. by Chad Jewett 2013 has been a red-letter year for artists thinking about what “an album” means in the age of iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube. Drake, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake (twice), and Daft Punk have all released capital “R” Records with marathon song-lengths, expensive...

Anniversary Records: Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Transatlanticism’ – Pt. 2

[Image Courtesy of Barsuk] ANNIVERSARY RECORDS: Death Cab For Cutie’s Transatlanticism – Pt. 2 by Chad Jewett Welcome to Anniversary Records, a column where we reflect on records that meant the world to us way back when, and what they mean to us now. Check out Part 1 here. Sometimes it can be easy to lose sight of the...

Anniversary Records: Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘Transatlanticism’ – Pt. 1

[Image Courtesy of Barsuk Records] ANNIVERSARY RECORDS: Death Cab For Cutie’s Transatlanticism by Trevor Johnson Welcome to Anniversary Records, a column where we reflect on records that meant the world to us way back when, and what they mean to us now. Transatlanticism gave me unrealistic expectations for parties. I don’t know anyone my age that owns...