Category Archives: New Album(s) of the Week

Motorpsycho – The Tower (Rune Grammofon/Stickman)

When’s the last time you were consumed by an album? You put it on thinking you’ll multi-task with background music, but end up unable to do much but listen. You try sort your emails but give up as the album … Continue reading

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Queens Of The Stone Age – Villains (Matador)

Looking back at when giants walked the earth, rock ‘n’ roll lifespans were decidedly more compressed. When Jimmy Page put out his seventh album, Presence with Led Zeppelin, he was 32. While it’s a very interesting guitar record, the band … Continue reading

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Algiers – The Underside Of Power (Matador)

Since Algiers debuted in 2015 with their inspired blend of post-punk/goth/industrial/art rock with gospel and soul, another band, Zeal & Ardor, has gotten attention for mixing gospel with black metal. They actually predated Algiers’ full length with a 2014 debut, … Continue reading

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Elder – Reflections Of A Floating World

Elder is a constantly evolving organism, as all great bands should be. While every album is easily recognizable to me as Elder, and their 2009 debut (which is still great fun) can safely be categorized as stoner doom, their subsequent … Continue reading

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Heavy Rock Rundown

That’s a mighty tasty looking batch of album covers, don’t you think? Luckily, their contents are just as fun and colorful as the art. As far as the album releases that speak to me, the first quarter of 2017 has … Continue reading

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Troubled Horse – Revolution On Repeat (Rise Above)

Örebro Sweden’s Troubled Horse take their sweet-ass time recording music. It took them a decade until they released their stunning debut, Step Inside (Rise Above, 2012). Another half decade later and they’re finally unleashing their second album. The common descriptor as a … Continue reading

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Teen Judge – Teen Judge (Berthed Futurist)

From a first glimpse of the cover art for the debut album from Teen Judge looks like it could be a long lost Scandinavian psych prog record with the murky image of a couple longhairs gazing into a bubbling stream … Continue reading

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Jangle Pop: The Feelies, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Real Estate, The Bats, The Black Watch

Jangle pop was one of my favorite sub-genres of guitar music even before I knew it was called that. As a kid I spent evenings surfing the radio waves on my shitty AM/FM bedside clock radio. I found one station that … Continue reading

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Wolf People – Ruins (Jagjaguwar)

Those who consider Wolf People as following the British folk tradition only have a fraction of the picture. Perhaps it’s the nature imagery and themes that make them out to be folky hippies frolicking in the woods. But to be … Continue reading

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Asteroid – III (Fuzzorama)

I’m surprised to find an album that actually takes the edge off Graveyard’s recent breakup for me. Not to say that these Swedish bands are interchangeable, though there is some similarity in “Them Calling” and some of their bluesy moments. If … Continue reading

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