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Best Of 2013 (So Far): Paul's Picks

10. Sigur Ros – Kveikur

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I can’t honestly say that Sigur Ros breaks any new ground with Kveikur and, if anything, it feels like a throwback to their earlier work more than a continuation of the new direction they embarked on with last year’s Valtari. But for two good albums in a 12 month span, I’m inclined to forgive the lack of originality.

 

9. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

The themes (hook ups, boozing, love, more boozing, passing out drunk after boozing) haven’t changed for the brothers Hutchison but with each successive album their execution has improved. On Pedestrian Verse, the lads again craft booming power pop anthems and acerbic ballads to make the ladies swoon and the gents nod ruefully. Maybe they will need to change their game to stay relevant going forward but, for now, Pedestrian Verse serves as a fitting companion piece to previous standout The Winter of Mixed Drinks and should stay in their fans’ rotation for years to come.

8. Grouper – The Man Who Died in His Boat

Liz Harris’s latest album as Grouper is an extension of the brooding path she has traced over the past several years that took five years to come to fruition. As usual, she layers her haunting vocals over dark, ambient chords, creating soundscapes steeped in foreboding and creeping dread. It is a chilling and sublime collection of atmospheric music.

 


REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine - MBV

On Saturday, February 2, a seismic shock ran through the music world.  Out of the blue, 22 years after the release of their zeitgeist defining masterpiece, Loveless, My Bloody Valentine dropped a new album on its unsuspecting fans.  The release was not entirely without warning, as MBV mastermind Kevin Shields had said earlier in the week that the new album would be released shortly but, given his less than stellar track record, few actually expected him to come through.  When it actually happened, legions of ecstatic music nerds flocked to the band’s site, (predictably) crashing it as they scrambled to be among the first to hear MBV.

So, hype aside, how is the actual album?  It is a difficult question to answer.  Few albums in history have arrived with the sort of high expectations placed on MBV.  With each passing year the stature of Loveless has grown, attaining near mythical significance among pop music lovers and placing at or near the top of numerous lists of the best albums of the 1990s.  Shields himself has also garnered nearly as much “reclusive genius” cred as Brian Wilson (and much more than Axl Rose).  As such, it is impossible to assess the merits of MBV without considering the long shadow cast be its predecessor.


Episode 20: El Partido Salchicha


It's an all dude festival of intellect that would do Bob Evans proud this week as the gang discusses new music from Buke & Gase, Foxygen and MY BLOODY VALENTINE, who,for better or for worse just released their first album in TWENTY TWO YEARS!

EPISODE 20: El Partido Salchicha






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