Music: new Dirty Projectors and The Walkmen Albums Coming This Year

I'm beyond words to describe my excitement right now. »

Florence and the Machine's Ceremonials

I've been listening to Florence and the Machine's new album Ceremonials album for the past week or so and I've been pretty disappointed. There are only a few songs on the record that immediately stand out as being catchy, hooky, and good. The rest kind of blend together, carrying the same tone and emotion as each other. »

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Although not yet officially released, I've been able to listen and immensely enjoy Kanye West's latest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The man may exhibit an ego the size of a small asteroid, and he may be fluent in the art of public agitation - despite his last record being decidedly bland and dull - the one thing you can't fault this man is his ability - when fully expressed - to create great and powerful music. And that is most certainly this record. »

Mayer Hawthorne - A Strange Arrangement

If you live in the New England area and you haven't gone outside yet today let me save you the trouble:  it's blisteringly hot out there.  I had the luxury (or medical necessity) of sleeping in late today and I just stepped outside to test the weather, and I think the weather passed its exam with flying colors.  I felt like I had put on a very warm blanket that was smothering the life out of me.  It's not only hot outside today but it's as uncomfortable as a jacuzzi in Antarctica - something that I'd love to experience one day. »

The Roots - How I Got Over

As I wrote yesterday The Roots have released their new album today, How I Got Over. I’m not an old fan of The Roots: the first album I heard of theirs was The Tipping Point, which I liked but didn’t get much replay from me. Over the years I’ve heard more of their music and gotten to know who they are as a band. Especially with their latest stint as Jimmy Fallon’s band. »

Sleigh Bells - Treats

Every once in a while a new album comes out that sounds like nothing else. Sometimes these albums break new ground in an ambient and sparse way, with lilts in each song that accentuate the sublime subtleties hidden in each track (e.g. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime). Sometimes these albums break new ground by pitting together instruments and sounds that work in such awesome harmony that it's a wonder it was never accomplished before (e.g. Arcade Fire - Funeral). And then sometimes these albums roar so ferociously in your ear that at first listen they come off as raw, unfiltered noise that was designed to annoy rather than entertain. Sleigh Bell's debut album Treats is that such album. »