Category: CD Reviews

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 31

Boats A Fairway Full of Miners Majestic Triumph Score: B+   Boats’ third album, A Fairway Full of Miners, is sure to inspire emotions of gleeful yet sombre oddness. Mat Klachefsky’s unusually high-pitched voice...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 17

WHY? Mumps, Etc. Anticon Score: A-   It took a long time for Mumps, Etc. to make that final jump from post-production to the public. The album, the fourth from alternative hip hop band...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Jan. 7

Alcoves Alcoves Self-released   It’s a rare gem when inert anxiety can be evinced as a tangible tool for contemplating the source of that very anxiety. Mackenzie Keefe’s first self-titled release under the moniker...

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Noise 101: CD reviews for Nov. 29

The Avett Brothers The Carpenter Ramseur Records   The Carpenter, the seventh studio album by The Avett Brothers, is a lesson of how a band can evolve to appeal to the masses but still...

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Noise 101 – CD reviews for Nov. 15

The Killers Battle Born Vertigo Record   Following Day and Age, and on the heels of Brandon Flower’s solo work Flamingo, comes Battle Born: an underwhelming album. It’s extremely derivative to say the least....

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Noise 101 – CD reviews for Nov. 1

Indian Handcrafts Civil Disobedience Sargent House   There are not a lot of bands that create their major label debut with as much confidence and hype as Indian Handcrafts. A duo from Toronto, the...

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Noise 101 – CD Reviews for Oct. 18

Chelsea Wolfe Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs Sargent House   With a sonic aesthetic that can only be described as “drone folk”, Chelsea Wolfe’s sound finds a fitting imagery for the “once-orphaned...

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Noise 101 – CD Reviews for Oct. 4

Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes Warp   A strange reflection is made when one first learns that experimental electronic L.A. producer Flying Lotus is a great-nephew to American jazz legend John Coltrane.  ...

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Noise 101 – CD Reviews for Sept. 20

Klarka Weinwurm Continental Drag Saved by Vinyl   Very often, an artist’s style and direction can be affected by their personal living situation. With Klarka Weinwurm, it is very apparent that her move to...