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  • Slipped Discs

    Discs You May Have Missed
    by John Noyd

    Reviews From: Rock
    Magnetic Fields - Distortion

    Magnetic Fields - Distortion

    Magnetic Fields
    Distortion
    Label: Nonesuch

    Fuzzed-out and corrosive, MF’s alt-pop honky tonk bangs up against a rusted wall of sound. Misogyny, zombies and mistletoe figure in the swamp of serrated guitars and overloaded amps as lonely robots and goth girl groups play droll love songs and tales of romantic woe. Encased in metallic caverns, Distortion seduces with moody splendor.

    The Magnetic Fields WebsiteThe Magnetic Fields Wiki

    Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea

    Tyler Ramsey - A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea

    Tyler Ramsey
    A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea
    Label: Echo Mountain

    Frail vocals emphasize grand scales then plug into something grander as pre-dawn songs turn after-hours jamming. A Baptist of folk-rock RAMSEY’s warm and honest homilies dive inside shipwreck serenades as fluid runs of sparkling acoustic chemistry flow, splashing affectionately upbeat before gliding calmly into almost spiritual waters.

    Tyler Ramsey Website

    Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!

    Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!

    Super Furry Animals
    Hey Venus!
    Label: Rough Trade Records

    Smug and subversive, cool and calculating the courageously contagious confections from Wales’ most excellent power-pop pranksters clears a well-constructed road between dazzling RASPBERRIES-era posture and cheeky 10 cc seizures.  Sequined synths ply rhinestone riffs as the clownish FURRIES shine, combining post-modern playfulness with devilishly ironic nostalgia. SFA play Chicago’s Metro Feb 16.

    Super Furry Animals WebsiteSuper Furry Animals Wiki

    Joe Jackson - Rain

    Joe Jackson - Rain

    Joe Jackson
    Rain
    Label: Rykodisc

    Despite a stripped-down sound of voice, piano, drums and bass, JACKSON nevertheless concocts an immaculate universe of sour sages and bittersweet sentimentalists. Sorrowful soliloquies brush against steely social indictments as Rain broods smoothly over classy jazz piano, fires up pounding Memphis soul and turns new wave sophisticated through cutting lyrics, clever irony and consummate razzle-dazzle. Joe is slated to play Milwaukee’s Pabst on April 21st.

    Joe Jackson WebsiteJoe Jackson Wiki

    Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

    Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

    Photon Band
    Back Down to Earth
    Label: Empyrean

    Orbiting over semi-savage psychedelia, PB’s lumbering Lotharios freefall into the soulful sludge of zero-gravity blues while Earth moves from the vast to the vital. Re-entering the atmosphere like drunk angels on fire, Earth spins off stompin’ rockers, sixties R & B and cosmic shuffles with laser-guided clairvoyance, causal wisdom and heel-kicking gumption.

    The Photon Band Website

    Kate Nash - Made of Bricks

    Kate Nash - Made of Bricks

    Kate Nash
    Made of Bricks
    Label: Geffen Records

    Pulling no punches in her melodic bobbing and street savvy weaving, this cocky British bird is a sweet beat poet camouflaged as a flippant pop princess. The bold and brassy NASH grabs bohemian panache, adding jaunty piano and folky trip-hop to make Made a frank yet bubbly cabaret bursting with thrills and sport.

    Kate Nash WebsiteKate Nash Wiki

    Sons And Daughters - This Gift

    Sons And Daughters - This Gift

    Sons And Daughters
    This Gift
    Label: Domino Records

    Inspiring the inner punk to take to the dance floor and let loose, Gift boldly goes beyond new wave frontiers. Trashing Clash clichés with post-modern panache, SAD’s razor-sharp shimmies and Cossack rock thunder throbs like slick war path hoopla as images of Deborah Harry and Chrissie Hynde conjure terrific riff rock sock hops.

    Sons And Daughters WebsiteSons And Daughters Wiki

    Eric Matthews - The Imagination Stage

    Eric Matthews - The Imagination Stage

    Eric Matthews
    The Imagination Stage
    Label: Empyrean

    A bold, smoky-voiced balladeer sauntering through lonely harmonies, grand, sweeping themes and sentimental melodies - Matthews rolls out the big guns with casual gallantry crafting smoldering symphonic spaces and subtly blustery jazz for evocative philosophy at the Heartbreak Hotel. Enveloping the listener slowly, Matthews’ foggy phosphorescence attracts vagabond songs sprinkled among romantic temptations.

    Eric Matthews Website

    Kula Shaker - Strange Folk

    Kula Shaker - Strange Folk

    Kula Shaker
    Strange Folk
    Label: Cooking Vinyl

    Slithering hippie metaphysics turns into slightly dour flower power as the newly-worldly KS assess the new century in rump-shaking sass, nature love songs and symphonic psychedelia. Ushering in another round of bell-bottom ashram rock, England’s astralnauts serenade sweet lotus-eaters riding electric funk, battle urban arrogance with over-sized hooks and concoct folk-epics condemning corporate Maya.

    Kula Shaker WebsiteKula Shaker Wiki

    Flowers Forever - Flowers Forever

    Flowers Forever - Flowers Forever

    Flowers Forever
    Flowers Forever
    Label: Team Love

    Partying with a vengeance, Tilly and the Wall’s Derek Pressnall toss urgent and eclectic thought bombs for a monster block of wild-eyed vaudeville, sonic torpedoes and toreador flourishes. Shouting and soldiering righteously before bouncing along in unconditional whimsy, woozy brass circle sinister syncopation as gypsy sparks collide against prankster jams and shredded regalia.

    Flowers Forever Website

    Dawn Landes - Fireproof

    Dawn Landes - Fireproof

    Dawn Landes
    Fireproof
    Label: Cooking Vinyl

    New York based Kentucky native Landes tweaks conventions on her combustible Fireproof. Throwing odd instruments, pop afterthoughts and the occasional alt-rock muscle into her skewed waif folk, Dawn draws from both country and city sources. A recording engineer as well as singer-songwriter, Dawn’s refreshingly low key approach makes Fireproof, intimate, quirky and wonderfully brazen.

    Dawn Landes WebsiteDawn Landes Wiki

    Rufus Cappadocia - Songs for Cello

    Rufus Cappadocia - Songs for Cello

    Rufus Cappadocia
    Songs for Cello
    Label: Velour Records

    From a single instrument, Songs serves up jazzy slap-bass, swelling raga drones, pointed Arabic whirlwinds and plummeting subterranean melodies. A lustrous sound of unearthly bellowing lifting exotic flicks of whispering kicks flying in oily waters, Cappadocia’s cello squirms with genie-like turns uncurling from an ancient bottle unleashing a gorgeous choir of wordless voices.

    Rufus Cappadocia WebsiteRufus Cappadocia Wiki

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