Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Rock
Veda Hille - This Riot Life

Veda Hille - This Riot Life

Veda Hille
This Riot Life
Label: Ape House

A drawing room renegade politely deconstructing preconceptions, Veda’s mini-symphonies and radiant arrangements trump quirky and transcend odd. Assembling enchanting, organic concertos of modern theater, Veda’s coy, sparring intelligence advances, “Riot,” from fluttering meditations to gale-force hymns, throwing divinity into tailspins and piloting delicate rapture among taunt tangos, lucid dreams trumpeting whimsical marches.

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My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark’s Teeth

My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark’s Teeth

My Brightest Diamond
A Thousand Shark’s Teeth
Label: Asthmatic Kitty

Wrapped in lush, celestial robes, MBD’s latest shattering palate of sweet and sour, worldly and unearthly erupts with volcanic lust and soars into nesting banshees. Sumptuous eloquence enshrined in fluid cat-like stealth, “Teeth,” cuts through the clouds with swift, invigorating rhythms and bold, seething leaps writhing in splendid seizures.

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Jealous Girlfriends - The Jealous Girlfriends

Jealous Girlfriends - The Jealous Girlfriends

Jealous Girlfriends
The Jealous Girlfriends
Label: Last Gang Records

Cool, new, competent and confident, TJG’s chic machine of impertinence and impermanence produces a marvelous meringue of hardened hearts and sad satisfactions. Packed among post-modern hooks and slick, calculated riffs, TJF’s hollowed choirs and demonic drizzle wallow in surreal ennui as shoe-gazing lullabies meet shimmering alt-rock and cocktail party taunts.

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Label: Say Hey Records

Woozy waves of quiet acoustics and heady electric jams course through rambling revelation and casual confessions. Miles’ wildly inventive shaman shuffles and saintly paintings brew shadowy feelings, wide-eyed daydreams and heart-controlled gusto. Rising half-remembered, MBAR sounds weary but shipshape, steering between hopeful passion, lonely holiness and twister fist fights.


Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts
The Black Ghosts
Label: IAMSOUND Records

Slick, affluent pop dances over oozing grooves. Dreamy cyber-soul slithers as slamming synths and edgy beats collide in intriguing electro-chic fandangos.  Alert to danger and excited by possibilities, TBG’s wicked thinking and love-drowned new-wave struts its mechana-goth glamour in boldly curious moves, sleuthing in powder puff glitter and pounding blue funk.

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Little Pieces - Little Pieces

Little Pieces - Little Pieces

Little Pieces
Little Pieces
Label: One Eleven Records

Clever, well-executed jangle, Little Pieces’ full-length debut springs to life with good-natured bounce, injecting wit into a driving mix of solid chops and gentle persuasions. LP’s refreshingly invigorating tunes patiently accelerate into riff-filled rampages, offering smart takes on familiar themes and updating the subtly twisted pop of Seattle with deceptively wholesome shenanigans.

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Greta Gaines - Whiskey Thoughts

Greta Gaines - Whiskey Thoughts

Greta Gaines
Whiskey Thoughts
Label: Justice Records

Velvet-lined heartache and subtle twists on country chic empower, Whiskey,” as 4x4 fantasies and down home dramas unfurl dark, tantalizing roots. Swaggering and galloping between temptations and addiction, Gaines’ rootsy revisionism seduces like tight jeans and steel-tipped boots - a little danger stirred into an inviting stew of solid chops and shiny, baited hooks.

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Amy Ray - Didn’t It Feel Kinder

Amy Ray - Didn’t It Feel Kinder

Amy Ray
Didn’t It Feel Kinder
Label: Daemon Records

Beautifully agitated anthems filled with Southern pride and global frustrations snake then shout as Ray’s third solo outing reinforces her rare gift for integrating punk and rock with empathy and melody. Unafraid and hopeful, the soulful, “Kinder,” winds over damaged landscapes through scarred hearts then kicking out the jams while pleading for peace.

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Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia
Misadventures in Stereo
Label: Bluhammock Music

Eight-tracks becomes epitaphs and schoolyard bullies topple when harmony meets hindsight in Boggia’s deceptively cheery, wonderfully crafted, “Misadventures.” Sweet geek nostalgia gets set to charming chameleon pop as turnabout and loss figure in the boppy potshots and fond farewells. Clever as they are accurate, Boggia’s tarnished trophies massage fresh perspectives from age-old obstacles.

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Martha Wainwright - I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright - I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright
I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too
Label: Zoe/Rounder

A killer combination of cabaret queen and folk minstrel, Wainwright is a wicked and winsome nightingale of unrequited love. Art-house elegance infuses bruised ballads as, Married,” constructs galleries of characters, decorating despair in baroque melodies, up-lifting introspection and passionate rebellion. Wainwright plays Milwaukee’s Pabst August 15th.

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Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
Label: Flameshovel Records

A playful clatter of melodic maelstroms, off-kilter codas and terrorized testimonials bind, “Family,” together in a smoldering bowl of lo-fi mercurial ADD rock. The Stems’ psychological kaleidoscope simmers, escalates and oddly oscillates dissecting modern times through knee-buckling gallops and jigsaw cat-calls, providing, “Family,” explosive doses of fractured maverick novellas and infuriating patchwork prophecy.

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I'm Not Jim - You Are All My People

I'm Not Jim - You Are All My People

I'm Not Jim
You Are All My People
Label: Bloodshot Records

Diabolical monologues scatter attitude as half-crazed narratives highlight the punchy, prankish partnership of The Silo’s Walter Salas-Humara and novelist Jonathan Lethem. Refashioned by the crack production team of The Elegant Too, “People,” packs smug, dusty ironies into smart, swift, psycho-rockabilly vibes, roasting tumbleweed characters over chicken-scratching funk and hep-cat roots-rock.

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