Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Indie
Raccoon Fighter - ZIL

Raccoon Fighter - ZIL

Raccoon Fighter
ZIL
Label: Papercup Music

A raucous caucus of secret-agent cool, lusty hustles and rock-blizzard boogie, RF slug and chug brazen side-street mayhem atop gloriously predatory choruses and scowling, prowling verses. Ravenous good-time pageants fashioning fuss-free struts, monster stomps and cathartic parties, the Brooklyn trio’s, “ZIL,” dives head-first into fiery low-rider pile-drivers; scorching fortresses whose take no prisoner sizzle ignites explosive doses of scenery-chewing cruises.

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New Bums - Voices In A Rented Room

New Bums - Voices In A Rented Room

New Bums
Voices In A Rented Room
Label: Drag City

A well-massaged barrage from time-tripping minstrels baptize proto-folk notions drifting in fancy meandering tangents; “Rented,” channels dueling acoustic blues through unfolding doldrums, tangled jangle and subtle Spanish trances. San Francisco’s NB quietly pilots sad, casual mind-benders through intricate kismet as languid macramé precision meets slow to mid-tempo mementos, drizzling weary, wilted heartache among sharp, smart guitars and drowsy still-water harmonies.

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Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Label: Jagjaguwar

Bruised crooning draped around unfettered coffee-shop garage-rock, “Burn,” churns and spurns with a raw, jagged backdrop of unvarnished electricity surging through crackling guitars and curdling words; unapologetic suggestions lapping brimstone ballads as haunted hearts feast beneath quivering lips and furrowed brows. Poised between salvaged salvation and tenuous redemption Olsen’s dreamy bohemian turns warrior-poet, courting sandpaper rampages and hypnotic rag-doll revenge. Angel plays Madison’s Revelry Fest May 3rd.

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Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels - The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
Label: E Works/PIAS

Whether waxing nostalgic in woeful condolences or blissfully lifted in wistful symphonies, “Tales,” sails through divested upsets, touchy subjects and repressed regrets guided by benevolent acceptance, sublime kindness and razor-sharp pop instincts. A bedraggled master of tender depression, Eel’s front-man E pens his fondly despondent correspondence with sage rainy-day cadences. The witty, prickly Eels slide into Madison’s Barrymore June 4th.

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Jon Langford & Skull Orchard - Here Be Monsters

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard - Here Be Monsters

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Here Be Monsters
Label: In De Goot Recordings

Populated by unsuspecting cogs, merciful mercenaries and friendly renegades, Langford and his crackerjack back-up lob strong, accomplished songs entrenched in soulful fox-hole rock ‘n roll. Vigorous convictions and compact compassion weave scrappy recaps beside pithy vigilance as the reliantly defiant, “Monsters,” fosters brisk gypsy waltzes dipped in country-folk brogues and delightfully feisty ballads loaded with shimmering incriminations and introspective interventions.

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PAWS - Youth Culture Forever

PAWS - Youth Culture Forever

PAWS
Youth Culture Forever
Label: FatCat

Frank cantankerous angst from rambunctious punks whose brawling odysseys turn meaty hooks, mammoth jams and contagious outrage into harsh cathartic brilliance; Glasgow’s cavernous mavericks tunnel through thundering dungeons with heavy-handed candor capturing ravishing guitar-powered howls through raw, honest squalls churned in tactical smack-downs. Convincingly succinct, PAWS’ steely zeal propel, “Youth,” into non-conforming storms of jagged gonzo-pop and incorrigible, uproarious rock.

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Turn to Crime - Can’t Love

Turn to Crime - Can’t Love

Turn to Crime
Can’t Love
Label: Old Flame

Jack-hammered spooks grooving on chill-punk gotham-rock, the Detroit trio Turn to Crime’s charred barrage slithers in dank midnight sizzle; amniotic zombie soundtracks scrounging for seedy psychosis chasing impatient basement jollies. Flirting in diverting mercies, spastic gymnastics and minimalist kismet; “Can’t,” plants tattered mavericks in subterranean craniums as cage-rattling blasts poach kettle-quivering rhythms moving a mesmerizing hysteria headlong into post-modern purgatory.

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Merchandise - After The End

Merchandise - After The End

Merchandise
After The End
Label: 4AD

Literate dilettantes skimming deep wells stocked in jealous rebels, vampire-rockers Merchandise power around cool moody subterfuge; smoldering consolers rebounding from romantic panic through calm elegant honesty, a brave sincerity born from seamless melancholy adrift in glittering indifference. Distinct but distant, muscular yet paralyzed, “After, ” unmasks underhanded candor, conjuring dark theatrics composed over steely blue-eyed soul and post-punk dance anthems.

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David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone

David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone

David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights
End Times Undone
Label: Merge

Glistening six-string christenings switching luscious crushes for electric caresses, New Zealand’s Kilgour masters a placid muse whose seashore chords splash beneath brackish clatter, carpeting soft, focused vocals in heavenly cushions drawn from swampy tsunamis. Blessed by restless alchemists, the rambling strands holding, “Undone,” together converge in tender suspension manifesting languid jangle inside knotted indie-rock; serpentine designs assigned behind blustery bliss.

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Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo - At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo
At Best Cuckold
Label: Sub Pop

Lofty pop-rock toffee well-versed in majestic modesty, “Cuckold,” sports side-winding stories spiced in lyrical curve-balls and electric fireworks; a tender independence ascending from hungry imaginations lavished in biographical avarice. Wide-eyed and sure-handed, Avi Buffalo’s sophomore foray solidifies jangly band mechanics with living by your wits wisdom and gentle folk-poet moments powered by an unquenchable curiosity, uplifting sympathy and brilliant resilience.

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Martin Carr - The Breaks

Martin Carr - The Breaks

Martin Carr
The Breaks
Label: Tapete Records

A perceptive pop pariah, plundering jukebox wunderkind Carr’s uncanny knack for rapturous rhapsodies brews crooning magpie stews steeped in aptly-turned phrases painting ingenious scenery and ultra-melodic blossoms falling from hummable humanist tumbles. Guided by a scavenger’s waggish navigation, “Breaks,” traipse British quips around ironic wit, bubblegum fuzz and sumptuous chamber-jangle; slyly colliding upbeat epiphanies into cheeky sympathies and colorful imagery.

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Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw

Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw

Pieta Brown
Paradise Outlaw
Label: Red House Records

Recorded in Bon Iver’s Wisconsin studio, “Outlaw,” echoes in abandoned canyons, riding lively gypsy rivers down to lazy pools of mountain-blues. Creaky swamp-waltzes canter and meander as Brown’s pliable folk-bop juggle love-note lullabies and cautionary propositions through hand-holding coaxing and coy phantom incantations. An amiable auteur adept at story and song, Pieta performs October 17th at the Stoughton Opera House.

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