Jimi Hendrix Review: People, Hell & Angels

Jimi Hendrix

People, Hell & Angels
Jimi Hendrix People Hell and Angels album cover art

Alrighty folks, it’s time to give you an in-depth review of the new Hendrix album. It’s been generating a lot of buzz and even reached the top of the Billboard charts. The only thing is, there’s been a whole bunch of BS being spread about the album. It’s time to lay down the facts, give it a hefty once over, and crank out the Hendrix jams for a big ol’ review.
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Jimi Hendrix Review: People, Hell & Angels

Yo La Tengo Review: Fade

Yo La Tengo 

Fade

Yo La Tengo Fade album cover art

If you haven’t heard of Yo La Tengo, you might not be alone. They never reached the heights of their contemporaries, like the commercial success of R.E.M. or the critical acclaim of Sonic Youth. What they have done is consistently put out great records for nearly 30 years. That’s a long time, especially if you count that in dog years (210, math skills yo).
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Yo La Tengo Review: Fade

Black Angels Show Review

The Black Angels

The Bluebird Theater

Denver, Colorado

12/30/12

The Black Angels in Denver Colorado Show Review

“What a show.” That’s what I said after a two-hour psychedelic sonic assault that exasperated the effects of some sort of flu-like bug. In the end, only the music matters, or something inspirational like that.
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Black Angels Show Review

Ty Segall Review: Twins

Ty Segall

Twins 

New album from Ty Segall Twins album cover

Three albums…in one year? Who is this guy? This, my friends, is the garage rock king, Ty Segall.

First came the psychedelic collaboration Hair with Tim Presley of White Fence. Then came the fuzzed out monster with Charlie Moonheart on Slaughterhouse. Now is the official release and new album from Ty Segall himself, Twins.

After listening to the new album, I had to ask myself, “How does he do it?” Not only is he one of the most prolific artists out there, but everything he puts out is just, well…awesome. It’s clear Ty Segall doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

Twins bursts out of the speakers with more of an aggressive kick than it’s predecessor Goodbye Bread, and with much of the scary fuzz heard onSlaughterhouse. As always, its a hodgepodge of styles in three minute bursts, but the album somehow manages to sound like a cohesive unit. His signature mix of garage rock and psychedelia with monster guitars, catchy hooks, and manic tempos are all still there.

The album opens with the throwback sound of “Thank God For Sinners,” and rolls right into the onslaught of pure punk with “You’re The Doctor.” A few songs like “The Hill” and “Handglams” start out  slow, but end up in the same, manic state as the wilder numbers.

“Would You Be My Love” and “Love Fuzz” are both fun numbers that showcase Ty Segall’s mastery of catchy singalongs. He still has his psych roots with a great wah guitar riff on “Who Are You” and the Beatles-esqe “There Is No Tomorrow.”

If Goodbye Bread showed Ty Segall holding back the power of his music, Twins is certainly the opposite. Only the strummer “Gold On The Shore” tones the guitars back, where others like “They Told Me Too” are as loud and crazy as he can possibly get.

Ty Segall has been compared to the late Jay Reatard (RIP) for his prolific output and louder than life sound. Yet where Jay brought aggression, Ty brings enjoyment, and his music is like a wild hippie dance in the middle of a mosh pit. Always loud and proud, and with three albums this year alone, we can be thankful that there is no slowing the king down.

9/11

Can’t Miss: “Thank God For Sinners,” “Ghost,” “They Told Me Too,” “You’re The Doctor.”

Can’t Hit: None.

Ty Segall Review: Twins

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

September 18th, 2012

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Denver, CO

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change musical

I figured one day I would have to do it. I mean, every guy has a manly duty to accompany his special lady on a lovely date consisting of something lame like a chick flick, a spinning class, or a play. I’ve dragged the misses to decidedly un-lame concerts like Yeasayer (they drop beats like a hip-hop band) and My Morning Jacket (of course they won’t play for three hours). I figured it was time to payback the favor and attend a musical.
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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

Band of Horses Review: Mirage Rock

Band of Horses

Mirage Rock

Band of Horses Mirage Rock album cover art

Band of Horses hail from the musically rich Seattle along with other new Americana bands like Fleet Foxes, Moondoggies, and The Cave Singers. Frontman Ben Bridwell has everything a Seattle rocker needs: a kickass beard and an endless supply of plaid shirts.
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Band of Horses Review: Mirage Rock