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Record review: Ashley Paul “Line the Clouds” (Boston Globe, 3.1.13)

March 7, 2013

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  At the center of the new experimental record from Boston-to-Brooklyn transplant Ashley Paul, a gentle arrangement of plucky guitar and low, breathy reeds hangs like beads around Paul’s ghostly vocals. “You and I can make the sky ours alone,” she sings in a floating falsetto on the title track of “Line the Clouds.” The […]

Record review: Speedy Ortiz ‘Sports’ EP (Boston Globe 6.01.12)

February 10, 2013

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It takes a uniquely Massachusetts ear to champion the kind of sludgy, wry guitar scrub-brush of bands like Northampton’s year-old four-piece Speedy Ortiz. Its new record, “Sports,” (the band’s first collection after a couple of Internet-only singles), resurrects the floppy-stringed rock guitar dissonance of old-school Boston bands like Kudgel and Swirlies, or Rob Crow from […]

Record review: High Aura’d ‘Sanguine Futures’ (Boston Globe, 7.05.12)

February 10, 2013

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This debut 12-inch from Boston solo project High Aura’d marks a big step forward for drone-scaper and ambient sculptor John Kolodij, who has to this point released a series of small-run CDRs and cassettes. Kolodij, who also books noise and electronic shows under the “Spectral Rehab” banner, conjures up a ghost town’s worth of chilly […]

Bjork “Biophilia” Review (Boston Globe, 10/9/11)

November 6, 2011

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Björk’s ‘Biophilia’ project shoots for the stars Once a user navigates past the title on Björk’s new “Biophilia’’ app for the iPad, the screen is plunged into a sea of constellations floating in a loose 3-D formation. David Attenborough’s knightly documentary voice droops in to introduce the big idea – “Biophilia’’ is about a love […]

Review: Thick Shakes “Why Buy the Cow?” (Boston Globe, 1.28.11)

April 18, 2011

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This gem is up for grabs online, but the actual records don’t hit the street for another month. That might be a good thing — the longer this muck has to ferment on vinyl, the better. The nastiest fuzz to creep out from a practice space in years made its way onto these three tracks […]

Review: Einstürzende Neubauten “Strategies Against Architecture IV, 2002 – 2010” (Boston Phoenix)

April 18, 2011

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Double-disc IV brings us up date with everything these industrial grandpas have done since frontman Blixa Bargeld left Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. There are certainly some nuggets here, and some choice live treats. But from the looks of it, this old building is more than ready to collapse. Originals are bound to get passed by […]

Review: Pascal Pinon “Pascal Pinon” (MORR Music, 2010)(Phoenix, 12.7.10)

January 10, 2011

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Pascal Pinon “Pascal Pinon” (MORR Music, 2010) The opener on this bright debut floats along on the bleating of a couple of wonky wooden recorders and some chirping Icelandic vocals — it’s high pitched and somersaulting (like a back-masked Joanna Newsom track), part bedroom pop and part forest folk, an echo of Nordic cousins like […]