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Mini-Beats – June 2011 – Edition 44

Liturgy – Aesthethica (2011, Thrill Jockey) ♥♥♥½ :there’s no shortage of can-crushing beats and syncopation to satisfy the typical black metal crowd though the ‘pleasant’ thoughts used to create the music and the controversial interviews held with certain band members … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – May 2011 – Edition 43

(Editor’s Note: Starting with this edition all mini-beats reviews will feature links to buy the album on vinyl…if available, of course. Sweet, huh?) Monument – Goes Canoeing (2011, Tiny Engines) ♥♥♥ :DC-inspired and bred, this rabble-rousin’ crew have a penchant … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – May 2011 – Edition 42

Voxhaul Broadcast – Timing Is Everything (2011, self-released) ♥♥♥ -serviceable indie rock ‘n roll from LA that has bright moments (like the outstanding opener) but no attributes to help make it stand out in this crowded field; RIYL Spoon, Morning … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – April 2011 – Edition 41

Hammer No More The Fingers – Black Shark (2011, Churchkey) ♥♥♥ -angular, but incredibly melodic, 90’s influenced college-rock from Chapel Hill area; RIYL The French Kicks, Jawbox (mostly due to J Robbins’ production)- Lia Ices – Necima (2008, Rare Book … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – April 2011 – Edition 40

James Blake – James Blake (2011, Atlas) ♥♥♥ -I’m not sure I understand what a dub-step is yet but as far as these ears can tell this is like Bon Iver without the log cabin, add a little piano and … Continue reading

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Mini-Beats – March 2011 – Edition 39

White Fence – …Is Growing Faith (2011, Woodsist) ♥♥♥½ -Tim Presley’s latest finds him exploring a more subdued assemblage of warm, jangly 60’s sounds not unlike Donovan and Left Banke; RIYL The Young Sinclairs– PJ Harvey – Let England Shake … Continue reading

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