Mini-Beats – November 2010 – Edition 30

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam BandWhere The Messengers Meet (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥½
-i wasn’t particularly smitten with any of the sounds on here until the last few tracks…perhaps too late; oddly, this is the same exact feeling I had with their debut…shenanigans!-
GlasserRing (2010, True Panther) ♥♥♥♥
-the beautiful Cameron Mesirow has blessed us with her most celestial voice set to electronic ryhthms that will no doubt bounce and slink their way into your must-have year-end lists; her father happens to be a member of the Blue Man Group, for what it’s worth…-
StereofanYou Can’t Go Home Again (2007, Space Photo) ♥♥½
-Bloomington, IN husband/wife duo checks in with their sophomore release which, unfortunately, doesn’t do much to expound upon their folk-pop gem of a debut-
Kid IcarusImaginary Songs & Aluminum Hits (2010, Summersteps) ♥♥♥½
-see front page review
Cotton JonesTall Hours In The Glowstream (2010, Suicide Squeeze) ♥♥♥♥
-it seems like everything has finally fallen into place for Michael and Whitney after the terribly unimpressive Paranoid Cocoon; the warm, organic texture of the production propels this into a category of its own (Midwestern soul?); in the top ten for ’10, easily; RIYL Roseanne and Johnny, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Shy MirrorsReactors EP (2010, Thinking About The Needle) ♥♥♥♥
-do you ever find yourself wishing that Superchunk would record No Pocky For Kitty and On The Mouth over and over again? Meeee too!; the second release on No Love For Ned’s super-limited record label and every song is mixtape-worthy, no kidding-
Strand Of OaksPope Killdragon (2010, eMusic) ♥♥♥½
-mope-folk not unlike Will Johnson or Bill Callahan but with a little more to offer by way of diversity, loud/soft dynamics, lyric repetition, droning and even a few hints of stoner-rock allegiance-
Magic KidsMemphis (2010, True Panther) ♥♥♥
-infectious, good-times twee/indie-pop that thankfully clocks in at about a half hour; too much of this will rot your teeth out-
Sun AirwayNocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥♥½
-i was surprised to see out of all the recent Animal Collective devotees that Sun Airway was signed to Dead Oceans but this debut of some older tracks re-recorded as well as a handful of new songs makes for a solid listening experience capable of inducing a dream-like state-
Ambience AffairPatterns EP (2010, Indiecater) ♥♥♥
-Scottish dream-pop that offers up a lot of potential; RIYL Wintersleep, Aarktica
Olan MillPine (2010, Serein) ♥♥♥
-delicate movie-score variety post-rock that serves as excellent background music but little else-
VersusOn The Ones and Threes (2010, Merge) ♥♥
-don’t expect the edgy, seat-of-your-pants version of Versus that you were listening to 10+ years ago in your indie rock formative years; this is mostly ineffective and lifeless-
Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinLet It Sway (2010, Polyvinyl) ♥♥♥
-still a great moniker, still very average indie-pop with one or two worthy mixtape tracks….EP next time?; RIYL Free Energy, Fountains Of Wayne, Nerfherder
The WalkmenLisbon (2010, Fat Possum) ♥♥♥♥
-10 years into their career and the lads in The Walkmen have unquestionably carved themselves out a definitive niche/sound in today’s indie scene by which a hundred other artists can be judged against; oh, the record? it’s great, maybe even their best-
Arcade FireThe Suburbs (2010, Merge) ♥♥♥♥
-I tried not to unjustly over-analyze this LP like I believe many critics have; it’s a seemingly perfect move away from the bitter, ineffectiveness of Neon Bible into a more relaxed state of melodic (and sometimes satirical) indie-rock that most of us know they can excel at; it’s solid and consistent from start to finish with perfect bookend tracks, thus making this their best effort to date-
Lord HuronInto The Sun EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-a short safari into a tropical landscape built on the heels of Animal Collective’s success-
Pepper RabbitBeauregard (2010, Kanine) ♥♥♥½
-Nawlins duo comprised of multi-instrumentalists Xander and Luc; there are several beautiful moments to soak yourself in here-
VA – Afro Rock Volume 1 (2010, Strut) ♥♥♥½
-a collection of 70’s Afro-beat unknowns re-issued on the dub/reggae/Afrobeat-centric Strut Records; I can see every ancient, unkempt record store owner spinning this in their shops to create a ‘groovy’ atmosphere and that, if for no other reason, is why I love and recommend this!-
Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig (2010, Nonesuch) ♥♥½
-lord knows I love this hee-haw, porch-swing-on-a-hot-sunny-day, bluegrass sound with lots of banjo, kazoo, jug etc. but this came off a little too predictable/kitschy as opposed to feeling genuinely Appalachian; the cover of ‘Hit ‘Em Up Style’ is fun though-
The ThermalsPersonal Life (2010, Kill Rock Stars) ♥♥♥
-simple songs about love and heartbreak that stray from their normal instense indie-punk diatribes against The Man and whatnot; takes a little getting used to but not as repugnant as some have claimed-
UnivoxUnivox (2010, ROIR) ♥♥½
-a scattered affair of garage, psychedelia and fuzz-pop; seemed like there was a little bit too much variety here, I’d prefer them to stick to the propulsive sounds on the opening track-
Three Mile PilotThe Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten (2010, Temporary Residence) ♥♥♥½
-my initial reaction was ‘blah’ but the 2nd and 3rd listen yielded an understanding of how long it can take the current version of TMP to allow its sweet underbelly to float to the surface unlike the immediate melodies of Systems Officer or Pinback; its not as abrasive and dark and profound as Another Desert but miles beyond what I was expecting-
Ludlow LionsNo Stories (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-I had a difficult time describing where this fits into the grand scheme of music right now which could be construed as a positive note; however I don’t see myself coming back; the press sheet compares them to Chavez and I can at least agree on that as well as Kite Operations
Small BlackNew Chain (2010, Jagjaguwar) ♥♥♥
-this is probably one of the weaker choices from the crowded chill-wave genre to make its way up to a major indie (what I consider Jag) though hazy tracks like ‘Photojournalist’and ‘Light Curse’ might keep you coming back for more; RIYL Washed Out
The Tallest Man On EarthSometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird EP (2010, Dead Oceans) ♥♥♥½
-as with every other release Kristian’s soothing coo and effortless finger-picking evokes uncontrollable daydreaming and waves of nostalgia, thus qualifying this as NSFW-
No AgeEverything In Between (2010, Sub Pop) ♥♥♥
-modern-day shoegaze with a tendency towards aggro post-punk; sounds better than it was but this will no doubt grow on me-
Centro-matic/South San GabrielEyas EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-there’s no shortage of moping about by Will and his gangs here; the Lionel Ritchie cover was a pleasant surprise as well-
Weed DiamondCarry On + Sweater Kids (2010, Bridgetown) ♥♥½
-gathering up all of WD’s tracks into one album seemed like a good idea but little outside of the killer opening two tracks will keep me coming back to this-

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