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Fiction


The Big Other


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 27, 2013

London's Fiction unabashedly borrows from 80s synth pop stalwarts like The Talking Heads and the airbrushed, afrobeat sensibilities of Vampire Weekend on this 11-track debut LP. The album was a combination of studio and home recordings. It was mixed by...

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overall ranking: 3.75

Deptford Goth


Life After Defo


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 15, 2013

This is the debut LP from south London's Daniel Woolhouse a.k.a. Deptford Goth. The songs are built around electronic rhythms and lush, synth-heavy, sedated bedroom pop arrangements. The album will prove familiar fare for fans of Rhye, How to Dress...

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overall ranking: 3.75

Raya Brass Band


This Train Is Now


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on November 4, 2013

Raya Brass Band up globally-informed dance grooves on their third album. The NYC outfit relies on relentless horns and accessible rhythms that coalesce in a raucous, Balkan dance party. These songs would feel at home in an impromptu jam session...

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overall ranking: 3.95

DMA


Pheel Phree


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 29, 2013

This is the first official full-length release from Indianapolis experimental beatsmith David "Moose" Adamson. Limited to 500, hand-numbered copies, the album was recorded at DMA's home studio aptly dubbed The Bass Cave. The album was mastered at Singing Serpent. ...

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overall ranking: 4.40

Kama Kama


The Tiled House


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 24, 2013

Recorded at Magnetic South in Bloomington, IN, five-piece, post-punk rock outfit Kam Kama came out of the gate swinging in early 2012 with this gorgeous, six-track EP on upstart imprint Sister Cylinder. Limited to just 300 copies on white vinyl,...

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overall ranking: 4.15

Kam Kama


Passer-by b/w Joseph Strider


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 24, 2013

Kam Kama picks up where it left off on its 2012 debut EP, with a pair of terrific singles to add to this band's growing discography of melodic post-punk. The tracks were recorded and mixed by James Bauman at Master...

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overall ranking: 3.85

The Chambermaids


Whatever Happened Tomorrow


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on October 11, 2013

This is the third LP over the last decade from familial Minneapolis noise pop outfit The Chambermaids. The band centers around siblings Martha and Neil Weir, with each taking the lead on vocals here. The album was recorded at Old...

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overall ranking: 4.15

Medusa


Divine Malice


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on September 26, 2013

Bloomington, IN's Medusa returns from a 2 1/2-year hiatus to drop their sophomore release on Auris Apothecary. Medusa is comprised of members from Racebannon, Thee Open Sex, Torturess and others. This 6-track EP is released on single-sided 12 inch LP,...

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overall ranking: 4.20

The Band


The Last Waltz


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on September 17, 2013

There is a reason this historic compilation repeatedly receives top tier reissue treatment. For many, the place of 'The Last Waltz' in the pantheon of modern American music is up there with Woodstock and Stevie Ray Vaughn's Montreux performances. The...

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overall ranking: 4.15

Steve Gunn


Time Off


Reviewed by Rob Peoni on September 16, 2013

Known for his work as a guitarist in Kurt Vile's Violators, Steve Gunn has quietly established himself as a premier acoustic guitarist with his paw prints on more than a dozen releases since 2007. 'Time Off' is billed as Gunn's...

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overall ranking: 4.20