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Mammoth Life


Self Titled


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on October 15, 2014

Mammoth Life is a four-piece pop band from San Francisco that manages to work out a sound like a 10-piece pop band... from San Francisco. Despite their rock leanings and general setup (guitars, drums, bass, keys, vocals), the band somehow...

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overall ranking: 3.30

Kam Kama


Shift


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on October 14, 2014

I've always liked Kam Kama - they've got that dark 80s post-punk kind of sound that makes me want to go out and get in to trouble at 2am. Their debut LP follows one 7" and a 12" EP and,...

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overall ranking: 3.50

Krokus


Stampede


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on July 22, 2014

Krokus' 1990 rocker "Stampede" got the reissue treatment from Sireena Records, complete with a cover of BTO's "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," and you know what? This was a nice change of pace. Nothing perks up an afternoon like some...

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overall ranking: 3.52

I Break Horses


Denial (Single)


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on July 1, 2014

"Denial," I Break Horses' first song sing the release of 2011's "Hearts" is lush, bouncy synthpop and probably pretty hard to find outside of Europe - Record Geeks received the 12 inch single a while back and in the time...

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overall ranking: 3.00

American Football


Self-titled


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on May 28, 2014

15 years after being released Polyvinyl Record Co. has reissued American Football's landmark self-titled album with another album's worth of extras. Full disclosure - this is one of my all-time favorite albums (I got a copy of it on CD...

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overall ranking: 4.53

The It*Men


Greatest Its


Reviewed by Kasey Bradley on May 23, 2014

The It*Men present themselves as a garage / hard rock band from the late sixties with hands in creating punk rock, and they do a really convincing job of it - but in reality they were active in the Cleveland...

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overall ranking: 3.70

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