Tag Archives: music criticism

Review: Lali Puna, ‘Our Inventions’

Lali Puna, Our Inventions (Morr Music)

Lali Puna, 'Our Inventions'

On its first album since 2004, Lali Puna rediscovers the serene melodies, husky vocals, and fragile textures that made the group a favorite in the first place.

Grade: A- (via The A.V. Club)

Review: Dashboard Confessional, ‘Alter The…’

Dashboard Confessional, Alter The Ending (Interscope)

Grade: C- (via The Onion A.V. Club)

Live in LA: Pixies Get and Give Big, Big Love

The legendary Pixies began the U.S. wing of their Doolittle tour last night in Los Angeles, kicking off back-to-back nights at the Hollywood Palladium. No Age opened, and all told, it was a pretty magical night. Read about it here (via LA Weekly‘s West Coast Sound).

Dangerbird Special: INCHES reviews Darker My Love, Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Eulogies

It’s true. This week’s installment of the INCHES L.A. vinyl column focuses entirely on the output of local indie , Dangerbird Records. I hand-picked a combination of the label’s best-for-listening and most innovative releases, including stuff from all of the bands mentioned above — flagship players like Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Darker My Love, and Eulogies. MP3s from all four are included,  along with the requisite photos, reviews, and recommendations, plus a Top Ten chart from Origami Vinyl.

Darker My Love's 2008 7-inch series

Review: Molina & Johnson – s/t

Molina And Johnson, Molina And Johnson (Secretly Canadian)

Grade: B (via The Onion)

Review: Wolfmother – “Cosmic Egg”

Wolfmother, Cosmic Egg (via The Onion)

Grade: A-

Review: The Very Best – “Warm Heart Of Africa”

The Very Best, Warm Heart Of Africa (via The Onion)

Grade: A-

Double Review: Sufjan Stevens – “The BQE” / “Run Rabbit Run” (with Osso)

Sufjan Stevens, The BQE / Run Rabbit Run (w/ Osso) (via The Onion)

Sufjan Stevens The BQE

Sufjan Stevens Run Rabbit Run

Grade: B- / C+

INCHES011: New Wax from Fool’s Gold, Inca Ore, Now-Again (Rare Psych!), Samiyam (MP3s, chart)

Friends, INCHES011 exists. Featuring fresh wax from L.A.’s favorite Eritrean-Hebrew Afrobeat outfit, Fool’s Gold, a limited 10-inch platter from beat music maker Samiyam (via Poo-Bah Records), some experimental goodness from the Not Not Fun label (SF’s Inca Ore), and an incredible international psych/funk/rock/soul comp put together by Stones Throw general manager, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt. Can I get a Twit-ness?

Egons Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges, 1968 - 1974

Egon's "Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges"

Review: The Mountain Goats – “The Life Of The World To Come”

The Mountain Goats, The Life Of The World To Come (via The A.V. Club)

Grade: B