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Word on the Tweets
Wednesday June 10th 2009, 2:23 pm
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word on the tweets

Record reviews in tweet-sized chunks by Douglas Martin from Fresh Cherries from Yakima.

Sonic Youth- The Eternal:
Probably the only active band in the world that was around to catch the Wipers the first time around. The Eternal catches retroactive influence from that band, and hits the mark as another late-period classic for the band.

J Dilla- Jay Stay Paid:
Hip-Hop is not known for posthumous triumphs, which makes this album from hip-hop’s greatest producer all the more welcome, and makes him all the more missed.

Gun Outfit- Dim Light:
Sounds exactly how you’d expect a band from Olympia to sound. This is a compliment.

Grey Anne- Facts and Figurines:
Adorable without being overtly precious or cloying. An under-the-radar gem from a multi-talented, multi-faceted Portland pop songstress.

Ducktails- Self-Titled:
Blissed-out, sunny day psych. The audio equivalent of a faded Polaroid of a family trip from when you were a baby.

Mos Def- The Ecstatic:
Mos knocks one out of the park with a hip-hop classic, like Be Kind Rewind– or his last two solo albums, for that matter– never happened.

Dirty Projectors- Bitte Orca:
Dave Longstreth returns with more of what he knows best: Knotty guitars, endless left turns in structure, and prodigious vocal arrangements. Couple that with two star turns from Angel Deradoorian and Amber Coffman, and you have a frontrunner for Album of the Year.

Eat Skull- Wild and Inside:
Hopefully, this lo-fi resurgence hasn’t jumped the shark for you just yet. If it has, you’re missing out on one of the scene’s best new-ish bands.

The Intelligence- Fake Surfers:
Surf music for city dwellers. Okay, okay; city dwellers on laced hallucinogens.



Word on the Tweets
Wednesday May 27th 2009, 11:02 am
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word on the tweets

Record reviews in tweet-sized chunks by Douglas Martin from Fresh Cherries from Yakima.

Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest:
Layers upon layers of incredibly detailed musical craftsmanship. Instant Album of the Year contender.
City Center- Self-Titled:
Dude from Saturday Looks Good to Me tries his hand at avant-pop, with spectacular results.
Black Moth Super Rainbow- Eating Us:
Not saying that taking drugs is required for listening to this album, but they help.
John Vanderslice- Romanian Names:
It’s all about consistency, folks. Vanderslice is king at this.
Bloc Party- Intimacy: Remixed:
Wait, so Intimacy wasn’t a Bloc Party remix album?

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Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise



Word on the Tweets
Wednesday May 20th 2009, 1:39 pm
Filed under: Word on the Tweets

word on the tweets

Record reviews in tweet-sized chunks by Douglas Martin from Fresh Cherries from Yakima.

Wooden Shjips- Dos:
Recipe: Find a groove, lock in. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Trance music played with traditional rock instruments.
An Horse- Rearrange Beds:
Living proof that boyfriend issues are best solved through a girl belting pop melodies over loud guitars.
The Vaselines- Enter the Vaselines:
If you already own Way of the Vaselines, you still have the definitive collection of tunes by this legendary band.
Iron & Wine- Around the Well:
A thorough collection of rarities and b-sides from everyone’s favorite troubadour. “Swans and the Swimming” alone is worth the price of admission.
White Rabbits- It’s Frightening:
The best Spoon album of the year, unless Spoon actually releases an album this year.
Blank Dogs- Under and Under:
Still sounding like a “blown out Factory Records demo” (artist’s own words, not ours), but in the best possible way.
Crocodiles- Summer of Hate:
RIYL: Jesus and Mary Chain and… uh, Jesus and Mary Chain. And who doesn’t?
Crystal Antlers- Tentacles:
The most songs in 6/8 time ever heard on a punk record. More punks should write songs in this time signature.
Jason Lytle- Yours Truly, The Commuter:
Not quite on the level of Granddaddy’s best work, but close.
Metric- Fantasies:
Aside from “Help, I’m Alive,” which is legitimately great, if you’ve heard one Metric album, you’ve sadly heard them all.

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Metric – Help I’m Alive (acoustic)