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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.
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.
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