EP Review: Bloc Party – The Nextwave Sessions

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Bloc Party has a problem. It’s a problem that if left unsolved, will prevent them from putting out another great release, and it’s never been more apparent than on the recently-released The Nextwave Sessions, their new EP. The problem is this: Bloc Party is afraid to get messy. More

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Music I Liked in 2012

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2012 was an odd year for me. The music I liked in 2012 wasn’t necessarily music that was released in 2012. This past year, I dug back into a few artist’s back catalogues and discovered albums that I had missed. So I’m going to divide this entry into two sections: albums from previous years and albums from 2012. More

Album Review: Bloc Party – Four

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Interspersed between the tracks on Bloc Party’s Four are snippets of studio chatter, included with the intention of giving the album a raw, “live” feel. But when contrasted with the album’s slick production, they feel out of place, as if someone forgot to excise them during the editing process, but the band just said “good enough” and left them in. In fact, “good enough” is an apt description for the entire album. Four is certainly an enjoyable listen, but is it excellent? I’m not so sure. More

Things I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2012

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2012 is in full swing now, and it might be the final year of humanity’s existence! While we count down the days to our certain doom, we still have plenty of stuff to look forward to. Apparently, the people who make music, movies, TV, books, and games haven’t received the memo about the end of the world. That’s all for the best, I suppose. I’m not spending my last year of existence in a panic. No way. I’m going to live it up and enjoy these fine things that 2012 will bring: More

5 Awesome Songs, Vol. 9: Love the Drum Machine

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A couple of years ago, I read an article that pissed me off. (Scroll down to the piece entitled “Ghost in the Drum Machine.”) Apparently, drum machines have no soul. Duh. They’re machines, you idiot! As a very belated “fuck you” to John Wood, I’ve compiled this list of 5 awesome songs that use drum machines. Trust me; they’re anything but soulless. More

5 Awesome Songs, Vol. 1

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Every once in a while, I’m going to post a list of 5 songs that I really like. For now, I’m going to post about 5 songs that I’m digging at the moment. More