Category Archives: Albums

Wilco Review: Star Wars

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Wilco Star Wars Chicago’s hometown heroes Wilco surprised the city and the world at large this month with a surprise drop of a completely free album of new material out of nowhere late on a Thursday night. Not only was the drop surprising, but so was the album title and design: named Star Wars which was certainly the result of some goofy late night conversation the band had, and it boasts a furry white cat and some flowers on the

Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf

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Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment Surf How did an relatively-unknown collective, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, get over 10 million song downloads? Well, they made it free for one, giving away the debut album, Surf, on iTunes, but more importantly, the collective includes one of the most exciting young names in hip hop: Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper. And Surf shows anything the playful young rapper touches turns to gold. Donnie Trumpet aka trumpeter Nico Segal is the

Retro Review: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here

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While I’m still sinking my teeth into In Colour, the latest release from Jamie xx, English producer-extraordinaire and namesake to the bedroom pop duo the xx, I thought I would revisit and hopefully bring people who aren’t familiar to the 2011 remix classic We’re New Here.  Now I’ve never been huge on remixes or remix culture, this is an undeniably unique and interesting album. Jamie xx took spoken-word legend Gil Scott-Heron’s late career gem, I’m New Here, and remixed it for the

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Review: Multi-Love

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love For some reason, over 40 years after the fact, some of the best psychedelic rock ever has come from the land down under and their little brother, New Zealand. As guitar rock has largely disappeared from the airwaves, the far-out sounds of Tame Impala have continued to permeate, as three albums in, they now stand as one of the best rock bands on the planet. The Kiwis ain’t no chumps neither. New Zealand-born Ruban Nielson has

Hot Chip Review: Why Make Sense?

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Hot Chip Why Make Sense? Few bands churn out the dance hits like Hot Chip. In case you are unfamiliar, Hot Chip is five somewhat nerdy white Brits that know disco, house, and pop music like the back of their hand, releasing six infectious albums in the last ten years. The band has always been half-humor and half-heart, but especially with their last album, In Our Heads, they have really kicked up the heart. Why Make Sense?, their latest, continues

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