Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Showroom of Compassion
Sounds Like: The Californians’ first in about seven years is a solid installment of their special blend of countrified folk funk with plenty o’ horns and some piano.
Free Association: There’s no “The Distance” here, nor a “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”.
For Fans Of: Nada Surf, DeVotchka, white funk, aging geeks.
Songs From a Toxic Apartment
Sounds Like: One fifth of the Honey Brothers, which included Adrian Grenier and his gay twin brother Ari Gold, goes solo with a moody, tepid indie rock record.
Free Association: Hard to imagine there’s a ravenous audience for this ish.
For Fans Of: Successful gay brothers outshining their straight twin.
The Color Code
Sounds Like: Scott French, the drummer and synther for the Swimmers, goes solo with an energetic set of noisy, electrified retro-flavored glam rock and it’s a keeper.
Free Association: He’s the saloon piano player for 2050, where we worship the 1980s.
For Fans Of: Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, New Order, Philly DIYers.
PW's Music Issue 2014