Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Medicine Show #5: The History of the Loop Digga
(Madlib Medicine Show)
Sounds Like: A throwback collection of ‘90s beats, trip-hop and found sounds with Dolemite pimp comedy snippets and Crate Diggas Palace gems.
Free Association: If it’s true that “Grass increases creativity,” he’s consuming lots of it.
For Fans Of: Madvillain, Flying Lotus, Danger Mouse, blunts.
Sounds Like: Toronto trio’s second LP is a bouncy and playful rock record full of Luke LaLonde’s yelpy vocals, simplistic but pungent drums and herky-jerky guitars.
Free Association: Ef Pitchfork, they don’t know what they’re talking about on this one (or ever).
For Fans Of: Pixies, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Canadian rock.
Stuck On Nothing
Sounds Like: Minneapolis-come-Philly boys make delightful pop-friendly, retro-inspired sunny guitar rock. Equally suited for arenas and car radios.
Free Association: Soundtracking Good Times Summer 2010 loud and clear!
For Fans Of: The Strokes, Thin Lizzy, non-depressing Pavement, joy.
Le Pop 5
Les Chansons De La Nouvelle Scene Francaise
Sounds Like: Frenchies making hushed, whispered and ambient pop tunes; mostly soft folksy rock songs here with a few precious little ditties.
Free Association: Get some red wine, some stinky cheese and put this on to be transported.
For Fans Of: Serge Gainsbourg, Yelle, Uffie, CocoRosie, baguettes.
Tokyo Police Club
(Mom and Pop Music)
Sounds Like: Shimmery sophomore LP from these Canucks tries to wow you with production, complexity and catchy hooks under Julian Casablancas-y vocals.
Free Association: Not to be confused with the horrifyingly shitty Tokio Hotel.
For Fans Of: The Strokes, Death Cab x Modest Mouse.
The Ghost Who Walks
(XL Recordings/Third Man)
Sounds Like: The UK supdermodel is more than just a pretty face in this hauntingly sparse debut of variety of folk, pop, country, folk and murder ballads.
Free Association: She’s married to Jack White, so—sorry—it’s probably awesome because of him.
For Fans Of: ScarJo, Zooey Deschanel, Jenny Lewis, gingers.
Fish Market Part 2
Sounds Like: The Jurassic 5 baritone’s stepped it up with another collection of dopeness—all the lyrics, guests, beats, samples, skits and styles here are real fresh!
Free Association: Whoa, Quality Control was 10 years ago?! Classy, smart emceeing.
For Fans Of: Ozomatli, Gift of Gab, Roots crew, Black Thought.
Sounds Like: Debut LP from the fuzzy Brooklyn rockers jumping on that afro/animalistic tribalism bandwagon and riding it all the way to the buzzworthy bank.
Free Association: We’ll ride along if we get road sodas and the wagon goes to the beach.
For Fans Of: Yeasayer, Animal Collective, Le Loup, Bowie.
PW's Music Issue 2014