On The Record

Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.

By Bill Chenevert
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Aug. 31, 2010

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Matthew Dear

Black City

(Ghostly International)

Sounds Like: Addictive blend of funk, dark pop, new school soul and low-key electronica from a techno producer with a deep catalogue.

Free Association: “You Put A Smell On Me” is like a male incarnation of Grace Jones.

For Fans Of: Bowie x Reznor, Kraftwerk x Massive Attack, discoveries.


Three Mile Pilot

The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten

(Temporary Residence)

Sounds Like: Much-anticipated record from the San Diego legends responsible for Pinback return with their soft, spacey, bass-heavy rock with ‘90s deeply embedded.

Free Association: Glad they brought back the strings and piano. Sounds real nice.

For Fans Of: Black Heart Procession, Yo La Tengo x Built to Spill.

Justin Townes Earle

Harlem River Blues


Sounds Like: Famous dad, famous upbringing, sure, but this guy’s voice is caramel smooth and full of life, sorrow and vitality; a gorgeous set of bluesy country songs.

Free Association: Five overdoses by 21? Good thing you saw the light, son.

For Fans Of: A.A. Bondy, Merle Haggard, southern Ray LaMontagne.

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