Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Column: Music! Impress me!

Since I started this blog, I've been trying to save the considered reviews for the regular column and use this space for my quick first impressions. But this month, there's so much new music coming that I don't know how I'm going to keep my head above water. Hence, this week's column kicks off what I expect will be a series of first-blush takes on new albums.

This week I've reviewed new ones from the Hold Steady, the New Pornographers, Nada Surf and the Flaming Lips. Just to give you some idea of how much water I'm treading right now, I did a quick take on Justin Currie's album yesterday, and I still have new ones from Richard Julian, Minus the Bear, Deftones, Tonic, Roky Erickson with Okkervil River, and the Apples in Stereo to get through, before next week. I'm trying, I'm trying.

This week's column also includes my choice for the fourth-best album of the last decade. As always, click on over to read it, then head back here to leave a comment.


  1. Andre: I can't stop singing Crash Years, and I love the new album. I don't think it's up to Twin Cinema, which is a true classic so no surprise there, or even Mass Romantic, but this is a huge improvement over Challengers. I was expecting more featured Neko Case, given her surging popularity, but the fact they played it more democratic just proves your entire column about them is right on the money.


  2. I have to add a positive voice to latterday Wilcos - to my ears the guitar solo on "Impossible Germany" (off "Sky Blue Sky") is the single most smile-inducing I've heard in years. Mind you, I also think the drone passage on "Less Than You Think" is sheer genius, so I'm used to living in a minority...