Album Reviews Archive

  • Alright, you desert loving lizards, just because it’s starting to get a little warm, doesn’t mean you have to stop keeping cool with some live, local music this week. There’s good music everywhere for miles, looking through my favorite acts and venues, these are my picks for some great shows to get you out of your air conditioned dwelling and into living life and digging some sweet sounds. This week I even help you around the bend and into Monday! When & Where: Wednesday, June 8th, 7pm at Pho Cao Reasons To Attend: DaDadoh is taking over Pho Cao every...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Alright, you desert loving lizards, just because it’s starting to get a little warm, doesn’t mean you have to stop keeping cool with some live, local music this week. There’s good music everywhere for miles, looking through my favorite acts and venues, these are my picks for some great shows to get you out of your air conditioned dwelling and into living life and digging some sweet sounds. This week I even help you around the bend and into Monday! When & Where: Wednesday, June 8th, 7pm at Pho Cao Reasons To Attend: DaDadoh is taking over Pho Cao every...

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  • Let’s be clear, Luna Aura is an extraterrestrial in no uncertain terms. She is not of this Earth, I can’t prove it, but I’ve met her on many occasion and that only makes me more confident of this opinion. I assume her mission on this planet is to deliver quirky, danceable and intensely catchy Cosmic Dream Pop Electronica with a breathy voice that gives the soul chills with its sultry beauty. Here sophomore release is the Supernova EP and it’s every bit as addictive and fascinating as her debut which was delivered late last year.  This time, I have to...

    Luna Aura – Supernova EP

    Let’s be clear, Luna Aura is an extraterrestrial in no uncertain terms. She is not of this Earth, I can’t prove it, but I’ve met her on many occasion and that only makes me more confident of this opinion. I assume her mission on this planet is to deliver quirky, danceable and intensely catchy Cosmic Dream Pop Electronica with a breathy voice that gives the soul chills with its sultry beauty. Here sophomore release is the Supernova EP and it’s every bit as addictive and fascinating as her debut which was delivered late last year.  This time, I have to...

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  • Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

    Le Zets – Deadweight

    Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

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  • It’s hard to believe it’s only been a little over a year since Emby Alexander released their masterful first full length album Frontispiece. A record that was one of my absolute favorites of 2014 and something I still listen to on a near weekly basis. I was a little skeptical when Michael Alexander let me know that they would be releasing their sophomore effort  on June 1st. It seemed a little quick on the heels of Frontispiece, though I certainly admired the ambition and drive. I guess I was worried, for some strange reason that there might be an issue...

    Emby Alexander – Behave Like Beehives

    It’s hard to believe it’s only been a little over a year since Emby Alexander released their masterful first full length album Frontispiece. A record that was one of my absolute favorites of 2014 and something I still listen to on a near weekly basis. I was a little skeptical when Michael Alexander let me know that they would be releasing their sophomore effort  on June 1st. It seemed a little quick on the heels of Frontispiece, though I certainly admired the ambition and drive. I guess I was worried, for some strange reason that there might be an issue...

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  • In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

    There Is Danger – Gold Mine EP

    In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

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  • It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single...

    Farewell to Leonardo DiCapricorn

    It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single...

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  • There actually wasn’t much of a debate over my favorite album of the year. I have to admit that when Max Knouse gave me the Hasty Escape album on Halloween within about a week I knew that it was going to be my December feature for JAVA and that it was almost assuredly going to end up as my favorite album of the year. Up until that point, I was sure Emby Alexander had that slot hands down. I listened to this album nearly every day for three months straight, I still listen to it a couple times a week....

    Favorite Local Album of 2014-”The Filthier Things” by Hasty Escape

    There actually wasn’t much of a debate over my favorite album of the year. I have to admit that when Max Knouse gave me the Hasty Escape album on Halloween within about a week I knew that it was going to be my December feature for JAVA and that it was almost assuredly going to end up as my favorite album of the year. Up until that point, I was sure Emby Alexander had that slot hands down. I listened to this album nearly every day for three months straight, I still listen to it a couple times a week....

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  • As with the Favorite EP list this contains all but the my number one favorite album of 2014. This was a little easier than the singles or the EPs, that’s for sure. I knew immediately what albums I spent the most time with, the ones I can name the most tracks off of, the ones I carried with me for weeks or months on end. It was a pretty great year in music, that’s for sure and all of these albums enriched my life, if they haven’t enriched yours yet, get to know them–most of them are embedded below…So without...

    Favorite Local Albums of 2014

    As with the Favorite EP list this contains all but the my number one favorite album of 2014. This was a little easier than the singles or the EPs, that’s for sure. I knew immediately what albums I spent the most time with, the ones I can name the most tracks off of, the ones I carried with me for weeks or months on end. It was a pretty great year in music, that’s for sure and all of these albums enriched my life, if they haven’t enriched yours yet, get to know them–most of them are embedded below…So without...

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  • I have to admit that the choice for my Favorite EP of 2014 was pretty damn easy. I knew it was my favorite after it was the only CD that remained in my player for three months straight. It is also the EP that genuinely made me the happiest out of the fifty or so I spent time with last year. The self-titled debut EP by Lawnchair has to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. All six songs on the release are perfect additions to a poolside Summer soundtrack. Not only are all these songs catchy as...

    Favorite EP of 2014 – Lawnchair

    I have to admit that the choice for my Favorite EP of 2014 was pretty damn easy. I knew it was my favorite after it was the only CD that remained in my player for three months straight. It is also the EP that genuinely made me the happiest out of the fifty or so I spent time with last year. The self-titled debut EP by Lawnchair has to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. All six songs on the release are perfect additions to a poolside Summer soundtrack. Not only are all these songs catchy as...

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  • The first time I encountered decker. they were touring in support of their second release Long As The Night (2010) and looking soon forward to their third. I had never heard them or heard of them before and I’m not sure how they had escaped my radar. It was at the Rogue Bar and I remember standing their transfixed for the entire set, I’m not sure I even moved or blinked the entire time. It was as though their music was literally invoking the spirits of the southwest to accompany them and it felt like a desert wind was blowing...

    “PATSY” by decker. : A Philosphical Treatise

    The first time I encountered decker. they were touring in support of their second release Long As The Night (2010) and looking soon forward to their third. I had never heard them or heard of them before and I’m not sure how they had escaped my radar. It was at the Rogue Bar and I remember standing their transfixed for the entire set, I’m not sure I even moved or blinked the entire time. It was as though their music was literally invoking the spirits of the southwest to accompany them and it felt like a desert wind was blowing...

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