album review

Album Review
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

IsWhat?!: Things That Go Bump In the Dark

Iswhat?! is MC Napoleon Maddox and saxophonist Jack Walker

How many hip-hop albums have you listened to recently that contained freestyle performed in French - or that combined heavy bass-drop with samples of birdsong?

Before you can begin to address the album "Things That Go Bump In the Dark" by IsWhat?!, you must first throw away any preconceived notions of what a hip-hop album is or what 'urban' music is -- because the aesthetic of this album lies somewhere between beatnik coffee-house poetry-jams and late-night dance club after-parties.

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Album Review
11:49 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Phratry Records 4-Band Split 7”

Hot off the presses from Cincinnati label Phratry Records is a 4-band, 7" that features the groups Joe 4 from Zagreb, Croatia, Aperiodic - who have roots in Dayton - as well as Cincinnati's own Mala In Se and Knife The Symphony.

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Album Review
1:15 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sometimes: Moral Superiority

'Moral Superiority' by Sometimes

After a string of singles, several different arrangements, re-mixes and re-recording sessions, Sometimes out of Batavia, OH have compiled 6 tracks into a full-length album entitled "Moral Superiority," released by Apollo99 Records.

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Album Review
12:05 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Cha-Cha Chachi: Cincinnati's Finest Garage Rock

Like all great moments in history, it all started with a tweet.

Earlier in the week, I was all ready to review a different album (which will probably appear next week) when I received this message:

This moment was just too serendipitous; and I felt compelled to check it out, since they went to the trouble to contact me directly and, honestly, because I can not resist a sick bassline.

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Album Review
7:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

The Kickaways: ShowYrTeeth

ShowYrTeeth is the second studio release from The Kickaways
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I love that the album cover for ShowYrTeeth shows a person immersed in a bathtub of glittering sludge inside a dilapidated room that looks like an abandoned industrial warehouse somewhere.  It is this combination of glitzy and gritty that exemplifies the sound and style of The Kickaways. ShowYrTeeth is a tantalizing mixture of glam with a touch of 'the ultra-violence.'

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