Saturday, January 31, 2009

January Baltozine Round-Up

This year promises to be an explosive one for Baltimore music. New records from Dan Deacon, Animal Collective, Wye Oak, Double Dagger, Lo Moda, Arbouretum - to name just a few.

So every so often on the blog, I'll try and keep track of new magazines that come in that talk about Baltimore music.

In Under The Radar #25:
Dan Deacon - Bromst
Score: 8/10
"...this album delivers an extremely interesting study in our relationship to the analog and digital worlds. It's Deacaon's most ambitious collection of songs to date." - Paul Bullock

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Score: 7/10
"Their droning, formerly aimless wanderings (Animal Collective have always been much more about the journey than the destination) now contained brief moments of potent purpose." - Jim Scott

In Paste #50:
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
"After all, hands are meant not to be jettisoned up in frustration at dead-end lyrics, but thrown in the air as if you just didn't care. ... I ahve absolutely no idea what that means, and I don't care - print it up, put it on a T-shirt and hand me that glow stick." -Bart Blasengame


In Xlr8r #124:
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
"...while it remains to be seen whether or not this is truly the band's pop moment, the album undoubtedly contains Animal Collective's most palatable, and best, music to date." -Shawn Reynaldo



In Bust #55:
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
"If previous Animal Collective releases were experiments in chaos, Merriweather Post Pavilion is an excercise in control. Though the crazy tempo changes, layered instrumentation, and looped samples we've come to expect are plentiful, the album is carried by percussion that makes more sense than not." -Sara Graham

In Decibel #53:
There's a nice-sized article on our friends in Pig Destroyer.

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