Issue 4 Album Review: The Men

April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

What’s been your favorite album this spring? If you missed Open Your Heart by the Men, join Carly Lewis on its stylistic tour.

“On “Ex-Dreams,” Open Your Heart wraps with one last tease of the Brooklyn band’s forté: it is an unabashedly rowdy punk rock odyssey, with militant percussion and urgent everything else…”

—Carly Lewis, Issue 4 p50 

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HASH Magazine Interviews MaG

April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last issue’s Q/A profiled Bronx rap comer MaG, who’s chiseling his next album and fighting to keep the soul in his sound:

“I write for myself. I write for the hip-hop head. But I want my music to have a broader reach… I don’t like that feeling of hearing a project and it not sounding complete, not being cohesive. The Roots’ undun: that’s the barometer. I’m a fan first. If it doesn’t sound right, I don’t want to hear it—so why would anyone else?”

—MaG (The New Competitive Edge: Issue 4, p37)

Issue 4 Live Review: Royal Baths

April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Get your daily dose of attitude, via Royal Baths. We caught the duo in Brooklyn last month:

” …The group specializes in funereally warped psychedelia, a tenor cooked around the open-tuned filigree of principal guitarist Jeremy Cox and the murky intonations of co-guitarist and usual vocalist Jigmae Baer. It drips atmosphere, and when Royal Baths arrived at Knitting Factory earlier this month they underlined its dependence upon authoritative thrust.”

—Issue 4, p22

In Brooklyn, Lambchop Coast on a Faint, Humble Breeze

April 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Kurt Wagner, of Lambchop, at the Bell House in Brooklyn. (photo: Monica So)

“So we’re just gonna keep bumming you out.” It could have been a snatch of dialogue or interior monologue from any of the songs he sang before or after, but this was Kurt Wagner’s way of introducing “N.O.,” a song by his band Lambchop, from one of its earlier incarnations. Though older than most of the material that brought the band—a come-and-go collective since the early ‘90s—to the Bell House in Brooklyn last Friday, the song merged unflinchingly with its surrounding pieces.
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FIDLAR Track Review: “No Ass”

April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’ve been spinning FIDLAR‘s Don’t Try EP (via Mom + Pop records) all week. Give it a listen here, or check out our review of “No Ass” in the Spring Issue’s New Tracks, on p57.

The Angelenos drop their first LP this summer and hit Lollapalooza not long afterward. Keep an eye and ear out for them right here in the coming weeks!

Christian Scott Announces Album:

April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Christian Scott announced today that Christian aTunde Adjuah, the trumpeter-bandleader-composer’s second album, will drop July 31st on Concord Jazz. Scott sums the forthcoming record as “a stretching of jazz, not a replacement.” The expansive double album follows last year’s afro-cuban excursion with Stefon Harris and David Sánchez, and is the New York native’s follow-up to Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (2010), which featured Thom Yorke’s “Eraser”: playing above and reviewed in our last issue’s Hash Tracks:

“Scott’s meditations are appropriately terse, and his ace ensemble transposes the seductive air of the original…”

-Issue 4, p59

Issue 4 Live Review: Zee Avi

April 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Acoustic Pop That Soothes By Tipping Its Cards, our review of songbird Zee Avi’s set at Knitting Factory earlier this year. Check it out in Issue 4, starting on p12.

Above, Avi and guitarist David Hurwitz play “Milestone Moon”: same place (kind of), different time.

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