Saturday, December 7, 2013

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile
It’s a big world out there (and I am scared) EP

This EP is the companion CD to Vile's excellent album from April, Walking On A Pretty Daze.  Like the album you get smart, quiet, contemplative lyrics about life. His singing is equally fine and as for his guitar playing, I could sit and listen to him for hours.  This EP is as good as the album.

Vile is a hero in Philadelphia, with an official day named after him in August. And since I’m from Philly, this is also a chance for me to say that Philly has a great indie rock scene, and Vile is one of its finest ambassadors.  It’s no accident that Walking is on many top ten lists.  It will be on mine, along with this EP.
Andrea Weiss

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Boys Noize
Boysnoize Presents A Tribute to Dance Mania
Fabric Records and BNR

On these two albums, Boys Noize and collaborators/comrades, make music that flows kinetically all over the place, with many subgenres accounted for and presented excellently.  One is the latest in the Fabriclive series and the music really makes for a thumping, bumping experience, perfect for the dance floor.  The other, Dance Mania, has many hard twists and turns but always flows smoothly.  In short, two discs which are just perfect for anything requiring action of any kind.
Andrea Weiss

Monday, December 2, 2013

Melissa Laveaux

Melissa Laveaux
Memory Is A Strange Bell EP
No Format

Laveaux is a synth-heavy folk singer/songwriter who plays acoustic guitar.  With an engaging voice somewhat like Fiona Apple, her songs are much happier than Apple's, and her music sweeps along in her own unique sound.  She’s Haitian/Canadian and this is her debut. These four songs make me wonder what she’d be like over the course of a whole album.  I'm curious to hear more.
Andrea Weiss


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