Music / CD Reviews Jan 20, 2006

Don Matsuo "O-re-ha-si-na-i-yo?"

Over a trippy, electronic beat on the title song, Don Matsuo sings "nobody knows my mind inside." The line speaks volumes about a musician who's spent the last decade, both in the Zoobombs and now as a solo artist, continually revamping his acclaimed music ...

Music / CD Reviews Dec 9, 2005

Talib Kweli: "Right About Now"

Despite heaps of praise for his groups Black Star and Reflection Eternal, and for his solo work, mainstream fame has eluded Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli. Considered one of the best albums in American underground hip-hop, 2004's "The Beautiful Struggle" saw him making a run ...

Music / CD Reviews Nov 18, 2005

Lightning Bolt: "Hypermagic Mountain"

"2morrow Morrow Land," the brilliant lead-off cut on Lightning Bolt's new album "Hypermagic Mountain," starts as the calm before a mighty storm -- a calm obliterated 15 seconds in when a bolt of musical lightning is hurled through your speakers with a chaotic fury. On ...

(International) Noise Conspiracy: "Armed Love"

Music / CD Reviews Nov 4, 2005

(International) Noise Conspiracy: "Armed Love"

After two acclaimed full-lengths, (International) Noise Conspiracy decided their politically driven anthems would have a better chance to "Smash It Up" by signing with Warner Bros. imprint American Recordings. Compromising their beliefs by working for a multinational conglomerate hasn't benefited the Swedish communists yet, ...