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Mourn: Mourn
Buy! - (Captured Tracks)
This teenage Barcelona band debuts with a powerful set of punkish, ‘90s-steeped indie-rock reminiscent at times of PJ Harvey, Pixies, Nirvana and Sleater-Kinney, with a direct, live-in-the-studio sound combining raw, serrated guitar riffs, punchy rhythms, impassioned vocals, sardonic lyrics and potent song hooks. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Parkay Quarts: Content Nausea
Buy! - (What's Your Rupture?)
Parkay Quarts is the sort-of side-project of Parquet Courts’ frontmen Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, aided by various friends including Jackie-O Motherfucker’s Jef Brown on sax and Eaters’ Bob Jones on violin. The music isn’t far-removed from the sardonic post-punk of their regular band, combining a brittle yet hooky sound with often-deadpan vocals and lyrics critiquing information overload and other ills of the modern age. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

AJ Davila y Terror Amor: Beibi
Buy! - (Burger)
The second album released this year from the frontman for Puerto Rico’s Davila 666 (who are currently on hiatus) and his new band Terror Amor is another strong set of gritty, lo-fi garage-rock inflected with psych-rock, power pop, ‘50s rock and other styles, combining fuzzy guitar riffs, energetic rhythms and an abundance of catchy pop hooks. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Various Artists: Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart
Buy! - (Cutters)
Australian band Cut Copy put together this strong 19-track compilation of dance music from their hometown of Melbourne, ranging from house and techno to tribal trance, space disco and other styles. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Other Various Artists album reviews:

All Your Friend's Friends - 11/21/2014
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell - 10/10/2014
After Dark 2 - 5/24/2013

Dam Gila: So Long, Leisure
Buy! - (Feeltrip)
Dam Gila is the new solo project from Adam Gil, the frontman for Chicago band Yawn. His debut album under that name is an impressive, ‘70s-steeped blend of psych-pop, glam-rock and more, with a cavernous sound combining fuzzy chiming guitars, atmospheric keyboards, warm harmonies and sunny pop melodies. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Ty Segall: $ingle$ 2
Buy! - (Drag City)
The second singles compilation from the prolific LA-based rocker collects various singles, b-sides and other non-album tracks from 2011-2013. While it’s an odds-and-ends collection, the quality is mostly top-notch throughout, with the songs ranging from scorching garage-punk to reflective folk-rock. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Other Ty Segall album reviews:

Manipulator - 8/15/2014
Sleeper - 8/16/2013
Twins - 10/12/2012

Various Artists: All Your Friend's Friends
Buy! - (K)
An impressive collection of new Northwest hip hop produced by Olympia rapper/producer Smoke (aka Matt Smokovich), with beats he put together using music from the catalog of Olympia’s venerable K Records accompanying a variety of Northwest rappers including members of the acclaimed Oldominion collective (Onry Ozzborn, JFK, Candidt, Xperience, etc.), Silent Lambs Project, Barfly (ex-Saturday Knights) and others. 11/21/2014 - Don Yates

Other Various Artists album reviews:

Cut Copy presents: Oceans Apart - 11/21/2014
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell - 10/10/2014
After Dark 2 - 5/24/2013

Ariel Pink: pom pom
Buy! - (4AD)
This LA artist’s latest release is an ambitious double album with 17 songs spanning 69 minutes of warped, often-unsettling psych-pop combined with lounge, New Wave, ‘70s pop, punk, prog, funk, folk-rock, surf, ‘50s rock, novelty jingles and lots more, veering wildly from the poignant and sublime to the goofy and bizarre, sometimes within the same song. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Bryan Ferry: Avonmore
Buy! - (BMG)
While the former Roxy Music frontman’s previous album found him curiously recasting his older material into tinny cabaret jazz, his latest full-length successfully revisits the sleek dance-rock of his former band with a potent blend of liquid guitars, lush keyboards, occasional smooth sax, propulsive rhythms and Ferry’s elegant crooning. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Murder Vibes: Murder Vibes
Buy! - (self-released)
This Seattle duo’s debut full-length is a promising set of brooding, goth-tinged electro-pop with a dark, haunting sound featuring atmospheric synths, occasional guitars, hypnotic beats and gloomy vocals. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Springtime Carnivore: Springtime Carnivore
Buy! - (Autumn Tone)
Springtime Carnivore is the new project of former Gold Motel frontwoman Greta Morgan. Her debut album under that name is a promising set of dreamy, ‘60s-influenced indie-pop with a warm, psych-tinged sound featuring fuzzy keyboards, hazy vocals, occasional whistling and wistful, girl-group melodies. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Andy Stott: Faith in Strangers
Buy! - (Modern Love)
This British producer’s fourth album is another adventurous, impeccably crafted blend of ambient, techno, dub and other styles, with a spacious, haunting sound combining bleak, ominous soundscapes with ethereal vocals from Alison Skidmore. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Other Andy Stott album reviews:

Luxury Problems - 11/2/2012

Submotion Orchestra: Alium
Buy! - (Counter)
The third album from this Leeds, UK 7-piece outfit propelled by sound designer/producer Ruckspin and vocalist Ruby Wood is another stunning set of soulful, jazzy, bass-heavy electronic grooves that masterfully combine ambient, 2-step, downtempo, and trip-hop elements into its own hypnotic, propulsive sound. Boasting exceptional vocal work from Wood and lush, intricate arrangements, Alium carries a distinctive UK vibe but with a warm, all-embracing organic touch. 11/14/2014 - Alex

Royksopp: The Inevitable End
Buy! - (Cherrytree/Interscope)
The fifth and final album from the Norwegian duo of Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland is a masterful set of dark electro-pop with elegiac songs combining layered, atmospheric synths, gently propulsive rhythms, bittersweet melodies and lyrics revolving around mortality and other endings, sung by a solid lineup of guest vocalists (Robyn, The Irrepressibles’ Jamie McDermott, Man Without Country’s Ryan James and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfor). 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Other Royksopp album reviews:

The Understanding - 7/6/2005
Melody A.M. - 10/15/2002

Azealia Banks: Broke With Expensive Taste
Buy! - (Prospect Park)
This Harlem rapper’s long-delayed debut full-length is an expansive set of hip hop blended with house, U.K. garage, R&B, industrial and other styles, combining adventurous production from the likes of Machinedrum, Lone, Lil Internet and Araabmusik with her confident vocals, alternating between rapid-fire rapping and smooth singing. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Big K.R.I.T.: Cadillactica
Buy! - (Def Jam)
The latest release from the Mississippi-raised, Atlanta-based rapper/producer is a concept album revolving around a fictional planet. Reminiscent at times of Outkast, it’s also his most expansive and authoritative set yet of Southern hip hop steeped in soul, funk, blues and jazz, featuring a warm, plush sound with lush synths, bluesy guitar licks and trunk-rattling beats accompanying his commanding delivery and lyrics blending the philosophical and the down-home. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

TV on the Radio: Seeds
Buy! - (Harvest)
This Brooklyn-born band’s fifth album (and first following the 2011 death of bassist Gerard Smith) is a more direct, New Wave-oriented take on the band’s blend of post-punk, prog, funk, soul and more, combining a more relaxed and melodic sound with more upfront vocals and emotionally open lyrics. 11/14/2014 - Don Yates

Other TV on the Radio album reviews:

Nine Types of Light - 4/8/2011
Dear Science, - 9/15/2008
Return to Cookie Mountain - 8/29/2006
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes - 3/1/2004

The Young Evils: False Starts
Buy! - (self-released)
The latest EP from this Seattle band led by Troy Nelson and Mackenzie Mercer is a strong set of dark, ‘80s-influenced pop-rock with buzzing guitars, energetic rhythms and noirish male/female harmonies. 11/7/2014 - Don Yates

Other Young Evils album reviews:

Foreign Spells - 6/15/2012
Enchanted Chapel - 8/4/2010

Korallreven: Second Comin'
Buy! - (Cascine)
This Swedish duo’s second album is a strong set of blissed-out electro-pop with bright, shimmering synths, propulsive beats, a variety of exotic percussion, hazy vocals and sparkling pop hooks. 11/7/2014 - Don Yates

Other Korallreven album reviews:

An Album By Korallreven - 11/11/2011

Run The Jewels: Run The Jewels 2
Buy! - (Mass Appeal)
New York rapper/producer El-P and Atlanta rapper Killer Mike follow up their excellent 2013 debut as Run The Jewels with an even stronger album featuring a darker, more dynamic and intricate sound with banging hip hop beats accompanying the duo’s booming deliveries and razor-sharp rhymes. The album’s first half leans hard on adrenaline-pumping battle raps while the second half is loaded with politically charged protest songs. The energy is non-stop, and the duo remains on-point from start to finish. 10/31/2014 - Don Yates

Other Run The Jewels album reviews:

Run The Jewels - 7/3/2013

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