Album Of The Week: Purple Mountains Purple Mountains

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Purple Mountains - Purple MountainsBecause David Berman is the reclusive singer-songwriter behind legendary indie band Silver Jews and the author of the acclaimed poetry collection Actual Air, you might approach his self-titled debut as Purple Mountains expecting to encounter inscrutable symbolism. The album — Berman’s first since abruptly ending Silver Jews in 2009 and essentially going off the grid … More »

Album Of The Week: Van Dale The Visitor

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Van Dale - The VisitorIn one sense every local music scene has a Joe Camerlengo, but in another sense Joe Camerlengo is one of a kind. More »

Album Of The Week: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Bandana

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Freddie-Gibbs-and-Madlib-BandanaThe combination of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib makes no sense, which is why it makes the most sense. Gibbs comes from the burned-out and forgotten city of Gary, Indiana, and he makes snarling, unpretentious, head-down gangsta rap music. He talks about growing up amidst violence and poverty with a rare gravity, and he brings granular … More »

Album Of The Week: Mannequin Pussy Patience

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Mannequin Pussy operate in extremes. Their self-released debut album, 2013’s GP, was hard and fast punk, 10 songs in under 20 minutes with names like “Pissdrinker” and “Clit Eastwood” and “Meatslave.” It was reissued by Tiny Engines in 2014, and two years later, the label released the band’s sophomore album, Romantic. On that … More »

Album Of The Week: Baroness Gold & Grey

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Baroness - Gold & GreyFour months from now — four months from this Thursday, to be specific — Baroness’ Blue Record will turn 10. I don’t know if that’s an anniversary we’ll celebrate on Stereogum, but it’s one worth mentioning. And I’m old enough that I don’t need an album’s birthday to make me feel old, but this one … More »

Album Of The Week: Palehound Black Friday

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Palehound Black FridayThe very first Palehound songs were acerbic and wired. They could be dark and ugly, even masochistic at times. “Vandalize my body if it helps you sleep soundly,” Kempner begs on one of her best early tracks. The music she was making back then matched that energy: knotted guitars dripping with sourness and … More »

Album Of The Week: Skepta Ignorance Is Bliss

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Skepta-Ignorance-Is-Bliss“A bunch of young men in black dancing extremely aggressively onstage — it made me feel so intimidated. And it’s not just what I expect to see on primetime TV.” That voice — British, female, unmistakably white — blows through “Shutdown,” the monster single that the London MC Skepta released in 2015. Skepta had just … More »

Album Of The Week: Cate Le Bon Reward

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Cate Le Bon truly cannot stop creating. Since her last album, 2016’s Crab Day, she produced Deerhunter’s latest album and continued her fruitful collaborative partnership with Tim Presley as Drinks, but she also disappeared for a bit, even if it might not seem like it from an outsider’s perspective. A couple … More »

Album Of The Week: Operators Radiant Dawn

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Operators-Radiant-DawnYou could take Dan Boeckner for granted. In fact, you probably are taking Dan Boeckner for granted. Over the last two decades, most of us first got to know Boeckner as one of Wolf Parade’s primary songwriters, then as the leader of Handsome Furs, then as Britt Daniel’s partner-in-crime for Divine Fits, and finally as … More »

Album Of The Week: Charly Bliss Young Enough

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Charly-Bliss-Young-EnoughEva Hendricks has bars. Two years ago, when Hendricks’ band Charly Bliss came out blasting with their debut album, Guppy, it was easy to miss some of those bars. They got lost in the frantic sugar rush of the band’s ragged, fired-up power pop. But when you got used to those hooks, these … More »