It had a nice ring to it, “hipster.” Yeah, that felt right. Crisis averted. We could eat our TV dinners in peace.
The Magnetic Fields have released a companion piece to their 2008 album, “Distortion.” The new offering, “Realism,” was intended to be the technical obverse to “Distortion’s” reverse.
For some artists, the diary format and the immediacy of the day can provide enlightenment and beauty in ways that artistic refining could never do.
Nostalgia is a dangerous thing. The past was not how we remember it and we simply will never relive whatever warm-and-fuzzies we try to remember.
“Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” pulled in a lion’s share of the notable album of the year stampings from press outlets, ranging the spectrum from independent-minded Webzines to, well, “Entertainment Weekly.”
Grand Lake’s debut album “Nevermint” is filled with controlled blasts of experimentation, resisting the shoegaze noise of a band like Deerhunter, while never giving into the orchestrated indie pop of a Sufjan Stevens.