YUNOREVIEW: June 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Fire! Orchestra – Enter
Cormorant – Earth Driver
Venetian Snares – My Love Is A Bulldozer
Antlers – Familiars
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
50 Cent – Animal Ambition
Keaton Henson – Romantic Works

Additional reviews:
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
Linkin Park – …..sorta…
Anathema – Distant Satellites
Cakes Da Killa – Hunger Pangs
G-Eazy – These Things Happen

Agalloch – The Serpent & The Sphere ft. Elliot Quinn

With fellow reviewer Elliot Quinn, I talk about the fifth full-length album from Portland blackened folk outfit Agalloch.

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

With Christmas Island, Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with what’s essentially their pop album. While the band brings plenty of concise tracks with straightforward instrumentation, they mostly lack the emotional impact of previous material–the instrumental finesse, too.

Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Lord Mantis’ latest record bring noise and ambitious songwriting into the fold of their heavy, blackened sludge.

Pixies – Indie Cindy

Pixies return with a textbook example of a disappointing comeback record.

The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

While the Hotelier’s latest effort stays true to the emo archetype, and delivers some good production, the band’s approach still remains pretty nondescript for the genre.

Sisyphus – Self-Titled

This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else ft. Sami Jarroush

I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.

Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – Enter The Slasher House

While this new Avey Tare record has some sweet melodies on it, nearly every piece of instrumentation on this thing is burnt to a crisp with effects. A lot like the latest Animal Collective record, this album is a little overdone, and could have benefited from taking the more orthodox approach the “Little Fang” single did.

Tony Molina – Dissed and Dismissed

While the incredible brevity of this new Tony Molina record makes it a little gimmicky, the infectious melodies and breakup album concept are enough to make me overlook that most of the time. If you like your power pop rough and punk-influenced, give this a listen.