Album Reviews

Drowners Eponymous Debut Album Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2014

Drowners are the one thing they absolute can not be. They are boring. Not terrible boring, I like the album well enough, maybe four really good songs out of 13, tight as fuck. But I don’t fet all the self effacement and I don’t see why it isn’t louder, harder and faster.

David Crosby's "Croz" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 4, 2014

The thing is, Croz works much better as background music, certainly every time you hear a lyric you will wonder why you’re bothering to listen unless you’re in the market for stuff like “Fear is the antithesis of peace.” It doesn’t pay to think too hard on the mutton headed quasi-hippie weirdness and melancholia.

The Beatles "Meet The Beatles" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 29, 2014

With The Beatles was innocence peppered with wiseness. It was the thrill of young life coupled with the insecurites of love, it was the face of the future and in the long haired charming boys from the UK, all the lines of defense, all the bewildered post-WW II spoils of combat disappeared for the children of the greatest generation

Mogwai's "Rave Tape" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 28, 2014

This is all sort of boring and sort of pretty and I don’t think I’d recognize it again but I like and I guess admire it in some way. Mogwai do what they do, I ignore what I ignore. What do you choose?

Sledding With Tigers "Being Nice Is Still Cool" Album Reviewed

By admin | January 25, 2014

“Quit Yr Job” is the first tune off a 8-track release called “Being Nice Is Still Cool”. I love how it starts with powerful group vocals, cos it caused me to be instantly captivated. It’s an angsty tune and flows right into “High Waisted Shorts”, a beautifully composed piece that I can’t stop listening to.

LVL UP "Space Brothers" Album Reviewed

By admin | January 23, 2014

the band jumps into the 27-second jam “Black Mass”, and it’s probably my favorite track of the whole album. Though incredibly quick, it forces you to listen to it over and over again because it leaves you hungry for more, and hey, I’m not complaining.

Phil Gammage's "Adventures In Bluesland" reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 17, 2014

On Adventures In Bluesland, along with producer Kevin Tooley, Don Fiorino on lap steel guitar and banjo, Richard Demler on bass, Tooley on drums and percussion, and Joseph Nieves on backing vocals, Phil doesn’t have a bad song on in the bunch on this perfectly executed faux-blues album

Phil Och's "Gunfight At Carnegie Hall" Revisited

By Iman Lababedi | January 10, 2014

We are dealing with the album we want, 1974’s Gunfight At Carnegie Hall and if there is anything other than irony on “I Ain’t Marching Any More” being followed by “Okie From Muskogee” I can’t hear it. I don’t dislike Och’s version but I don’t really care one way or the other

Marlo Thomas' "Free To Be You… And Me" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 9, 2014

The stories, the album, is unthreatening and yet steady through its positive force. It attacks nobody but remains true to its vision of a world where opportunities for both girls and boys are blossoming and people are free to be who they are.

Marla Mase's "Half-Life" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2014

Half-Life exists in a place similar to Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy, it is where spoken word and experimentation meets the discipline of song writing and recording. Co-written with Doncker, these tracks play with genre’s to exercise Marla in pursuit of a vision one half self involved and one half global

Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 7, 2014

Wrecking Ball was a fair to middling album that acted a little too big for its britches with its all its got debts no answer man can pay repeated over and over again for an hour of heavy handed rock and folk.

Toasted Plastic "June Highs" Reviewed

By admin | January 6, 2014

I love how the band experiments with tempos and isn’t afraid to break patterns; it keeps their music exciting and unique and strange. The punk element of their music shines through in this song with the shouty vocals and intense drums. It feels rushed and classic, like it could be from a punk band who was big in the late 70s. It’s brilliant.

Angel Haze's "Dirty Gold" Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | January 4, 2014

I was expecting something way out there, but for all her poetics and rage against the terrible childhood: this is mainstream hip hop and a little better with a good rapper and singer and a sometimes excellent lyricist.

Frank Schiazza's "Solitaire" On Its Way

By admin | December 31, 2013

                                                Pop star in waiting piano man Frank Schiazza sent me some nearly finished masters off his darkly beautiful upcoming album Solitaire and though I usually don’t review music you can’t purchase,…

Sneak Peak Week Of September 6th, 2010 by Iman Lababedi

By admin | September 8, 2010

Rockin My Life Away – Jerry Lee Lewis Tell Her I Said So – James Hollywood – Michael Buble Include Me Out – Robyn Check It Out – Nicki Minaj and Will I Am The Comet Song – Bjork Breaking Point – Keri Hilson When A Woman Loves – R. Kelly Yesterday – Neil Diamond…