In a better world, EPs would rule. Full-length albums are great, sure, but our obsession with LPs has resulted in the more quantitative records becoming the more qualitative. It’s so bizarre that EPs are so often used for extra material considered too subpar for full-lengths, which LPs are so often full to the brim with good songs.
On Dec. 7, at the Eastern Michigan University Planetarium in room 402 of the Mark Jefferson Science Complex, “Season of Light” was presented in celebration of the holiday season. Produced by Loch Ness Productions, the presentation focused on the history of holiday traditions, specifically the focuses on lights.
Over the last couple days, three of my most anticipated albums of the year were released. Here are my thoughts on them.
I’ve been so busy listening to new albums and preparing for list season that I haven’t put any articles up recently.
When did Eminem just lose it? Music critics mostly said that 2004’s “Encore,” which I personally loved, had a significant drop in quality that has continued well into his comeback.
Jody Rosen, pop music critic of New York Magazine, recently wrote, “The only people who like a black bohemian more than fellow black bohemians are white rock critics.” This was from his article about Janelle Monáe, whose new release, “The Electric Lady,” has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2013.
Because of less time, part two of my Summer Music Guide has fewer albums. In part one, I reviewed 25 albums.
Although the Echo stops running from the end of June until the end of summer, I’ve been hard at work, listening to music, studying other reviews and writing. Part of the pleasure of music to me is writing about it. So I figured, rather than post online material throughout the summer, I could just put my opinions on all the music I’ve been listening to this summer into a couple very long articles. Part two will come at the beginning of the school year.
As of right now, I have heard 100 albums in 2013. Even then, there’s still plenty of music I haven’t gotten to, including the new James Blake album, a new LP from Serengeti and several recent singles. Still, since it’s the end of June, this feels like the appropriate time to bring out the lists.
ith a new My Bloody Valentine album, a new Replacements EP and a new David Bowie album, it became clear early on in 2013 that this was going to be a year full of comebacks.
Comprised of anti-folk singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson and indie rapper Aesop Rock, The Uncluded have been my favorite new band of 2013 since I first heard their album, “Hokey Fright.” So when I heard they were performing in Detroit on June 5, I had to go. While driving to and from the show, I listened to the album a total of three times.
Cincinnati indie band The National may have seemed a bit ordinary on their 2001 self-titled debut.
Kimya Dawson gained mainstream attention when many of her songs appeared in the 2007 film “Juno.” Still, she had a following in the indie scene years before that.
When Rilo Kiley announced via Facebook that they were working on a news album, fans became ecstatic (after all, the band had announced their breakup less than two years earlier). As somebody who considers them one of the greatest bands of all time, I was one of those fans. Then, everyone realized it was just a rarities album.
Vampire Weekend’s second album, “Contra,” opened with “Horchata,” a calypso-influenced ditty that stated, “Winter’s cold is too much to handle.” “Modern Vampires of the City,” the band’s new album, shows them at long last forced to face the cold up close.
This year, Record Store Day fell on April 20th, which meant that the day meant a lot to more than just one group of people. It was also on this day that Cincinnati band Wussy released their second Record Store Day release, “Duo.”
Here is the new format for Matt on Music. Rather than just reviewing one new album, I’ll review several older albums with a connection to a new release and then finish with a review of said new release. This may manifest itself in partial discography reviews, or just a series of reviews of albums in similar genres. (My reviews already feature so much exposition, so I might as well use it to comment on more than one album.)
Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady—whatever you want to call him, the man is a genius and one of the most important artists in the history of American popular music (at least before his lame last couple albums). Here is a list of his 15 best songs.
Mainly based around John Flansburgh and John Linnell, alternative rock band They Might Be Giants first formed in 1982. They became popular on college stations and over time became one of the few college rock bands to become a household name along with R.E.M. and The Smiths. Since releasing their debut album in 1986, they’ve never gone more than three years without releasing an LP.
Several bands paid tribute to the influential band The Replacements at Woodruff’s bar in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town on Saturday.
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