pom pom – Ariel Pink (2014)

pom pom - Ariel Pink (2014)

Ariel Pink does an amazing job at harkening back to the days of Frank Zappa, lo-fi, and new wave all while keeping pom pom new and exciting. Not that Zappa, lo-fi, or new wave aren’t exciting to begin with, but those styles kind of get old after awhile. Maybe it’s the synthesis of these genres, or maybe it’s just how weird this album is, but whatever it is pom pom is most definitely worth a listen.

Choice Cut: Put Your Number In My Phone

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Revolver – The Beatles (1966)

Revolver - The Beatles (1966)

One of the most important albums in history. It’s daring, diverse, melodic, and accessible despite the heavy experimentation – overshadowing everything the band had put out beforehand. It’s not only The Beatles at the heights of their songwriting ability, but them also at their most creative, containing a BUNCH of top-flight tunes, including acid-rockers (Tomorrow Never Knows, She Said She Said, I’m Only Sleeping… most of these are John’s), aching ballads (Eleanor Rigby, Here There and Everywhere… Paul’s, of course), and for the first time, songs by George that could compete with the best of Lennon/McCartney (Taxman, I Want to Tell You). It’s an amazing masterpiece of an album, and essential in understanding ’60s rock. You probably already have it, though, and if not you should get your fucking head checked.

Choice Cut: Here, There and Everywhere
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We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic – Foxygen (2013)

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic - Foxygen (2013)

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic sounds like an album that was taken out of the late 1960’s and re-recorded in a modern studio.  Modern rock, pop, and folk music sound fine and I have few complaints about them. Still, there is a certain novelty in listening to a modern rendition of old styles.  The novelty of this album coupled with lyrics such as “there’s no need to be an asshole, you’re not in Brooklyn anymore” makes Foxygen  stand out in the flood of recent indie bands.

Choice Cut: No Destruction
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