Posts by AHall


Paste Magazine called her a “lost librarian,” but Sallie Ford shouldn’t be giving you overdue book notices anytime soon, for two reasons. The first is her venom on Untamed Beast is frightening, surprising, and satisfying. As her fantastic band stomps around from one track to the next, Ford spits lines that makes one shiver (especially on “Shivers”), and her vitriol is only cut by her sensitivity to the listener’s feelings and...

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There was a compilation of electronic music the record label Warp released many years ago, and on the cover was a robot reclining in a chair listening to music through his headphones. That image describes many of Warp’s bands: stationary, subtle, head music. Not so for Jamie Lidell, a Nashville musician signed with Warp, as his brand of electronic is all about movement and freaking the funk out. Channeling Parliament and Bobby Brown,...

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Review: Ian Pooley — What I Do

Review: Ian Pooley — What I Do


Posted By on Feb 15, 2013

Ian Pooley is a very hard-working producer and DJ. Not only has he released 11 albums since 1993, he has recorded dozens of singles under his name or at least 13 other alter egos. German-born, Pooley takes many cues from other countries, especially Brazil, and on his new album, “What I Do,” that influence is apparent. Tracks like “Swing Mode” and “What U Love” take Brazil’s electronic scene and incorporate Europe’s interpretation of...

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As long as recording equipment is relatively cheap, we will always have kids who learn three chords and then record an album in their bedroom. It’s not a bad thing at all, but it does increase the volume of CDs we get considerably. So it’s nice when one of those bands, Beach Fossils, recruits a full-time drummer and records a proper album like “Clash the Truth,” because any doubts I had about them left with their lower-fidelity...

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A week or two ago I wrote about A Fine Frenzy’s album “Pines,” the third record she’s released since her debut in 2007. Today I have another third record for you: Guided By Voices’ “The Bears for Lunch.” However, while “Pines” is A Fine Frenzy’s third album to date, “The Bears for Lunch” is the third album GBV have released this year. Crazy, I know, but after the Dayton, Ohio band broke up in 2004 and then reformed with their...

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