Tuesday, August 5, 2008

album alphabetization, vol. 2

Akron/Family - Akron/Family

Akron/Family's self-titled debut is an exercise in the electric-pastoral aesthetic, some green, wiry, off-shoot of the freak-folk shrub. Alternately a quiet, one-love-prophesizing and full-on-jangle mid-90's mathy guitar lines. Four dudes being way to involved in their own mental microcosm, but pulling it off with deft chops, not-quite-Disney-level-cheese lyrics, and beards.

One track: "Running Returning"


Akron/Family & Angels of Light - Akron/Family & Angels of Light

Akron/Family gets more dense, more free...and all-in-all a darker take of their still-inbred take on New Weird America. Influenced heavily by backing M. Gira on the other half of this record? Definitely. Begins with his gruff take on "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" and closes with the bleak, dream-cabaret grunge of "Come for My Woman", as disquieting as A/F closer "Raising the Sparks" is joyful.

One track: "Raising the Sparks"

Alien Lanes - Guided by Voices

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Robert Pollard's grunge record? In a distortion sense; they all are. But you'd be hard-pressed to find more gems as fucked-up sounding as "Watch Me Jumpstart" and "Motor Away", which both channel his inner-fist-pumper, as anthemic as "Everlong" buried under a bunch of tangled, dusty 2-in. tape.

One track: "Game of Pricks"

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