Neil Young was pretty beat down during the fall of 1970. Following the success of “Ohio,” an anthem of outrage inspired by the Kent State shootings, Crosby Stills Nash & Young had imploded with no little acrimony. He was so fatigued from touring that even though he had released his third solo album, After the Gold Rush, in August, he took a five-month break from the road. Young ended that hiatus in late November with a string of shows at the tiny Cellar Door in Washington, D.C., intending them as… more »
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2013 | Label: Decomp / TuneCore
Best known for his dubstep and electronica project Big Chocolate, Cameron Argon is also the sole force behind the extreme death metal band Disfiguring the Goddess. His third full-length Disfiguring album, Deprive, is a 19-minute-long barrage of barely-contained cacophony that staples one brutal passage to the next, mixing tempo and rhythmic structure with a rapidity that requires repeat listens and an understanding of bands like Nile, Nasum and Morbid Angel to fully grasp. To his credit, Argon’s production skills make the definition between instruments astonishingly clear, and he offers more… more »
The first live album by metal veterans Mastodon, 2011′s Live at the Aragon, was a track-by-track presentation of their masterful psychedelic concept album Crack the Skye, along with a few fan favorites. Live at Brixton is a more comprehensive production, spanning the band’s career from the noisier chaos of 2002′s full-length debut Remission to the angular, melodic firepower of their most recent studio disc, 2011′s The Hunter. The set leans a little Hunter-heavy, with nine featured tracks, but with 23 songs in the set, there’s still a healthy sampling of… more »
2013 | Label: PIAS America / The Orchard
As with all the greats of British indie-rock, Toy’s influences have always been proudly sleeve-worn. On one level, their achievement is to bridge from poppier heroes like Stereolab and Syd Barrett to long-form explorers like Television and Neu! — to straddle both the Ride of “Chelsea Girl,” and the Ride of “Birdman” — and to assimilate all these into a unique whole. On another, they’re the latest big noise in extra-cool outsider indie, picking up the baton of druggy, high-volume exploration and running with it gleefully into the abyss.
Their second… more »