Gotye’s highly-anticipated third release Making Mirrors (out now on Samples'n'Seconds/Fairfax/Universal Republic) is filled with percussion-driven songs in a wide range of compositional styles. Recorded in a barn down under in remote Australia, Belgian multi-instrumentalist Wouter "Wally" De Backer creates an intricate, expansive sound on what's sure to be a breakout album (FYI: Gotye is pronounced "Gauthier," from the French translation of Wouter). The ... Read More
Let January 31, 2012 be known as the day that it happened: the day that Born to Die (out now on Interscope) finally dropped. After months of furious Internet opining, illegal downloads of leaked tracks, tons of grainy live footage, and one questionable Saturday Night Live performance, we now have an entire record of moody, lilting pop songs with which to rightfully judge Lana Del Rey. So what is the verdict?  It is—wait for it—not that bad. Some ... Read More
In a little less than a year, Dylan Baldi--as well known for his precociousness as the thrashy, fun music he’s been producing for the past few years--has turned into a brooding, broken-hearted misanthrope. Not to say that I minded this: Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings' third full-length release (out now on Carpark Records), is a fun listen from start to finish. But I did miss the old days a little by the end of opener “No Future/No Past,” a song ... Read More
As a person who is currently in the process of redecorating her room to look like the Black Lodge, I get really excited every time I receive an email about David Lynch. This excitement was only doubled today when I saw an email that involved both David Lynch and my favorite goth-pop singer Zola Jesus, whose amazing album Conatus (out now on Sacred Bones) was on repeat in my headphones for months last fall (and whose performance on the first night of CMJ caused me ... Read More
Oh, Meryl. Is there anything you can’t do? You’ve been nominated for 16 Academy Awards, won two, and recently became the oldest cover star in the history of Vogue magazine. Now you’re racking up rave reviews for your stunning performance as Margaret Thatcher, a woman slightly less whimsical than say, Julia Child, but a woman who you nonetheless convince us to root for. This is what’s confusing about The Iron Lady (directed by Phyllida ... Read More