For the Record – Most Anticipated Albums of 2011

By Middlebury Campus

May 4, 2011

There are no such things as “good” or “bad” years for music, only relatively good or bad years for music. 2011 is shaping up to be a relatively awesome year. In only four months we’ve seen new and exciting albums by Panda Bear, Radiohead, James Blake and Cut Copy, and the next eight months a...

For the Record – Toro Y Moi

By Middlebury Campus

April 28, 2011

Chaz Bundick makes music with the sensibility of a DJ more than that of any conventional songwriter. He is a skilled manipulator of mood, texture and ambiance, and both of his albums as Toro Y Moi have been very well sequenced, each track flowing naturally into the next, just like a good DJ set. This...

For the Record – "Belong"

By Middlebury Campus

April 20, 2011

Musically speaking, 2009 was a dying year. But thanks to a team of indie superheroes including Animal Collective, Passion Pit and The Dirty Projectors, humanity was saved from the soul-sucking clutches of Susan Boyle and auto-tune. Although no definitive list of music’s heroes exists, one thing’s...

For the Record – "Canyon Candy"

By Middlebury Campus

April 13, 2011

Few could disagree that in the past decade the practice of music sampling has become over-hyped, even over-used. No longer a technique exclusive to producers of hip-hop, the borrowing of song elements is a method that has been adopted by artists running the gamut of musical styles. Canyon Candy, the new ...

For the Record – "Collapse Into Now"

By Middlebury Campus

March 16, 2011

About thirty years ago, R.E.M.’s debut single “Radio Free Europe” sparked a garage rock revival in the American underground, essentially marking the transition from post-punk to alternative rock. Over the next fifteen years, they tweaked and developed their signature jangle-pop sound, giving us...

For the Record – "The King of Limbs"

By Middlebury Campus

March 3, 2011

What does a band that’s been changing the landscape of popular music for a quarter of a century do when they set out to make a new album? Naturally, they look towards Northern European folklore for inspiration. “It's very much about natural forms,” artist Stanley Donwood said of his cover art for...

For The Record – 2/17/2011

By Middlebury Campus

February 17, 2011

Chicago’s Smith Westerns showed up late for the party — about 40 years late. The teenage quartet’s home-brewed combination of garage-rock guitars, Beatles melodies, T-Rex and Bowie-esque glam-rock throws us right back into 1971. But this is no revivalist cover band. Smith Westerns’ sophomore...

For the Record – Top 10 Albums of 2010

By Middlebury Campus

January 20, 2011

10) Menomena — Mines Menomena’s third proper album is one of the year’s most underrated, and it finds the Portland trio really hitting their stride, marrying their patchwork experimentalism with great hooks and an overall newfound pop sensibility. This yields their most varied and accessible set...

For the Record – Top 10 Albums of 2010

By Middlebury Campus

January 20, 2011

10) Fang Island— Fang Island Any band that takes its name from an article in The Onion about Donald Rumsfeld’s secret hideaway is bound to be a bit exuberant. Clocking in at only 31 minutes, Fang Island’s eponymous debut is a blood-rush of epic, carefree hullabaloo inspired by the likes of Los...

For the Record – Top 10 Albums of 2010

By Middlebury Campus

January 20, 2011

Writing a top ten of 2010 makes me feel like a character straight from High Fidelity. My favorite ten albums of 2010 are… 10) White Denim — Last Day of Summer White Denim surprised me with their latest (and free!) release. The band explains that the collection of songs is just “something ...

For the Record – “Love King”

By Middlebury Campus

November 11, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Terius Nash. Terius, aka The-Dream, enjoys pursuing women, “Patrónin’” and informing you of his sexual and financial prowess. Oh, and he also has a knack for penning immaculately produced, ludicrously infectious R&B masterpieces. Remember the last time you stumbled...

For the Record – 11/4/10

By Middlebury Campus

November 11, 2010

Artist |Deerhunter Album |Halcyon Digest From the opening bass rumbles of “Earthquake,” we are shaken (how much depends on how loud you crank the volume) out of ourselves and brought to the idyllic past: Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest.” The album’s title is satire, though; Bradford Cox, Deerhunter’s...

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