Published Jan 25, 2011It's almost time to say goodbye to January and hello to February, which means we are just a little bit closer to spring. In the meantime, Exclaim! is here to tide you over with this week's new release roundup, culled from our Recently Reviewed section that has been loaded with new album write-ups.
No matter how hard you try, it's simply impossible to resist Deerhoof's infectious weird-pop perfection. So why not get your fix from our interview with the band and review of their latest album, Deerhoof vs. Evil. Up next, check out our review of John Vanderslice's latest album, White Wilderness, which involves a collaboration with classical virtuoso Minna Choi and her Magik*Magik Orchestra that "will give you the chamber folk fix you were looking for."
Diehard Get Up Kids fans will be excited to hear that they "have abandoned trying to actively defy expectations, instead embracing their inner power-pop punks" on their full-length comeback album, There Are Rules. Up next, check out post-rock guitarist/recording engineer extraordinaire Phil Manley and find out why his latest album Life Coach could have been better if he had gone "full-on Kraut instead of stopping halfway."
Riot-inducing garage rock dudes Monotonix are stirring up a ruckus once again with their latest album, Not Yet. Check out our review of the album and interview, which reveals that even with the band's best attempt to quell their live act, the audience were unable to resist their instinctual urges to go wild. Then Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi has traded in his modest lo-fi home productions for the professional production skills Chester Gwazda (Dan Deacon, Future Islands) to record his latest collection of "sharp hooks and shrewd songwriting," which earned Exclaim!'s Mark of Excellence.
Finally, we finish up with an interview with the socially conscious rapper Talib Kweli and a review of his latest album, Gutter Rainbows. Check out why this album differs from his other collaborations and how it compares to his other projects.
Check out these reviews and more at the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed section, and don't forget to check out the New and Forthcoming Release Dates page.