Here’s an unloading of albums I didn’t care for—lemons all. Some have more redeeming value than others, but generally I’d say steer clear.
BJORK – Vulnicura (One Little Indian): It’s unfair for me to judge a Bjork album since she’s praised by everyone I respect—critics and artists and friends alike—but I’ve never been able to stomach her voice coupled with her unorthodox song structure. If anyone wants to offer a catalog listening guide, feel free. I’ll give her another shot.
BOB DYLAN – Shadows in the Night (Columbia): Perfectly competent set of Sinatra covers, but his catalog is rich enough and his list of accolades long enough that mere competence shouldn’t warrant praise for the sake of it.
PANDA BEAR – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino): Noah Lennox’s fifty-minute fart bubble of an album contains (once again) liner notes listing everything he’s ever heard as ‘inspiration’ just so we know how cool his record collection is.
JESSICA PRATT – On Your Own Love Again (Drag City): Album art conjures Nico; sound conjures trash pail.
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – The Race for Space (Test Card): Lame instrumental tracks overdubbed with NASA archival audio—i.e. clips from YouTube.
VIET CONG – Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar): Here’s a test to see whether cool kids will fall for the latest bullshit: get Iceage or No Age (or who the fuck ever) to kick guitar against amplifier for forty minutes, drop bricks on drum set for same amount of time, mix with recordings of Elias Ronnenfelt mumbling inside barrel full of syrup. Put ‘subversive’ name on cover art (in this case, something about, uh, communism? maybe?) and describe as ‘post-punk.’ More dreadful, be so completely ignorant of the history of said subversive name so as to come of like complete knobs who chose it because it sounded cool. Finally, be Canadian. In short, this is non-music for people terrified their favorite bands are becoming listenable, or worse—popular.
CORNERSHOP – Hold On It’s Easy (Ample Play)
DAN DEACON – Gliss Riffer (Domino)
THE NOTWIST – Messier Objects (Alien Transistor)