Articles by Jonathan Pruett
Psychic TV, “Pagan Day” and “Allegory & Self” [reissues]
What’s remarkable about these records in hindsight is how indebted they are to the psychedelic folk sounds of what had come around about fifteen years prior.
The Peacers, “Introducing the Crimsmen”
The ability to construct songs based on only the best parts—the hook, the acoustic rhythm guitar, the first notes of a sandblasted solo—is what keeps The Peacers operating on a higher level.
Three years on from their (also) self-titled debut, and there’s a sense that the group have evolved to incorporate a more widescreen vision.
Thurston Moore, “Rock N Roll Consciousness”
The former Sonic Youth leader’s new LP is a five-song blast of instantly recognizable discordant guitar tones and the kind of crunchy, heady forays into punk-jam-band land that he’s been perfecting since “Expressway to Yr. Skull.”
Spiral Stairs, “Doris & the Daggers”
With family life firmly in the picture, head screwed on correctly, and rangy Pavement life behind him, Scott Kannberg has delivered his strongest album-length statement.
Entrance, “Book of Changes”
Guy Blakeslee has never really been a wallflower when it comes to singing, but “Book of Changes” showcases his voice in a way that feels like it’s a new thing.
Hand Habits, “Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void)”
There is an airy, homemade weirdness to Meg Duffy’s solo debut.
The Oakland singer continues her ascent up through the R&B hierarchy.
Hollywood’s Singular Vision: Foxygen Hang On to the American Dream
Following a release cycle marred by breakup rumors, Sam France and Jonathan Rado have reappeared from behind the velvet curtain, and they’re more unified than ever.
Erasmo Carlos, “Erasmo Carlos E Os Tremendões,” “Carlos, ERASMO,” and “Sonhos E Memórias 1941–1972”
Unlike his peers Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Os Mutantes, Carlos’s music never made inroads into North American consciousness. These reissues from Light in the Attic should change that.
Lee Hazlewood, “Cowboy in Sweden” [reissue]
Much of “Cowboy in Sweden” comes across like an elegy.
Various Artists, “The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe”
Light in the Attic’s new new-age compilation turns the beam out across the Atlantic.
Various Artists, “Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta” (Numero Group)
The latest release from the Numero Group chronicles the pop sounds of the African country of Upper Volta in the ’70s.
Savoy Motel, “Savoy Motel”
The Nashville quartet choogle with the best of ’em.
The Lemon Twigs, “Do Hollywood”
The Long Island brothers practically have glitter in their blood.
Ultimate Painting, “Dusk”
The UK duo’s third album in as many years finds them pushing the boundaries of their sound.
Mykki Blanco, “Mykki”
Navel-gazing R&B is in high demand in 2016, but Blanco navigates this world like she’s the first person on Mars.
High Maintenance: A Buzz Worth Maintaining
HBO’s new comedy series wandered into pay cable from the dank world of Vimeo.