A Review of DIIV’s “Is the Is Are”

If I disengage to the extent that Zachary has, this is lovely. DIIV are more or less to dream pop/post-punk what Real Estate are to jangle pop.  Lots of pretty tones and atmosphere masking weak songwriting, a lack of new ideas, and an inability to present old ideas in a way that is interesting or fun. I can appreciate […]

A Review of Spirit Ghost’s s/t EP

Back when I was Coog Radio’s music director, the first band I ever set up a premiere for was a group who went by Sexy Girls from Amherst, Massachusetts.  A year and a half passes, I’m doing this, and Sexy Girls are now Spirit Ghost, a band an awful lot like Sexy Girls, but with […]

A (Brief) Review of DJ Khaled’s “Victory”

If this is Victory, let’s all hope DJ Khaled doesn’t record Defeat and cause the universe to cave in on itself. Guest “artists” run the gamut from T-Pain, Usher, Soulja Boy, Boosie Badazz, and Pitbull, among others.  If I have to explain to you why this isn’t a positive, this probably isn’t where you belong. […]