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Trash Kit - ConfidenceTrash Kit – Confidence

Trash Kit is a post punk trio out of England.  Being a female band leads to lots of comparisons to The Slits and Raincoats and Trash Kit certainly has the hooks those bands did, but Confidence reminds me (and this is splitting hairs a bit) more of New York No Wave acts.  It’s not quite as shambling as a Lizzy Mercier Descloux or James Chance, but there is still a sense the music could fall apart at any moment.  The songs all hang together, though, (primarily due to their throbbing tribal beats) and they present a thoroughly enjoyable whole that explores some truly wonderful melodies and sounds.

Secret Circuit - Cosmic Vibrations

Secret Circuit – Cosmic Vibrations

As Secret Circuit, Eddie Ruscha makes psychedelic electronic dance music with a laid back, vaguely balearic, feel.  Cosmic Vibrations is chill out music that nonetheless demands to be enjoyed with people.  The purely instrumental songs are chock full of smooth sounds and rich textures providing a perfect soundtrack to both a sunny beach day and an evening home with friends.  If you have any interest at all in electronic music, this is definitely an album to check out.

Wu-Tang Clan - A Better Tomorrow

Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow

If it’s possible to both anticipate and dread an album, A Better Tomorrow accomplishes the feat.  When the Wu were truly a Clan they put out some of the greatest rap music ever put to tape.  RZA had a vision and successfully turned that vision into a reality that spawned classic albums from the full Wu and solos for Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface, ODB, and GZA.  Those days are long past, though, and unfortunately A Better Tomorrow doesn’t achieve RZA’s goal of adding to the Clan’s legacy.  The first few songs aren’t actively bad, but simply lack the energy and hardness that made the group great.  Then the album gets to the run of “Keep Watch”, “Miracle”, and “Preacher’s Daughter”, which are absolutely painful to listen to, before returning to simply not being bad…for the most part.

An author and editor at MiG, Craig lives in Minnesota with his wife and son and is an attorney in his real life. Once upon a time Craig played the trumpet and spent four years in the Hawkeye Marching Band and pep band. These days Craig finds himself most often listening to experimental rock, hip hop, and post punk, but you can see everything he's listening to at: Craig is not ashamed to admit the first concert he ever attended was New Kids on the Block.
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