The Vermont Cynic

Diggin’ in the crates

April 28, 2008

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WRUV's Music Director, Brooke Morrison says: Here are five albums to celebrate the end of the school year from DJ Bill Murray! Have a great summer and be sure to czech out these sweet jams:Cut Copy: In Ghost Colors(Modular)It's summer, wanna get dancey? Australian electro-pop at it's finest, these Melbourne natives recently dro...

[critic]al thinking

April 28, 2008

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Saturdays = Youth + M83 = bomb-ass recordM83Saturdays = Youth(Mute U.S.)3.5 StarsRecord Review Molly Shaker"Saturdays = Youth" - the most recent album from French musician M83 (aka Anthony Gonzalez) - is big music. And by big, we really mean epic. In almost every sense of the word, "Saturdays = Youth" will rock you with music ...

[critic]al thinking

February 4, 2008

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An album to sink your teeth intoRecord Review Andrew DeTullioVampire Weekend s/t(Xl Recordings)4.5 Stars With the rising critical power of the blogosphere, Internet hype can now either make or break a band before they even release a record. Already, 2008 has one of these highly coveted and hyped bands, Vampire Weekend. Comprised...

El-P Develops a Futuristic Concept

March 27, 2007

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Emerging from the roots of modern underground hip-hop with the group Company Flow, El-P is no stranger to the game - in fact, by founding Def Jux Records, he has an active role in defining it.Coming off a five-year hiatus since his widely hailed "Fantastic Damage," El- Producto is finally answering the pleas of hip-hop enthusias...

The Second Most Famous Mouse

March 27, 2007

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Modest Mouse has avoided using a higher budget - a perk to being signed to a major label - toindulge in excesses or to muddle their sound. Instead, the band has used this luxury to explore their genre, as any weathered band should do.On their new album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," Isaac Brock and company deliver a...

Interview with Afroman

March 27, 2007

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"Hey Afroman!" a student shouted into the rapper/singer's dressing room window after the show, "I got a fat sack of headies for ya. You gonna let us in?" They must've known that Afroman had to ditch his "vegetables," as he calls them, while being pulled over on the way to Burlington. But more likely they've heard his pothea...

[exclaim]ation points

March 20, 2007

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Air Pocket Symphony(Astralwerks)Air's music often walks the thin line between sophomoric idiocy and layered classical brilliance. While never approaching the brilliance of previous albums, "Pocket Symphony" tightropes this line insecurely. The sophistication of the instrumental and trance songs is marred by laughable tracks li...

Frank Miller’s Latest: 300 Blows

March 20, 2007

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King Leonidas of the Spartans (Gerard Butler) and his men kill several Persian messengers by throwing them into a huge stone pit in the center of town. They are killed for "threatening Sparta" and "insulting [Leonidas'] wife." He then spends the rest of the movie rattling on about freedom and justice and other Greek values of...

[exclaim]ation points

March 8, 2007

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Dr. Dog We All Belong(Park the Van) 4 StarsDr. Dog won't be in the dog pen for this album. The group's third album is just what they needed to take off. Chock full of Beach Boys style harmonies, sweet and simple guitar melodies and voices that sound more like little boys than men from Philly, the album is pure pleasure ...

Fashion Police

March 8, 2007

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I only have 500 words to start the revolution, so let's get down to it. Crocs. Perhaps more important than the campaign to rocket those who wear socks with their sandals to the moon, is the movement to illegalize crocs in America. Progress is well underway, with over 450 Facebook groups already dedicated to spreading the ho...

In The Beginning, There Was Arcade Fire

March 8, 2007

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Album ReviewArcade Fire Neon Bible(Merge) 4 StarsLike many people just looking for some good music, I was a listener that stumbled upon experimental rock band The Arcade Fire and their hit album of 2005, "Funeral." I was unsure whether it was my scene at first, but soon accepted it as an amazing, powerful and catchy new s...

Nothing New in Chopper City

March 8, 2007

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Album Review B.G. and the Chopper City Boyz We Got This(Koch) 2 StarsOne of the definitive clichés of mainstream hip-hop is the "posse album," in which a successful artist uses his credibility and namesake to push an album, full of hisless-qualified friends (a.k.a weed-carriers) and their two bit rhymes."We Got This" is for...

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