Robert Taylor

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Review: Warpaint – S/T

It is acceptable to feel a haunting aura when listening to Los Angeles indie rock outfit Warpaint. Since 2004, the band has dealt with darker, moodier and more psychedelic textures than most of their indie peers. On the band’s debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, we saw Warpaint dealing with quiet yet lush sounds, a pre-cursor to
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Review: FKA Twigs – EP2

A lot of the music that has been released throughout 2013 has been a nostalgic reinterpretation of sounds presented in earlier decades. Some bands and artists appear to obsessed with a different time period and proceed to mimic their influences, while others choose to bring a modern flavor to a classic sound. This is what
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Review: Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

In a recent video, Anthony Fantano (a.k.a theneedledrop) addressed the question regarding music and image. While music and image have always gone together to some degree, it is pretty much agreeable that if the image eclipses the art, then the music will have a short lived shelf life. There have been musicians who have let
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Review: Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day

“Everything Comes in Cycles.” That seems to be the unspoken motto of the music world over the last couple of years. This is not only due to the psychedelic nostalgia of artists such as Ty Segall, but also the return of some of the most prominent acts from the 90’s. Over the past two years
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Review: Chelsea Wolfe – Pain Is Beauty

The traditional image of an artist: someone who is willing to put themselves through an emotional, mental, and/or physical gauntlet in the pursuit of creative expression. In order to create, one must be isolated from the world and be willing to delve into their own soul, extracting whatever is needed for said expression. There have
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New at Fuzz Records

I’ve really been enjoying checking out recent releases and talking nonsense about them in my reviews here on KAB. For those of you unfamiliar, I’ve been spending my summer assisting at Fuzz Records and we recently got a huge order in. We at the shop invite you to check it out and you can hit
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Review: Washed Out – Paracosm

“I hope nobody associates me with fucking chillwave, though.” This is what Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox had to say about chillwave, the indie-ambient laden genre. While the intention fad of chillwave has died out, there are still artists (such as Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian), that dabble in it’s vibe. One artist by the
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Review: Ka – The Night’s Gambit

Last week, the internet was ablaze with reactions of all sorts after hearing Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control”. In my opinion, Kendrick wrote a dope verse that awakened the hunger that is suppose to be in hip hop’s heart everyday. With all of the hoopla (diss responses, blogs, videos) and scandals, the most tragic thing
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Review: Jackson Scott – Melbourne

Jackson Scott claims that he is not influenced by indie rock of the 90’s, stating that Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd is his main influence. While traces of Barrett are sprawled across Melbourne, it is pretty hard to believe that Scott is telling the entire truth about where his influences lie. Throughout this album, most
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Review: Prodigy and Alchemist – Albert Einstein

For people that listen to hip-hop today, Mobb Deep may not be a group that comes to mind when you say “groundbreaking.” However, for old fans of the genre (and hip-hop traditionalists), Mobb Deep was one of the top pioneering hip-hop groups of the 90’s with their classics The Infamous and Hell On Earth. A
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Review: Run the Jewels – S/T

A lot can happen when certain elemental forces collide together to concoct something entirely unexpected. Some collisions may cause setbacks (Loutallica?), while others create great sonic experiences. The latter applies to the duo of El-P and Killer Mike, two of the most explosive and relevant forces in hip-hop over the last 15 years. On paper,
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Review: Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail

Right off the bat, I am going to say that this is not the worst album I have ever heard, nor is it completely unlistenable. I will also acknowledge the fact that yes, Jay-Z is at a different stage in his life right now; long gone are the days of Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint.
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Review: Joey Bada$$ – Summer Knights

It is no doubt that Joey Bada$$ is a breath of fresh air for hip-hop. Years before he and his Pro Era collective burst upon the scene, many would say that hip-hop was at an all time low. A lot has happened for the young lyricist ever since the release his 1999 mixtape last year,
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Review: …Like Clockwork – Queens of the Stone Age

I would like to make a little quick notice of what we got in this week at Fuzz Records. As you may or may not know, since the breakup of The Mars Volta, Omar Rodriguez Lopez has formed a new band called Bosnian Rainbows. We happen to have the self-titled debut, Bosnian Rainbows, in stock
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Review: Tomorrow’s Harvest – Boards of Canada

2013 has been a progressive year for music, not only for upcoming bands, such as Savages, but also for artists that are already well established in their respective fields. My Bloody Valentine dropped the stellar M B V earlier this year and now another flagship 90’s duo, Boards of Canada, have made a return with
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Review: M B V – My Bloody Valentine

For starters this week, Fuzz Records just got in the latest effort from my favorite band, My Bloody Valentine. M B V is a return to form, after a 22 year hiatus, that sounds just as fresh and new as Loveless did back in 1991. We also have the classic Dig Me Out from riot
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Review: Trouble Will Find Me – The National

This week at Fuzz Records, we got the latest The National LP, Trouble Will Find Me. After the release of 2010’s High Violet, the band finds itself crafting more introspective songs, while still managing to be accessible to core fans and newcomers alike.  Back in 1982 when The Smiths first formed, there was an interview that
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Review: Daylight Vampires – Vampire Weekend

As I get older, I realize that I am uncomfortable with constantly taking the “safe” route. This sentiment especially applies to the way I feel about the state of music in its evolution. For example, I am always wary of the typical Beatles “fan,” due to the simple fact that the revolutionary group is a
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