CD Reviews

Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!, Lonesome Dreams, The Light the Dead See


Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)

The Canadian instrumental chamber-rock monolith returns with a fourth studio album, the first in a decade. Its timing is impeccable, arriving days before a U.S. presidential election between two politicians who relish killing strangers via unmanned aircraft. Check out the band’s 20-minute apocalypse-drone centerpiece “Mladic.” It begins with eerily plucked violin strings and builds into a wrathful surge of metal-edged, Arabian-scaled guitars. A total masterpiece of cathartic dirges. ★★★★☆

What We’re Buying

1. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
2. Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones – Part 1
3. Twiztid, Abominationz
[Madrox Version]

4. Taylor Swift, Red
5. The Sword, Apocryphon
6. Mumford & Sons, Babel
7. Twiztid, Abominationz
[Monoxide Version]

8. Gary Clark Jr., Blak & Blu
9. Pig Destroyer, Book Burner
10. Dethklok, Metalocalypse:
Dethalbum III

According to sales at Zia Record Exchange on 4503 W. Sahara Ave., Oct. 22-28.


Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams (IAMSOUND)

If all you know of this L.A. pastoral-pop band is Paul Simon-aping single “Time to Run,” go back and listen again. This debut brims with wide-open sounds and spaces, like the spectral, harmonica-laced “The Ghost on the Shore,” perfect music for a drive to Lake Mead. Or the cosmic-cowboy yodel of “Ends of the Earth,” singer Ben Schneider promising “there’s a world that was meant for us to see.” Opulently romantic. ★★★★☆


Soulsavers, The Light the Dead See (Mute)

British production team Ian Glover and Rich Machin know how to do downtempo. This time they recruit moody, self-lacerating Depeche Mode front man Dave Gahan, who penned lyrics to the 12 songs on this CD, which enjoyed an Oct. 24 release. Gahan sounds caught between religious damnation and erotic salvation, from gospel-folk ballad “Take Me Back Home” to bluesy barroom confessional “Tonight,” when he sings: Are you sure you’re ready for forgiveness? Your answer: yes. ★★★☆☆

Disc Scan

Upcoming albums on Jarret’s radar …

NOV. 6: Vancouver synth-instrumentalist Teen Daze delivers his sophomore full-length The Inner Mansions, said to be a “spiritual and musical journey.” The tracks leaked so far sound dazzling. NOV. 13: Avant-electronic legend and U2 co-producer Brian Eno unwraps LUX, a 75-minute composition inspired by visual art. Ambitious has always been Eno’s middle name. NOV. 20: Seminal D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains is back with their first disc in five years. This one’s self-produced and titled Into the Future. NOV. 27: Underground hardcore rapper Lone Ninja throws a shuriken-size disc of sinister beats and ominous rhymes called Rogue Agent.

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Dinner and a Laugh


Dinner and a Laugh

By Jason Scavone

There have been plenty of famously unusual spots to find stand-up comedy over the years: Boston’s hot spot in the ’80s was the Chinese restaurant Ding Ho, which counted Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke and Bobcat Goldthwait among its illustrious alumni. So sticking a comedy show in Artisan’s Mood restaurant? Sure, why not. The space itself is intimate and dark, the ceilings are low and the audience in the first couple of rows are practically sitting onstage. In other words: It’s perfect for comedy.