Albums: What we’re listening to this month MUTOID MAN War Moans
ANGel OLSEN PHASES
by tanner yea – Mutoid Man’s second album, War Moans, came out in the tail end of July. However, as people were starting to assemble their year-end ‘Best Of’ lists, a lot of metal fans ranked this one pretty much near the top, so I decided to check it out. Mutoid Man’s sound is both dynamic and hard to describe – it’s easy to see influences from acts like Motorhead, Rush, Voivod, Fall STANDOUT TRACKS: of Troy and even label-mates Tera Me- Melt Your Mind los. Hard driving riffs alternate with ob- Date With the Devil tuse time signatures and polyrhythms, War Moans distinguishing it from straightforward rock into something more akin to metalcore or prog. Singer Stephen Brodsky sings clean throughout the record, but uses screams and howls to emphasize parts of the songs. This is also the first album with bassist Nick Cageao, and the dueling syncopation between him and Brodsky is mesmerizing. Combine that with hard driving and unique drum fills by Ben Koller, and lyrics about glaciers, death and barbarians, and you get a unique project that is both extreme and thought provoking.
by Carly Stone – Angel Olsen is not from this planet. As her name and overall presence might suggest, she is definitely from someplace far beyond the constraints of this galaxy. Divine messenger or not, Olsen has become one of my favorite artists over the past few years and with good reason. Hailing from St. Louis, Olsen began writing her own music in high school shortly before moving to Chicago after graduation. She then rose to fame collaborating with the likes of Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Tim Kinsella among others. Her second studio album Burn Your Fire for No Witness introduced “Hi-Five” as a single and the rest was history. Her newest studio album, Phases, is a collection of B-sides, covers and demos that showcase Olsen as the persistent truth-teller that she has remained to be throughout the years. Her haunting cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Tougher Than the Rest” is somehow even more unapologetic with Olsen singing with the utmost melancholy, “Well ‘round here baby I learned you get what you can get / So if you’re rough enough for
love / Honey I’m tougher than the rest.” Another favorite, “Fly On Your Wall,” was cut from Olsen’s last album My Woman, though I’m not entirely sure why as it is definitely one of the standout tracks on Phases. While sometimes very distant sounding and oftentimes downright sad, Phases is most likely my most treasured album of 2017 and certainly the one that makes me the happiest.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Tougher Than the Rest Fly On Your Wall Special
Movie reviews (based solely on the trailer) BY TANNER YEA
Based on the famous book series, the loveable bear Paddington once again returns to the silver screen. I will admit full stop that this is not my kind of movie, but I can see the merits of it – Paddington is a beloved character that is kind of a light-hearted and needed departure from the rigors of real life. The movie has a great amount of starpower too, with Jim Broadbent and Hugh Grant having roles. What is odd is that Movie Insider says a Paddington 3 is already in development, which is in my opinion kind of presumptuous. Either way, the movie looks like an innocent, family-friendly romp.
A docudrama about the Washington Post’s exposure of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which helped show the US public the realities of the Vietnam War. Staring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, this movie is notcoincidentally timely due to Washington Post’s recent importance due to their reports on sexual assault. I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie was basically Oscar bait – with Spielberg directing and a host of co-stars like Alison Brie and David Cross, this is just screaming for a nomination. I’m looking forward to it.
18 | DOWNTOWNCROWD.COM