This Week’s Best Albums: July 21, 2009

This Week's Best Albums

EAlargeEyedea & Abilities: By the Throat (Rhymesayers)

On their third full-length release, this influential Minneapolis duo continue to push the boundaries of underground hip-hop, utilizing keyboards, electric guitars to create new sonic atmospheres.

Tracks like “Burn Fetish,” and “This Story“ illustrate Eyedea’s (Michael Larsen) MC skills and compelling lyrics.

lessons-in-the-woods-or-a-city-talbot-tagoraTalbot Tagora: Lessons in the Woods or a City

With the release of Lessons…, Seattle trio Talbot Tagora (named for a short-lived brand of Chrysler sedan), presents a mix of math rock, art-pop, and electronics with a touch of atonal weirdness.

For example, “Ichthus Hop” sounds like the soundtrack to a 60s mod spy thriller played underwater.  But while Lessons may not be everyone’s cup of tea, any album that makes you question whether or not you are on drugs at that very moment can’t be all bad, right?

eagletwin.picEagle Twin: The Unkindness of Crows (Southern Lord)

Recorded by Randall Dunn (Earth, Kinski), The Unkindness of Crows is the debut album from raspy-throated Gentry Densley (former Iceburn front man) and drummer Tyler Smith blends exploratory punk/metal with some monstrously heavy blues.