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New Album Reviews – Dawn People, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more!

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SHARK SANDWICH – Fast Album Reviews for Those on the Go

November 10, 2017 – Vol. 60

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Music reviews come in all sizes, but you’re busy and do not have time for flowery language… or sentences, really.

Spinal Tap gave the world the greatest album review of all time:

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Welcome to our “Shark Sandwich” — razor-sharp reviews that sum up an album in five sentences or less.

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Quicksand – Interiors

Time hasn’t slowed Quicksand down, or softened their edges. The vocals might be a little less yell-y, but the music still sounds like a bulldozer being pushed through a wall of fire and off a cliff. The band got together in the late 80s, released two legendary albums in the early to mid 90s, and then split. Returning 22 years later with Interiors is a real treat for fans of heavy duty rock and roll. The music spiky, the vocals reaching, Quicksand is back to rock up your autumn, and remind you of some things.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Warm and Low”

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Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs

Buffy Sainte-Marie has been around since the 60s in the folk and singer/songwriter worlds, reminding us that Native Peoples existed in North America longer than most care to acknowledge. She has been blacklisted and threatened, and is more dangerously punk than those who claim to be punk. She is 76 years young, and she is shoving “The War Racket” in your face like a rancid pie made of the unvarnished truth. Medicine Songs boasts a muscular, thoroughly ancient/modern sound throughout, and serves to raise some fists over the course of its play time. Saint-Marie is a unique artist in that she transcends icon status, becoming important.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “The War Racket” (might be the most important song in years if you value truth)

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Sleigh Bells – Kid Kruschev

Sleigh Bells come out of their corner swinging with “Blue Trash Mattress Fire,” which eventually sounds a bit like Phantogram at their most combative. The beats are aggressive throughout Kid Kruschev, the guitars are chunky and loud, and the siren-like keyboards are panic-inducing. This is the blueprint for a druggy weekend spent breaking shit, or surviving your bus ride to and from work. Either way, Sleigh Bells has your number.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Panic Drills”

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Spinning Coin – Permo

Spinning Coin is from Scotland, along with countless amazing artists and bands. Must be something in the water. Permo is by turns spare, fuzzy, mopey, nimble, and in your face. Again, something special in Glasgow’s drinking water. How else to explain the tempo change in “Magdalene,” and the wit to title the last song on the album “I Feel the Need to be an Actor”?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Magdalene”

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Dawn People – The Star is Your Future

Is Dawn People NYC’s answer to Australia’s the Avalanches? Does it even matter when the samples are heavy, the beats are big, and the instrumentation is one earworm after another? The answer is obviously “nope,” and after all, there is room in this world for both sets of DJs. Put on The Star is Your Future when you are having a drink or two before heading out into the night. Put it on when you come home.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Never Be Afraid”

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All artists are available on iTunesAmazonGooglePlay, and wherever else better music is sold, streamed, downloaded, or performed on tour.

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NewsWhistle music contributor Chad Werner is “ahead of the curve, behind the times.” You can contact this rock n’ roll sphinx at chad@newswhistle.com (e-mail) or @scooternotmoped (Twitter).

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Lead-In Image – Composite

  • Album and sleeve – Courtesy of  imagefactory / Shutterstock.com
  • Main album cover – Courtesy of Blablo101 / Shutterstock.com
  • Album collage – Quicksand – Epitaph; Buff Sainte-Marie – True North Records; Sleigh Bells – Torn Clean; Spinning Coin – Geographic Music; and Dawn People – DFA Records.