We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen

We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

January 21, 2013

Neo-Psychedelia

The first proper Foxygen album was a non-stop convergence of ideas, some borrowed, some original, some refurbished, and some outright stolen. Stitching together undeniably catchy songs from scraps of re-appropriated classic rock, the band arrived brimming over with confidence and hooks. They went downhill from here, but the debut holds up.

- Fred Thomas

Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 1: Beginnings 1939-1954
Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 1: Beginnings 1939-1954

Various Artists

Plug It In! Turn It Up! Electric Blues - The Definitive Collection, Pt. 1: Beginnings 1939-1954

June 13, 2012

Roughly speaking, the first disc here is devoted to the swinging, jumping sounds of the '40s and '50s, with the second finding the rawer, nastier sounds starting to sneak in (Jackie Brenston's 'Rocket '88'," Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years," Elmore James' "Dust My Broom," and Little Walter's "Juke" pop up here), and the third concluding with the rise of overdriven Chicago blues and boogie, with Jimmy Reed rubbing shoulders with Wynonie Harris.

- Stephen Thomas Erlewine