Amusing Twitter Reviews of This Week's Major Album Releases

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Jena Ardell
Flowery, contemplative album reviews are nice, but when it comes to finding amusing music criticism on the go, nothing tops Twitter. After all, when people only have 140 characters to spend, they tend to get right to the point. So we browsed through endless feeds to see what people are saying about the albums that dropped this week. Here's what the Twitterverse had to say about Black Sabbath, CSS and Beady Eye.

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HB Surround Sound Releases Full Length 'Get Your Dance On'

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Priscella Vega
HB Surround Sound perform at the Anaheim House of Blues

When they first started out, reggae band HB Surround Sound performed strictly within the Huntington Beach area for six years. They put out records and had a dedicated fan base that followed their performances for over half a decade until they stopped performing and got regular 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs. The rockstar life didn't turn out like they planned.

Four years later, with a lineup change and a new inspiration for creating music, HB Surround Sound regrouped and and began trying out a new, brazen take ska sound. 

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Local Record Review: 'Son del Centro' by Son del Centro

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Son del Centro
Son del Centro

www.facebook.com/sondelcentro

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*Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem
*Local Record Review: 'However Strange' by Détective
*Local Records Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks


Ten years ago in the city of Santa Ana, a musical project centering around the son jarocho traditions of Veracruz, Mexico began. Out of those initial workshops, Son del Centro, a community-based group, was formed. In 2006, the youthful members crystallized their talents into the debut full-length release of Mi Jarana es mi Fusil. What better way to commemorate ten years of their musical journey than by releasing a sophomore follow-up? Doing just that, Son del Centro's self-titled twelve track album is a definitive statement as to the strength, continuation and maturation of its mission born out of El Centro Cultural de Mexico.
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Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex

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Courtesy of Michael Maier
Boys Noize

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Revered as one of the best electronic artists on Beatport for three years in a row, Alexander Ridha, better known as Boys Noize, is finally releasing his highly anticipated third album, Out of the Black, on October 2nd followed by a batch of tour dates were he will debut his new live show. He's come a long way from his tekkno and acid house days and provides us with some of the most solid minimal techno and disco house-inspired sounds in a while. Backstage at this years HARD Summer Music Festival in downtown LA, Ridha said the album was partly inspired by his EDM nostalgia.

"I'm always looking for new sounds and try not to re-peat myself," explains Alex. "[Out of the Black] is sort of a mix of my first and second albums. I really tried to get that feeling I had when I first started to produce music." That feeling was back in 2004 when he realized in order to keep creative freedom in his work he would have to produce music on his own record label, Boys Noize Records which was formed in 2005. "It's funny for me this album felt like in order to make a step forward I had to take a step back again and find my roots. I sounded so raw and naive in a way because I didn't really know what I was doing then."


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Local Record Review: 'Visions of the Sun' by Cham Kerem

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Cham Kerem
Visions of the Sun
http://soundcloud.com/chamkerem-ninos-muertos

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*Local Record Review: 'Time' by Immortal Minds
*Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective
*Local Record Review: 'The Radical Era' by Sacred Blasphemy

The SanTana-based hip-hop collective of field warriors known as Cham Kerem are shining light on realities others would rather have remain in the dark. The five-member crew recently released their debut effort, Visions of the Sun, offering fourteen tracks (plus a bonus cut) of unrelenting, unapologetic rebel rhymes. Ghost Dance, iLLoheem, La Pavis, iLL Sal and Rethro hit up racism, police brutality and immigration interchanging bilingual lyrics all along the way.
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Local Record Review: Milo Greene, 'Milo Greene'


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Milo Greene

Milo Greene
Milo Greene
www.milogreene.com


Milo Greene has come a long way since a year ago, when they were being misnamed "The Milo Greene Band" on bills for local festivals. Since then, they've toured with The Civil Wars and have been playing pretty much constantly, somehow finding time to record their first album. The eponymous record, released this week, has been a long time coming -- but worth the wait for anybody who's seen them live. If nothing else, the quality of the record ensures that people will take better care in getting their name right.

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Local Record Review: 'We Are Locally Grown' by Locally Grown Collective

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Locally Grown Collective
We Are Locally Grown
http://locgrwn.wix.com/lgcltv#!

In the city of Orange, the seeds of good hip-hop music are being sown by its hometown hustlers the Locally Grown Collective. Harvesting together their distinctive talents, Endz, DaveAllen, DeeJaeeBee, FourthBeats and Coley Cole have recently released their We Are Locally Grown mixtape on DatPiff offering listeners everything from underground hip-hop, neo-soul and spoken word poetry. 
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Local Record Review: 'Four Steps in Corsets' by Yellow Red Sparks

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Yellow Red Sparks
Four Steps in Corsets

ORG Music
www.yellowredsparks.com

The pure poetry of singer-songwriter Josh Hanson is accentuated by tightly interwoven arrangements on Four Steps in Corsets, the debut EP from OC's premiere indie folk-rockers Yellow Red Sparks. Released by ORG Music, the reflective, melancholic tone of heartache throughout the album makes for a compelling listen. A trio of accomplished musicians with Goldy (drums/vocals) and Sara Lynn (upright bass, piano, vocals, banjo) accompanying Hanson, Yellow Red Sparks find all the right melodies and rhythms on all of the songs. A stripped down soul emerges from intricate musical tapestries.
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Local Record Review: 'The Radical Era' by Sacred Blasphemy

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Sacred Blasphemy
The Radical Era
http://sacredblasphemyradicals.wordpress.com


The Radical Era has arrived and its epicenter is Anaheim. Underground street hip-hop group Sacred Blasphemy let you know where they're coming from throughout their recently released, full-length debut album. Getting their start in 2008, the crew now includes Skandalouz Riot, Zoot Suit Classic, Rinoe, Spanx and DJ Deplete. Though The Radical Era may sound and look like typical Chicano Rap at times, the offerings from its 14 tracks are diverse enough to transcend the label.
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Local Record Review: 'Anything, Alone' by Moostache

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Moostache

Huntington Beach four-piece Moostache have just released their anticipated album entitled, Anything, Alone. Featuring 11 tracks produced locally by Jon O'Brien (including 2 bonus tracks produced by Billy Mohler and Jimmy Messer), the album is nothing short of exuberant. Right out of the gate, the impressive range and vocal control of Patrick Wardell is thrust into the spotlight full force with "Guarded Place." Comparable to a tranquil version of The Mars Volta frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, it might take some getting used to depending on your musical tastes. Either way, the controlled chaos that is Wardell's vocals is astounding and not over-bearing through out the remainder of the album.


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