Album Reviews

Album reviews and new music previews from the latest releases by upcoming bands and indie record labels.

Naomi Punk's new album 'Television Man' reviewed by Northern Transmissions. The LP comes out 8/5 via Captured Tracks, the first single is "Television Man"

Review of ‘Television Man’ By Naomi Punk

Mumblecore. Dirgegaze. These are just two fictitious genres I can cook up to summarise the new LP by Naomi Punk. ‘Television Man’ is the uncharted no fly zone between grunge and Black Sabbath’s stoner rock but with added yawns of sluggishness. The,

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Review Of the new Spoon album 'They Want My Soul', The LP comes out on August 5th on Loma Vista, the first single off 'They Want My Soul' is "Do You"

Review Of ‘They Want My Soul’ By Spoon

In 1998, years before they managed the impressive feat of both critical acclaim and mainstream success, Spoon was on a major label. The group signed to Elektra and released their sophmore album, A Series of Sneaks. The album was a flop by industry,

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Hooray For Earth's new Album 'Racy' reviewed by Northern Transmissions, the LP comes out on 8/29 on Dovecote Records. The first single of 'Racy' is "Racy"

Review Of Hooray For Earth’s New LP ‘Racy’

29th July will see the release of Hooray For Earth’s new album, Racy, via Dovecote Records. Quite unlike it’s ominous black and white album art, the album presents a collection of songs that are rich in both colour and feeling. Racy is, to its very core, a

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Review of the new self-titled LP from EDJ, The LP comes out out on 8/5 on Easy Sounds recording Company. The first single from EDJ is "A West County Girl"

Review Of The New Self-Titled Album From EDJ

EDJ marks the debut of Eric D. Johnson’s new recording project of the same name. The eleven-track album, which was recorded in a number of different US cities, is to be released on August 5th via Easy Sound. The Fruit Bats’ vocalist says the album tells,

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Review of Jenny Lewis' LP 'The Voyager' out 8/29 on Warner. The first single of the LP is "Just One Of The Guys" Jenny Lewis plays 8/25 in Middletown, RI

Review Of Jenny Lewis’ New LP ‘The Voyager’

Creativity and catharsis forge a soothing union and doesn’t Jenny Lewis know it. The Las Vegas songstress found solace in the inception of her third solo LP, ‘The Voyager’, the follow up to 2008’s sublime ‘Acid Tongue’. Lewis turned to music to guide her.

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Stardeath and White Dwarfs new album 'Waistoid' reviewed by Northern Transmissions. The album comes out on July 29th via Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label

Review: Stardeath And White Dwarfs’ Waistoid

On July 29th, Stardeath and White Dwarfs are set to arrive with their first full-length album in almost 5 years. As far as self-penned material goes, the group have remained relatively quiet since 2009’s Warner Bros. released The Birth. Apart from an,

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Northern Transmissions reviews music from the world of independent music. Its focus is on independent music, especially indie rock. However, the range of musical genres covered extends to pop, hip hop, folk, jazz, heavy metal, experimental, and various forms of electronic dance music. The site, not only concentrates on new music. Journalists for Northern Transmissions also review reissued albums and box sets. In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


In 2010 Charles Brownstein, left his day job selling shoes and created Northern Transmissions. Influenced by Indie rock, Record stores, and Sirius XMU Bloggers. Brownstein had no previous writing or blogging. He wanted to create a more independent website where he could pick bands and artists that he liked.


Northern Transmissions covers new music on a daily basis. It has a staff of roughly eight writers who all have a passion for various types of independent music. The site prides itself on being fiercely independent and honest in its coverage of albums. Northern Transmissions has never deleted any reviews, even recently rating one of indie rocks biggest act Arctic Monkeys with a score of four out of ten, for the bands latest release AM.


Labels that Northern Transmissions frequently covers releases from include Captured Tracks, Sub Pop, Matador, 4AD, XX Recordings, Slumberland records, Mom + Pop Records, Fat Possum, Hardly Art, Bella Union Records, Burger Records, DFA, Drag City, Domino Recordings, Downtown Records, Fat Cat, Flying Nun, Fools Gold,Frenchkiss, Iamsound, Jajaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Polyvinyl, Kanine, K, Kill, Rock Stars, Mexican Summer, Merge, Memphis Industries, Modular People, Mute, Ninja Tune, OWSLA, Sacred Bones, Saddle Creek, Stones Throw, Suicide Squeeze, Vagrant, Verve, Vice, Western Vinyl, Wichita Recordings, Woodsist and many more.


Northern Transmissions main goal is to forever provide its readers with reviews of records that we our selves would listen to. If myself or writers from Northern Transmissions wouldnt take the time to listen to an artist or band, we would never want to write about it.