All posts by Judy Nelson

Judy Nelson lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she has the luxury of walking to work and enjoying the best bagels known to humankind. Formerly a music industry publicist, Judy now works in the design industry with an array of talented clients. She has been writing about music for REDEFINE for five years, and is proud to be part of such a creative, imaginative, and constantly evolving team.
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Washed Out – Within And Without Album Review

Prior to its release, Washed Out’s debut album, Within And Without, had been so widely hyped and over-anticipated in the internet world that it was almost nauseating. Yes, the few songs that were released a few months prior to the actual album drop were great. And yes, Washed Out is definitely a forerunner in the...Read...
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Gypsyblood – Cold In The Guestway Album Review

September 2012 In this music video for “Endless Summer”, grit, dirt, and color intermix to play hokey pokey with minorly morbid imagery, mundane shots, and glitter. May 2011 When it comes to the genre of “garage rock,” most listeners take the “been there, done that” attitude. It’s just hard to find something new — or...Read...
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Adventure – Lesser Known Album Review

With Lesser Known, Adventure has made a dance party album for the — forgive the pun — musically unadventurous. Gone are all the hard, edgy beats and the 8-bit bumpy feel from his previous release; everything seems much sleeker and overproduced. This is not the Adventure of the Baltimore Wham City days that it was...Read...
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Roomful Of Teeth Live Show Review

To use the word “unusual” to describe the performance February 19th, at the Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, is an understatement. As part of the Ecstatic Music Festival taking place from Jan-March 2011 in NYC, Roomful Of Teeth performed songs composed by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, and Merrill Garbus of tUnE-YaRdS. To try and explain...Read...
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BRAIDS – Native Speaker Album Review

Canada has given us a lot to work with in terms of music, specifically indie rock. Scores of baby Brooklyn bands have tried to imitate the success of giants like Broken Social Scene, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Arcade Fire, with mixed success. BRAIDS is one of Canada’s most recent cultural contributions, and it is...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: John Vanderslice, Marnie Stern, Harper Blynn, The Drums, Francis And The Lights, Wild Nothing

The word “marathon,” when applied to CMJ is quite literal; it involves a lot of running around from place to place, trying to catch every single bit of amazing music that you can soak up. Here’s some of my favorites from what I was able to catch. Harper Blynn (Tuesday, 10/19, Mercury Lounge) This was...Read...
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CMJ Music Marathon 2010: Pre-Festival Coverage

cmj music marathon picks for tuesday, october 19th das racist This hip-hop duo took the internet by force and drilled their single, “Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell,” into thousands (perhaps millions) of heads repeatedly, and deservedly so. Not for a long time has hip-hop sounded this fresh, interesting, intellectual, and relevant. Check out their...Read...
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