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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The Budos Band – III Album Review

The Budos Band is one of the foremost U.S.-based Afrobeat groups performing today. It is no surprise that their third album, simply titled III, takes the listener on a funky journey that will please not only long-time listeners but also those new to the genre. The record’s initial Eyptian theme is deceiving; each of the...Read...
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CHIEF – Modern Rituals Album Review

&nsbp; Santa Monica’s CHIEF falls into the unfortunate category of a band which gives a false first impression: they can enthrall with a taste, with one track — and then let you down dramatically when you encounter the full album. The single released prior to their sophomore release was enjoyable (“Night & Day”); but repeated...Read...
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It’s Grits Short Film Review (1978)

It was the perfect setting for the classic food film, It’s Grits: a sweltering 90+ degree Sunday in a big tent, with everyone fanning themselves with their program booklets, in a venue called the Tobacco Warehouse. It felt like being in the Deep South, the home of grits themselves, with one exception; it was the...Read...
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BLK JKS – Zol! Album Review

BLK JKS released their first US full-length last year, and it made a relatively small ripple in the music pond. This year’s EP Zol! from the South African band promises to make much more of a splash, due mostly to the well-deserved hype that has surrounded them recently. Not only did BLK JKS win a...Read...
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Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett Album Review

Damien Jurado’s new record, Saint Bartlett, is refreshingly pleasant for two reasons: the first is that is sounds like something from the past that you have known and loved. This is not to say that it is derivative necessarily, but that it draws from many sources in the best possible way. The second is that...Read...
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Frog Eyes – Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph Album Review

Frog Eyes have been chugging away at the indie music game for almost 10 years, and have crafted such an interesting blend of alt-punk-folk that it’s hard to not see their influence everywhere. From bands like Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and The Mountain Goats, to contemporaries like Silver Jews and Fruit Bats, the Canada-based Frog...Read...
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The Knife – Tomorrow, In A Year Album Review

Swedish brother-sister duo, The Knife, have become known for their innovative music and extremely weird live shows. Their recent collaboration with Mt. Sims (DJ Matthew Sims) and PlanningtoRock (Janine Rostron, a Berlin-based musician/performer) is definitely a challenge to those who would have called their music “pop” when their albums Deep Cuts and Silent Shout made...Read...
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Blind Man’s Colour – Wooden Blankets Album Review

Florida-based Blind Man’s Colour is a relatively new band that already has a relatively large following. These internets! They do wonders. In a few short months, they received rave reviews and were even complimented by the Kanye himself. Wooden Blankets is the follow-up EP to their successful indie venture, Season Dreaming. Very of the moment,...Read...
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Yeasayer – Odd Blood Album Review

Upon first listen to Odd Blood, Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer’s sophomore album, those familiar with their debut All Hour Cymbals might scratch their heads and wonder if they are playing a practical joke on the listeners. Their debut was marked by folky, quirky, pop-melded tunes. On Odd Blood, Yeasayer seems to shrug off any expectations of...Read...
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Boy Genius – Staggering Album Review

Boy Genius hail from the musical hotbed of Brooklyn, NY, yet have none of the stylings one would expect from a such a stereotypically hip community. A sort of off-kilter country-tinged pop blend in the vein of Wilco and The New Pornographers, Boy Genius fail to draw much interest in continued listening. Very well-produced and...Read...
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