Review: La Sera – Queens EP

Whoa, Katy Goodman, slow down! Three releases in a year! And all good to boot! Queens is a rapid-fire EP delivered just in time for a new La Sera tour, and in its curt 18 minutes, it motors through emotions, swathing our hearts with warm guitars and some shredding solos. Yes, shredding solos. In a La Sera album. The punkier attitude is still there and the solos come with … Continue reading Review: La Sera – Queens EP

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Crucible: In Violet, Psychic Twin, Shark Teeth, Fjord, Sylvan Esso, Mooi, Schnarff Schnarff

Crucible is our humble offering of new music. Every Friday, we aim to bring you new stuff, instead of spamming you around with a million different posts. My name is Orestes Xistos and I’ll be helping in this Shithole of a Website (TM) with singles and videos. So send your paypal bribes and patreon donations to me, not that fat imbecile Sam. Oh, right, singles and videos: The haunting … Continue reading Crucible: In Violet, Psychic Twin, Shark Teeth, Fjord, Sylvan Esso, Mooi, Schnarff Schnarff

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Review: Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Take it, it’s yours

The last few years have been great for us, lovers of deconstructions, re-inventions and covers. Slow, atmospheric renderings of eighties classics like ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the world’ or ‘I started a joke’ were used to sell us movies through cleverly curated soundtracks. Mark Kozelek grabbed musicals, Modest Mouse, AC/DC and John Denver and rendered them asunder into bright new things. Ryan Adams took a perfect pop album and re-interpreted it with … Continue reading Review: Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Take it, it’s yours

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Review: Owen – The King of Whys

I’m probably going to get crucified over this, but I prefer Owen to American Football. Don’t get me wrong, put down the burning torches, barrels of tar, and chicken feathers. Hear me out! I still rate highly the many adventures of American Football, Owls, Cap’n Jazz, Owls and Their / They’re / There, but the one Mike Kinsella musical enterprise that ripped my heart, stomped on it and … Continue reading Review: Owen – The King of Whys

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Review: Psychic Twin – Lose Myself

“So why Psychic Twin?” “When I was composing and recording these songs [Dream State//Strangers], it felt like there was someone else there, like a twin that never existed but that you could feel.”  I had a long interview with Erin Fein, who is Psychic Twin, back in SXSW 2014. That interview never went published because I could never give it a good edit, but one of the driving … Continue reading Review: Psychic Twin – Lose Myself

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Review: Ladyhawke – Wild Things

It’s a strange beast, the whole 80s revival. It’s been going around for more than ten years and now that the 90s revival is peeking through Venetian blinds, it seems there’s enough of an audience for both to coexist. Even more, the once clear divide between 80s and 90s revival seems blurry at best. Having lived through those years and seeing the bands that pillage from … Continue reading Review: Ladyhawke – Wild Things

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Review: Aloha – Little Windows Cut Right Through

Aloha‘s Home Acres left a strong mark back in 2010. I still remember how one of the coldest winters felt a little less bitter with the peppiness of their music, especially the frantic urgency of ‘Moonless March’. Now, a good six years gone, and Little Windows Cut Right Through arrives. Now, that fidgety punch, dramatic in its nature, seems a subtle one. With a minty fresh approach, Aloha take a … Continue reading Review: Aloha – Little Windows Cut Right Through

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Review: Birthmark – How you look when you’re falling down

Birthmark‘s Antibodies came in a strange time in my life. It was 2012 and between shuffling PhD woes, break ups and the “no money” blues, ‘Stuck’ was an accurate description of the general mood in my life. Antibodies seemed peppy, full of those glitches that made it memorable, but also felt stark, with those heartwrenching lyrics. How you look when you’re falling down doesn’t change in its method of … Continue reading Review: Birthmark – How you look when you’re falling down

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Review: White Reaper – White Reaper Does it Again

  Ever since I first heard White Reaper, I associated them with the height of night time. As you can gather from White Reaper Does it Again‘s oddly memetic album cover, either they read my review or I somehow tapped into their consciousness. But hubris and telepathic abilities aside, what you really get from White Reaper Does it Again is the feeling of driving fast at night. Maybe … Continue reading Review: White Reaper – White Reaper Does it Again

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Review: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country

It bears repeating, so here it goes: I’m a fan of this band. From their fledgling Broom to the growing pains of Pershing and Let it Sway, their curiously cool-as-soda-pop rock was always a refreshing sugary drink that could kick you a bit around, in a gentle way. Tape Club showed a rawer edge, as all demo and rarities compilations wont to do and Fly … Continue reading Review: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – The High Country

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