Album Reviews

  1. Wooden Shjips – Back To Land

    What we’ve always loved about Wooden Shjips is the way the Portland/San Francisco-based psych-rockers can capture a groove and ride it off into the distant landscape with completely understated swagger. There’s a steady, driving approach to their rhythms and minimalist sensibility to their overall songwriting that makes their tunes the perfect soundtrack for languid, warm Continue…

  2. The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream

    The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-led project of Adam Granduciel, are one of those bands that seem to get better with each successive album. Their latest album, Lost In The Dream, is more focused, more direct, and more sure-footed than it’s predecessors. Indeed, Lost In The Dream is Granduciel’s finest work yet. Like the band’s Continue…

  3. MØ – No Mythologies To Follow

    It’s been a little over two years since Copenhagen-based dark-pop chanteuse MØ unleashed her first singles (which were collected on a TK-released debut 7″). On a surface level, the fact that it’s taken two years to release her debut is worrisome. After all, in today’s musical industry two years can be a lifetime for many artists. For Continue…

  4. Beck – Morning Phase

    Typically I view waffles as the culinary equivalent of gooey, upbeat pop music: they’re a guilty pleasure. Drizzled with maple syrup (or, in my case, drenched in a vast waterfall of maple syrup) they are nearly impossible to resist. They’re a fun, nostalgia-inducing breakfast with little-to-no nutritive value. Kasey’s recipe for Savory Rye Waffles is Continue…

  5. Real Estate – Atlas

    OK. Let’s start with a disclaimer. It’s cool if you’re not into Real Estate. After all, I know people with good taste who don’t like Radiohead or Elliot Smith. And you know what? To each their own. I’m not going to judge. But, with that said, if you don’t like Real Estate specifically because you Continue…

  6. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

    Few people would have ever accused Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, as sounding quite like anyone else. Her instrumentation and arrangements have always been distinctive. Her entire discography demonstrates a knack for funky, Talking Heads-esque rhythms and snarling, fretboard-dancing guitar riffs. She’s never struggled to differentiate herself as a unique and talented artist. Continue…

  7. Musical Pairings: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

    On her very earliest recordings (many of which were collected on the Blissed Out cassette released back in 2010) and subsequent debut record I Will Be, Dum Dum Girls‘ mastermind Dee Dee dealt in lo-fi rock coupled with the liberal application of gauzy reverb. Her influences were a paranoid, Tarantino-like amalgamation of sugary lovelorn girl Continue…

  8. Musical Pairings: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

    Angel Olsen describes her latest album Burn Your Fire For No Witness LP as a “a collection of songs grown in a year of heartbreak, travel, and transformation.” You could simplify even that relatively concise description by noting that, on it’s very surface, it’s an album about passion. Indeed, no matter how you hash it Continue…

  9. Musical Pairings: Gardens & Villa – Dunes

    I like to think of myself as an adventurous person. I love travel and spontaneous getaways. I like to “switch things up” in terms of the food I eat,  the drinks I enjoy, and the music I listen to. Of course I have favorite beers, favorite cocktails, and favorite restaurants, but quite often my real Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: Atoms For Peace – AMOK

    It’s strange but sometimes we’re hardest on those we love most. We hold them to higher standards. We expect more from them than we would from others. And when they don’t live up to those incredibly high standards, we’re disappointed. That might explain why I initially viewed Atoms For Peace’s AMOK as a disappointment. As Continue…

  11. Musical Pairings: Painted Palms – Forever

    Blending 60′s psych-pop (think The Beatles or The Beach Boys) with the the aesthetics of contemporary psych-experimentalism (i.e. Animal Collective or of Montreal), San Francisco-based Painted Palms weave a blissed-out tapestry of rainbow-colored melodies, catchy pop hooks, and heavily textured production on their debut Forever. In fact, the album’s first official single “Spinning Signs” is likely Continue…

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