Album Reviews

  1. 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…

    St. Vincent's never sounded as deliberate and self-assured as she does on her latest effort. And she knows it.
  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Musical Pairings: The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale

    One of my favorite music investments of 2013 was my membership in the Graveface Records Club. It’s criminally cheap and has delivered a collection of great records to my home for the past few months. For example, the next shipment (which I should be shipping soon) will include the sophomore LP by The Casket Girls. The Continue…

  8. TK028: Running In The Fog – Desire b/w Sail

    Keeping things close to home for the second month in a row, we’re very proud to feature the “Soul-infused Space Pop” of San Francisco-based Amanda Harper who records skittering electro-r&b grooves under the moniker Running In The Fog. With an eclectic collection of influences ranging from a deep-seated love of 90’s r&b to a background Continue…

  9. Musical Pairings: Lucius – Wildewoman

    Brooklyn-based Lucius found it’s beginning when co-vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig met as voice majors at Berklee College of Music. That fact alone says a lot about what you can expect from the band. For example, both Wolfe and Laessig are incredibly talented vocalists capable of bouncing from a soft, smoky croon to a snapping yelp at Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: Cuushe – Butterfly Case

    The lead single “I Love You” from Berlin-by-way-of-Kyoto dream pop songstress Cuushe‘s latest album makes a great first impression. At least it did for me. The mesmerizing groove slowly simmers with bubbling disco synths and a pulsating rhythm to accompany Cuushe’s flowing, effervescent vocals as she sweetly murmurs “I love you” over and over again. When Continue…

  11. Musical Pairings: DARKSIDE – Psychic

    DARKSIDE is the project of minimalist producer Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. Before they formed DARKSIDE, Jaar was already critically acclaimed for his minimalist, thoughtfully paced house-inspired grooves. Meanwhile, Harrington was a student of experimental jazz with experience directing a rendition of John Zorn’s COBRA and producing commissioned works for theater and film. However Continue…

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