Album Reviews

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Musical Pairings: White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

    If I could level a complaint against Texas-based garage-rockers White Denim, it’d be that their recordings have rarely matched the high-voltage energy of their exuberant and fiery live shows. It’s worth noting, as a mitigating factor, the fact that their live shows are amongst the best in contemporary rock ‘n roll and it’d be hard Continue…

  8. Musical Pairings: Widowspeak – The Swamps

    Languorous and sultry, at its heart all of Widowspeak‘s output to date can be characterized as warm, sensual and comforting. That’s why their choice to tackle the oft-covered Chris Isaak track “Wicked Game” was perfect. On a conceptual level, it served as a concise thesis statement for their music. And although their sound has evolved over Continue…

  9. TK026: Local Natives – Palms b/w Wooly Mammoth

    You probably already know that Local Natives are one of the most compelling and consistently rewarding bands in the country, but what you may not have known is that they are also one of the nicest as well. Between massive headlining tours of the United States and Europe (including a taping for Austin City Limits) in Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond

    It’s no exaggeration to say that Love’s Crushing Diamond by Jordan Lee, who records as Mutual Benefit, may be the most beautiful record you’ll hear all year. Lee’s lyrics are intimate, poetic, and heart-warming; often filled with Buddhist-like musings on life and relationships: “I clear my mind of joy and sorrow / river doesn’t know tomorrow / Continue…

  11. Musical Pairings: Willis Earl Beal – Nobody Knows.

    Willis Earl Beal is one of those entertainers who you could obsess over just because of his personality. Put bluntly, he’s a little “off.” He’s stated in interviews that he joined the military because he thought it’d help him be more like Batman. Partially inspired by Jack Kerouac, he spent several months sleeping homeless on Continue…

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