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Musical Pairings: Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight…

September 25th, 2013 Neko Case - the worse things get album cover

Over the course of a hard earned career, Neko Case has become one of independent music’s most ambitious and highly regarded songwriters. She’s a fiercely intelligent lyricist and both thoughtful and craftsmanlike as a songwriter. And, to top it off, she has a remarkably powerful voice that’s comparable to beautiful, rootsy vocalists like Patsy Cline […]

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Musical Pairings: Washed Out – Paracosm

September 12th, 2013 Washed Out Paracosm

According to Wikipedia, a paracosm is “a detailed imaginary world, or fantasy world, involving humans and/or animals, or perhaps even fantasy or alien creations.” In other words, it’s an imaginary place where one goes to escape from the challenges of daily life. With that in mind, Paracosm is an apt title then for Ernest Greene’s most recent […]

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Musical Pairings: Typhoon – White Lighter

August 29th, 2013 Typhoon - White Lighter

Kasey and I first discovered Typhoon during a road trip to Portland three years ago. In part, I picked up their album Hunger and Thirst as a souvenir from the trip, without having listened to it first, based solely on a recommendation from the clerk at Tender Loving Empire. To be honest, we didn’t have any expectations, we just […]

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Musical Pairings: Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now

August 21st, 2013 Shigeto - No Better Time Than Now

Detroit-based Shigeto (a.k.a. Zach Saginaw) has always been the type of musician who creates deeply personal music. His earliest releases, including his phenomenal sophomore album Lineage, drew upon his family’s history, especially his grandmother’s time in a U.S. internment camp during WWII. Nonetheless, there’s no question that his latest LP, No Better Time Than Now, […]

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Musical Pairings: Hospital Ships – Destruction In Yr Soul

August 8th, 2013 Hospital Ships - Destruction In Yr Soul Album Cover

When Lawrence, Kansas-based Jordan Geiger (Minus Story, Shearwater) started recording under the name Hospital Ships, it was little more than a bedroom recording project. Nearly 5 years later, it’s hard to believe the band started from such humble beginnings. Since it’s founding, Hospital Ships has evolved into a four-piece band and their latest album, Destruction In […]

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Musical Pairings: Ski Lodge – Big Heart

July 31st, 2013 Ski Lodge - Big Heart

Some albums are awesome because they are “different” and new sounding. That’s at least partially why we love albums by artists like The xx, Purity Ring, James Blake, and MØ. Conversely, other albums, like Big Heart by NYC-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Marr (a.k.a. Ski Lodge), are great specifically because they are familiar and […]

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Single Serving: Keep Shelly In Athens – Recollection

July 23rd, 2013 KeepShellyInAthens_AtHome_608x608

Greek duo Keep Shelly In Athens continues to impress with their latest single “Recollection.” The tune balances a straight-forward, downtempo beat with soft, pulsating synths to forge a warm, shuffling ambiance to accompany Sarah P.’s clipped and shuffled vocals. I don’t know about you, but it’s left me eager to hear the rest of the LP. At-Home will […]

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Musical Pairings: Local Natives – Hummingbird

July 16th, 2013 Local Natives - Hummingbird

On their sophomore album, Hummingbird, Local Natives trade in the exuberant, cinematic choruses and hyper-charged rhythms that marked Gorilla Manor for an overall atmosphere that is far more elegant and understated than anything they’d released before. Indeed, on their first album the band favored intense, often explosive bouts of drumming that felt tribal and hyperactive. […]

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Musical Pairings: Case Studies – This Is Another Life

July 8th, 2013 Case-Studies-This-Is-Anther-Life

Case Studies is the is the project of Seattle-songwriter Jesse Lortz (formerly from the band The Dutchess and the Duke). This Is Another Life is his second release as Case Studies via Sacred Bones Records. As was true with his debut solo LP, This Is Another Life is an album of dusty, plaintive folk-rock. Dark but easy melodies flow […]

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Musical Pairings: Smith Westerns – Soft Will

July 2nd, 2013 smith-westerns-soft-will

We’re halfway through 2013 and from where I’m sitting, one of the most notable stories in indie music this year is the successful artistic evolution of bands whose earliest albums were notably lo-fi affairs. Indeed, Mikal Cronin’s MCII and Kurt Vile’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze are arguably the year’s most assured and engaging albums […]

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