Album Reviews

  1. Single Serving Premiere: Seamonster – Tiny Apocalypse (David Byrne Cover)

    Our friend (and former Pairings Box artist) Seamonster has set off on a new project featuring a series of covers called “Music for People” which he’ll be releasing to fill in the gap between albums. The first installment in the series is a cover of David Byrne’s “Tiny Apocalypse” and, man, is it ever a good time. It’s a Continue…

  2. Single Serving: Salt Cathedral – Salt Cathedral EP

    To mark the release of their debut EP, our friends in Brooklyn’s Salt Cathedral recently released their latest single “Move Along” (a version of which appeared on a recent Pairings Box single). I previously described the track by noting “it unfurls with tight percussion built on clicking drumsticks and tight cymbal taps. An initially restrained, Continue…

  3. Musical Pairings: 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. Continue…

  4. Single Serving: GEMS – Sinking Stone

    As you may have heard, we’re HUGE fans of D.C. based duo GEMS around here. Honestly, they are one of our favorite bands in the whole world. So, as you can imagine, we’re incredibly excited about their new single “Sinking Stone.” The glistening, atmospheric groove is their most sonically textured track to date with it’s Continue…

  5. Musical Pairings: Case Studies – This Is Another 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 Continue…

  6. Single Servings: Thin Hymns

    I’m definitely feeling this Black Water EP by Chicago-based Thin Hymns. While it definitely invites comparisons to Grizzly Bear, the four tracks on this EP feature looser structural boundaries that more closely resemble the song-craft of experimental rockers like Akron/Family or even Animal Collective. Basically, you’ll hear psychedelic, folk-inspired compositions built with shifting melodies, warbling Continue…

  7. Single Serving: Cassorla – Broke Down

    There’s a lot to like about the latest single from Los Angeles-based Cassorla. For one, there is the Cosby Show themed music video. But, more importantly, the track is just really damn good. It features a swampy, minimalist rhythm and crispy, snarling guitar riffs as songwriter/vocalist Ben Cassorla spins out a stream of cryptic vocals. Continue…

  8. Musical Pairings: 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 Continue…

  9. Single Serving: Typhoon – Young Fathers

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Turntable Kitchen loves Oregon-based Typhoon. Seriously, we own all of their albums and we see them live every chance we get. So, as you might imagine, we’ve really enjoyed seeing how their latest album, White Lighter, is shaping up as they slowly tease out singles in Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: She & Him – Volume 3

    How you feel about She & Him almost certainly hinges, at least in part, on how you feel about Zooey Deschanel. After all, Volume 3, Deschanel’s third album working with folk-pop’s M. Ward is, for all intents and purposes, both stylistically and thematically a mirror image of the persona she presents to the public. In Continue…

  11. Single Serving: Dear Eloise – Vanishing Winter

    As some of you already know, we’ve just returned from an inspiration trip to Japan courtesy of UGG Australia’s #CreativeCouncil project. Basically, UGG Australia sent us to Japan for the better part of two weeks to seek out great food and music inspiration for the site and the Pairings Box. Finding amazing food and cool Continue…

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