Album Reviews

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Musical Pairings: Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

    It’s easy to take for granted how nearly effortless new music discovery has become. After all, thanks to the Internet, there are countless ways to discover new music in 2013. For example, there are music blogs (like this one), Soundcloud, Bandcamp, online music magazines, podcasts, Internet radio stations, and so forth. It’s easy to forget Continue…

  10. Musical Pairings: Mikal Cronin – MCII

    Sometimes I think that we, that is all of us, try a little too hard at life. We get caught up in new technology, the excitement of complexity, and the drive for bigger and better things. But I think that it’s often not those things that make us the happiest. Many of my happiest moments Continue…

  11. Turntable Kitchen’s Summer Anticipation Mix

    We’re pretty big fans of Summertime and all the great things it brings along with it such as warmer weather, Summer music festivals, Summer fruit, days at the beach, and so on. Sure, the season doesn’t officially begin for nearly a month (June 21st for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), but that doesn’t Continue…

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