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Musical Pairings: Wooden Shjips – Back To Land

April 8th, 2014 wooden shjips - back to land_cover

What we’ve always loved about Wooden Shjips is the way the Portland/San Francisco-based psych-rockers can capture a groove and ride it off into the distant landscape with completely understated swagger. There’s a steady, driving approach to their rhythms and minimalist sensibility to their overall songwriting that makes their tunes the perfect soundtrack for languid, warm […]

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Musical Pairings: The War on Drugs – Lost In The Dream

March 27th, 2014 The War on Drugs - Lost in a Dream

The War On Drugs, the Philadelphia-led project of Adam Granduciel, are one of those bands that seem to get better with each successive album. Their latest album, Lost In The Dream, is more focused, more direct, and more sure-footed than it’s predecessors. Indeed, Lost In The Dream is Granduciel’s finest work yet. Like the band’s […]

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Musical Pairings: MØ – No Mythologies To Follow

March 19th, 2014 MØ No Mythologies To Follow

It’s been a little over two years since Copenhagen-based dark-pop chanteuse MØ unleashed her first singles (which were collected on a TK-released debut 7″). On a surface level, the fact that it’s taken two years to release her debut is worrisome. After all, in today’s musical industry two years can be a lifetime for many artists. For […]

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Musical Pairings: Beck – Morning Phase

March 12th, 2014 Beck - Morning Phase

Typically I view waffles as the culinary equivalent of gooey, upbeat pop music: they’re a guilty pleasure. Drizzled with maple syrup (or, in my case, drenched in a vast waterfall of maple syrup) they are nearly impossible to resist. They’re a fun, nostalgia-inducing breakfast with little-to-no nutritive value. Kasey’s recipe for Savory Rye Waffles is […]

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Musical Pairings: Real Estate – Atlas

March 5th, 2014 Real Estate - Atlas

OK. Let’s start with a disclaimer. It’s cool if you’re not into Real Estate. After all, I know people with good taste who don’t like Radiohead or Elliot Smith. And you know what? To each their own. I’m not going to judge. But, with that said, if you don’t like Real Estate specifically because you […]

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Musical Pairings: St. Vincent – St. Vincent

February 25th, 2014 St VIncent Self-titled LP

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. […]

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Musical Pairings: Dum Dum Girls – Too True

February 20th, 2014 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 […]

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Musical Pairings: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

February 11th, 2014 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 […]

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Musical Pairings: Gardens & Villa – Dunes

February 4th, 2014 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 […]

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Musical Pairings: Atoms For Peace – AMOK

January 21st, 2014 Atoms-for-peace-AMOK-cover

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 […]

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