Musical Pairings

  1. Kindness – Otherness

    Genres are an infuriatingly inadequate means of describing a song. Pop in particular is an incredibly amorphous genre. For example, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was a pop hit in 1960. Compare that one to Radiohead’s 2000 opus Kid A – also described as pop music (including by frontman Thom Yorke) – and you’ll struggle to find much in the Continue…

    Kindness' new album "Otherness" is the type of artful pop music that rewards repeated listens.

  2. Ejecta – Dominae

    If you’re not already familiar with them, Ejecta is the project of vocalist/songwriter Leanne Macomber (Neon Indian) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joel Ford (Ford & Lopatin). It’s also a character the duo created as inspiration for the project. In volcanology, ejecta refers to the “the sediment which settles to the ocean floor after an eruption or seismic shift” Continue…

  3. Caribou – Our Love

    In many ways, I believe that the best musicians treat “genre” as little more than a canvas for songs that could – hypothetically at least – exist in many different formats. And when they get bored with a genre, they move on to a new one. Or, alternately, they simply cherry pick their favorite elements Continue…

  4. Alvvays – Alvvays

    Relatable and infectious, the debut record by Toronto-based jangle pop rockers Alvvays (pronounced “always” in case you were wondering) is proof that a band doesn’t need to surprise you to win over your heart. Indeed, the canvas of choice for the Molly Rankin-led band’s self-titled debut is fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie pop a la every fuzzy, reverb-heavy indie Continue…

  5. Salt Cathedral – Oom Velt EP

    The story behind the sophomore EP, Oom Velt, from our friends in Brooklyn-via-Bogota’s Salt Cathedral is the ongoing story of their search for their own identity as artists and their evolution as a band. Indeed, last year’s self-titled debut EP was a collection of angular math rock and stuttering indie vibes. It was excellent and marked the band as one Continue…

  6. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

    For at least three decades stretching from the 1940′s through the 1960′s, the Brill Building in NYC was an incredibly important part of American pop music. By the 1940′s it was already home to numerous music publishers; and by the early 1960′s as many as 165 music businesses operated from the address. It was a powerhouse for songwriting, publishing, Continue…

  7. Zammuto – Anchor

    If you ever took an advanced art class, you probably had one person in your class who was lightyears ahead of everyone else in terms of both innate talent and creativity. This was the person who had the most insane/ambitious ideas for projects and somehow always – always – executed them flawlessly. I have a suspicion that Nick Zammuto, Continue…

  8. Spoon – They Want My Soul

    Spoon - Rent I Pay

    “It sounds like a Spoon album,” is how a friend described Spoon‘s latest full length They Want My Soul. And, for the most part, she’s right. It’s fastidiously produced. It’s a rock ‘n roll album. It packs plenty of “boom” to stand out at a crowded, lively gathering and, yet, sounds even better on a pair Continue…

  9. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Dark Was The Yearling

    A strong cup of black coffee. Not stale diner coffee  – unfussy, small batch, brewed-with-love coffee. That’s what comes to my mind when I listen to the debut LP from The Bones of J.R. Jones. It’s bold, dark and energetic with a rustic, whiskey-tinted swagger. In other words, it’ll light you up while simultaneously filling you with a comforting warmth. Indeed, Jonathon Linaberry, the Continue…

  10. Wye Oak – Shriek

    “This morning I woke up on the floor / thinking I had never dreamed before,” sings Wye Oak vocalist Jenn Wasner on “Before,” the opening track to the Baltimore-based duo’s newest release Shriek. The lyrics are an indication of just how uncertain and lost Wasner was feeling when she set to the work of writing material for Continue…

  11. Haley Bonar – Last War

    The music industry can be a difficult business. An artist can write great songs but still not find the audience they deserve. For example, despite a number of excellent releases, it took years before The National received the recognition their music warranted. Even the now widely well regarded album Alligator was a sleeper hit. Similarly, despite a solid discography, Haley Bonar has maintained a relatively low Continue…

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