Interview with Tullycraft

Before we at Delusions of Adequacy took our recent hiatus, I had the pleasure of probing the minds of members of Tullycraft – the most precious twee-pop group on the planet – over the course of a suitably bubbly interview. Tullycraft’s latest full-length album, Disenchanted Hearts Unite, was a blissful soundtrack to this past summer and easily the … [Read more...]

Interview with Caribou

Delusions of Adequacy recently had the good fortune to conduct an email interview with the mastermind behind the bands Caribou and Manitoba: Dan Snaith. His albums of laptop-driven “bliss pop” have earned him critical raves and a popular following. Because of a legal dispute, Mr. Snaith recently had to change the band’s name from Manitoba to … [Read more...]

Piñataland – Little Know Ye Who’s Comin’

PiñatalandLittle Know Ye Who’s Comin’The New York-based ensemble Piñataland, whose brilliant full-length Songs From the Forgotten Future Vol. 1 was arguably the best record of 2003, even threw their hat in the political ring, choosing (unlike many) to wax more pro-Kerry than anti-Bush by adapting an 1824 John Quincy Adams campaign … [Read more...]

Soltero – Hell Train

SolteroHell TrainPoor Tim Howard. Things never seem to work out for him. He’s perpetually dejected with the ennui of everyday life. His plans never go through and of course he never gets the girl. He’s sort of like a 20-something Charlie Brown. And to make matters worse, you’ve never even heard of him. Like many guys his age, he puts his … [Read more...]

Made Out of Babies – Trophy

Made Out of BabiesTrophyWith a name like Made Out of Babies, it’s a safe bet that this Brooklyn four-piece isn’t interested in subtlety. This album rocks hard and loose in the proud noise-rock tradition of the Jesus Lizard, Butthole Surfers, and their myriad progeny. Frontwoman Julie Christmas adds an intriguing dimension to the familiarly abrasive … [Read more...]

Rufio – The Comfort of Home

RufioThe Comfort of HomeRufio’s The Comfort of Home is exactly the type of bloated pop-punk album that I hate to see. Most of the songs on it are vapid, over-produced pop-punkers that make me want to retch when I hear them on the radio. In fact, this 16-song album can be pared down to seven choice tracks: 1.“Never Learn” - A speed-punk/pop-punk … [Read more...]

The Nervous Return – Wake Up Dead

The Nervous ReturnWake Up DeadOne of the small joys of listening to indie music or even major-label recordings in an indie vein is picking up on American singers’ slip into British accents. There are so many examples of such incidents, and sometimes the vocalists merit a ridiculing smile rather than one of genuine appreciation. Fortunately, on his … [Read more...]

Lake Trout – Not Them, You

Lake TroutNot Them, YouThe commercial and critical success of Radiohead seemed to spawn an ocean of followers, mostly imitators, but the dreamy, shoegazey, atmospheric rock (emphasis on the rock) on Not Them, You proves that the guys in Lake Trout are innovators, not imitators. The music is so saturated with the emotive mope-rock influences of UK … [Read more...]

Bellini – Small Stones

BelliniSmall StonesWow, it's been quite a week. Personally, I started taking law courses after being away from school since 1996. Nationally, well, people are suffering pretty bad. To live is to suffer, and we all have suffered to various degrees. The band Bellini dodged a huge bullet after raucous founding member and drummer, Damon Che, had an … [Read more...]

Paint the Town Red – Home is Where the Hate Is

Paint the Town RedHome is Where the Hate IsPaint the Town Red's Home is Where the Hate Is has truth in advertising, but this is also socially conscious hardcore. While it's a decent effort, the lack of innovation renders it far from mandatory listening. Modern Life is War has comparable lyrical messages but also reasons to hear them out. It's … [Read more...]