Archives for January 2009

Robert Turnell: You Fellows Of All Souls

  Robert Turnell's uncle was a highly respected newspaper editor, working on a leading UK national dailypublication, and 'you fellows of all souls' was his traditional welcome to any newly qualified graduates who found themselves staffing the newsrooms under Francis (later Sir Francis) Boyd's editorship. It's easy to picture the nervous … [Read more...]

Cousin Dale – Quickly, Rapidly, Efficiently… And Fast

I'm always hesitant of punk music without an agenda. To me, punk music had to do with a sinking, dissatisfied feeling you had with the status quo. It was loud and un-polished, and intentionally so, but the actual sound wasn't as important as the feelings of dissent behind it. Quality punk music isn't necessarily good music- there are no virtuosos … [Read more...]

Cake On Cake – Hymns I Remember

Do you like your sugar with a dash of coffee? Do you enjoy the way in which a little too much maple syrup totally saturates your stack of pancakes? Do you spend cold winter nights wrapped in lamb’s wool, dreaming of unicorns that would delicately prance on the fluffy snow outside your window? Are visions of sugar plums still dancing in your head … [Read more...]

Guide to the Recordings of Cranes

Cranes is a cinematic rock/dream-pop/atmospheric electronic band formed by the brother and sister duo of Jim Shaw (song composer, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, programmer) and Alison Shaw (songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, bassist) in the mid-1980’s in Portsmouth, England. Jim and Alison continue to create compelling, melodic, and distinctive … [Read more...]

A. Armada – Anam Cara EP

What an interesting press release, when it reads, “The field of instrumental bands is becoming more and more crowded…why should you care about A. Armada out of Athens, GA?” It’s somewhat of a quandary, for sure, and it's even a bit misleading when the people who are out trying to gain you exposure have this enormous pitfall set up. Whether or not … [Read more...]

Boris Smile – Beartooth EP

This too-short EP's cover art had me hooked before I even listened to the first track. It's simultaneously appealing in style but dark in theme, and that's an excellent way to approach the Beartooth EP. Because Boris Smile – the project of A. Wesley Chung and a revolving cast of musicians that credits more than a dozen performers simply on this EP … [Read more...]

DeVotchka Tour Dates

1/27 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up 1/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue 1/29 - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort & Casino - Grand Theatre 1/30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 1/31 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 2/2 - West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room 2/4 - San Diego, CA @ The Belly Up 2/5 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse 2/6 - … [Read more...]

ISIS Reveal New Album Details

ISIS, the Los Angeles by way of Boston band, has set a May 5 release date for their anticipated new album, Wavering Radiant (Ipecac Recordings). The album, produced by Joe Baressi (Tool, Queens off The Stone Age), will see a limited edition vinyl version released on Apr. 21. Tool's Adam Jones contributed guitar to two songs from the new release. … [Read more...]

Milton Cross – Light in the West

Milton Cross delivers instrumental ambience brimming with subtle power on his new album, Light in the West.  Although it's an eclectic blend of instruments and muted noises, his music follows a defined thread to the last, using consistent recording techniques, sound selections, tones and timbres that breed some kindred feelings and atmospheres. The … [Read more...]

The Distant Seconds – Spectral Evidence

It can’t be easy doing the indie rock thing in Austin, Texas these days. Cutting your teeth in a community that is fast becoming this decade’s version of Seattle brings with it staggering competition and exceedingly high expectations. And having the country’s largest independent music festival in your hometown (South By Southwest) might just be a … [Read more...]