Archives for February 2010

New trip-hop EP from Germany’s Panic Girl

End of February sees the release of Panic Girl’s debut EP „Burn And Rise“ on the Berlin based label .shadybrain.   The EP contains five tracks offering an extraordinary as well as versatile blend of different electronic styles and trip hop. Panic Girl alias Martha Plachetka, who is a professional audio engineer, not only was in charge of the … [Read more...]

New albums from Aartika, Carta, and Sarah June on Silber Records

Silber Records has three new releases coming in February & March from Aarktica, Carta, & Sarah June. Carta: An Index of Birds Street Date: February 16, 2010 RIYL: Low, Six By Seven, Hood, The Cure, Piano Magic, Charles Atlas, Landing, Ida Carta returns with a new home on Silber combining all of the 1990s moody pop, slowcore, & … [Read more...]

Holly Miranda – The Magician’s Private Library

As someone who grew up in a home where listening to secular music was strictly forbidden and where church was a near-daily ritual, the music Holly Miranda creates is ominously shrouded with dark atmospherics. Her initial role in music was as a member of The Jealous Girlfriends and there is a rather gripping story regarding how she met … [Read more...]

The Woodlands -s/t

The Woodlands are a husband and wife duo that settled down from their world travels in Portland long enough to record ten of their dreamy folk-pop tunes for this quaint, self-released and self-titled LP. The slow, acoustic-based tunes are mostly plodding, folk-pop frameworks colored in with piano, harmonica, and an occasional stringed … [Read more...]

Converge – Axe To Fall

Converge is that band that we want to call our generation's great hardcore success story. In many ways they are. They are still going strong after 20 years and I still don't have a band to compare them to, although I can count many who have tried to be like them. As unpredictable as when they started, Converge released Axe To Fall on October 20. … [Read more...]

New EP and tour dates for Southerly

Portland, OR is widely known for its wealth of dark-pop songwriters, and Southerly is one of its very best. The nom-de-tune of Krist Krueger, Southerly has announced the release of a lush, layered new work titled Champion Of The Noisy Negativists on February 19th, 2010. The digital/CD/vinyl EP via the Self Group imprint follows the artist's … [Read more...]

The Art Of Shooting releases album in April

Brooklyn dream-punks THE ART OF SHOOTING release their debut full-length Traveling Show on April 27, 2010. Traveling Show is an intensely personal work for The Art Of Shooting’s singer/songwriter/guitarist Kelly Irene Corson, who growls, shrieks and hums with a vibrato vocally evocative of Siouxsie Sioux and Chrissie Hynde balanced with the … [Read more...]

Stellarscope – This Is Who We Are

With an extensive discography that boasts an impressive album per year ratio, you’d be in good company expecting shoegaze outfit Stellarscope to sound every bit like the veteran act they appear to be on paper. Yet with more than a dozen recordings under their belts since 1998, these Philadelphia psychedelic rockers ironically still sound like a … [Read more...]

Ceremony – “Someday” 7″

There’s much to be said about bands that break-up and go on to form other bands. One that stands out for me – mostly because they are/were a local band – is At the Drive-In. They’re still responsible for what many consider to be one of the best albums of 2000, Relationship of Command. These break-ups can leave fans waiting for more and ultimately, … [Read more...]

Artists-On-Albums: AOA #5 (Wes Willenbring on When)

Wes Willenbring on... Vincent Gallo's When (Warp Records, 2001) I think whether or not an album becomes a “favorite” is often dependent on the environment in which one first hears it.  Not just the where and the when but also what, stylistically, the listener had been listening to previously. It may be a musician seemingly perfecting a form … [Read more...]