Archives for October 2010

Underappreciated Album of the Month: UAM #7 (Pavement – Wowee Zowee, 1996)

With this DOA feature that has been re-vamped, last seen in 1993, we focus our attention on an album that may not have the recognition or notoriety it deserves. It might be a cult hit, it might be a small favorite or it might even be an album that is just so great, we feel it needs all of the attention possible. Albums chosen will always be, at … [Read more...]

New project for The Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch

THE FASTBACKS' KURT BLOCH CELEBRATES RELEASE OF HIS NEW PROJECT, THEE SGT. MAJOR III'S DEBUT FULL-LENGTH, "THE IDEA FACTORY" (SPARK AND SHINE RECORDS) Thee Sgt. Major III¹s first full-length, "The Idea Factory," contains the wit, optimism and feisty schoolboy angst that Kurt Bloch articulated in his songwriting for The Fastbacks and the sparky … [Read more...]

Easy Star All-Stars – Dubber Side of the Moon

In 2003 Easy Star All-Stars released Dub Side of the Moon, a dub-style remix of one of the greatest rock albums of all time, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. I was skeptical at first, as I am with most contemporary attempts at remixes of great albums, but was hooked before the end of "Speak to Me/Breathe".  Now, E.S. All-Stars hit us with yet … [Read more...]

Kacey Johansing – Many Seasons

Singer/songwriter Kacey Johansing’s debut album Many Seasons is a musical interpretation of her experiences as a young artist traveling from Colorado to Boston and San Francisco. With guitars, piano, strings, bass and soft percussion, Johansing and her guests explore the shifting styles and emotional atmospheres that changing seasons and a change … [Read more...]

Kings Of Leon – Come Around Sundown

"Radioactive", the new single off of Kings Of Leon's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, will be the only track you'll remember. I'm not sure if the band is going through a very early mid-life crisis or if they've made a conscience choice to keep every track as mellow as possible. Where are the rockers we love so much? Songs such as "Black … [Read more...]

The Black Ryder – “Sweet Come Down”

Aimee Nash and Scott Von Ryper of Australia’s The Black Ryder showcase one aspect of their sound with the softly desolate, laconically-paced noir song “Sweet Come Down” that features Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on harmonica.  A quasi-duet is set in motion by picked acoustic guitar and the occasional pull of plaintive harmonica, while … [Read more...]

New Full-length from Rusty Willoughby

PACIFIC NORTHWEST SONGWRITING MAINSTAY, RUSTY WILLOUGHBY CELEBRATES RELEASE OF LATEST FULL-LENGTH, "COBIRDS UNITE," ON SPARK AND SHINE RECORDS Rusty Willoughby is celebrating the release of his latest full-length, "Cobirds Unite," featuring Seattle elite such as Rachel Flotard, Barrett Martin, Barb Antonio, Margrethe Bjorklund, Johnny Sangster, … [Read more...]

Avey Tare – Down There

Dave Portner, aka Avey Tare, is ready to slow things the fuck down, and it’s hard to blame him. It seems like he and his bandmates in Animal Collective have been whirling dervishes for the last 10 years – first writing, touring, and recording with creative restlessness, and then later writing, recording, and touring like a traditional careerist … [Read more...]

Coin Under Tongue – Reception

With endorsements from Spoon's Britt Daniel and the legendary Julian Cope, Coin Under Tongue comes with a promise to deliver on its new album Reception. Further adding to its pedigree, the album is released by Death By Audio -- the home of A Place To Bury Strangers' Oliver Ackermann. So, what's the music like? If you remember the band Swell, … [Read more...]

Birds & Batteries – Panorama

The steady drive of experimentation comes from a band’s skill at knowing when it’s time to progress. Most bands often get stale before they’re able to capitalize on flourishing moments where everything comes together. San Francisco band Birds & Batteries have recently discovered what it means to be striking at the right time. With Panorama, the … [Read more...]