Archives for September 2012

Swans – The Seer

I looked over the press info for The Seer and asked myself a question. Do I or don't I like Swans? It can matter, liking or not liking a band regardless of the quality of their music. Michael Gira, whatever the ideas and conceptions for his resolutely uncompromising band are, obviously doesn't want to be liked. Retaining the confrontational Punk … [Read more...]

Chains of Love – Strange Grey Days

Vancouver-based Chains of Love released this 7-song debut this past spring on Manimal Vinyl and it’s a nouveau-retro winner that delivers a  fresh, but faithful take on the old school musical stylings of the 60s and 70s, mixing vibrant 60s Girl Group harmonies and Wall of Sound dynamics with 70s organ psychedelia and more modern, sharply angular … [Read more...]

Piney Gir returns with new in October

UK's Piney Gir, who is remininscent of Jenny Lewis and Nellie McKay, was born in Kansas in a Pentacostal household and denied access to any pop culture until the age of 14. Her new album 'Geronimo!' will come out Oct 16 on Highline Records. UNCUT gave the album four stars while Q Magazine called it "exuberant... bursts with joy... … [Read more...]

Crime & The City Solution – An Introduction To… A History of Crime: Berlin 1987-1991

The Crime & The City Solution catalogue has long been an unwieldy body of work which even erstwhile long-serving member Mick Harvey (also of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds) acknowledged in a 2005 interview with this writer.  Although badly in need of anthologizing, Harvey mused that a retrospective compilation of the nomadic band, founded by Australian … [Read more...]

New Album from Milk Maid out now

‘Mostly No’, Milk Maid’s second album, follows hot on the heels of last year’s debut record ‘Yucca’ and finds frontman Martin Cohen cementing his reputation as a talented songwriter able to straddle the line between noise and pop while also expanding the sonic terrain the band covers. Adding hints of Psychedelia to ‘Yucca’s’ crafted fuzz, the … [Read more...]

Sleep Maps – Fiction Makes The Future

NYC-based Sleep Maps, the project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Kaplan, treads similar sonic territory as the band Deafheaven, but instead of strong screamo vocals, Sleep Maps peppers its songs with retro, radio or TV announcer spoken word clips, fluid guitar lines, and more varied tempos. Ben has fleshed out Sleep Maps into a full band for this … [Read more...]

Album Release from Remora on Silber Media

Remora: The Heart That Kills (released by Fluttery) RIYL: Brian Eno, iDosing, falling asleep surrounded by guitars feeding back, Sun O))), Jesu File Under: Drone, Post Rock, Post-Apocalyptic Pop, Ambient, Experimental Info: A drone driven record. 90% of this album is shifting feedback tones with a couple acapella pieces & a dirge … [Read more...]

Dylan LeBlanc – Cast The Same Old Shadow

The Southern United States is known for a few things. Consistently, there are stereotypes of banjos, sweltering heights of humidity, and a deeply rigid Bluegrass Country music history. And unabashedly so, the population of this territory is willing to accept its pedigree, but for some this stereotype is a bit skewed. For the calm and expressive … [Read more...]

Interview with Jasmine Ash

  Hiya Jasmine!  It’s such a delight to interview you and find out more about your recent solo album Beneath The Noise, as well as your involvement with the indie-rock band Oh Darling.  I’ve read that you’re from Portland, but that you create all your albums in LA.  Do you split your time between these two cities, and if so, does that … [Read more...]

September release for Irish band No Spill Blood’s EP

Dublin, Ireland synth-punk trio No Spill Blood released their Street Meat debut EP digitally (LP and CD on Sept 4th) via Sargent House. Ireland's vitalic rock scene has once again created musical alchemy in the form of No Spill Blood, a band formed from the much-loved, respected and established bands Adebisi Shank, Hands Up Who Wants To Die?, … [Read more...]