Archives for August 2015

Juggernaut – Overlooked EP

Juggernaut's sound won me over immediately. So straightforward and mean. Just listen to "Deeper," the first track on the band's latest EP, Overlooked. The song starts with a few brooding, reluctant notes. Then the other instruments join in, and the momentum builds. Fifty-five seconds in, the reluctance is gone and you are faced with heavy, stomping … [Read more...]

New Single from NoMBe

BECOME is an indie/urban companion offering from the Paris/LA creative collective EXGF. While EXGF as a music brand does not necessarily engage in remixes, mashups, featurings, etc…the BECOME brand offers our collective a lens through which to enjoy and partake in those activities, as well as a slightly different sound (more urban/club/hip-hop … [Read more...]

New album from Winter Calling

Tampa Bay's hard-rocking prog masters Winter Calling has released its first album, titled As Darkness Falls.  Winter Calling is a new music project featuring critically-acclaimed musicians including Wayne Hoefle – winner of “Best Original Score” by the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association – and Ian Medhurst – who tours with John Wesley … [Read more...]

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience – I Like Rain: The Story Of The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience

Like their better-known more senior labelmates and fellow compatriots, The Chills, The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience were intractably linked to the fluctuating fortunes of New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records.  Yet unlike Martin Phillipps’ recently self-renewed power-pop outfit, The JPSE were a far artier and more awkward proposition that perhaps … [Read more...]

Vile Display of Humanity – Vile Display of Humanity

The members of the thrash metal/punk rock band Vile Display of Humanity are originally from Chicago, Illinois, but they moved to Seattle, Washington to have a fresh go at it, unleashing their 20-track, 100% DIY, self-titled album this past spring.  Like minds Doug Mitchell (vocals), Jake Youngberg (vocals, guitar), David Foster (lead guitar), Marty … [Read more...]

New single from Pleasure Boys

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the members of Pleasure Boys cut their teeth in the music world by first being a wedding band. Realizing that they would probably never find their Drew Barrymore, the band members returned to the warm womb of their dad’s recording studio to bring you "The Bat IV". The first single off their upcoming EP, this … [Read more...]

Isnaj Dui – Dioptrics

A singular quality of the great, maverick World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer was to make the complexity of his games appear effortless. In displays of near-Mozartian simplicity all of his moves seemed to happen exactly ‘just in time’, entirely belying the inherent intellectual and creative oomph necessary to achieve such a high level of play. To … [Read more...]

New live album from Pure Phase Ensemble feat. Mark Gardener of Ride

Pure Phase Ensemble is an international music collective, created especially for the SpaceFest festival in Gdansk, which takes place annually in December and is organised by the Nasiono Association. The city of Gdansk plays host to this blossoming music festival each year in the first week of December, at which time numerous select musicians from … [Read more...]

Al Berkowitz – A Long Hereafter / Nothing Beyond

A decade ago, the then Berlin-based band of Spanish expatriates The Inhabitants gained a new member, an American living in the German capital and whose name was Al Berkowitz. By 2009, Al himself had left the band, but The Inhabitants decided to retain his name, for reasons that are known only to Ignacio Simón, Lorenzo Palomares and Santiago … [Read more...]

Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There

Yo La Tengo have been in a retrospective bubble since 2013’s well-received but too quickly forgotten Fade LP.  With an expanded version of 1993’s sublime Painful (as Extra Painful on Matador) and a vinyl reprint of 1990’s well-loved Fakebook on vinyl (on the Bar/None label) both appearing last year, backwards glancing has been helpfully reminding … [Read more...]