Spheruleus and Friends – William Barber

Delving into the hermetically-sealed ambient world in pursuit of the reviewable is a mildly contradictory affair. These are not albums designed to compete for attention, works by bands whose very names often celebrate their own sense of obscurity and (presumably) are meant only to be critically assessed in relation to each other, if at all. Life, … [Read more...]

Interview with 1984

Salut Etienne!  It’s a joy to be chatting with and to find out the latest about your band 1984.  You recently released an engaging EP titled Night Phases.  How does it differ in theme and tone from your last album Influenza, which was feverish and infectious (both in a good way!)? Hi Jen!  Our EP differs quite a lot from Influenza. You're right; … [Read more...]

Nicole Atkins – “The Tower”

I trust that by now in my life I have witnessed enough home-grown prodigies to recognize one when I see one.  Please watch Nicole Atkins's acoustic rendition of "The Tower".  She is accompanied here by an incredible slide guitarist, and it is filmed on Brooklyn’s East River: Then, go see her perform it live, and compare the dynamic range of … [Read more...]

Forthcoming Releases

Album Alela Diane ‘About Farewell’ – 29th July The Drowning Men ‘All Of The Unknown’ – 19th August The Creature Comfort – due in September Miraculous Mule – due in October   EPS/Singles The Creature Comfort ‘Sally Sucks’ – 22nd July Raglans  ‘Digging Holes’ – 5th August   … [Read more...]

December Releases

December 4 Blur: Parklive (CD/DVD) (Parlophone) Can: Can: The Lost Tapes (vinyl box set) (Mute) The Chariot: One Wing (vinyl) (Good Fight/eOne) Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart: Road to Palios (Bella Union/Cooperative Music) Gringo Starr: "Going Way Out"/"Taller" 7" (self release) Kowloon Wall City: Container Ships (Brutal … [Read more...]

November Releases

November 6 101 Crustaceans: Train Bolt Roller Akina Adderley and the Vintage Playboys: Say Yes (Get Level) All That Remains: A War You Cannot Win (Razor & Tie) Anaal Nathrakh: Vanitas (Candlelight) Animal Collective: Spirit They're Gone, They've Vanished (reissue) (FatCat) Anstam: Stones and Woods (50 Weapons) Beheaded: … [Read more...]

Short Takes on 1 Album and 2 EPs

Tycho – Dive Ghostly International http://www.tychomusic.com/ Dive was released on Ghostly International this past autumn and it’s the second album from Tycho, AKA Scott Hansen, a San Francisco-based graphic designer (with some assist on guitar and bass from Zac Brown, Matt McCord, and Dusty Brown).  After a teeth-grinding, eye-rolling day … [Read more...]

August Release Dates

August 2 Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition) (Merge) Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle (reissue) (Merge) Aristillus: Devoured Trees & Crystal Skies (Fysisk Format) Azari & Ill: Azari & Ill (Loose Lips) Beruit: The Rip Tide (digital release) (Pompeii Records) Boston Spaceships: Let It Beard (Guided by Voices, … [Read more...]

July Release Dates

July 5 *AR: Wolf Notes (Type) Big Spider's Back: Memory Man (Circle Into Square) Biosphere: N-Plants (Touch) Bon Iver: "Calgary" b/w "I Can't Make You Love Me/Nick of Time" (Jagjaguwar) Brian Jonestown Massacre: "Iluminomi" b/w "There's A War Going On" 10"  (A) Bright Archer: Hidden Systems (Bear Island) Bright Eyes: Live … [Read more...]

Aenaon – Cendres Et Sang

For a long time I lived and died by the staple of the Greek black metal scene, Rotting Christ; never really exploring bands from the Mediterranean as much as I would have liked.  Since I am always on the hunt for anything new in the metal scene it was very fortuitous that I happened upon Aenaon’s latest offering Cendres Et Sang.  What Aenaon … [Read more...]