Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks – “Little Fang”

It seems appropriate that Avey Tare’s (aka David Portner) new band is named Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. The horror film motif fits their murky and somewhat grotesque sound, and promotional images project the band wearing masks and shining knives at the cameras. But, the name also describe the place Tare’s main project, Animal Collective, has in … [Read more...]

Best Songs of 2013

I’m countin’ ‘em down like Casey “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars" Kasem used to do on the music TV show America’s Top 10: 10.  SPC ECO – “Delusional Waste” Dean Garcia (ex-Curve) and daughter Rose Berlin, creators of electro-ambient fantasias, approach justthissideofpop with their recent tune “Delusional … [Read more...]

Interview with New Politicians

Heya Renal, Gian, Winston, and Chris!  It’s so cool to have this opportunity to ask you all a bunch of questions about your post-punk sound, new EP Drag A City, and how your musical future is shaping up.  How is everything going for you right now? Hey Jen, we’re excited for the opportunity as well. Everything is going well in our camp. We’ve … [Read more...]

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Is it all currently poles apart following The Suburbs for Arcade Fire? Was performing and then winning “Album of the Year” at the Grammys altering? Let’s look at the facts: a ridiculously astounding tour schedule, some time apart, some time travelling. Fresh inspirations arise through global sounds and somehow, a new recording space is available. … [Read more...]

Low – The Invisible Way

Although they’re definitely against their oft-described ‘slowcore’ description, the music of Low has always seemed fitting for this title. With nine previous albums already under their belt, the duo of Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker have remained a constant figure and their vocals, along with their even-tempered music, have always maintained Low’s … [Read more...]

Phoenix – Bankrupt!

For many new listeners, it appeared as if Phoenix had actually arrived with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. An album that packed pop sensibilities with roaring singles captivated everyone from media to non-fans; it finally declared the French rock band as one of music’s true heavyweights. The actual reality was that the band had already made three … [Read more...]

The Strokes – Comedown Machine

By now it's well-known that The Strokes' best album is ten years old and there wont be much of a chance for part two to ever be released. But if they continue to sound forcefully capable, like on Comedown Machine, there really shouldn't be much complaining. Although Angles was a success because of the band's invigorated sound and … [Read more...]

Nick Jaina – Primary Perception

Primary Perception is a term referring to the gut instinct or sincere spontaneous emotions you have in a given moment. It comes from a study by scientist Cleve Backster who observed plants reacting strongly to spontaneous outbursts of emotion. Nick Jaina took a similar approach in the studio, gathering musicians together then deciding which song to … [Read more...]

Atoms for Peace – Amok

After their release to the world, back in 2009, Atoms for Peace have been steadfast in growing their sound together, as any band would enjoy. Thom Yorke is always going to be solidified within Radiohead, but he did release an excellent solo album with The Eraser and now, with Atoms for Peace, Yorke works with immensely gifted musicians for another … [Read more...]

Mwahaha – Mwahaha

So they’ve got a name that sounds silly or sinister depending how you say it. They’ve played at Warp Records’ SXSW showcase and collaborated with Tuneyards’ Merril Garbus on their debut album produced by Eli Crews (Deerhoof, WHY?). As an experimental avant-garde band, Mwahaha’s credentials are tight and this release on Plug Research is an expanded … [Read more...]