Owls – Two

It’s difficult to write good music that ventures outside the boundaries of traditional popular music.  Popular music, on the other hand, is relatively easy to write. Since popular music deals in chord sets and forms that exert a proven visceral pull on the listener, it has a built-in direction and clarity.  This is part of what makes it popular … [Read more...]

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Prior to the advent of indie, the creation of odd music had a place and a purpose.  Odd music was made by outsiders - people whose characteristics made them different, and as a result, outcasts from society in one sense or another.  Music was an artistic vehicle for revelation, rendering and expressing those characteristics in a way that manifested … [Read more...]

Louise Trehy of 4AD duo Swallow is back as Strata Florida

Strata Florida is the newest project of Louise Trehy, formerly one half of the 4AD duo Swallow. Debut album Made Of Stars is only Trehy's second album in twenty years. Swallow's flame flickered bright but brief in the early 1990s, and disillusion after the band’s break up caused Trehy to abandon music altogether. Her creative spark was … [Read more...]

Hungry Kids of Hungary – “Twin Cities”

"Twin Cities" is the follow up single to "Sharp Shooter" from Brisbane lads Hungry Kids of Hungary's latest album offering, and it delivers yet another indie-pop track that will no doubt be rife amongst Triple J’s air waves for the next few months. Lyrically, it’s fairly light, noting the protagonist’s waking up after a big night and remembering … [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...]

Q&A with William Gruff

Hi Matt!  I’m really enjoying all 6 songs on your band’s Binghamton EP which was released on October 12th.  Who is currently in the band and what do you each play? I play acoustic guitar, Vince Federici plays electric guitar, Charlie Heim is the drummer, Will Tobin is keys, and Julia Adamy is on the bass. I sing lead and everyone does backing … [Read more...]

Interview with Said The Whale

Hi Tyler!  It’s such a pleasure to touch base with you about your band’s super-enjoyable new album Hawaiii, out on Hidden Pony Records.  What’re the vibes like right now for you and your bandmates?  Where are you in the midst of your East Coast, USA tour? You're catching me in Virginia Beach, VA. Good vibrations at the moment! We're all excited … [Read more...]

Q&A with Tunabunny

Hi Brigette, Mary Jane, Scott, and Jesse!  Congrats on your 3rd and latest album, Genius Fatigue, which is out on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records.  I heard you’ve got a U.K tour coming up ASAP.  How is that looking and what are the essentials that you’ll be packing for this trip? Toothbrushes n undies. Also, a camping towel, umbrella and the … [Read more...]

Yo La Tengo – Fade

After thirty years of making music, it’s safe to say that a band like Yo La Tengo has nothing left to prove. They’ve already been able to create the indisputable classics, they’ve been able to showcase a litany of covers that is without a doubt unmatched, they’ve been able to explore each new release as a challenge to create something fresh and … [Read more...]