Les Techno – “Trophy Wife”

New York City's Les Techno, who specializes in satirical songwriting, takes a swipe at Ivanka Trump for being a trophy wife (and daughter) on his lyrically-stinging new single and matching music video.  “Trophy Wife” comes off of the artist’s recent EP Whatever Happened to Les Techno?, which was released this past May. The DIY artist plays all … [Read more...]

Politburo – “Barrington Way”

Long-running Manchester, England-based outfit Politburo has been on the music scene since 1999, founded by Nick Alexander (vocals, guitar, tambourine) and Dominic ‘Dom’ James (drums, percussion, keyboards) and currently rounded out with John Loveguns (guitar), Phil Meredith (guitar, keyboards), Steven Joseph (bass), and invited guest Chloé Sancho … [Read more...]

New LP from Space Apaches

Asheville, North Carolina's Space Apaches has just released its new album, the 14-track Smokin' Voyages of psychedelic-steeped rock n roll funthat includes a healthy mix of originals with a few covers.  The band is composed of studio session players who got together to create meticulously-crafted rock music fused with a “spaced out” country vibe.  … [Read more...]

Ty Segall – Twins

Steadfast and willingly able to further his craft, Ty Segall returns with his third album of 2012, Twins. His first and only album of the year as a solo artist, it follows Slaughterhouse’s smashing success and Hair’s brilliant chemistry with sounds that are reliably Segall’s. And thank goodness really, Segall has been one of music’s most consistent … [Read more...]

Jen Stratosphere Fanzine’s Top 10 Songs of 2011

This was originally going to be a Top 3 list, but I couldn’t resist doing a Top 10 instead.  Too much joy to spread around this year! 10.  Meringue & Malice – “Christmas Covered in Candy” Leslie Dallion and Ryan Breegle, formerly the duo The Loligags (on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records out of Athens, Georgia), are back as Meringue … [Read more...]

Ganglians – Still Living

Admittedly, Ganglians’ third LP begins with a garish thud. An a cappella declaration that promptly begins the album with, “This is a sad, sad song for all you sad, sad people” is a tactic few bands could adequately execute with any semblance of grace. Luckily, however, this stain is quickly scoured with the first sounds of Ryan Grubbs’ guitar as … [Read more...]

White Orange – s/t

I'd like to file this Portland quartet comfortably between progressive and sludge metal.  Unfortunately, their sound is not that simple and it would be an injustice for me to label them as such.  They are mesmerizing.  With a slick, complex production and a swirling, psychedelic personality all their own, this overdriven, fuzzed out metal behemoth … [Read more...]

Akron/Family – S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

Since its genesis in 2002, Brooklyn-based collective Akron/Family has been lumped into the freak folk genre – essentially just another ambiguous tag used to categorize those with a jones for suffusing acoustic music with a touch of psychedelia and the avant-garde.  By melding these two disparate tastes with a calculated desire to be evasive, … [Read more...]

Grandfather – Why I’d Try

Do you remember the immediate and palpable differences between Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero albums?  Most critics – and fans, for that matter – will point to the production as the most prominent factor that distinguishes the lauded grunge band’s second and third albums.  Nevermind boasted a glossy veneer and shimmer that, as it turned out, did … [Read more...]

Royal Baths – Litanies

Back when Ty Segall travelled through El Paso, Royal Baths opened for them. There was much confusion when the promoter initially sent out a release stating that his would be a Segall/Baths show – which would mean that electronic artist, Baths, who’s album Cerulean is a terrific listen would be splitting the bill with Segall. Eventually, the notices … [Read more...]