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...]

Interview with Randy of Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

Heya Randy!  How’re you doing?  I have to say, you’re new album Survival Machines, out this past September on Tragic Hero Records, is a real standout.  Your album was streaming at AOL Spinner back then, and as soon as the first track came on, I was like, “Wow!  What is this?  Awesome!” and, believe me, that’s not my usual reaction to what I … [Read more...]

Caravels – s/t EP

I have been on a bit of a hardcore kick as of late, but I was looking for something that had intense emotion and melody. It's an odd combination, but quite a few bands are using these dynamic as of late and it works quite well as you have elements of both post-rock and post-hardcore that play off of each other's opposing tendencies.  Caravels is … [Read more...]

Oversat – Mixed Signals EP

Mixed Signals, the new EP by Oversat, is an exercise in noisy repetition. Its six tracks sound a lot alike, and none of it is very interesting. In fact, even at only twenty minutes in length, it outstays its welcome rather quickly. The trio formed in 1999 and consists of King Doug (drums), Jeremiah LongBear (bass & vocals), and Jared Cooper … [Read more...]

Elder – Reflect

Let's talk buyer's remorse by way of genre-exploration for a moment: you're here, meaning the latent hunting/gathering urge originally secured in your DNA to help locate sources of nutrition and encourage the survival of the human race has somehow been corrupted, just like mine, and instead opts for new musical frontiers. Ancient tactics still … [Read more...]