Murder by Death – Good Morning, Magpie

Confining yourself solely to the woods for two weeks straight seems a bit much to even the most distinctive musician. But for Murder by Death’s frontman, Adam Turla, that is exactly what he set out to do to gain inspiration and write all of the music on the band’s fifth album, Good Morning, Magpie. Traveling through hills, cooking meals outside and … [Read more...]

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Buried Behind the Barn EP

Slim Cessna's Auto Club's 2008 release Cipher was one of my favorites of that year. I still don't quite know how to describe the Denver band but words like Southern gothic, primal folk, old timey gospel, and Americana noir come to mind. The band's twangy songs are full of the stuff of legend - brawlers and drunkards, places with strange histories … [Read more...]

Telegraph Canyon – The Tide and the Current

Dreaming and longing for something real and fully-realized, with every waking step and every yearning breath, it feels nearly impossible. The mystique and beauty of life and its ever-succumbing follies is a struggle that’s natural and ultimately, inevitable. But forgotten in all of this is the goal that there is something amazing waiting on the … [Read more...]

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity/The Firstborn Is Dead/Kicking Against The Pricks/Your Funeral… My Trial (CD/DVD reissues)

It's not hard to understand why the world of reissues stirs up such confusion and cynicism, given the multiple lines of attack followed by artists and labels alike to keep back catalogues alive or resuscitate them from near-death.  So, for every long-awaited first CD reissue of a lost vinyl relic (anything by Lee Hazlewood for instance) and … [Read more...]

Dead Heart Bloom – In Chains

New York City-based Dead Heart Bloom’s latest release, In Chains, is the last installment of their EP trilogy which began with Fall In back in September 2008 and was followed by Oh Mercy in November. If we learned anything about Dead Heart Bloom from these first two EPs, it’s to expect the unexpected. And so it’s no surprise, given the voluminous … [Read more...]