Album Reviews

Benjamin Verdoes: The Evil Eye

Tomorrow, Benjamin Verdoes releases The Evil Eye on Brick Lane Records. For Verdoes, a founding and continuing member of the Seattle-based internet sensation Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band (MSHVB) on Dead Oceans, it is his first venture into solo territory. I doubt I’m the first to say that Verdoes is just as powerful here as… Continue reading Benjamin Verdoes: The Evil Eye

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Out Now: Stephen Steinbrink’s “Arranged Waves”

I recall the first time I heard Stephen Steinbrink. I caught the final few songs of his set at one of What The Heck Fest’s final years. The song was “Breath of Fire” off his 2009 LP Ugly Unknowns. Such a pleasant, poppy sound: I thought this a little strange coming from someone who so… Continue reading Out Now: Stephen Steinbrink’s “Arranged Waves”

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Moonface: Julia With Blue Jeans On

Spencer Krug returns with his next Moonface record, Julia With Blue Jeans On. Krug, as you may well be aware, has had a music career filled with diversity; if this is your introduction to Moonface, as it is mine, you may be surprised to hear Krug at his most endearing. Julia With Blue Jeans On… Continue reading Moonface: Julia With Blue Jeans On

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Jane Eyre: With Our Thoughts We Make The World

Jane Eyre is the emotionally-charged, psychedelic pop outfit fronted by Jesse Rifkin, former leader of The Wailing Wall. This new project has been brewing for a while now, with “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York” dropped a few years back. The band has finally released their debut full-length, With Our Thoughts We Make The… Continue reading Jane Eyre: With Our Thoughts We Make The World

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Mount Eerie: Pre-Human Ideas

Phil Elverum’s penchant for the unconventional has always been a recognizable trait of his work. I would argue that all his work under the Mount Eerie moniker is unconventional; there are, however, times where it stands out even more. His latest release, a forthcoming one titled Pre-Human Ideas out on his P.W. Elverum and Sun… Continue reading Mount Eerie: Pre-Human Ideas

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The Men: Campfire Songs EP

Campfire Songs by The Men is among the most appropriate album titles of the year (perhaps being topped only by Ty Segall’s LP Sleeper). It was indeed recorded outside, under stars with a crackling fire keeping the clan warm. It found this band — often classified in a variety of genres from noise rock to… Continue reading The Men: Campfire Songs EP

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King Khan & the Shrines: Idle No More

I’ve become hypnotized. Haunted. Unsuspectingly allured. There is darkness / In every inch of my veins / In every pleasure, in every pain, coos King Khan with a high-pitched and heartfelt falsetto in “Darkness”, a bluesy, jazzy, laid back garage-pop ballad. The words are gripping amidst blaring soulful saxophones and trumpets. It’s enough to melt… Continue reading King Khan & the Shrines: Idle No More

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Ty Segall Sleeper Album Review + Pacific Northwest Show Dates

In 2000, my grandfather on my dad’s side passed away. That year was a rough one: lowest GPA of my college career, switching majors to the massive dismay of my parents, a coming to terms with mortality and both who I am as a person and who I want to be. This sort of upheaval… Continue reading Ty Segall Sleeper Album Review + Pacific Northwest Show Dates

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The Fresh & Onlys: Soothsayer EP (Album Review)

The Fresh & Onlys are back with a new EP called Soothsayer, due September 24 on Mexican Summer and it finds The Fresh & Onlys in an odd place. Transitioning from a once hard-hitting rock band into one with some depth, the band presents three louder songs, and three softer ones. This is a band… Continue reading The Fresh & Onlys: Soothsayer EP (Album Review)

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Cock & Swan: Secret Angles

Dig deep into the FensePost archives and you’ll discover two things. First is the site’s launch date, which is essentially 666: June 6, 2006. Second is that one of the earliest reviews is that of Cock & Swan‘s Noon Hum EP. Hand packaged with a personal note to KZUU, I talked up the EP for… Continue reading Cock & Swan: Secret Angles