Album Reviews

Jonathan Clay: The Acoustic Sessions [Album Review]

It would be great if life were as smooth and simple as a Jonathan Clay (or Jason Mraz, Howie Day, etc.) song. In a genre like this, what I like to call bubbly acoustic, even the saddest of moments could seem minuscule and easily bearable. Call it a guilty pleasure, but these indie, John Mayer… Continue reading Jonathan Clay: The Acoustic Sessions [Album Review]

Features

The Smallgoods [Feature Band]

Written by Fense Now here’s a label I haven’t checked out in a while — Lost And Lonesome Recordings, Australia’s premiere source for great indie pop from down under. This group, The Smallgoods, makes folk music with a light inclusion of simple pop traits. For one, there’s the compounded, harmony vocals, often featuring more than… Continue reading The Smallgoods [Feature Band]

Album Reviews

Fugu: As Found [Album Review]

Written by Fense I didn’t check out Fugu 1, the debut LP by Fugu, until well after its release. Featuring an impressive lineup of French and European pop artists, Fugu’s music is a blend of pop styles, from the upbeat to the softly melancholy. And, to continue the trend, I’m just now checking out Fugu’s… Continue reading Fugu: As Found [Album Review]

Videos

Lukestar: White Shade [Music Video]

Written by Fense I was hooked in the opening moments of this video just like I was hooked the moment I heard Lukestar’s high-pitched, Mew-like vocals. Even the backing music has the punchy, almost orchestrated sound of Mew’s And The Glass Handed Kites. Lukestar (MySpace) hails from Oslo and their recent release, Lake Toba, which… Continue reading Lukestar: White Shade [Music Video]

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Peace In Our Time [Feature Band]

Written by Fense I’m currently in bed. My eyes are half shut and half a bottle of Syrah is settling in my stomach. And in my ears are the pleasant pop melodies of Peace In Our Time (MySpace). Despite my current demeanor, I would not call Peace In Our Time bedroom pop. There’s too much… Continue reading Peace In Our Time [Feature Band]

Album Reviews

Entertainment For The Braindead: Hydrophobia [Album Review]

I’ve been in-tune with, and a fan of, Aerotone Records for some time now. Each release they give the world is truly given to the world — they are all free with the option to pay, a strategy that has been in place (to my knowledge) since the beginning. They are what one would call… Continue reading Entertainment For The Braindead: Hydrophobia [Album Review]

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Vancougar [Feature Band]

Written by Fense Vancougar is the Washington State University (my alma mater) newspaper. While I went to the Pullman campus (whose daily paper is The Daily Evergreen), the Vancougar is the Vancouver, WA campus’ bi-weekly periodical. We are the Cougars, and this year we fuckin’ ROCKED the apple cup. Of course, the two teams playing,… Continue reading Vancougar [Feature Band]

Album Reviews

The Rollo Treadway: The Rollo Treadway [Album Review]

Written by Fense With an emphasis on late 60s, early 70s pop influence, The Rollo Treadway‘s self-titled debut follows a conceptual storyline — the kidnapping of two children. Rather than taking the dark route, it quickly becomes apparent that The Rollo Treadway is packed with upbeat pop gems like opener “Kidnapped” and its follower “Rua… Continue reading The Rollo Treadway: The Rollo Treadway [Album Review]

Videos

The Beach Boys And The Satan [Film Review]

In the song they slapped onto the Garden State soundtrack, Coldplay sung We live in a beautiful world repeatedly. But really, do we? Everything around us is subjective — science tells us that, when even the most noteworthy, respected theories, like the theory of gravity, remain just that… theories. Ethics are subjective — I was… Continue reading The Beach Boys And The Satan [Film Review]