An Interview with Devon Reed, the man behind “You Be My Heart, Vol. 1”

You Be My Heart is a relatively new compilation (released late last year) featuring the likes of Horse Feathers, Marissa Nadler, Bowerbirds, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Mark Kozelek and many more. Just after the New Year, I sat down with the compilation’s mastermind, Devon Reed (pictured above), to talk about the release, the charity… Continue reading An Interview with Devon Reed, the man behind “You Be My Heart, Vol. 1”

Song Reviews

Death Vessel: Ilsa Drown (feat. Jonsi of Sigur Ros)

Joel Thibodeau’s Death Vessel returns in February with a follow up do his Sub Pop debut Nothing is Precious Enough for Us. The new album is called Island Intervals and it’s been a long time coming; his previous release as Death Vessel was way back in 2008.


Gap Dream: Shine Your Light (Video)

This month, Gap Dream will release their sophomore LP, Shine Your Light. In preparation for the release, the band has given us a new video for the opening and title track “Shine Your Light”. It features John Ennis (Mr. Show) trying to find is friend/partner who may have been abducted by aliens. The X-Files-like sci-fi… Continue reading Gap Dream: Shine Your Light (Video)

Song Reviews

Solander: All Opportunities

Solander came to my attention a few years back after Fredrik Karlsson branched out from his work in Swedish orchestral and experimental folk-pop collective Fredrik. While Solander has been around for the better part of a decade, the band’s debut LP didn’t arrive until 2009 and was followed a few years later by their sophomore… Continue reading Solander: All Opportunities


Woods: It Ain’t Easy (Video)

I failed at a few things during my compilation of last year’s Best of 2012 list. Two items stand out: first is the absence of Wymond Miles’ Under the Pale Moon, which I didn’t check out in full until early this year. The second was placing Bend Beyond by Woods someplace other than my number… Continue reading Woods: It Ain’t Easy (Video)

Album Reviews

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”

Song Reviews

Angel Olsen: Forgiven/Forgotten

After her release of the Sleepwalker single earlier this year, I questioned whether Angel Olsen was going through a transformation. The revealing, introspective LP Half Way Home from 2012 was about as minimal as they come. Full vocals seemed as quiet as a whisper — though they were not — and her guitar was so… Continue reading Angel Olsen: Forgiven/Forgotten

Song Reviews

Trails And Ways: Lost (Frank Ocean Cover)

Since their inception a few years back, Trails And Ways have provided us with their own rendition of a few notable songs. The latest artists Trails And Ways has set their eyes on is the infamous Frank Ocean, in particular his song “Lost”. Dreamy and adorned with T&W’s signature bossa-nova sound, the band is flawless… Continue reading Trails And Ways: Lost (Frank Ocean Cover)


Keep Shelly In Athens: Oostende (Video)

I’ve been following Keep Shelly In Athens for some time now. Their new album, At Home has been on my playlist for about a month, and I’ve quickly come to love tracks like openers “Time Exists Only To Betray Us” and “Oostende”. Earlier this week, the band released a video for the latter.


Saâda Bonaire: You Could Be More As You Are

On their announcement of their forthcoming reissue of Saâda Bonaire’s lone single from the early 80s, Captured Tracks made note to file the group under Why was this band not huge?. Makes perfect sense; listening to the band’s single “You Could Be More As You Are”, one is adorned with sounds somewhere between Kraftwork (the… Continue reading Saâda Bonaire: You Could Be More As You Are