It’s hard to think of Menomena topping Friend And Foe. After all, that album made #3 on my Retrospective Top Albums of 2007. But they make a fair attempt with Mines. There’s plenty of solidity here, from opener “Queen Black Acid” to the final track, “Intil”. I guess only time will tell.
Rocky Votolato has that voice; the voice that can haunt your dreams, but at the same time bring so much joy to your heart that it runs risk of imploding. He has been known to bring his original southern spirit and intermingle it with the Elliot Smith-like aura of the Northwest indie folk scene.
I first saw The Long Winters live at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle at the end of July, 2004. Along with IQU, they stood out as the event’s best performers. The second time was in Pullman this past spring  for the university’s annual Spring Fest. And again, they left the other performers… Continue reading The Long Winters: Putting The Days To Bed [Album Review]
Erich said, You gotta check out this band; you gotta review their EP. End paraphrase. Having recently noted the band’s signing to Barsuk, it seemed the logical next step. In anticipation of that future record, slated for an early 2010 release, it just made sense. Besides, there’s substantial overlap between the self-titled EP and the… Continue reading Phantogram: Phantogram EP [Album Review]
New York’s Phantogram — that’s Saratoga Springs, NY, not NYC — has signed to Barsuk Records and will release Eyelid Movies in February of 2010. Phantogram’s music is filled with synth lines fit for shoegaze, electronic beats that hint of a hip hop influence, and lovable pop vocals.