Song Reviews

Six Organs of Admittance Reach New Heights with “Taken by Ascent”

Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance released Burning the Threshold late last week. The new album, on SOA’s longtime label of Drag City, dropped February 24 and I’m just now checking out one of the release’s highlights: the stellar psych-folk track “Taken by Ascent”. Six Organs of Admittance reaches its pinnacle when marrying Chasny’s folk… Continue reading Six Organs of Admittance Reach New Heights with “Taken by Ascent”

Album Reviews

Ty Segall’s “Manipulator” Marries Garage Rock and Glam

After a far-too-lengthy hiatus, I have returned. And my gaze first turns toward prolific rocker Ty Segall‘s new LP, Manipulator. Last year I became a bit obsessed with early T. Rex, as in the stuff they released pre “T” under the guise Tyrannosaurus Rex. In particular, the album Beard of Stars. Around the same time,… Continue reading Ty Segall’s “Manipulator” Marries Garage Rock and Glam

Album Reviews · Live Reviews

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

Videos

Scout Niblett: Gun (Video)

“I think I’m gonna buy me a gun / A nice little silver one / And in a crowd someday / you won’t see it coming anyway…” sings Scout Niblett in her new song “Gun”. Partly angst-ridden and bent on revenge, another part emotionless and cold, the song provides an eerie juxtaposition to a modern… Continue reading Scout Niblett: Gun (Video)

Features

Ty Segall Plays the Northwest

I’m jealous. I never get out to shows these days. And Ty Segall is hitting the Pacific Northwest next week in support of his 2012 LP, Twins. I’ve been listening to it consistently over the past three days or so and, frankly, it’s a stunning snapshot of various genres, from garage to punk to psychedelic.… Continue reading Ty Segall Plays the Northwest

Album Reviews

Bill Callahan: Apocalypse (Album Review)

Bill Callahan’s latest LP, Apocalypse, is a difficult one to grasp. Such is the nature of Bill Callahan, whose music has always (even under Smog) been a bit on the fringe. Rarely do we pull from other reviews, but it must be noted that Pitchfork pointed out the contradictory nature of Callahan’s music — and… Continue reading Bill Callahan: Apocalypse (Album Review)

Song Reviews

Scout Niblett: The Calcination of Scout Niblett [mp3]

“The Calcination of Scout Niblett”, the title track off Scout Niblett‘s new LP on Drag City Records, is a mix between minimalistic folk sensibilities and the rock-worthiness of epic guitar riffs. Going from the soft minimal vocals-plus-quiet-guitar trait common in folk to the hard-hitting distorted rock guitar, “The Calcination of Scout Niblett” finds a unique… Continue reading Scout Niblett: The Calcination of Scout Niblett [mp3]