On the Radio

Fense’s Radio Show: September 7, 2012

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, finishing the kitchen project, rearranging the living room (the above photo is from that project) and now beginning to terrace the back yard. It’s hard to imagine I found time to check out new music. This week’s favorite discoveries include the new LP by The Maldives, the latest by… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: September 7, 2012

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Fense’s Radio Show: August 24, 2012

Visiting the parents is often a stressful time. Despite their incessantly busy schedules, they have actually learned to relax in retirement despite their hectic lifestyle. I visited them two weekends ago now. Hence the absence of an August 17 radio show recap; there was none. Instead, I participated in my brother’s wedding.

On the Radio

Fense’s Radio Show: July 20, 2012

Last weekend Andi and I visited Anacortes and walked around the dock, discussing our future as polo-shirt-wearing yacht owners and shopping for the ideal water home. Sure, this fantasy may never come to pass, and while I may find myself in a polo shirt now and again, that doesn’t mean the boat life is for… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: July 20, 2012

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Fense’s Radio Show: March 23, 2012

Another variety show, no particular theme. It was set to be a sunny weekend, and that meant hitting the road. After a late Friday night at the station, I woke up early, grabbed my bike and went on a solid 10 mile ride. It was the first of the sort for 2012; the first of… Continue reading Fense’s Radio Show: March 23, 2012

Album Reviews

Helvetia: Camp Century Sessions

Give any proper Helvetia release a listen, then throw on The Camp Century Sessions, and you’ll hear quite a difference. On The Lam, for example, is constructed and cohesive with songs fixated on at least some sort of structure. Here you get something else; there’s more volume, more experimentation, and perhaps even a hint more… Continue reading Helvetia: Camp Century Sessions

Song Reviews

Helvetia: A Mirror

Brutal honesty: I’m stuck on Helvetia’s 2011 album The Lam right now. In particular the first track (“Saucer of Dread”) and track 3 (“On the Lam”). Helvetia has returned with a new track called “A Mirror” and it embodies precisely why I dig this band: epic soundscapes, driving shoegaze riffs, hazy melodies, downtrodden vocals.

Features

Helvetia [Feature]

Helvetia return with On The Lam, pumping out several new psychedelic tracks blending pop and rock very much in the style of the Pacific Northwest. The title track is among the more notable tunes on the album, beginning with a simple pop guitar melody, handclaps, and a consistent beat. Like the melody, the vocals are… Continue reading Helvetia [Feature]