Song Reviews

Shedding: Perspective [mp3]

Shedding is Connor Bell, who in Tear in the Sun molds together the elongated drone with sparse vocals. Drone is often associated with minimalism, and that label works here as well, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also substantial – it is! These songs are filled with sound; headphones on and volume at a modest… Continue reading Shedding: Perspective [mp3]

Song Reviews

All Tiny Creatures: An Iris [mp3]

A while back we got a taste of something a bit different, in terms of your standard indie group. All Tiny Creatures‘ EP Segni blended shoegaze-style loops with traits of indie rock and, yes, jazz. The band is back with an LP called Harbors. On it, the band expands their sound by adding vocals while… Continue reading All Tiny Creatures: An Iris [mp3]


Breathe Owl Breathe: Own Stunts [Video]

Breathe Owl Breathe is Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, and Andréa Moreno-Beals. Together they live in a cabin in rural Michigan, which means it must be getting pretty cold there this time of year; poised to just get colder. Their new album is called Magic Central and it’s a righteous title as the album is quite… Continue reading Breathe Owl Breathe: Own Stunts [Video]


Megafaun Returns with Heretofore [Feature]

Megafaun has returned after last year’s Gather, Form, and Fly to give us their mini-album Heretofore, out now on Hometapes. On the new one, the band continues with their off-beat folk style, comparable to those they’ve toured with of late, from Bowerbirds to Akron Family to former band-mates Bon Iver. They’ve got a bit more… Continue reading Megafaun Returns with Heretofore [Feature]

Song Reviews

Pattern Is Movement: Light Of The World [mp3]

For those of you fortunate enough to catch Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward, the Philadelphia based duo better known as Pattern Is Movement, on their recent tour and appearance at SXSW, you may recognize this track. As well as being the title track for their upcoming album, out later this year, it was offered up… Continue reading Pattern Is Movement: Light Of The World [mp3]

Cover Art

Hometapes Holiday Sampler Cassette [Cover Art]

Rare is it that you see formats outside the standard compact disc or even cherished wax vinyl. But cassettes seem to be popping up more and more as a cool retro item. With vinyl’s popularity, it seems this is the only place to go – reel to reel is out for obvious reasons, as is… Continue reading Hometapes Holiday Sampler Cassette [Cover Art]

Lists And Mixes

Eight Days Of Hometapes: An Indie Christmas Music List

In 2009, Hometapes aptly demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with and a label to keep an eye on. They packed the year with great releases, some of which are likely to appear on my best of 2009 list, slated to go live late next week. To celebrate the holidays, they’ve done… Continue reading Eight Days Of Hometapes: An Indie Christmas Music List


Megafaun: Impressions Of The Past [Video]

Photographer Tim Lytvinenko joined and documented Megafaun as they toured across the states in support of their latest release, Gather, Form & Fly, out now on Hometapes. The result is a collection of experiences from the road in what they dub “part-documentary, part-sense memory.” No surprise, Lytvinenko puts this collection of shots to the music… Continue reading Megafaun: Impressions Of The Past [Video]