Every year, we have songs or albums that resonate with us, and it’s likely that the albums that got us through the global pandemic in 2020 with not just continue to dominate our playlists in 2021, but will stick with us well beyond and into the future. For me, Big Thief was a mainstay; an… Continue reading Julia Jacklin’s “Crushing” on Green Vinyl
Xiu Xiu is rarely an easy listen. Think back to 2004’s Fabulous Muscles and abrasive tracks like “Support Our Troops OH! (Black Angels OH!)” and “Fabulous Muscles (Mama Black Widow Version)”; both presented real-life content upstanding members of society would rather push under the rug and pretend doesn’t exist. Yet “I Luv the Valley OH!”… Continue reading Xiu Xiu’s “Stupid In The Dark” Asks You To Kill Your Ungrateful Lover.
Dusted is the new project by Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck), taking his music creation in a totally different direction. “Property Lines” is the second track to be released from the band’s debut album, Total Dust, and it stands apart from other songs on the album in that it’s louder and more encompassing than most off… Continue reading Dusted: Feature
In a way, I kind of miss the days when Of Montreal gave us songs like “Disconnect the Dots” and “The Party’s Crashing Us” and even “The Past Is A Grotesque Animal”. Paralytic Stalks seems a different beast entirely, filled with further psychedelic pop experimentation than we’re used to from Kevin Barnes and company. The… Continue reading Of Montreal: Dour Percentage MP3
Any music nerd that enjoys the physical release is likely to favor limited print items. Case in point: me. I love ‘em! Can’t get enough of ‘em. A limited release means it will ultimately go out of print, and that OOP association is something nerds like me freak out about. Take, for example, yesterday; someone… Continue reading James Husband: A Parallax I (Cover Art)
Casiokids‘ “Finn Bikkjen!” is a video about a man and his dog. On his dreamscape journey attempting to catch his best friend, he comes across strange dancers. From there, things get a little weird. The video goes well with the Casiokids style of psychedelic electro pop. “Finn Bikkjen!” lives up to the band’s recent hype,… Continue reading Casiokids: Finn Bikkjen! [Video]
While nothing new, it’s still a bit odd to hear a Headlights song without Erin Fein at the vocal helm, as found on the group’s new single “Get Going”. Even as early as The Enemies EP from 2005, the group dabbled in giving Fein’s male counterpart, Tristan Wraight, a vocal lead. But her dominating vocal… Continue reading Headlights: Get Going [Track Review]
Headlights‘ Kill Them With Kindness comes with incredible hype. So, what everyone wishes to know is whether or not the album lives up to said hype. When it comes down to the answer, it all depends on the individual and their expectations of the band, their personal musical preferences, and their particular mood at the… Continue reading Headlights: Kill Them With Kindness [Album Review]
Oh man, this takes me back to the gritty rock of the late 90s. Following the loud, raucous punk-ish path of groups like No Age, Japandroids feature wild guitars, intense percussion, and dual screams. The band is Brian King and David Prowse and their music is Canadian genius. “Young Hearts Spark Fire” is absolutely brilliant.
Written by Fense So, Id Engager by Of Montreal (MySpace) isn’t necessarily an album, though it will be categorized as such. It’s a single. And boy was I excited to see it in a small pile of singles when I was at Everyday Music in Bellingham last week. There it was, sitting precautiously on the… Continue reading Of Montreal: Id Engager [Single Review]