Album Reviews

New Mexico: Have You Met My Friend? [Album Review]

I’ve seen New Mexico be slated as garage, but I don’t quite hear it. It’s a little too clean for me to slap on that label. It has plenty of rawness and grit, but not quite enough to cross the line into the garage. It doesn’t matter; their new album, Have You Seen My Friend?,… Continue reading New Mexico: Have You Met My Friend? [Album Review]

Live Reviews

The Gift Machine: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

The Gift Machine is Dave Matthies, who has been writing, recording and performing under the moniker, to my knowledge, since at least 1999 when a track or so of his appeared on a now out of print EP adequately titled Stuff Vol. 1. As many projects with roots in Anacortes and Olympia go, this one… Continue reading The Gift Machine: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

Videos

Helen Earth Band: (We All) Talk With Knives [Video]

There’s no question about it, Helen Earth Band will remind you of Pinback. They have that same angular sound, the borderline math-rock guitar and a harmonic vocal styling that band mastered. Directed and edited by Phill Tornroth and Marc Allen respectively, “(We All) Talk With Knives” is a different approach to filming a band during… Continue reading Helen Earth Band: (We All) Talk With Knives [Video]