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Mamiffer: Hirror Enniffer [Album Review]

Mamiffer by A. Turner

Written by Fense

Mamiffer is a strange name. So is the title to their debut album, Hirror Enniffer. Then again, the music Mamiffer makes is as unique as the monikers they have masterfully possessed. The group consists of Seattle pianist Faith Coloccia. Coloccia draws influence from her art and composition background to create a refreshing sound unheard of by your traditional pianist. Read More »Mamiffer: Hirror Enniffer [Album Review]

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Weepy EP [Album Review]

Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band

There’s a low buzz in the air. You can only hear it if you listen hard—very hard. But it’s there; it’s quiet now but it’s gaining in ferocity, gaining in momentum. Pretty soon it will dominate all. The buzz is that of people talking—the good ol’ word of mouth style of promotion—about Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. I first caught wind of the buzz a few months back and, yesterday when I saw Weepy sitting on a shelf, I couldn’t resist picking up a copy (I’m a sucker for WOM impulse buys). Read More »Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band: Weepy EP [Album Review]

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons [Feature Band]

Ezra Furman

There are so many great pop labels around these days it’s becoming difficult to keep track of ‘em all. The good news is that there are several viable forces you can always count on to release great music. I am, of course, thinking of my all-time favorite label, Labrador Records. But in the case of Ezra Furman & The Harpoons (MySpace), that label is Minty Fresh; for you pop fans out there, this is definitely a label with which to make an acquaintance. Read More »Ezra Furman & The Harpoons [Feature Band]

Zach Hill: Hindsight Is Nowhere [Video]

Zach Hill by David Torch

Written by Fense

Looking at Zach Hill’s album cover for Astrological Straits (out now on Ipecac Records), one is likely to blurt out a common acronym these days: WTF!?!? This cover shows Hill with what looks like play-dough face makeup. Not surprisingly, the same response is yielded when one hits the play button on Astrological Straits. The album is packed with a bizarre and eclectic style of avant garde experimentalism. Read More »Zach Hill: Hindsight Is Nowhere [Video]

Carcrashlander [Interview]

Carcrashlander by Ingrid Askim

Written by bob_vinyl

Formerly in the sadly underknown Desert City Soundtrack, Cory Gray’s current endeavor is Carcrashlander. This is a band so good that even I can forgive their love of Randy Newman. Their self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Parks and Records. I got the chance to talk with Cory about the past, present and future (and the piano versus the guitar). Read More »Carcrashlander [Interview]

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