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Hypatia Lake: Angels And Demons, Space And Time [Album Review]

Listening to the melodic first track, “Her Tears Are The Footsteps Of Angels,” one distinctly gets the impression that Angels And Demons, Space And Time may be a bedroom pop album. After all, Hypatia Lake did release through Sad Robot Records, brief home to Carissa’s Wierd (sic). But “A Plea To Remiel” distills that thought outright; guitars grow with a hefty post-rock, noisy intensity.

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Virgin Of The Birds: Sunset Tavern, Seattle [Live, 08.21.2008]

Virgin Of The Birds at Sunset Tavern

Each Ball Of Wax compilation has a theme behind it and this one is the thirteenth quarterly comp that Seattle artist Levi Fuller has done. What Fuller does is concoct a theme (at least on some… several have no theme other than being “music to enjoy”) then gather a mass of (usually) local Pacific Northwest artists, who all write and record an exclusive song for the release. This was my first time seeing several of the performers on the list, from St Rainbow (the folks behind Hollow Earth Radio) and their eerie sampled goodness to Olie Eshleman’s instrumental loops. Virgin Of The Birds (MySpace), however, was a familiar name. Read More »Virgin Of The Birds: Sunset Tavern, Seattle [Live, 08.21.2008]

Smile Brigade: Sunset Tavern, Seattle [Live, 08.21.2008]

Smile Brigade at Sunset Tavern in Seattle

August 21, the night of the fourteenth Ball Of Wax CD release party. I dropped by Sunset Tavern here in Ballard at about 8:30, just in time to see Levi Fuller, the mastermind behind this quarterly compilation series, play his song from the album. But a highlight of the evening would come when I discovered that Smile Brigade (MySpace) would be laying down a set toward the end of the evening. Read More »Smile Brigade: Sunset Tavern, Seattle [Live, 08.21.2008]

School of Seven Bells

School Of Seven Bells [Feature Band]

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In 2007, Ben Curtis left Secret Machines, but he had a plan. His plan was to focus on his new project with former On!Air!Library! twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. That project is titled School Of Seven Bells (MySpace). While the band has toured with groups like Blond Redhead (you can hear the similarities, though they’re a bit of a stretch at times as School of Seven Bells is a bit more electronic), their sound is notably closer to M83.

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Oneida: Preteen Weaponry [Album Review]

Oneida by Matthew Spencer

Written by Fense

Reading the history of the three-parts that make up the song and album Preteen Weaponry, it’s interesting to note that Oneida (MySpace) has been working on this for the past three years. Yet what can be heard on the album, simply including the following tracks “Preteen Weaponry” Parts 1 through 3, was recorded in a single day. Read More »Oneida: Preteen Weaponry [Album Review]

Little Pictures: This House Can Fit Us All [Video]

Little Pictures

Written by Fense

Here’s the latest video from New Zealand’s very own Little Pictures (Homepage), an electro-pop outfit with affinity towards over-sized headphones, colorful cardigans, and robotic instrumentation. “This House Can Fit Us All” features, like much of Little Pictures’ music, lovable synth lines and male/female harmony vocals. Read More »Little Pictures: This House Can Fit Us All [Video]

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