Music

A Place to Bury Strangers – Transfixiation

Here’s the thing about most noise rock bands: they’re usually not very good. They tend to be overindulgent, static-ridden ejaculations of distortion and reverb that more often than not fail to distinguish themselves from their other mediocre peers. APTBS has long been soldiering the noise rock cause, and the weariness of their efforts has shown through in Transfixiation, as the …

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Iron & Wine – Archives Series No. 1

Michael Morales, contributor Do you remember back when Iron & Wine first blew up in the early aughts? Yeah, suddenly dudes were able to say, “I was wondering where that missing leg of one of my chromosomes went? Oh, thanks, Sam Beam!” That being said, my inner vagina really likes “Two Hungry Blackbirds” because I think it’s a veiled description of that Brazilian …

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Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Trying to find that perfect album to listen to while playing laser tag and crying? Look no further, Of Montreal’s Aureate Gloom is here to help. Brash and glittery, upbeat and sad, Of Montreal’s latest is a tour de force that wants to seriously fuck with your brain. Thoroughly at home with ‘70s influences, the album tips …

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Mount Eerie – Sauna

Phil Elverum, aka Mount Eerie, takes his time crafting records that he is proud of. He focuses on physicality, rather than catering to the needs of the digitally thirsty consumer. Mount Eerie’s latest release Sauna is a shining example of Elverum in fine form. Sauna plays like a soundtrack to an acid trip in a barren Nordic landscape. The 10-minute …

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Bjørn Torske – Nedi Myra / Trøbbel

Timothy P Lisagor, contributor Think before you read this. Are you the type of person who makes the metered “tst tst tst tst” sound when you hear electronic music at a bar or a party? If the answer is yes, I will spare you a full review and suggest you stop reading now. I’m uncertain I like these two releases …

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Dick Diver – Melbourne, Florida

Contributor FC Sierra Dives Dick Deep into Dick Diver’s New Album   Before listening to a note of Dick Diver’s new album, I decided to research the band and attempt to gain a better idea of who and what Dick Diver was and is and why. Here are some interesting facts to know about the experience: FACT 1: “Dick Diver” …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LIX: Great Albums For a Leisurely Breakfast

Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days Elliot Smith – Elliot Smith Fleet Foxes – Sun Giant Fleetwood Mac – Future Games Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Miles Davis – Kind of Blue Neil Young – Harvest Tortoise – TNT Bob Dylan – Highway …

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Body Count – Manslaughter (Album of the Month)

The heavy metal band fronted by Ice “motherfuckin” T is back on the rock scene and in a big “motherfuckin” way.   The lead off track, “Talk Shit, Get Shot” is as catchy as it is heavy, with Ice yelling about a “motherfucker (who) hadn’t got shot in a while,” for acting “hard motherfucker.” From there we learn to “Pray …

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Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

Corin Balkovek, contributor When a band releases an album after a long hiatus, there are generally two (unfortunate) ways it can go: either they try to recreate their original sound and seem outdated, or they try to create something new and lose their identity. So when I heard that Sleater-Kinney (my all-time favorite band as a 90s suburban teen*) had …

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Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear

Rosa Green, contributor “Oh honeybear, honeybear, honeybear / Mascara, blood, ash, and cum / On the Rorschach sheets where we make love.” So starts the new album from  Father John Misty, AKA J. Tillman, I Love You Honeybear. The lyrics unfold the more you listen, oscillating between profound  depth and shallow chit-chat. Seething with tumultuous relationships, some overflow with unconditional …

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