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Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want to Let You Down

Samantha Gilweit, contributor I wish I could have Sharon Van Etten sing all my feelings for me, or at least be like a reverse Cyrano de Bergerac and sing something to the effect of, “Hey, fuck you, asshole,” to all my ex-boyfriends. As a singer/songwriter, Van Etten is reminiscent of Carly Simon or PJ Harvey: powerful women who aren’t afraid …

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The Mother Vines – Following Me

Adam Jacobs, contributor Wait, what kind of punk band sings about burning sage? Oh yeah, a punk band from Arcata, CA. I guess The Mother Vines are more Arcata than a roaming yak on the plaza. This band is the classic “muffin top”: too much junk for their trunk. Punk rock mixed with surf rock guitars fueled by a Jello …

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Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Some albums open with a warm-up track, an audio countdown of sorts, to prep the listener for the music to come. Peanut Butter, the new LP from the British five-piece Joanna Gruesome, bypasses that convention entirely and instead launches into a full-on assault that instantly provokes physical reaction in even the most skeptical of music fans. Lead vocalist Alanna McCardle …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIII: Songs For Wild Animals

I recently spent a month traveling to exotic locations throughout the world to meet and interview some wild animals about what’s been on heavy rotation on their iPods. Harriet Halibut The Beatles “Octopus’ Garden” “I like Ringo’s melody. Every time I end up in an Octopus’ garden I regret it. Those things are weird looking and freak me the fuck …

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Vetiver – Complete Strangers

If Andy Cabic, a.k.a. Vetiver, set out to make the soundtrack to an uneventful day at a private beach, then mission accomplished. Vetiver’s sixth album, Complete Strangers, dips its toe ever so gently into several shallow pools of influence, including folk, synth, funk and tropicalia. The album title is fitting, as each track varies in style and mood. The common …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXI: The Best Songs of 2015

I can hear it now. “Hey! It’s only May, why are you doing a year-end list already, you asshole?” It’s a very valid question, but one that can be answered with “there’s already been an abundance of great music come out this year, you dipshit!” Howlin Rain “The New Age” For some reason, Howlin Rain leader Ethan Miller has invited …

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Eternal Tapestry – Wild Strawberries

Adam Jacobs, contributor “A lucid dream where a drone ingests strong hallucinogens and slowly takes Wall-E to Pleasure Town by eating out his robot butthole.” This  is how I would describe Eternal Tapestry’s new album, Wild Strawberries. Their name alone couldn’t be more obvious for a jam band unless they were called Patchouli Partners or the Hacky Sack Gang. Let’s …

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die geister beschwören – The Great Defenestration

Leah Brzezinski, contributor Die beister beschwören translates to “call up the ghosts.” And I have to admit, I had to look up the exact meaning of defenestration, which is: “the act of throwing a thing (or especially a person) out of a window.” This Portland experimental folk ensemble certainly does both in this intricate 17-minute sonic spree recently released on …

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ANAMAI – Sallows

Mikey Morales, contributor Somewhere on one end of the First World is a teenage goth boy  masturbating furiously, wishing he could find his One True Goth Love. Somewhere on the other end of the First World is a teenage goth girl, not completely aware of her sexuality, masturbating to images of Bowie in Labyrinth, and deems herself a demisexual, saving …

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Axis: Sova – Early Surf

Sam Greenspan, contributor After listening to this album several times over, I still approach it with the same level of competence I’d approach a test on imaginary numbers. It seems to make sense, logic and mathematics prove that it makes sense, and I, for the life of me, cannot understand it. I also, blissfully, don’t feel the need to. Imagine …

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