Nathan Martel

Album reviews

THE LINDAS: 8X9

January 16th, 2019

8x9 is less than nine-and-a-half minutes long and in that time you get to know the band as well as anybody you might have known for twenty years. There’s no self-deception, no posturing—just a real “fuck you, know me or get the fuck out of here” attitude. Which, really, is the point: you can’t satisfy everybody so what’s the use even trying?

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GØGGS: PRE-STRIKE SWEEP

September 28th, 2018

Looking for an anodyne listen? This isn’t it—this is all open wounds and existential dread. The best kind of listen.

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SADGIRL: “BREAKFAST FOR 2” EP

August 13th, 2018

Listening to “Breakfast for 2” feels like a Sunday morning in Long Beach, waking up to the sea breeze and overcast skies with the victorious partiers from the long night before—it’s the perfect accompaniment to a stroll through the neighborhood to the diner at 11:30 AM.

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TY SEGALL AND WHITE FENCE: JOY

July 23rd, 2018

They turn classic rock on its head and challenge the parameters of punk, making this creation completely their own. These are two practitioners railing at the simple-minded folks who want to rely on category

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HERE LIES MAN: YOU WILL KNOW NOTHING

July 5th, 2018

I’m writing in the middle of a heat wave while trapped in the hottest room in the house without AC, and Here Lies Man has become more than metaphor. It’s the essential state of suffering—the very reality of being!—and You Will Know Nothing becomes the soundtrack to said suffering, comprehensively embodying the sweltering undulating rhythm of pure heat.

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WINTER: ETHEREALITY

April 6th, 2018

At its best, Samira Winter’s Ethereality recalls the songwriting of Weezer’s blue album and the feeling of Last Splash-era Breeders and Malkmus’s pop distortions.