Not since Wings wrote “Silly Love Songs” has a couple captured a love so sugary and yet so recognizable to those who have ever tasted the good stuff.[Read more →]
March 10th, 2014 · No Comments
There’s as much Yellow Magic Orchestra and 80s electro funk on here as there is Scissor Sisters or Air or MGMT.
March 8th, 2014 · No Comments
On Open Mike Eagle’s short little track, “Apologies,” he actually says sorry to Nocando for “judging the word ‘bitch’ in your rap books” on tour. As much as I love Nocando’s rhymes and charisma, I’ve always wanted to say the same thing!
March 6th, 2014 · No Comments
Despite the wear-and-tear anyone working in the “healing arts” might experience by their 60s, Perhacs’ whispery soprano sounds nearly as angelic as ever, and it pairs seamlessly with the mosaic of vocalists who came to her aid on the album’s many woven song tapestries.
March 6th, 2014 · No Comments
Vikesh Kapoor’s unplugged folk ballads have all the dark loneliness of a Burt Jansch or Roy Harper, all the spritely fretwork of Joni Mitchell, and all the clever lyricism of the very best era of Paul Simon, 1965 (when he was still in his young fighting weight and hadn’t let Art Garfunkel or world music siphon his strength).
February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments
God, I don’t think I fucking deserve a band as good as this.
February 21st, 2014 · No Comments
When he compares love to a “slaughterhouse” and sings about going out to the desert to get clean of heroin with a lover, only to have to high-tail it back and score before they lose their minds, it doesn’t sound exploitative or hyperbolic as it might in the hands of a more Hollywood songwriter, like Sheryl Crow. It feels like something Cox has the grit of in his blood.
February 20th, 2014 · No Comments
I could compare bits of this to bits of Ladytron, or the Postal Service, or Cibo Matto, or Air, or Manimal Records bands like Hecuba and the Polyamorous Affair, but Cluster or Yellow Magic Orchestra would be just as apt—and yet none of those bands have a singer like Stefanie King.
February 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment
For politics, they’re like Robyn Hitchcock, who wrote “Positive Vibrations” as Soviet tanks rolled into Afghanistan, and for personality they’re like the Go-Betweens, who wrote, “When I hear you saying / That we stood no chance / I’ll dive for your memory / We stood that chance.” Grab for a variation on Television, Soft Boys, More Than A Witness-era Feelies—particularly on the stand-outs “Everyone Went Home” and “Response To An Inquiry”—as well Chills and Triffids vibes. Like their song says, it’s a “cracked mirror stare, all jumble and glare.” That’s the Spires perspective, where breaking something gives you a hundred new ways to look at yourself.
February 13th, 2014 · No Comments
“The Takeover” gets as close to tasteful as ska-tinged punk music can be in 2014, referencing the Talking Heads and Dead Boys, and having more of an Oingo Boingo cadence than a Save Ferris one.