Hang Glider is one-person band who does everything himself. The result is impressive. Grab a copy of Hang Glider to accompany an evening lounging by the Jacuzzi with your hair in a side ponytail, playing games on your vintage Atari.
April 13th, 2011 · No Comments
March 21st, 2011 · No Comments
Dávila 666 is a garage punk band from Puerto Rico who sing in Spanish over fuzzed-out guitars and a rollicking rhythm section. Bassist A.J. joins us to talk about the benefits of always being able to see in 3-D and the benefits of always doing what you wanna. This interview by Kristina Benson.
March 4th, 2011 · 3 Comments
Teebs’ Ardour, out now on Brainfeeder, might be the most beautiful and delicate album released all last year. The tracks replace hard notions of narrative, chorus or verse with soundscapes wherein tones and sounds bloom and fade, smoothly transitioning from one part to the next. He speaks now about anime, time and motion. This interview by Kristina Benson.
February 25th, 2011 · 2 Comments
Looking back, you might say that brothers Bobby, Dannis and David Hackney started as a ‘proto-punk’ band, but really this is pure punk rock made years before anyone else even touched the genre. Death seem absolutely sagelike in their prescience. Bobby and Dannis speak now from a snowed-in recording studio in Vermont about Death’s upcoming visit to L.A., David Bowie, and the day disco came to town. This interview by Kristina Benson.
February 18th, 2011 · No Comments
The Black Apples use two drummers to span the gap between the Sonics at their most primitive, Dick Dale at his blistering best and the brotherly harmonies of the post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys. This record reminded me that even the Troggs liked to make pretty things sometimes.
December 30th, 2010 · No Comments
Reading more like torture porn than a new addition to the prosopography of a famous all-girl rock ‘n’ roll band, the book consists primarily of detached and detailed recitals of traumas that include parental abandonment, rape at the age of 14, constant verbal abuse from manager Kim Fowley, a descent into drug addiction, battles with an eating disorder, and being abducted, raped and tortured by a deranged fan.
December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments
Beta Band and Big Pink meet Black Mountain. “Dry the Rain” is not a cover but a sophisticated late Beatles-esque 12/8 ballad layering harmonies over piano, shaker and an acoustic guitar; “Wandering Foot” shows off drummer Justin Ivey on a deceptively simple beat laced with unexpected syncopation and precise fills.
November 12th, 2010 · No Comments
Sounds like the smooth glissando of a harp, a metallic cough, the hollow echo of a bouncing ping pong ball. Complex melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements fit together as easily and smoothly as the layers of a wedding cake. Final song, “Galaxy Into Janaki,” conveys ambition and commitment found rarely anywhere in music.
October 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment
Laetitia Sadier’s voice will always be associated with Stereolab, but that’s not really such a bad thing. Still, Sadier is eager to discover a new space of her own. She has recently scored a Marxist film, made three albums with her band Monade, and now presents her first completely solo endeavor, The Trip. This interview by Kristina Benson.
October 8th, 2010 · No Comments
However, after immersion in One For All’s aural landscape, the ear adjusts, and it becomes clear that the minimalism of the compositional style is executed skillfully and consciously, with interwoven layers of legato vocal lines, cleverly syncopated drum tracks, and blues-inspired basslines further complimented by tasteful production and interesting details.