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Single Review: Sports — The Look

Single Review: Sports — The Look

Sports 'The Look' Naked Records Sports are an Oklahoma-based duo comprised of childhood best friends, Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot.  Their partnership here, like their friendship, comes out of a lifetime of knowingness, a realization that nothing is...

Single Review: Alien Tango — Getting Better

Single Review: Alien Tango — Getting Better

Alien Tango 'Getting Better' Ground Control https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kprhW1k1hYM Ah, yes, Alien Tango is back.  I have to admit, this guy is one of my favourite discoveries of 2020, like something good came out of that shitastic dumpster fire of a year.  And he...

Single Review: Busty and the Bass — ‘Eddie’

Single Review: Busty and the Bass — ‘Eddie’

Busty and the Bass 'Eddie' Arts & Crats Montreal's 8-headed funk-soul-jazz collective Busty and the Bass are back with a new single for the track 'Eddie,' the title track of their new album, complete with a Matisse-influenced animated video, directed by June...

Single Review: Lady Bird — ‘Political Wasteland’

Single Review: Lady Bird — ‘Political Wasteland’

Lady Bird 'Political Wasteland' Purple Stains Lady Bird are a rather boisterous collection of three lads from Kent, England. They began their assault on the world last year, releasing their début ep earlier this year, and here they're continuing their evolution and...

Single Review: Dar Disku 004

Single Review: Dar Disku 004

Dar Disku 004 Cheb Mimoun -- 'Abdel Kader (Dar Disku edit)' b/w Azzie Kamal -- 'Maadna Bukra (Dar Disku edit)' Dar Disku Records/Rush Hour/All-City Worldwide Dar Disku literally means 'home of the disco' and the label takes its name from a 1970s Egyptian magazine of...

Single Review: la loye — i’m still asleep

Single Review: la loye — i’m still asleep

la loye 'i'm still asleep' Independent la loye is the nom de plume of Lieke Heusinkveld, a 24-year old Dutch artist.  She has created this beautiful, textured musicscape with 'i'm still asleep,' dreamy, epic, designed to make the listener feel like you're floating...

Single Review: Graver Ekow — 6 Band Guap

Single Review: Graver Ekow — 6 Band Guap

Graver Ekow '6 Band Guap' DMG Records Graver Ekow are back with their second single following the rather stunning 'Bag Raps' earlier this year.  Here, they've expanded their sound.  Working with American producer Snuggles, they base themselves in the world of hip hop,...

Single Review: Bent Roads Tavern — ‘Rainstorm’

Single Review: Bent Roads Tavern — ‘Rainstorm’

Bent Roads Tavern 'Rainstorm' Snow Monster Records Bent Roads Tavern are a Canadian folk collective formed in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia (also my alma mater) and now based in Calgary.  Fronted Collen Middleton, the band plays a distinctive...

Single Review: Eades — ‘Forgive My Mind’

Single Review: Eades — ‘Forgive My Mind’

Eades 'Forgive My Mind' Bam Bam Records By now it's not exactly a secret we're big fans of Leeds' very own Eades. They released their killer ep, 'Microcosmic Things' in July and now they're back with their second single since then, 'Forgive My Mind.'  By now, Eades...

Single Review: Mary Valley — Blue-Haired Girl

Single Review: Mary Valley — Blue-Haired Girl

Mary Valley 'Blue-Haired Girl' Independent Mary Valley are three sisters who grew up on a farm in the appropriately-named Mary Valley in Queensland, Australia, up near the northern tip of the country, just below Papua/NewGuinea.  Maya plays guitar and sings. Vivi...

Albums

Classic Album: Dinosaur, Jr.: Green Mind

Classic Album: Dinosaur, Jr.: Green Mind

Dinosaur Jr. Green Mind Blanco y Negro Green Mind is most definitely one of my favorite albums of all time. The band’s major label debut made its entrance into the world 30 years ago this month.  J. Mascis wrote, produced and performed all the songs, except for three...

H.B. Neilsen — It’s Today Again

H.B. Neilsen — It’s Today Again

H.B. Neilsen It's Today Again Independent Swedish songsmith H.B. Neilsen returns with a new ep tomorrow, It's Today Again, which pretty much sums up the past year of Covid-19.  We're living in Bill Murray's fucking Groundhog.  Anyway.  Nielsen.  He's lived an...

Haich Ber Na — From Then ’til Now ep

Haich Ber Na — From Then ’til Now ep

Haich Ber Na From Then 'til Now ep HQI Haich Ber Na found his way into music through UK grime and production, and has slowly been moving into his own voice, exploring new avenues of music, all self-taught.  From Then 'til Now kind of encapsulates his journey to today,...

Cassandra Jenkins — An Overview on Phenomenal Nature

Cassandra Jenkins — An Overview on Phenomenal Nature

Cassandra Jenkins An Overview on Phenomenal Nature Ba Ba Bing Records Cassandra Jenkins released her début ep, appropriately called EP, in April 2013.  Over the past eight years, she's created an oeuvre based in the singer/songwriter vein, but she has always been too...

Th1rt3en — A Maginificent Day for an Exorcism

Th1rt3en — A Maginificent Day for an Exorcism

Th1rt3en A Magnificent Day for an Exorcism Fat Beats Th1rt3en is a collaboration, a meeting of the minds, between living legend Pharoahe Monch, drummer Daru Jones (Jack White's band) and guitar virtuoso Marcus Machado.  And right there, you're thinking, 'Oh hell, no....

Classic Album: Bloodbath at the Chinese Disco

Classic Album: Bloodbath at the Chinese Disco

Bloodbath at the Chinese Disco: A Calgary Compilation Pornstar/Sloth Records In the mid-1990s, Calgary came into its own as a city of diverse and dynamic cultural activity. Around the same time, various communities started to intermingle, sometimes forging alliances...

TV Priest — Uppers

TV Priest — Uppers

TV Priest Uppers Sub Pop On one hand, I feel for TV Priest, as the London quartet come in the wake of the post-punk revival of the past few years, encompassing everyone from Fat White Family to Shame to Girl Band, Fontaines DC and, of course, the titans of the genre,...

Tele Novellla — Merlynn Belle

Tele Novellla — Merlynn Belle

Tele Novella Merlynn Belle Kill Rock Stars Tele Novella are an indie duo comprised of Natalie Ribbons and Jason Chronis, from Austin, TX, formed in 2013 out of the ashes of several popular Austin bands.  Fronted by Natalie Ribbons, whose vocals draw to mind everything...

Typhoon — Sympathetic Magic

Typhoon — Sympathetic Magic

Typhoon Sympathetic Magic Roll Call  Sympathetic Magic is the fifth album from PDX's Typhoon.  It seems like these guys have been around forever, and they kind of have been around forever.  Formed in Salem, OR, away back in 2005, they released their first eponymous...

Classic Album: The Rheostatics — Melville

Classic Album: The Rheostatics — Melville

The Rheostatics Melville Green Sprouts It was fall 1991, we were in the midst of the explosion of grunge and the return of U2 from a commercial and creative roadblock when, one night, fighting insomnia, I was watching MuchMusic in the basement living room of the house...