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ALBUM REVIEW: True Widow’s “Circumambulation”

True Widow is a band I’ve kept my eye on for a while, trying desperately to draw attention to the unique and seemingly obvious synthesis they’ve created. Think about it: combining the slow, bluesy tempos and bends of stoner metal with the equally glacial, texturally appeasing volume of shoegaze seems like a win-win of disparate… Read More ›

SONG REVIEW: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover of Elvis Presley’s “In The Ghetto’”

It was only this morning that I found out that “Big Yellow Taxi” was written by Joni Mitchell. It’s a song I’ve heard thousands of times; it has haunted my adolescence from job to job and is unfailingly played while I shop for groceries (even at the time when I had a job stocking groceries)…. Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Dirty Beaches’s “Drifters/Love Is The Devil”

Capturing a sense of synthesized nostalgia is a big selling point, as I can attest to with my own record collection, which consists of approximately half of my purchases. The other (approximate) half is important personal nostalgia, and we can leave it at that. What I mean is that we hold a pretty high gauntlet… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: The Knife’s “Shaking The Habitual”

The Swedish sibling duo of Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, together known as The Knife, have had a hand in turning the music industry on its head in the post-millennium despite having long gaps between releases or even undisguised appearances. Forsaking the smiling and handshaking that perpetually opens doors in the popular music industry,… Read More ›

SONG REVIEW: Rowland S. Howard’s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Nothin'”

Hopelessness is probably the most arresting sentiment to pull across in a song. Usually undertaken alone, it must bleed through in prose, mood, and the overall structure of your discontent. This need to document despondency, and ultimately throw it out upon the common culture, is an attempt to exorcise emotion and offer it up to… Read More ›

Colin’s Vaguely Relevant Easter Playlist

By the time Easter rolls around, we’ve had our fair share of financially and emotionally taxing holidays and gatherings. Christmas breaks your bank, St. Patrick’s busts your kidneys, and Valentine’s Day is a wreck if you’re unlucky enough to be in love. Don’t even mention Ash Wednesday. What we need after all this harsh buzz… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ “Push The Sky Away”

By now, Nick Cave has earned the right to put out a bad album. After leading, or more appropriately, surviving his early noise-punk band, The Birthday Party, and settling into a solo career that epitomizes brooding and sexual vindictiveness, I’d say that by album number fifteen, you can safely put out a McCartney-style Kisses on the Bottom… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: My Bloody Valentine’s “mbv”

It’s hard to even begin to imagine our shared scenario. How many things seem unattainable to this degree? An object of wishful desire for an album with very little realistic run-up (but 22 years worth of speculation), mbv started as an overstated rumor from Kevin Shields himself, the assumed follow up to 1991’s impossibly impressionable… Read More ›

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for: Rad Habits

Talking with Rad Habits about power pop, the understatement of Big Star, and getting Dad to like your songs. It’s a foggy, rainy, and shitty day as I sit down with vocalist Dylan Bowden and guitarist Mark Fosco of Rad Habits. Days like this beg for a band with a brighter disposition than the never-ending… Read More ›

ALBUM REVIEW: Stars of the Lid’s “Ballasted Orchestra” Reissue

I’ve fallen asleep in a variety of exciting situations. I’ve zonked out watching movies, sit-down concerts, riding buses, streetcars, planes; really any mode of travel is right out. To paraphrase Woody Allen, “the body wants what it wants,” and whether socially acceptable or not, honestly, I just don’t have that much motivation or will power… Read More ›

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