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Perfect Pussy – Say Yes to Love

March 22nd, 2014
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23 Minutes is a Long Ride

This is our first real taste of Perfect Pussy. The five piece riled the hype machine with their very washed out cassette demo, I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling, but four songs can only say so much about a band. Say Yes To Love is still short—eight tracks—but they punch you right in the face. They’re slightly removed from their past hardcore tendencies this time around, but their sound is tight and confident. This Perfect Pussy you’ve been hearing about is worth your time. Read more…

By Carey Uhl Posted in Reviews

Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves

March 1st, 2014
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Not Free From Form

Natural Child lie in a sweet place between folk, rock, country and soul and Dancin’ With Wolves feels like a timeless record. It could have been written four, five decades ago. Problem is, maybe that’s when it should have written. It’s 2014 and we live in the future, so what good’s the past? Read more…

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Bear Hands – Distraction

February 19th, 2014
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Not on the Frontier

Back at SXSW 2010 when Bear Hands was hot on the heels of Burning Bush Supper Club, drummer TJ Orscher said, “We fight like brothers and love like mothers. The rest is magic.” That’s to say, it didn’t take long for Bear Hands to find their footing and dynamics. Once they were done promoting their debut, this Brooklyn treasure retreated back into their New York homes and slipped into Distraction. Literally. But hey, maybe a little distraction is okay, because a pretty good record came out of it.
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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

January 26th, 2014
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“Look On My Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair!”

It begins with sweet Ezra’s voice: “We live on the island called Montreal, and we make a lot of noise… because we love each other!” and then very abruptly, there’s noise and light on everything. It’s terrifying and empowering, it’s beautiful and ugly–sometimes all at once. But I heard that they’re really a bunch of anarchists from this place called Kanada. They keep changing their name so you never know what they are called and they keep making an awful lot of noise. You best lift your skinny fists. Read more…

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Stacey – Stacey EP

December 8th, 2013
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Easy to Do, Hard to Own

Stacey shows that there’s something to be said about simplicity. The relatively unknown and enigmatic songstress hailing from Toronto relies on a basic set of tools on her debut, one that is equal parts delicate and transparent. There’s a feeling that anybody could have written the songs on Stacey, but only a rare and commanding talent could make it compelling. Read more…

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Wooden Shjips – Back to Land

November 13th, 2013
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The Drones Ring True

When guitarist and vocalist Eric “Ripley” Johnson created his motorik, psychedelic darling about a decade ago, he formed it around a simple but intriguing philosophy. With a fascination with repetition akin to that of the late Lou Reed, his aim was to create mantras that paid homage to the music from the ‘60s and ‘70s that inspired him. Understanding simplicity was more valued than necessarily playing well and Johnson went so far as to seek musicians lacking technical proficiency to reach this desired mark. But now that Wooden Shjips is Back to Land with their fourth proper LP, it’s hard to tell that these musicians could have once been considered sub-par. And if one thing the album proves certain, it’s that the drones still ring true. Read more…

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Lee Ranaldo and The Dust – Last Night On Earth

October 14th, 2013
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Blueprints Into Bedlam

Lee Ranaldo has always been something of a hidden genius. It’s unlikely that his name will ever have the household status of Thurston Moore or Kim Gordon, although his contributions to Sonic Youth are surely as important. His unique approach to alternate tunings and experimental noise landed him a spot among the greatest guitarists of all time on one of Rolling Stone’s many lists and this newest offering, Last Night On Earth, only solidifies his place as an iconic yielder of the axe.
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The Julie Ruin – Run Fast

October 5th, 2013
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Legacy Without Debt

Kathleen Hanna’s unique voice fell silent around the time Le Tigre announced their hiatus, but ladies and gents, the riot grrrl has officially returned. An undiagnosed case of Lyme disease might have halted her for the better part of a decade, but the emphatic arrival of The Julie Ruin proves that the ailment sure as hell didn’t make her go soft.
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Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

September 7th, 2013
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Memories as Mythologies

Listen to this album with the imagination of a child and you’ll be just set. That’s the particular headspace that Okkervil River’s Will Sheff inhabits for this project. Yes, this may be the furthest the group has wandered from their well-established ethos but it feels like high time. Our Sheff serves up some of the most personal and introspective work that Okkervill River has ever brought to the table.
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Kissaway Trail – Breach

August 22nd, 2013
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The Danish Invasion

The 21 million of us who watched the Google Glass promotional video have incidentally heard “New Lipstick” and had a taste of Kissaway Trail’s youthful and anthemic sound, but they aren’t quite a household name yet. Slowly, they’re making their way from Odense, Denmark into the American consciousness and maybe Breach is where they’ll fully cross over, but it’s just as likely they’ll become lost in an already established canon.
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By Carey Uhl Posted in Reviews