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kinski.cosy

KINSKI Cosy Moments CD/LP

My first bit of exposure to Kinski took place in Seattle around 2003, which is perhaps when they were best suited to be discovered. Already, ten years ago, they were established adults, circulating around something of a non-scene; it’s sort of unclear why they never developed the large cult following that other instrumental and post-rock […]

waxidols.discipline

WAX IDOLS Discipline and Desire CD/LP

The jump from 2011's No Future to 2013's Discipline and Desire is a major upgrade, and a prime example of how collaboration can aid a band's output rather than hurt its creative process. Primary member and songwriter Heather Fedewa/Hether Fortune, at only 25, has already taken part in a handful of bands, been a dominatrix, […]

maryonettes

THE MARY ONETTES Hit The Waves CD/LP

A few different music scenes co-existed in the 1980s, and the first couple records by the Jönköping-based Mary Onettes sparked a number of comparisons, most notably to the happier side of The Cure, and with a strange amount of accuracy, to a-ha. But there was a certain authenticity that kept the Mary Onettes from sounding […]

bleached.rideryourheart

BLEACHED Ride Your Heart CD/LP

What made Mika Miko shows such a blast—and I've come to realize that a lot of men didn't see their appeal—was that, as a 5-foot, 2-inch, 21-year old girl, being able to dance in a room full of other 21-year old girls, without having to worry about getting trampled on in a circle pit, allowed […]

mbv

My Bloody Valentine M.B.V. CD/LP

Half of the appeal in My Bloody Valentine, generally, is their vibe of indifference, and eagerly awaiting their new record has been equivalent to a terrible crush—the less he cares, the more you want him. You sit at home, waiting for Johnny to call while he goes about his life with a shrug, and one […]

daughngibson

DAUGHN GIBSON All Hell CD/LP Reissue

As Daughn Gibson, Josh Martin has drawn comparisons to Stephin Merritt, Bill Callahan, Arthur Russell, Scott Walker, Lee Hazlewood [...][...][...]. He is at once all of these and none of these, and while he brings the old country up to date via Apple (see “Tiffany Lou,” which cites television’s Cops and, musically, resembles cLOUDDEAD’s “Pop […]

tysegall.twins

TY SEGALL Twins CD/LP

Admittedly, I miss the Ty Segall I was first introduced to in 2008: a fuzzed-out one-man band somewhat recalling Hasil Adkins or Mark Sultan, screaming his head off and instinctively keeping time on his kick drum. His eponymous release from that year, released on Castle Face, quite effectively grasped the energy of his solo live […]

spiderfever

SPIDER FEVER s/t LP

This debut full-length recording from San Diego’s Spider Fever seems a bit cheaply and quickly done – it moves swiftly with no breaks or lulls; the guitars are up too loud, meaning they’re ideal; the sound overall does an excellent job of mimicking a live set, which a lot of rock records fail to accomplish. […]

hussy1

WEIRD PARTY Hussy LP

Whereas they used to strive more for speed—by “used to,” I refer to the release that came just two months prior to Hussy—Weird Party have become that sleazy rock band that should seem likely candidates for lazy comparisons to MC5 and the Stooges, despite that what they've really taken on is more of a Murder […]

catpower.sun

CAT POWER Sun CD/LP

On first listen, Sun doesn’t offer that satisfying feeling of perfect completion that 2006’s bluesy turning point The Greatest had, or even the ability to be named immediately as a record to complement a mood the way, well, most of Chan Marshall’s previous records could appropriately supply the soundtrack to a bleak evening alone. And […]