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5 jan 2015

05 Jan 2015 · No Comments

Professor Longhair – as one does when returning from New Orleans
The Fur Coats
Prince – no explanation needed, right?
The New Lows
Total Control – evokes a lot of stuff I like — early Orchestral Manoeuvres, X-ray Spex, Neu!, Go4, Chameleons, and, yes, Joy Div – pleasantly enough, but only intermittently commands my attention and doesn’t really [...]

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Tags: alphabetical · weekly top

8 dec 2014

08 Dec 2014 · No Comments

Hussalonia – belated realization that I didn’t spend as much time with last year’s Home Taping Is Killing Me as it deserved. In a world where Hussalonia was famous enough for people to write papers about the Nefarico conceit, this record would be minutely analyzed; in it the Hussalonia Founder begins to emerge from the [...]

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Quick Take: Chris Lawhorn: Fugazi Edits

27 Nov 2012 · No Comments

Fugazi Edits is a collection of brief compositions entirely sourced from instrumental samples from Fugazi albums (with permission). I love it almost unreservedly and it’s already one of the albums I’ve played most this year.
It’s clearly not for everybody — I’ve seen some harsh reviews — but it’s definitely for me. Is it for you? [...]

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Tags: experimental · l · post-punk · self-released

Quick Take: Hussalonia: Nefarico Jingles

14 Nov 2012 · 1 Comment

The backstory (since you probably weren’t paying attention): Hussalonia is basically one dude writing, performing, recording, and releasing willfully eclectic music; he’s been at it for a while and he’s gotten really good at all aspects of it. 2010 started as the “Year of Hussalonia” with a new album/EP every month, including lotsa awesome [...]

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Tags: 2012 · alphabetical · experimental · folk · h · indie pop · indie rock · lo-fi · quick take · self-released

6 feb 2012

06 Feb 2012 · No Comments

The Big Sleep – Nature Experiments
These atmospheric indie rockers really up their game with Nature Experiments. There wasn’t anything wrong with them before, but this album just feels pulled into sharper focus: clearer production, stronger writing, better across the board.
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Dude does sound unavoidably like Sting now and then, but more usefully [...]

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Fugazi Live Series

15 Dec 2011 · No Comments

So, yeah, Fugazi Live Series.
Joe Gross’s write up in Spin seemed like a reasonable starting point, but I’m going to go a lot deeper, and I’ll update this post with the results of my explorations.
001 1987.09.03 Washington DC, USA, Wilson Center
I’m going to go against conventional wisdom and say that the band’s first gig is [...]

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Tags: f · indie rock · post-punk · punk

Jeff Mangum, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, 10 September 2011

13 Sep 2011 · No Comments

I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Frankly, the circumstances sounded a bit suspicious: reclusive artist schedules a mid-size tour after a long artistic silence and immediately prior to a career-spanning archive release. But from the first few seconds of “Oh, Comely,” it was impossible for me to see anything disingenuous in Mangum’s performance; further, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · a · acoustic · experimental · live · m

Joe Pernice (and some Scud Mountain Boys)/Paul Melancon 25 Aug 2011

26 Aug 2011 · 1 Comment

The Lizard Lounge was crammed to the gills for the very welcome work-night friendly early set. Joe Pernice opened with a handful of solo songs, including the title track from Goodbye Killer and “Telescope,” a sneak peek at the in-progress Pernice Brothers album (he said it was mostly too rockin’ to translate well to an [...]

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Tags: 2011 · acoustic · indie rock · live · lizard lounge · m · p · roots rock · s

quick take : mixtapes : hope is for people

25 Jun 2011 · No Comments

Holy crap, I haven’t written about Mixtapes before? Really!? I have literally listened to this band more than any other artist this year.
Mixtapes live in a weird intersection between well-produced pop-punk and lo-fi indie pop. On the one hand they have a fatter drum sound than I expect from low-budget indies; on the other, [...]

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Tags: 2011 · indie pop · indie rock · m · pop-punk · power pop · quick take · self-released · song obsession

quick take : lemuria/cheap girls : split single

24 Jun 2011 · No Comments

On the A-side, Lemuria offer two more examples of the smart, catchy, indie rock that’s made Pebble one of my most-played albums of the year so far. I expected their side to be swell, and it delivers. But the revelation here for me is Cheap Girls’ “Pure Hate.” I’m not quite sure what “And I/Keep [...]

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Tags: 2011 · c · indie pop · indie rock · l · no idea · power pop · punk · quick take