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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

quick take : age rings : black honey

21 Apr 2011 · No Comments

Let’s just deal with it head-on: Ted Billings, front man for Age Rings, sings more than a little bit like Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Age Rings is decidedly a rock band, but one that incorporates a lot of different moods and textures, often with prominent keyboards, bringing in horns and even winds now and then. “Rock [...]

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Tags: 2011 · Rock · a · quick take · self-released

quick take : Asboi Seksu : Fluorescence

09 Mar 2011 · No Comments

On my first time through this seemed to have less distorted guitar/shoegaze goodness than prior efforts, and Yuki Chikudate’s vocals struck me as a bit more thin and chirpy than I recalled. On second listen, with the volume up a little more, I don’t hear what bugged me at all. My favorite track is “Trance [...]

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Tags: 2011 · a · dream pop · indie rock · polyvinyl · quick take · shoegaze

quick take: Katie Crutchfield’s discography so far, so far as I know

26 Feb 2011 · 1 Comment

with The Ackleys:
The Ackleys (2005); Forget Forget, Derive Derive (EP, 2006)
Indie-power-pop. Splashy drums, some keyboards give it a slightly new-wave sheen.
as King Everything:
The Drought (2008)
Mostly acoustic guitar/vocal
with P.S. Eliot:
The Bike Wreck Demo (2008, read about Bike Wreck demo here), Introverted Romance in Our Troubled Minds (2009), Living in Squalor (EP, 2010, pay-what-you-want download), Sadie (2011)
Except [...]

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Tags: 2005 · 2006 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010 · a · acoustic · b · indie pop · k · lo-fi · p · pop-punk · power pop · quick take · w

quick take : Andrew Jackson Jihad : Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems! and Such

17 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Andrew Jackson Jihad definitely put the “punk” attitude into folk punk. Candy . . . reminds me of the first Violent Femmes albums, only more: faster, more frenetic, more impassioned (Sean Bonnette’s aspiration-heavy voice has a timbre that at times sharply recalls The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle or The Thermals’ Hutch Harris) and much, much [...]

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Tags: 2005 · 2006 · 2011 · a · anti-folk · asian man · folk · punk

quick take : Koji Asano : Galaxies

04 Feb 2011 · No Comments

Very broadly, one of things that interests me most in art are the fuzzy edges of classifications: when things stop being something and become something else. Galaxies is far out on the fuzzy edge: if I heard it without knowing it was music, it would never occur to me that “music” was an appropriate description [...]

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Tags: 2010 · a · experimental · quick take · solstice

Apple Betty – Let’s Play

05 Aug 2007 · 3 Comments

At their best — “Pollution,” and “Stagnant,” — Apple Betty remind me strongly of the garagey side of Barbara Manning: tuneful and gritty, with lyrics that will insult no one’s intelligence. At their worst — “Full Inside,” and the unlisted no-bonus track “Sweatpant Boner,” — they play the “we’re cute women, and we we [...]

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Tags: 2006 · a · garage rock